It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Paint progress on excavator sign

Since the last time I posted about this project we've made a little progress. First a coat of Coastal Enterprises heavy bodied, water based primer was brushed on. Extra texture was created in key areas, such as the lettering, in the process.

Then base coats of color were brushed on. Finally layers of glaze were brushed on and gently wiped off to create the weathering, grime and dirt we needed to make this sign look believable.  In this shot Rebecca is putting the finishing touches to the load of gravel in the bucket.

I couldn't resist showing a closeup of the tracks and pile of dirt to show the rich colors Bec was able to achieve. It makes me smile every time I walk by!

Tomorrow the lettering will get its last coats of paint, making the sign ready for it's debut (in pictures) just in time for my talks at the Atlantic City United States Sign Conference next week.