04 Mar 3D signs installed to weatherboards on building
Mosman Rowers were after some 3D signs for the front of their premises facing the ocean. The location needed some safety gear to do the job as it was high and also over an angled metal roof 2 storeys above deck level. OHS guidelines these days stipulate that roof fixations were needed and installers would need harnesses to carry out the sign installation safely. A set of oars was purchased and painted up just like the logo. The 2 oars crossed over give the sign more character and dimension.
3D Acrylic letters create more impact for exterior building signs. The 3D letters used for this job are long lasting and durable. Acrylic letters are an upmarket alternative to using signpanels on flat walls. For a greater impact and to enhance the ‘3D effect’, strategic lighting from spotlights is used to cast dramatic shadows from the 3D letters onto the background of wall it is installed to. Acrylic letters are cost effective and durable. Acrylic materials are available from 3mm to 30mm thick. The letters can be custom sprayed to any colour. They are usually permanently installed by glueing the letters to the painted wall or brickwork, however in this case they are individually screwed direct into the timber weatherboards.
Another alternative is to use special standoffs to raise the letters 20mm off the wall. This is more suited for flat walls or for painted gyprock walls in offices and reception areas.
Other 3D letter materials commonly used are aluminium, stainless steel, brass and normal steel. There are a few composite materials available that give a metal brushed look in silver, gold and bronze. These are a more cost effective solutions for metallic looking 3D letters as they look even better than the real thing.
Fabricated Acrylic Letters
The ultimate 3D signs are made from fabricated acrylic letters. These are built from 3mm acrylic which is cut and bent to shape in a hollow 3D form. The finished letters are then be sprayed to any colour and ready to install. The benefits of this type of 3D letter construction is that it is extremely durable. 3D Letters can be made to any size, are easy to install and can be removed at any stage without any damaging the surface they are installed to. This makes fabricated letters perfect for businesses that will need to relocate or re shopfit at some stage.
An entry sign on a panel was made with a timber framed border. This was installed at the walk in entrance of the building on a freestanding frame and posts. The timber border over time will grey off and become more rustic giving the sign a lot of character or it can be sanded back and stained if needed. Again the timber and sign panel materials were chosen for their long lasting characteristics. Installation methods used allow for no visible fixing from the front which always looks best.