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6 0 G R A P H I C S P R O A U G U S T 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 the blade clears the material. A smooth steady speed is required, not too fast or too slow. After the cutting was done, and with the paint mask stencils still in place, the edges were painted with a coat of satin black latex paint, as the bare foam edges were dull, grayish, and not that attractive. The clean black edges would make the brushed gold faces of our parts stand out on our client's wall. We then removed the paint mask sten- cils to see that there were no flaws, small dents, or imperfections in our parts. It is much better to catch these problems in the shop and replace a part, than find out the bad news while in the field. After in- spection, they were covered with transfer tape, which was trimmed to fit and left in place until the parts were mounted. Not even a fingerprint was allowed. FINISHING TOUCHES AND INSTALLATION The original logo job we did is shown in some of the pictures and featured a num- ber of small block letters and some larger Roman-style letters. All of that was cut by hand, and I eventually made three of these logos for our client's three locations, plus another logo or two for another client, all out of one 4' X 8' sheet, turning that $125 sheet into several thousand dollars-worth of logos. These two new logos, produced for the same customer undergoing a name change, were much simpler but approximately the same size. The way I intended to mount these larger, simpler parts was different, however, as they would be stud-mounted using a stud method of our own devising. Letters of this larger size, even as light as this material is, require a good bit of dou- ble-sided tape and perhaps some adhesive for backup. I hate messing up a client's wall more than is necessary and determined that a few well-placed "studs" would work nicely and do little damage to their wall. The stud mounts would be well-glued to the backs of the letters, but the wall would only suffer a few small holes of no more than 3/16" diameter, with a small dab of silicone sealant in each one. Repairing the wall the next time some- thing changes will be a 10-minute affair with the right touchup paint. Also, stud- mounted items are never going to move or loosen even when cleaned by a careless custodian. To make our glued-on studs, since this foam material certainly could not be tapped for threads, we used some 2" square scraps of aluminum laminate sheet, with a single #6 X 3/4" flathead stainless- A small, sharp screw is threaded in place, and its head is countersunk so the pad remains flat for gluing. A new protective mask is applied using transfer tape, and carefully trimmed in place. On the backs of our parts, the places where pads will be glued in place are scuffed up with sandpaper. The pads were scuffed as well. Our stud mount pads are made from small square pieces of scrap aluminum laminate and small #6 size stainless-steel sheet metal screws. Clear silicone is used as an adhesive to secure our stud mounts in place. Each pad is drilled with extra holes to give the glue (which will hold them in place) more to bond to.

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