This featured project comes to us courtesy of Orange, California-based Coastal Enterprises, manufacturers of Precision Board HDU used in the signage and tooling industries. Here, they highlight the work done by one of their customers: Mayfair Signs of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Mayfair, coastal writes, specializes in powder coating of sign frames, something not many people are doing. They recently created a CNC-routed Precision Board HDU sign for their mailbox with a powder coated metal frame inside to protect it from the elements.
Kevin and Darren of Mayfair Signs recently created a branded sign for the company’s mailbox post. They offer signs, sandblasting and powder coating and really wanted the sign to show off those techniques. They used Precision Board PBLT-20 to fabricate the sign, which is 28″ x 15″ and 3″ thick. Darren did the design with Enroute Software and cut the Precision Board with their MultiCam Apex3r CNC. The cut time took about an hour per side with approximately two hours for painting.
Writes Coastal: “The sign is attached to a metal post that has been sandblasted and powder-coated so that they could show off the powder coated look. The HDU sign itself has a metal frame inside it for stability and resistance to rust. ‘When we do a metal frame inside an HDU sign, we’ll sandblast and powder coat it.’ Kevin adds, ‘It really cleans off the metal and etches the surface for the powder to stick to it.’
Kevin routed a slot into the two halves of the Precision Board and then attached the metal frame using PB Bond 240. ‘Where the eyelets are sticking out of the sign, they can be exposed to rust if not properly coated, and that rust can go down inside your sign.’ Kevin adds, ‘That’s why we powder-coat the inside metal as well to protect the sign.’
Mayfair Signs puts powder-coated metal frames inside all their signs for this reason. Whether it’s a hanging sign or a wall-mounted sign that has metal bolts going into a wall, the powder-coating protects the metal elements of the Precision Board HDU sign from the weather.
Mayfair Signs is family owned and operated. They have been making and selling solid cast aluminum house signs, cottage signs, custom garden plaques and address plaques for over 30 years. They have over 40 different sign shapes and sizes and more than 450 emblems in their cast aluminum line of signs.”