Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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64 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL tape for this). The nal install showed no hardware at all, though there were really quite a few well-hidden screws. The "Leadership Longview Lounge," which is a teacher's break room at an out- door teaching facility designed to teach kids pedestrian safety, was done much in a slightly different way. In this case the black acrylic lettering units, which have silver vinyl graphics applied to them, were not to show any screws. But because of the uneven "plank" surface they went on, using adhesive was out of the ques- tion. Stud mounting with pads was an option, but we chose to go a different route. The solution was to put an inexpen- sive backplate behind the cutout graphic parts, cut with enough of an inline so the visible graphics hide them completely. Since none of this would show, screws could be used to mount the backplates quite securely. Once that was done, the real cutout acrylic graphics were perma- nently installed using both double-sided tape and 100 percent silicone sealant- adhesive, with no hardware showing at all. We make shop-fabricated signs that have little or no exposed hardware. An example of a set of small architectural signs we made for a local church will serve as good illustration. Architectural signs like this—with faces made from one sheet of material and not dimensional— are easily fabricated with basic tools. The top "hardware-less" layer was adhered in place with double-sided tape and silicone adhesive. Inexpensive aluminum laminate back- plates were screwed to this rough wall first, and they were inlined slightly to keep them completely out of sight but permanently mounted in place with counter-sunk screws. These letter jobs, done in sections and in two layers, are still easy and clean installs. This letter display was done in sections of glossy black acrylic, with lettering done in silver vinyl over unpainted acrylic, and all was mounted to a rough "plank-like" wall.

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