Sign & Digital Graphics

July '17

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78 • July 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL worse—Babb says the monument sign is then covered with a polyurea hard coat- ing that gives the sign its durability. The real magic then begins as Babb's painting department goes to work, pro- viding the most amazingly realistic range of faux finishes and details imaginable. Painters such as CFF's Crystal Hunley can craft highlights with faux brick, stone or any number of surface details, all built to last for years. "There is as much variation in a sign size as you can dream up," Babb adds. "The only limit is getting it onto the truck when it ships." Jacquie Devine, marketing manager with Watertown, South Dakota's Signs By Benchmark, says her company man- ufactures its own expanded polystyrene in-house, allowing her staff to cut, carve and layer the product if necessary for a sign design. Devine's staff are also able to help on the creative end, if a client needs a little help. "If they don't have a firm design in mind, we offer advice based on the avail- "We start with a client's design in a vector format and import it into our computerized cutting tables," says Custom Foam Fabricators CEO Kristin Babb. "We use one-pound polystyrene foam blocks and cut all of the sign components, including the body of the sign, trim, graphics and text, all using a computerized hot wire." (Photo courtesy of Custom Foam Fabricators) Most prefab monuments can be installed by a two-person crew. (Photo courtesy of Signs By Benchmark)

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