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First 3D Sign. Advice Please

Discussion in 'Dimensional Signs' started by Speedsterbeast, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Speedsterbeast

    Speedsterbeast Active Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Thunder Bay
    I have been asked by a friend to quote on a sign for his Tavern.
    He wants 3D Letters (8 of them) in a times new roman font.
    Requested finish is a brass look.

    The space to work with is 29" X 30' stucco face (not sure wht is behind it)

    I am looking for advice on materials and installation techniques.

    I do not have a budget given, so I would like a few options.
    I am thinking anodized aluminum, foam or wood. Any of these three I would not have a clue where to start so anything would help.
    I would also be willing to farm the work out to a signs 101 member if I could get some guidance on installation along with it.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. DRPSignsNGrafix

    DRPSignsNGrafix Very Active Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    Gemini if you don't have the way to make in house. Decent price and good turn around time. Then just install with mounting hardware.
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    +1 gemini -- stud mount into stucco fascia
  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    +2 gemini.
    great turn-around and a product you can guarantee for life.

    otherwise, if you don't have a router but want to do in-house, you can cut a vinyl/paintmask pattern and apply to wood/metal/whatever and jigsaw it by hand.
    MDF is the cleanest-cheap way to go about it, but I'm a bigger fan of expanded PVC plastic upwards of cast plexi/aluminum sheets for quality.
  5. Brad Knight

    Brad Knight Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    I would do these in house - CNC route the letters, or - if you don't have a CNC machine, the hard way would be to make MDF templates of the letters, something like 1/2" MDF would be fine - cheap enough to toss if you mess up and start over and easy enough to shape to where you want it.

    Then using the templates as a guide, you would cut the actual letters out of HDU. It really is the best material for any outdoor dimensional signage. As far as the brass goes - I'd look at a product called sculpt nouveau - I used their copper coating on a 3D flag that's hanging in front of my house, and it's developing a natural patina because it's actual copper. Brilliant material. Their 'class C' material can actually be buffed and polished. http://www.sculptnouveau.com

    Then stud mount the letter to the wall. AKA, mount studs to the back of the letters with epoxy – drill corresponding holes into the wall, partially fill the holes with silicone (don’t over fill, TRUST ME, it makes a HUGE mess), you can put a piece of high bond tape onto the back of the letters to hold them onto the wall while the silicone sets/cures. It gives you a semi-flexible bond to the wall because the wall will move when the HDU won’t.

    ... or the cheaper/faster/easier way would be to call Gemini.
  6. GVP

    GVP Active Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Swift Current, SK
    +3 Gemini
  7. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
  8. Speedsterbeast

    Speedsterbeast Active Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Thunder Bay
    Thanks all. I contacted Gemini Today.
    I will consider using MDF with a cut vinyl template as well.
  9. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    print out letters very large on your laser printer as a template.
    Cut the letters using a jig saw and mdf for material.
    Cote them with two coats of shellac.

    Paint them with 1shot brass or sculpt nuveau Brass B.
    Done. It will be brass. Very lovely. Very low priced.
  10. ShinySignage

    ShinySignage New Member

    Jul 31, 2012

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