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December '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2017 • 29 MASTER'S TOUCH Restoring Painted Signs: Let Me Count The Ways Various methods to add a fresh coat of paint to older signs Steven Vigeant owns Berkeley Signs, a commercial sign company serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985. Visit his Web site at or contact him at B Y S T E V E N V I G E A N T Looking for Trouble S ign restoration work almost always requires a traditional painted approach to make the worn-out sign look new again. Let's take a look at some of my most recent restoration projects and how I was able to complete the projects. Geo. M. Martin Co. For this restoration I made a tracing of the sign as I attempted to address a few inconsistencies left over from the two or three re-lettering jobs this sign had survived in 75 years or so. Some of the stroke widths and serifs were a bit too random, and cried out for some careful adjustments that I made as I traced the original. I elected to paint the entire background right over the gold so that the black would look even and clean. I used satin black Rustoleum that looked great but created some challenges later because the subtle sheen made touch-ups seem obvious. The 23k lettering was applied with 12hour slow oil-size, and W&B patent gold leaf. Historic sign possibly from the 50s or earlier that had been restored at least once. Tracing paper sketch with some minor consistency adjustments to the original. Restoration with 23k gold and a near matte vintage style back- ground.

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