Written by: David Buck
Well here it is. A local business called and said that their sign company called and backed out of job less than 2 weeks before the grand opening. I was called and asked if I could give them a hand. The sign requirements were new to me and I had not done this type of work before. No Neon and No Vinyl, what kind of sign is there left. Paint???? Yup that’s right. I said that I would try to meet their deadline. After I got the e-mail with what they wanted and scanned and uploaded into my sign software and OMG what a nightmare. 4 hours later with blood shot eyes and severely cramped fingers, I got some images that can be cut. Cut you ask, yes, I am cutting painting mask for this job.
I ordered the sign blanks 4′ x 8′ (3 sheets). I spent most of 3 days designing, plotting, cutting, masking . I received mask in two days , but the sign material took about a week, which left me with only 5 working days to finish, well there goes the weekend.
The first sign went well and took about a day. the second took about 2 days and the last pair ( 2 – 4′ x4′) were the nightmare. Multiple applications of the paint mask to get the color combos correct.
Originally I thought of using vinyl for this job. But to my luck the Flat black was the only color that I could find. Oh I forgot to mention that the whole sign was to be flat or satin finish, and if that wasn’t the worst, no manufacture that I looked at has the light green that the customer picked out. Most of the paint that I was able to get was gloss with the exception of the black. So I finished the signs with a satin clear as a last coat.
I enlisted the help of a good friend to help with the install. The first two large signs went up easy peasy. the pole sign, well lets just say it was a ^%$&^%$#&^^ er.
Who would have thought that a neon shop would be making a painted sign……..surprise.