The good news is we just took possession of a brand new Shopsabre CNC router! The bad news is we didn’t have it when this project was going through the factory. So, cutting two panels for this project takes about 6 hours on the CNC router. The two panels make two signs. Once cut on the CNC, the panels receive their 3D printed rivets and begin the faux rust stage, a three-day process.
After a nice “rust” is achieved the panels are masked and painted with the 2nd color, a natural-looking satin aluminum. The dimensional letters are also painted and secured to the panels at this point.
Once panels are dried and ready, the last stage is to receive the “anti-graffiti” coating. This is a special spray coating that makes removing any graffiti even easier than our standard paint coatings and has a 5 year warranty.
This intense five-day sign process hinges on the last day and the anti-graffiti coating. If anything touches the anti-graffiti coating during the drying process the sign needs to start over. It is easy to degrade the finish and cannot be fixed and must be re-created. Luckily, we have not had to re-create any yet…but please knock on wood quickly for us!
Once drying time is achieved these panels are put in crates, up to 16 per crate (depending on sign type size) and are shipped to the client for installation. The signs are built with knife plates that are measured and sized to fit the final structures that the panels will be installed to.