Traditional signwriters create any lettering, logos and artwork by hand. They use pencils, pens but mainly brushes and paint to reproduce anything needed. Most sign shops these days employ signmakers who totally rely on robotic machines to produce signs for customers. We often get customers asking us if we do signwriting as most sign shops only offer vinyl cut lettering or digitally printed vinyl stickers. We do stickers, prints and more, however all our staff are traditionally trained sign writers with over 25 year experience. In other words when we started out there were no computers to cut lettering and we learnt how to draw letters with correct proportions and hand paint signs, murals and more with signwriting brushes. We have the experience and knowledge to know what paint will work on what type of surface. Our staff have spent many years signwriting all types of jobs onto just about every surface there is! When you come to make an enquiry we can advise what will work best for your situation. If stickers will suit your project better and it works out cheaper for you, thats great. But if hand painted signs are more suitable or you just want that hand painted traditional look we can handle any project with our expert signwriting team!
We do all sorts of things apart from just signs. We make things out of acrylic, cut foam to shape, paint murals, make props for exhibitions and parties, do logos on driveways and concrete plus line marking for business. We can print images on canvas, or hand paint original art for product launches or advertising campaigns. We can do decorative stencils for shop floors, walls and paint specialty finishes as well. We can spray paint letters, objects or any type of materials. We also can cut and print frosted films (etch film) for homes, boardroom glass areas, privacy glass areas etc. We have helped many businesses with product development by hand painting and airbrushing prototypes such as vehicles, sports equipment, packaging, event booths etc.
Yes we do signage for all types of businesses in the Sydney area. We also make banners, signboards, honour boards, decals, stencils and more and deliver them interstate when requested. Our sign studio is based in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and we service all OF the north side on a regular basis, including Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Long Reef, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Terry Hills, St. Ives, Frenchs Forest, Allambie Heights, Narraweena, Forestville, and further north at Mona Vale, Newport, Bayview, Avalon, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. We also make up signs and freight interstate as well as undertake jobs in ACT or up and down the NSW coast subject to customers requirements and quoted jobs.
Look for signwriters with a great track record. Our signwriters have over 25 years experience in signwriting and graphic design. Collectively our staff have university and tafe training and education including fine arts, graphic design and signwriting trade qualifications. We can give you the options of print and cut graphics or any type of handpainted signs and murals which can be handmade to any size. You can be confident when choosing Absolute Sign Solutions as we can deliver:
We make all types of traditional or contemporary honour boards for schools, sporting clubs, institutions and corporations. Traditional honour boards are usually made from different types of timber and they can be plain or very decorative. Timber honour boards are stained and then coated with 3 or more coats of lacquer giving a high quality finish which is then ready to be signwritten with either gold leaf or vinyl lettering which can be designed with many different letter styles. If honour boards are handpainted or signwritten with enamel, they are then coated with proper gold leaf which is the preferred option for many schools and institutions in Sydney. Alternatively contemporary honour boards can be made from a few different materials such as clear and coloured acrylic panels with polished edges, or aluminium and stainless steel sheets. We usually use various coloured vinyl film to cut the lettering and then the honour boards can be installed with stainless standoffs which leaves a gap between the honour board and wall, giving a more 3 dimensional look. We can advise what might look best for your situation.
If a client wants gold leaf then we usually use a standard hand painted block type of lettering to give a traditional look. If we use self adhesive vinyl lettering for the boards then we can offer a few different type of fonts that work really well for honour boards as well as different colour combinations.
Gold leaf is real gold which is rolled and pounded until it is the thickness of the thinnest paper. It is then cut into sheets which we use to overlay hand painted enamel. This is an ancient process that lasts longer than any other types of decorative lettering. Gold leaf gives a traditional look and has that ‘authentic ‘gold sparkle’ that cannot be replicated with vinyl letters.
If you have an existing lightbox in working order, we can make new acrylic blades to replace the old ones. Its just a matter of removing covers, sliding out the old Perspex panels and slide in the new signs. If the lightbox is old, you need to determine if its still solid and safe. If so the wiring can be replaced if lights are not working and it can be repainted on the outside to make it look good. Otherwise we can quote to replace the old lightbox with a new one.
