Kara, Brian, Barry, and Peg Leg the shop cat
Flat-cut aluminum composite lettering, with an airbrushed blend, mounted with stand-offs on 13-by-2-ft. aluminum composite sign face inserted into existing wooden molding. The wood plank background is a digital print with matte laminate.
Hand lettered and pinstriped in 1 Shot enamels.
Logo and vehicle designed then lettered with high performance gloss vinyl film.
Painted on 20-by-20-in. shaped aluminium composite panel, then “distressed with sandpaper and elbow grease”
High performance gloss vinyl graphics applied to an 11-ft.-by-16-in. aluminium composite fascia panel and to the windows.
Logo and vehicle designed then lettered in silver metallic vinyl with a digitally printed illustration. “The design was done with the help of the modified, fantastic Casablanca font from LetterheadFonts.com.”
Hand lettered with 1 Shot enamels
Oracal 751 high performance vinyl film
Logo and vehicle designed then done with digitally printed lettering (“No more long days of airbrushing vinyl!” Barry says) and high performance vinyl film.
Logo and vehicle designed then both the van and 8-ft.-by-40-in. aluminium composite sign face were lettered with Oracal 951 Metallic Bronze vinyl. The sign face was painted to match the van.
Cutout ¾-in. plywood panel painted with a mixture of old paints and 1 Shot enamel, then distressed with sandpaper.
Logo and vehicle designed then lettered with high performance vinyl and the digitally printed lettermark.
Hand lettering and pinstriping done with 1 Shot gold metallic enamel on 15-by-9-in. aluminium composite panel that was painted with enamel coach paint then distressed with paint stripper and black pounce powder.

Profile: Barry Robertson

Dundee, Scotland

By signcraft

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017

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Shop name:
Robertson Signs

Shop size: 500 sq. ft.

Staff: 3

Age: 34

Graphics equipment:
Easysign software
Two Graphtek plotters

Today we’re distressing some hand-lettered signs and making them into vintage signs—laying off after a busy week of commercial signs. It’s fun. We’ve been very busy and this is a nice break. We do a lot of signs using cut vinyl graphics, but we also do handcrafted signs.

My father, Brian, started the business in 1988, after 23 years in the trade. He has been a sign and coach painter since 1965. He’s 67 and semi-retired since last year, but still helps out a lot. His pastime is old lorries—vintage trucks.

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