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December '14

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2014 • 97 Step 17: Final cleaning rub and scrape with cotton and blades until clean Step 18: Mark middle of window, fold pattern at mid-point and line up with center mark. Step 19: Tape reversed mask inside the glass slightly above vertical center line. Step 20: Cut mask in sections with scissors or blade. Step 21: Before applying mask, put down some placement tick lines to limit sagging or other distortions as the vinyl hits the glass. Always cut the exposed backing paper without tearing it to avoid getting paper fibers under the mask. Step 22: Squeegee down mask con- sistently over transfer tape. Slowly pull up the tape at the proper angle to avoid yanking up parts of the outline. Step 23: Remove transfer tape, then squeegee down again while protecting the vinyl with the used vinyl backing paper. Step 24: Check for tunnels, cuts or other flaws in the mask along the edge of the mask and repair them with mask- ing tape. Step 25: Determine a strategy for how much gilding will feel comfortable in manageable stages. Step 26: Preserve can of Fast Size by pouring off a suitable amount into a separate smaller container. Step 27: Mix size based on preferred tack and "open time" duration, which should leave around an hour to work, but is usually less. If mild/rainy or cool use straight 1 hour size. If breezy/ hot or directly sunny, mix in a little 12 hour slow size into the 1 hour. It might take only a few drops to add a few minutes of valuable open time. Step 28: Filter size with cone paint filter if necessary. Step 29: Clean oil out of sizing brush or select a new foam brush. Step 30: Apply size in two or three cross-hatch stokes letter by letter or two. Pick up heavy areas and runs and move excess to next letter. Stop stroking before size looks rippled or thickly over-lapping. The coat should settle down to a nearly optically clear layer with no visible tex- ture. There will be small dust specks etc. but don't sweat them because they really don't show much. You might hate every imperfection but they usually add to the glitz, not detract. Step 31: Pull up outline almost immediately or within 20 minutes with X-Acto knife and gloved fingers. Waiting I already have some gold applied on the front using my staged fast size system of choice. The word "Hotel" on the far side has size on it and is waiting to tack. And the word "Golden Gate" in the back has no size at all yet. Using the soft gilder's brush I swipe away all of the tags and excess gold. The brush is better than cotton because there is usually still a chance to add gold to a stray bare spot. However if cotton is used at this point the tacked size will probably be clogged up and ruined as the cotton fluff sticks to the holiday.

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