Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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76 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S e Big Easy Playing with paint – supersized wheel on it, or paper patterns can be perforated with an electric pencil that burns tiny holes in the paper as it arc's through to a grounded metal table top. In either case, after a pattern is taped in place on a wall or other surface, chalk or charcoal dust is patted through the perforation pattern leaving a mark on the wall or surface to be painted. But, the painter was having none of it, and they wanted to contract me to just go up in a manlift, posi- tion the pattern and tape it in place, mark the wall and then trace over the marks with a Stabillo pencil so he, the painter, could mask it off and spray the logo. I took the job, though I didn't need it, and gave him a price of $350 to get the drawing up there if they provided the manlift as the job was higher than anything I had that could reach it. As it turned out, the $350 would have been much too low a price, for it would later prove to be quite a chore to wrestle such a large pattern in place, and then trace over the thing while carefully maneuvering around in a manlift 60 feet up in the air. Of course, what eventually happened was the com- pany turned the whole job over to me, as their paint contractor gave things a second thought and decided to pass. So, I gave them a price of $1,500 to do it if they provided everything, and I expected it to take a day and a half. The half day was for messing with the pattern, the full workday for doing the painting itself. I was only off on the pattern part, and at first I did not really jump at the chance to take on the whole job only because I did not need another looming deadline to meet, and I told them so. But, in our area they found it extremely hard to find someone to do work like this, and get up and do a professional job of hand painting a large graphic on a build- ing or any other structure. The old guys who well knew how to tackle such proj- ects are mostly dead and gone, and there are no younger people coming up to fill their shoes. I could hardly think of anyone other than myself. S everal weeks ago a representative from a large industrial manufacturer in our area came into the shop to see if I could give him some advice or perhaps a bit of assistance in getting their logotype done in paint on a large scale-up on a massive building they had acquired. He told me that his painting contractor was going to do the painting, but the guy did not know what to do with a super large pounce pattern that had been sent from their main corporate office. The scale of the thing was quite large, almost 12' by 40' overall. The painter didn't even know what a pounce pattern was. Of course, pounce patterns go back at least to Michelangelo's time and are simply paper patterns that have letters or art drawn on them, and the lines are traced and perforated with very small holes. This is done using a small hand tool with a little spur-like Rick Williams owns Rick's Sign Company, a commercial sign shop in Longview, Texas. He has been in the sign industry since 1973 and documenting the sign business since 1986. Contact him at RickSignCo@ 76 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S B y R I C K W I L L I A M S Shop Talk MASTER'S TOUCH The final job, their logo 60 feet up and as big as a semi trailer, a total of two days work, though I expected only a day and half (always an optimist!)

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