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Westside Family Dentistry

September 29, 2016

 

Westside Dentistry of Durant, Oklahoma was opening a new location and needed some high quality, signage to promote their business. They contacted the experts at Dallas Digital Signs because of our reputation for making unique, high quality signage for our corporate customers. We designed contoured aluminum panels with random swirled finish to accent Bold, antique bronze metallic dimensional lettering. After producing the lettering, we went to work priming and painting them. We applied several coats of Dark Bronze Hammered finish, gradually building up a thick, durable texture.  Then we dampened old rags with diluted gold metallic paint and applied it to the edges of each letter to give the impression of a natural patina.  After cutting and de-burring the aluminum backer plates to an expanded contour of their corresponding letters, we applied a “swirl brush” effect on them.  We use a large 7" grinder with a medium grit sanding disk to produce this distinctive finish which is applied by hand by our skilled artisan sign builders. After experimenting with several patterns we found that applying overlapping loops of “small, big, small” motions with the grinder would achieve the effect that our client were looking for. We then coated the panels with aircraft grade clear coat to protect the unique finish from weathering. 

​The lettering was assembled upon our arrival on-site. It was a simple matter of attaching the studs and spacers and affixing them with hex nuts. The fasteners were then all sealed with clear silicone to prevent corrosion or loosening. After assembly we marked the locations of where the mounting studs would enter the exterior of the building. Using a hammer drill with a 5/16 masonry bit we drilled three inches into the brick and mortar to provide a snug, stable fit for the studs. The holes were then filled clear silicone to seal them in place. When we were finished, Westside Dentistry had some beautiful, eye-catching signage that set them apart from their competitors.

 

 

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