Design: 30 minutes It took me about a half an hour to put the layout together.
Cut vinyl film: 30 minutes The signs required three colors of film.
Weed and mask: 60 minutes It took about an hour to weed the cut graphics and mask them.
Cut panels, drill and mount: 60 minutes I cut the three panels from a sheet of aluminum composite material [ACM], then bolted them into the step frames.
Apply film: 30 minutes I used a little application fluid and applied the graphics.
Here’s one of the three completed double-faced signs.

What’s it cost to produce these three jobsite signs?

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Materials:
Three 18-by-24-in. aluminum
composite panels — $75
Three metal sign frames — $54
Stainless steel screws
and nuts — $24
Vinyl film — $66
Total materials — $219

Labor:
Design — 30 min.
Cut vinyl film — 30 min.
Weed — 60 min.
Apply vinyl — 30 min.
Cut sign panels — 30 min.
Drill panel and mount — 30 min.

Total labor — 3 hours 30 minutes

A local construction company that’s just starting out needed a few basic jobsite signs. They had a few remodeling jobs underway, but were also about to start building a house. They wanted signs to use on these sites.

IMM is the owner’s last name. I chose a bold roman letter for that, and it gave a nice corporate look. I grouped the rest of the copy into blocks to organize it for easy reading.

They said they wanted the signs done with blue lettering on a white background. I used two different shades of blue. On IMM I used navy blue, then I used process blue for the rest of the text and the color bar. A yellow rule under IMM adds a touch of color.

Cut vinyl works well for signs like these. It lasts longer than a print, and it’s very practical production-wise. These signs will last a long time if they take care of them.

I enjoy doing this type of sign work—it’s simple and to the point. Once on the site, these signs work 24/7 and are a great value for the customer. The first call they get from someone who got their name from that simple site sign often pays for the signs many times over.


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