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No-Maintenance Exterior Sign

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Kaitlin Boisvert, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Kaitlin Boisvert

    Kaitlin Boisvert Member

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    I have a client that wants a no-maintenance exterior sign and I'd like know if anyone has any suggestions.
    It will be a 17"H x 50"W panel with the client's logo in color.
    They want to be able to have it last a long time and only be pressure-washed when needed. It also needs to stay simple to keep cost down.
    Please let me know what you think! Thank you!
     
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  2. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    cut vinyl on white aluminum
     
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  3. kcollinsdesign

    kcollinsdesign Active Member

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    You could sell them a carved stone or concrete sign, or baked cermaic steel, and there are other options but they all cost a fortune or have limited applications. Your best bet is to design a sign using typical high-quality materials availble to the sign industry, then sell a maintenance and service package to go along with it.
     
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  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    We're running a special on this right now. White copy and graphics on a white background. 50% off and should last between 10 and 15 years, except for bird guano. That'll need some washing, but use mild detergents and you'll be fine.
     
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  5. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    as has been said the only signs that come close to that are Expen$ive. The subsurface fiberglass signs used at parks & zoos are one example and even they only have like a 10 year warranty. For the average customer a factory finished panel like dibond with cut cast vinyl graphics is going to last the logest for a reasonable price. But NO powerwashing! If they want it to last hand wash and wax with a spray on car wax a few times a year and it will extend the life significantly.
     
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  6. Z SIGNS

    Z SIGNS Very Active Member

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    gold leaf foam letters on a smalts background
     
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  7. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Calendared vinyl is OK on Dibond signs... the paint from the Dibond usually starts chalking out before the letters do anyway.
     
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  8. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    High performance vinyl on aluminum.

    one panel, no install should be in the $350-$450 range.
     
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  9. JBurton

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    Assuming this is a logo that requires printing, cut dibond and wrap an extra 1" around the panel, mount with tapcons and ge silicone II. If they want to spend a little more, break 063 around a 1" frame, wrap cast print material around the edges of that, mount with 90's tucked behind the frame, screwed top and bottom.
    If they don't require printing, pre-painted white materials with same options, but with cut 3m 7125, will last 'forever'...
     
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  10. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    I'm way off base here on my pricing. This thing is only 17" tall, talk them into 48" wide and you have a good usable drop. What do you get for a 4x8?
     
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  11. JBurton

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    No kidding! In my pricing scheme, this 17x50 might as well be a 4'x4' square of aluminum. At least it's not 17x61
     
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  12. GB2

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    Depending on what the logo looks like and what colors are involved...the best options are probably routed King Color Core or Corian. Let me know if you need it done....
     
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  13. Kaitlin Boisvert

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    Thanks everyone for your feedback!!!
     
  14. Old Timer

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    3mm or 6mm Alupanel with laminated digital print. should last a good long while.
     
  15. bob

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    Low maintenance? Exactly what maintenance is required for a typical flat sign? You put it up and in a few ayears it starts to look bad so you take it down and put up another. That is assuming that the excessively anal specimens who would have such a silly requirement would still be in business.
     
  16. JTBoh

    JTBoh I sell signage and signage accessories.

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    If they really want to powerwash it, 2nd surface paint on an embossed panface will last decades.

    Just have to talk them into it.
     
  17. jimbug72

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    Maybe the experts here would know better but if it's a digital print, it seems to me that a double lam would add more UV inhibitors and extend the life of the print
     
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