December '20

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S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G S H O P T A L K 2 8 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 The second sign face was installed in the field using the same adhesive as before, and again six fairly hid- den rivets were used to align the face perfectly and keep it that way. Those few rivets plus some clamps were all that held the faces smooth and flush for the one-hour working time of the adhesive. The final shop-built monument sign turned out just the way the client wanted, and it was a fun job to produce. The sign's base was set in concrete first, and on a sec- ond trip the sign was lifted over the uprights and set down over the sign base. Once the sign was leveled on its base, small "L-brack- ets" were used to lock the sign in place around the uprights. A special Loctite epoxy adhesive was the permanent bond for our sign faces. A gun with throw away nozzles that mix the epoxy just right was used to apply dots of adhesive all around. While the glue cured, quart-sized cans of screen ink were used as weights.

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