February '21

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6 8 G R A P H I C S P R O F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 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 threads. We could have wrapped small wire around the heads of the smaller screws for hanging when powder coated or painting and deleted the larger head screws altogether. (Note: As a test, I tried this micro-stud shallow thread technique to see if alumi- num letters as thin as .125" thick could actually be stud mounted, or even just hung for powder coating or painting with- out drilling holes through them. If done carefully, the answer is absolutely yes as shown in the photo on page 71.) EXTERIOR SIGN Out in the field, a hole pattern, which we had marked with the sharp micro- studs on the backs of our parts, was placed on the wood-faced monument sign and secured with thumb tacks. The most accurate way to drill a wood sign for stud mounting of any kind is to drill very small pilot holes first. Smaller diameter drill bits lessen the chance of them following the grain of the wood. A very small, sharp drill bit will ignore the grain, and the final drill bit size will stay on course in these pilot holes. This step is not unimportant, as it will make for a far more accurate install with fewer corrections to get letters lined up per- fectly. Our final hole size was from 1/8" to 3/16" in size depending on how accu- rate our drilling job was for each hole. We still had a lot of holes that would have to be filled in, and the sign would need to be repainted if the design ever changed, but no real damage to the wood was done. Clear silicone—very A pattern was printed on paper and then parts were set over the pattern accurately pressed into place, creating an accurate hole pattern for the install. In this small box were several layers of studded parts with corrugated plastic sheets placed between layers. Some parts were hung for coating with hooks, others were daisy-chained together with small wire (like the ones in this picture). After coating, the buttonhead screws were removed, and smaller #6 size stainless screws were threaded in place to create micro-studs.

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