December '20

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2 6 G R A P H I C S P R O D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G S H O P T A L K The two frames were set on their side, aligned true and square, and then the sign's edge trim was secured in place with more flat countersunk rivets. A ratchet type tie down strap was used to firmly snug the aluminum in place until riveting was complete. One of the faces being aligned perfectly before drilling holes for six small rivets. These few rivets held the face perfectly until the permanent adhesive cured. The sign faces, shown completed here, were made from .063 pre-finished white aluminum sheet. Another fabrication step was welding the sign's base assembly with posts that went into the ground and up- rights that extended into the hollow sign. The sign base would be painted dark blue, but first was covered in more .063 white aluminum and trimmed out. To be sure the surface was completely smooth for the bonding of the real faces, countersunk rivets were used and installed flush with the surface. Approximately half of the sign's faces were painted dark blue enamel, but a skilled foam roller technique was used for this instead of spraying. Frances applied the graphics top half first, upside down, and then flipped them to do the bottom half.

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