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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 7 1 is not a good thing. The lines in the wall are what the human eye will see. The photos do not show this, but the large "S" of our client's logo was bulky and somewhat heavy, so with the pattern in place, we tacked very small nails along the bottom edge of where the "S" would go to support its weight and ensure that when the micro-studs were pushed into the wall, the part was level and located ex- actly where it needed to be. The four smaller parts were aligned with the pattern and also just pushed into place on the wall. Care was taken to ap- ply pressure directly over each stud so the studs would go straight into the wall. No adhesive was used, but unless someone se- riously tries to remove the logo, it will stay exactly where it was placed. Installing this second logo this way did no damage whatsoever to the decorative wall inside our client's reception area, and any future revision of things will not re- quire repairing damage first. This is no small thing, as that type of repair might well require replacing much of the wood on that wall. Jobs like this are fun to do and can be made to suit the customer's needs even more than he or she is aware of, protecting them from future expense and repair, and giving the client a high-quality product that will last for many years to come. GP RICK WILLIAMS owns Rick's Sign Company, a commercial sign shop in Longview, Texas. He has been in the sign industry since 1973 and has been a contributing editor to Sign Business, Sign & Digital Graphics, and GRAPHICS PRO since 1986. Contact Rick via email at This photo shows the final look of this composite shop-made logo, installed without damaging our client's wall. As an experiment, these three aluminum letters, only 1/8" thick, were set up for hang- ing for coating and potential "no hole" stud mounting, a real trick with .125" metal but possible. Dulling the points of the screws with sander or grinder first is a must. Shop-made mini-studs, very sharp to penetrate the wall without drilling, are made from modified pushpins and small parts cut on our laser. A pattern, in sections, made of thin poster board that is also laser cut was used to ac- curately guide the installation.

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