Subdivision Sign Options
Subdivision sign options can range from brick monuments with metal letters, to stone bases with sandblasted cedar signs, to MDO plywood signs set in decorative iron work on a single post, which happened to be the type we just finished in Waynesboro, VA. Darren Crosier, owner of Crosier Landscaping in Staunton, approached Augusta Sign Company, formerly Tree Street Signs of Crimora founded by Mark Hackley in 1991, to help with a subdivision entrance renovation last summer, and we just recently completed the project.
The existing sign was identical but it set below the grade of the main road making it difficult to see. Crosier’s company was hired to re-landscape the entrance and along with it they were contracted to raise the sign from a 6′ height to a 10′ height above grade. Working with the City of Waynesboro, approval was granted for the changes. The sign renovation was a 3 step process:
Step One involved removing the old sign and replicating it. I purchased a sheet of 1/2″ thick MDO plywood, traced the old oval shape and cut the new shape with a jig saw and easing the edges all around with sandpaper. After priming and painting the oval, I traced the old graphics using paint thinner and brown Kraft paper, an old sign painter’s trick! The thinner makes the opaque paper transparent to do a tracing. After it evaporates you can apply black pencil to the back and trace onto the new sign or in this case onto beige vinyl that I hand-cut in the shop and applied to both sides of the sign, an exact replica of the previous sign. Step Two involved rehabbing the sign frame: I sanded, primed and repainted the ironwork structure with semi-gloss black spray enamel.
Step Three was obtaining a new 6″ X 6″ post and 2″ X 8″ boards to surround 5′ of the bottom, then stain with 2 coats of solid color oil stain made by mixing 70% Penetrol with 30% of the green enamel used for the sign.
The sign was picked up by the customer and installed by his crew, then I went back and made a few necessary touch ups after all the work was done.
Mark Hackley is owner of Augusta Sign Company, Waynesboro, VA 22980