Manufacturing and Installation Services
We take pride in being a flexible company. A major business area is making custom wood and HDU signs and plaques for direct end user clients (businesses and residences) , but we also build large custom wood and HDU signs as subcontractors to commercial and residential development contractors and wholesale our products to other sign design studios and sign companies and shops.
Wholesale and Subcontractor Role. Because we are a sign manufacturer, we may subcontract to another sign company to build and install someone else's design (either a client or another company). We also sell unfinished signs (other company or user paints or varnishes) and also sign components (cut-out letters, appliques, sculptures and moldings) to other sign companies, as well as finished signs. We will also sell signs to other sign or design companies or retail sign shops who have direct contacts with clients. We have ongoing business relationships with over 90 sign shops and design studios nationwide.
Areas of Expertise. We stick to our areas of expertise, which include all types of sandblasted, manually routed, CNC routed, or hand-carved HDU and wood dimensional signs; wrought iron and steel sign hangers and support structures. .
Sign Design Services. Usually we develop our own sign designs, but we also "build to print" existing designs or duplicate an existing design. We use several high-power computer programs for sign design, including Adobe Illustrator CS5, Vinyl Express 8 (Flexi), Adobe Photoshop CS5, Alibre Design (3D CAD),Vectric Aspire (3D modeling), Vectric V-Carve Pro, and Carvewright 3D CNC Sculpture Design. We have an enormous library of both 2D and 3D art. We have an outstanding capability in image processing and graphic arts design and display for signs. We have several vinyl cutters which we use to make sandblast masks and vinyl templates and stencils.
Woodworking Services and Products. We have a large full-service woodworking shop and can assemble large wood signboards from individual planks. We have multiple bandsaws, scrollsaws, jigsaws, planers, routers, sanders, drill presses, joiners, and small powered tools such as Dremels. We have a state-of-the art sandblast booth that can handle up to 14 ft signs. We also have a 5 x 10 ft Shopbot PRS alpha with 4HP spindle and two Carvewright Computer-Numerically Controlled (CNC) woodworking machines, which can produce 3D wood and form appliques, including scanning and duplicating existing 3D sculptures. We have experienced craftsmen who can hand-carve prismatic (V-cut) engraved letters, as well as wood and foam sculptures and appliques, and our CNC machines can also cut prismatic V-cut letters for a wide variety of fonts as well as complex sculptures and appliques. We also build wood and steel posts, beams and sign support structures.
Wood Types. We work with both softwood (redwood and Western red cedar) and hardwoods (mahogany, oak, maple, cherry, walnut, teak and rosewood). We also use weathered barnwood and vintage timbers for rustic-looking signs. However, much of work is done with High Density Urethane (HDU) because of its longevity and ease of carving. We also use Extira and MDO signboards for some projects.
Wrought Iron and Steel Fabrication Services. We make our own iron and steel products in our metal shop in Murrieta for few-of-a-kind products, and we also partner with a family-owned wrought iron foundry in Mexico to fabricate large production jobs. We make all all types steel and wrought iron sign external and internal supports, hangers, and racks as well as other wrought iron products. These are low cost, high quality items with excellent workmanship, and we do custom as well as production work. We use various types of welding, bending, and fixture techniques. We zinc coat (twice) and either powder coat or Rustoleum paint (twice) all our wrought iron items.
Painting Services. We also have an extensive painting capability, including a large enclosed certified paint spray booth for varnishes , stains, and oil enamels. We also use a variety of specialized paint rollers and airbrushes and artist brushes for our signs. We have an excellent capability in exotic and rustic (e.g., weathered or antique) finishes, and are experienced in gold, aluminum and copper-leaf gilding, as well as bronzing. We have drying racks to provide a perfect finish to our signs. Our spacious paint shop is protected from dust by air cleaners and filters.
Installation Services. We install wood and HDU signs in Southern California, including monument signs, wall signs, street signs, roof signs, building signs and post signs. We will install a foundation, perform brickwork and stonework, and install electrical lighting. For other parts of the country and Canada, we will contract to a local sign company to install the signs we supply to them, if you wish
Refurbishment ServicesWe refurbish wood and HDU signs in the Southern California area only. We either remove the signboard and take it back to our shop, or refurbish it on-site. Refurbishment includes replacing rusted or corroded attach hardware, replacing rotting posts or beams, repairing the signboard if damaged or split, sanding, and repainting as required so it looks good as new. We can also give your sign a new look by changing colors, changing logos or other art. We can apply an epoxy resin (fiberglass) protective overcoat to better protect the sign before painting it. After multiple coats of paint on background, letering and trim using Mathews sign paint, we finish the refurbished sign by applying two or more coats of an acrylic polyurethane 2-part clear-coat. Refurbishment costs from 50% to 70% of the cost of a new sign.
If you are a sign design company or retail sign shop, feel free to call us about being your supplier for wood and HDU signs and components, wrought ironwork and steel supports.
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