3D letters are any letter cut from a substrate. 3D letters are cut by either a router, laser cutter, hot wire or by hand. 3D lettering can be made from foam, plastics, perspex, aluminium, stainless steel and timber. Plastics and MDF can be cut from 1mm to 30mm thick. Metals can be cut up to 12mm thick. Foam can be cut up to 600mm thick. We also do fabricated letters from acrylic. These are hot glued together to any size with a hollow centre. Fabricated can be made to any size and are suitable for illumination with LED lights. They can also be custom sprayed to any colour.
We can cut very small foam letters as well as letters up to 2.2m tall and 300mm thick. Commonly if someone wants 3d foam lettering for a display or exhibition it may be 1m to 1.5m tall and 250mm thick. We can paint these to any colour and we can also make bases for outdoor applications if it may be windy.
Vinyl lettering is made from a thin vinyl sheet with self adhesive glue. There are different quality grades form 1-year vinyl to 10-year vinyl. Vinyl lettering comes in all sorts of colours including metallic finishes as well as silver, gold, chrome, blackboard and whiteboard.
We use a fast drying solvent based paint for our stencils and line marking as its fastest drying and customers don’t want to wait days to walk and drive on the newly completed markings. The paint is non slip and sacrificial, meaning it will wear out over time as does any marking on concrete and bitumen. Old and deteriorated surfaces will wear quicker than new concrete.
Perforated prints are just like normal printed vinyl (SAV) but with thousands of tiny holes 1mm or so perforated into the media. From the outside of the vehicle the perforated print looks just like a normal print unless you look closely and then you can see the holes. From the inside of the vehicle you do not see the print as the reverse glue layer is black, so its like a heavily tinted window as only half the light is being let in through the holes. Apart from the benefits of branding and having your message 24/7 on your vehicle, the perforated print will also give some UV protection and will help with security issues as it blocks viewing into the windows form a distance. With all our perforated window print signs we include a crystal clear laminate to help with clarity, enhance colour and give the prints a longer life.
Magnetic signs are durable and easily removable. Magnetics work well for people that require the option to remove there signage when needed – maybe on weekends or when they are contracting to another company and not wanting their business name showing. Alternatively companies who hire new contractors can have magnetic vehicle signs ready to install on their vehicles. We use premium vehicle grade magnetic that will stick to any flat metal surface and you wont have issues with them falling off. Make sure the surface is totally clean when applying magnetic signs, and remove every now and then wipe clean and apply again. If not using magnets signage, always store flat in a clean, dry environment. That way you’ll have signs that will last many years.
We only use high quality film for permanent vehicle graphics. By following these guidelines, your vehicle signage will look good for many years:
We often have customers requesting us to remove vehicle graphics for them. Usually theres no problem, just a bit of hard work. However sometimes an inexperience sign person or someone cutting corners has applied a film which really should not be left on your vehicle long term and this has caused it to effect the duco underneath. All the films we use at Absolute Sign Solutions are long lasting and have been tested over many years for durability and colour fade etc. We never have a problem removing films we have installed and are happy to quote car graphic removal for your business. Sometimes if your vehicle is old and the paintwork is dull we may recommend a quick buff of the vehicles duco which we can arrange for you at a very competitive price. The only things to consider when getting signage installed is if your vehicle has had body work done from a smash repair or touch up company. If this work has not been done correctly then the adhesive can take paint off your vehicle in these areas, however this is very rare.
Stencils are made from clear PET, which is very durable if looked after correctly:
By following these steps, your stencils will last for many years.
We rarely get asked this question as we have been signwriting in Sydney for over 30 years and most of our customers come recommended to us. We guarantee all our work, however different types of signs have different life expectancy due to whether it is a short term or long term type of job. For example a promotional window designed to last a month or two that is signwritten may last 10 years or more, but will start to fade after a year or two. A short term window with vinyl and prints could last up to 5 years even though it only needed to be up for 6 months or so. Rear vehicle perforated prints are only warranted for 1 year maximum, but can last for 3 to 5 years if vehicle is garaged, looked after, and rear window doesn’t get a lot of sun. Regardless of the type of sign we do for you, we only use premium products to give the best results for our customers. If you ask the question, we will give you a reasonable idea of life expectancy and tips for things you can do to help maintain your new signage.
Any type of sign will benefit from regular cleaning with a soft sponge or rag with water and detergent. This stops any dirt or grime from baking on especially where signs get full sun. Bird droppings are particularly acidic, so should be removed as soon as possible, especially on motor vehicles.