A sandblasted cedar sign for Cardinal Plaza Shell. We were contacted by the owners of Cardinal Plaza Shell with request to build a custom cedar sign. The custom layout was created by Travis Brandon to the specifications provided by our customer. The design requirements were strict. However, our customer provided good samples of signs that they liked, to serve as inspiration for our design. In the end we made it work. A beautiful gold leaf design was also created and installed on the front window of the station office. Creating Custom Designs – Cardinal Plaza Shell
To being the process, we route the custom cedar to shape. Then we prime the cedar before applying a rubber sandblast mask to the face. Masking protects the raised flat letters, logo and trim during the blasting process. Kevin Nick manages all of our blasting projects, has 30 years of experience in the trade. Kevin is a Master Blaster! Consistent blasting brings out the attractive grain of the wood.
Painting Cedar Signs
The next step is painting. We always use Sherwin Williams paints, exterior premium latex. The final step is size and 23 karat xx gold leaf, which is applied carefully by hand. Timing during the gilding process is critical to achieve the correct shine and adhesion.
Finally, I designed custom powder coated steel brackets for the face. These brackets look great with the oval sign shape and they add necessary support.
There are many factors that go into making the perfect handmade sign. Above all, patience and good communication with our customers. These types of projects cannot be rushed because every little detail is important.
Contact Us today and get a quote for your new dimensional cedar sign! We would love to create a beautiful sandblasted cedar sign for your business too!
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