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Kid Proof

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by drew_psg, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. drew_psg

    drew_psg New Member

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    We are trying to redo desk signage for a desk at a children's clinic. We installed brushed metal 3m vinyl and dimensional letters on a large curved desk about 1 1/2 years ago and kids keep damaging the sign. The customer doesn't blame us, but is looking for a more durable option. The length of this desk is around 125" wide including the curve. Any ideas?
     

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  2. ddarlak

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    I'm assuming they are picking off the dimensional letters? how much tape do you have on the back, i would think full coverage with the appropriate tape would be good enough..??..?
     
  3. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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    Maybe mount a piece of acrylic and do vinyl sub surface of it. Keep the little fingers from messing with it a little more. Could use standoffs on the acrylic. Use a larger frosted piece on the backside and make it a little nicer. Not sure how severe the curve is.
     
  4. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Solid aluminum warterjet cut dimensional letters bolted to a stainless steel metal plate?
     
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  5. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Second surface print or engrave on 0.25" polycarb. Through studs with stand off caps to finish. Once and done.
     
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    Depends on what the kids are damaging
     
  7. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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    I like the engraved polycarb idea. Engrave on a clear sheet and light the edge and the letters will glow.
     
  8. bannertime

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    You could just cover the existing letters in a slightly oversized strip of clear polycarbonate. That'd be my first option if the existing letters are still good. No idea how it'd look.
     
  9. Johnny Best

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    Agree but with laminate stainless steel (Wilsonart carries it) which you can get up to 12'. The kids are eye level with it and the brush metal vinyl is being peeled off. Stud mount the letters with good adhesive, not silicone.
     
  10. Gino

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    I'd be a little leery of anything metal that's left exposed. All a kid hasta do is get a cut or puncture from a corner of a letter and they'll have a lawsuit on their hands instantly.

    It's a shame to hafta cover it at all, because it looks like it gets some natural lighting from an open skylight above, creating a nice shadow. Perhaps going the other way and carving into the substrate will still create a nice highlight and shadow then clearcoat the living daylights out of it, to protect it.
     
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  11. DerbyCitySignGuy

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    We do a lot of signage in hospitals (including children's hospitals) and there's honestly only one surefire way to keep kids from messing up signs and graphics: put them out of reach. Is there a soffit above the desk you can mount to?

    If you want to keep what you have, maybe some stand offs and plexi or something to physically block the surface?
     
  12. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I do signage for our local hospital too and I also do dimensional letters on the soffit where it is out of reach. I don't think kids are the only one pulling at the letters
     
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  13. Johnny Best

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    If you used standoffs and plexi, the kids would hang off of that and probably pull it down and the whole piece would come crashing down. Not a good idea.
     
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  14. DerbyCitySignGuy

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    That's probably true.
     
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