Author Archives: Chris Lovelady

Tips & Tricks: Slice up graphics for easier application

Whenever we have to apply a long line of vinyl lettering—across a 4-by-8-ft. panel or long banner, for instance—we’ve learned that the application… Read More

Hide those fasteners for a cleaner installation

If you don’t like the look of screw heads or other fasteners peppering a sign face, try this simple technique we often use… Read More

Step-by-step: Using computer-cut masks for glass gilding

Like many sign makers, Chris Lovelady did gold leaf lettering on glass using traditional methods—patterns, japan colors and brown quills. That process delivered… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this way-finding sign?

One of the hardest-working types of signs is the everyday way-finding sign that guides people through a building or around a campus. They… Read More

Hidden hardware keeps this installation a secret

While working on a large sandblasted sign for a local restaurant, I kept trying to think of an easy, unobtrusive way to assemble… Read More

What’s it cost to produce the graphics for this enclosed trailer?

Materials Vinyl and application tape: $606 Digital printing: $115 Total: $720 Labor Design: 3 hrs. 15 min. Cut and mask film: 2 hrs…. Read More

Convert a photo into an Illustration

There are so many companies out there selling clip art that the sheer number of images seems overwhelming. But for me, it never… Read More

What’s it cost to produce these box truck graphics?

We’ve done two of these box trucks, plus a pair of plastic faces for an illuminated sign for this furniture store. The company… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 3-by-6-ft. monument?

Materials: HDU board: $973 Pressure treated lumber: $75 Paint and misc.: $85 Hardware, concrete mix: $55   Total materials: $1188 Labor: Design/sales: 2 hours… Read More

What does it cost to produce this post-and-panel sign?

Materials: Post and panel kit: $879 2½ sheets of ¾-in. PVC board @ $162 each: $405 Paint: $45 Total materials: $1329 Labor: Design/setup:… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 30-by-60-in. entry sign?

Materials: One sheet of ¾-in. PVC board … $173 One sheet of ½-in. PVC board … $129 2-by-4-ft. of 1-in. HDU board …… Read More