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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A P R I L G R A P H I C S P R O 1 0 3 recommended to our client, since this job went on a recently completed metal build- ing wall that faced due west and in full sun. Any type of vinyl overlay or digital print would have a shorter life than the custom- er would be happy with. Fortunately, this local school system was willing to pay a bit more to have everything solid aluminum with powder-coated nishes done in three colors: white, maroon, and gray. We own a large router, but I again used our old Omax 5' X 10' waterjet because I know how to run it better than the router. All the parts were made from mill nished 5052 aluminum, .125" thick. e front side was bued or prepped with a ne grit ber disk or with 220-grit sandpaper and a disc orbital sander. e small, sharp burrs left by the waterjet on the backs of the parts were sanded away as well. e light gray metal building was a new eld house for a local school's girls varsi- ty softball team. e small city of White Oak, Texas was built originally by oileld money and the boys' teams are named the Roughnecks. The girls are called Ladynecks. All the letters would be done with two layers of powder-coated metal, and the derrick logo required three layers of powder-coated parts. e design was left totally up to me, and those in charge were given a selection of three design variations. Fortunately, they had the good taste to choose my favorite (doesn't always work that way). In this case, only parts of letters or logos that did not This rack of maroon parts was joined by another of white parts, and a small number of parts coated medium gray. Four sheets of .125 mill finish 5052 aluminum was required to supply this cut file. Before beginning the install, all parts are spread out in handy fashion along the build- ing's wall. After prepping for powder coating with 220-grit paper or a fine fiber disk, parts are hung for powder coating. Our old waterjet, located across the street from the sign shop, made short work of these large aluminum cutouts.

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