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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 F E B R U A R Y G R A P H I C S P R O 6 9 little of it—was used to secure the parts in place on that monument sign. The masking that had been put on the surface of each letter was not removed un- til the sign was finished and the glue was set. Getting any amount of silicone on the surface of the logo parts is a pain, so the transfer tape protective coating we put there stayed until the end. Again, it is important to note that our micro-studs were stainless steel so they would never create rust marks or stains on this light-colored wooden sign, even over many years. Since we were not using regular aluminum threaded studs, we needed to go stainless for our modified hardware. INTERIOR SIGN The sign looked great and the client was happy outside; now it was time to get the inside done as well. Typically we would cut acrylic letters or logos on our laser, but the large "S" of our client's logo was bigger than the sheet size of our laser, so all the acrylic parts were waterjet cut; the thin aluminum parts that decorated them was to be water- jet cut anyway. A typical sign shop CO 2 la- ser may mark or engrave metal, but it will not cut through even thin .040 aluminum sheet. Once all the parts were produced in black acrylic and brushed silver aluminum, the metal overlays for the silver surface of this logo were applied using thin, clear double-sided tape. We used banner tape, which is perfectly fine for inside work, but not that great as a permanent metal to acrylic adhesive if going outside (don't ask me how I know). But, we did not want to This is the final version, with a powder-coated silver address added to the top. This cut file was for a black acrylic logo cutout, which included .040 thin brushed aluminum overlays applied to the acrylic. Out in the field, the pattern was accurately secured in place with pushpins into a wooden-surfaced monu- ment sign. This sign involved a lot of parts and a lot of drilling, but the damage caused by all the holes was kept at a mini- mum by the use of special smaller shop-made studs. To keep a drill bit from following the woodgrain and being inaccurate, pilot holes of very small size (again 3/32) were drilled as straight and true as possible.

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