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Looking for someone who can make replacement channel letter faces off of tracings

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by drew_psg, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. drew_psg

    drew_psg New Member

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    Help!! Needing replacement channel letter faces, but do not have original production file. Does anyone do this using tracings? Or does anyone know a good way to make a good digital file, I can't take photos straight enough to vectorize myself.
     
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  2. Z SIGNS

    Z SIGNS Very Active Member

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    Trace the old faces onto the new plastic and cut with a bandsaw / jigsaw
     
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  3. henryz

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    Only way to do it Z Signs.
     
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    Z SIGNS Very Active Member

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    Another way would be to remove the cans double stick tape the plastic to the back of the letter then run a flush trim router around the letter
     
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  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    you'll never get it right from a photo, as you only have like a 1/8" tolerance before you're screwed in either direction.
    trace letters onto acrylic, drill the inner corners with a 1/8" bit before cutting with jigsaw (else chance having shatter-points where jigsaw lines intersect)
    ...if you're replacing faces that no longer have the acrylic letters available, then use a piece of coroplast, or better yet the piece of acrylic you intend to use, to span the can and trace.
     
  6. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    Hand cut. In fact, it's occasionally cheaper to replace a whole set of letters...
     
  7. Mike Brice

    Mike Brice New Member

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    agreed. We are working with a client on this same thing. We talked them into 1 new can and we are hand-cutting the others based on tracing
     
  8. spectrum maine

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    hand cut - spray mount pattern to plastic & use 2" beaded styrofoam as a cutting board. easily cut 6-10 per hour. file burr off edges. old school is the only way. somebody could spend hours digitizing & not get better results. now if it was multiple sets you could find a large format scanner & put it to use.
     
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