April '21

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1 0 0 G R A P H I C S P R O A P R I L 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 | R I C K W I L L I A M S W e do many different types of sign and graphics projects, from screen-printed pipeline signs and waterjet cut logos, to laser engraved tags and hazmat decals. But one of my favorite types of jobs is large cutout logos and let- ters for building walls, and generally the bigger the better. On metal buildings, larger items are easier to install since they will cross multiple corrugations and re- quire less spacers for areas that are unsupported. Some of these jobs are one color of aluminum laminate, or powder-coated aluminum sheet, which may be decorated with adhe- sive vinyls or digital prints. Others are done in layers of powder-coated aluminum, adding more durability to exterior colors than is possible with vinyl or prints of any kind. is month we'll look at a couple of projects we did recently that involved that type of work. Each job was fun to do and t our client's needs exactly. PROJECT NO. 1 e rst one was a building front display for a large manufacturer of specialty trucks and street sweepers that is locally located. We do a lot of small decals and tags for their n- ished products, but on this occasion, they were trying to improve the exterior appear- ance of their large, old oce building, high- lighting the two main products they make with photographic cutouts. e photo's images would, of course, re- quire digital printing. And if we are being honest about it, digitally printed colors, in full sunlight, will not compete for longev- ity with even solid-colored vinyls, and cer- tainly not with powder colors on aluminum. But this display would face east, not west or south (which get much more sun in our area THE BIG EASY TWO LARGE CUTOUT LOGO AND LETTER PROJECTS All the elements of the job were made from white aluminum laminate sheet. Three 5' X 10' sheets were more than enough. Our client wanted a large, simple graphic to highlight their products and improve the im- age of an old office building, and this was what we proposed, for us a fun job to do. (All imag- es courtesy Rick Williams) A waterjet can separate laminate layers, so some care was used to pre-drill pierces in tight places. But after that, the job cuts fast.

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