A vinyl wrap can offer so many possibilities. Did you know that you can even wrap a lighthouse? Yes, that’s right, you can create a custom vinyl wrap to wrap a lighthouse.
Recently we discovered that Hilton Head South Carolina wrapped their lighthouse to commemorate the RBC Heritage Classic Foundation’s 50th Golf Tournament. Normally the lighthouse has a plain exterior, but this year they decided to change the outside of the light house from its usual look to the traditional plaid of RBC Heritage.
The job was obviously very time consuming due to the fact that the vinyl wrap had to be affixed to the stucco exterior of the lighthouse. As you can see, the time and energy was completely worth it! Hilton Head’s lighthouse looks incredible!
This has us thinking about other things we might be able to wrap with vinyl! Vinyl wraps are most commonly applied to cars, trucks, trailers, boats, floors, walls and elevators, but why stop there. If you’d like to see if we can wrap something for your business, give us a call. Together we can figure out how to apply a vinyl wrap to your item, just click to give us a call!
When we get an order to do custom vehicle graphics or lettering, we always need to know about the vehicle to which they will be applied. This makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Vehicle graphics that fit a Mini Cooper, or a Fiat will not work out quite right on a Suburban, or a Tahoe.
As you may already know, we’ve been very fortunate to be asked to do vehicle graphics for police cars belonging to a number of police stations. In case you forgot that we do police vehicle graphics, it’s ok. We’ve got a few photos at the bottom of this post!
Recently though, one of our friends at the Willoughby Police Department asked us to do a special police car. We’ve done K-9 unit vehicles and all sorts of vehicle graphics for our local police departments, so we thought they probably had in mind some slight variation of what they usually need from us. Nope, they needed something entirely different.
A Mini Police Vehicle! Yes, mini police vehicle graphics. We’ve done lots of full sized cars, but we haven’t actually made mini vehicle graphics before, so we knew this would be fun. Now this had to be identical to the police vehicle graphics we’ve done in the past. The car was a gift for a retiring Willoughby City Official and it was important that he have an exact replica of a vehicle from his very own police department.
How did we do it? We designed them tiny from scratch, printed them out and applied them very carefully. Sounds easy, right? Well, yes and no. We do full size vehicles, so this was very different for us. We had to be as detail oriented as always and be sure not to overlook anything. We just knew that if we missed something the folks at the police department would notice and then the retirement gift might not be as much fun for the honored recipient.
We would be remiss not to mention Laura and Cory, from our Signs PDQ team. These two took this project on with gusto and did a great job in no time flat. Tiny little graphics on tiny little cars is not part of their usual workload.
And of course, another big thank you to our Willoughby Police Department and to ALL of the police departments out there. Even the departments for which we haven’t done vehicle graphics! The truth is, we are grateful for our police officers and we appreciate the job they do every single day. Protecting and serving our communities is not always easy work, in fact it can be dangerous and probably even frightening. Without our men and women in BLUE, we’d all be lost.
If you’ve ever been curious about manufacturing ADA Signs, today is a good day for you!
We’re sharing a video and some photos of the process of making a batch of signs for one of our recent hospital jobs.
A lot of effort goes into the making of ADA signs. The portion of the process that you’re seeing on this post, is actually only a small part of the entire job.
Long before we do any cutting, painting or assembly we have to be sure that we’ve got every aspect of the job right. However, today we’ll jump straight into the part where we make the signs.
One thing that we have to do when we manufacture ADA Signs is match colors of the new signs to the existing signs, or to the company logo, or to the decor of the company buying the signs, or to the architect specs.
The color the client wants, is the color the client gets. Naturally, we’re very proud of the fact that we can match any color that comes our way. In the case of this hospital job, we used the Pantone Matching Color System, to get just the right colors. The blue in the photo on the left had to be exactly the right blue otherwise, it could easily clash with the blue currently used in the hospital. The point of having a sign is to be useful, visible and attractive. Clashing sign colors can disrupt the branding and decor of a building.
When you’ve painted a sign, or anything else, you have to let it dry, right? Imagine painting 100 (or more!) pieces signs and then having to wait for them to dry. The signs that are drying must be protected and allowed to dry. During this time, the signs can’t be bumped or touched and need to be protected from all liquid, dust and debris.
At Signs PDQ, in addition to having a new painting booth, we have several large spaces and racks specifically used as holding area for signs that have been painted and are in the process of drying. Drying time is usually only a few hours, or overnight, but those few hours are important to the final look of the signs we create for the client. If a sign is damaged during the drying process, that is a sign that we can’t send to our client. We would have to spend our time and our money replacing the damaged sign.
We’ve looked at the painting and the drying of these hospital ADA Signs. Once those signs have passed the process of being painted and allowed to dry, it’s almost time to assemble the signs. Not quite though, so far, the blue and the gray sign pieces have no information on them.
Now we have to make sure that we have all of the correct information on the other parts of the signs. That’s not all though, if we have 100 signs and some vary in size, we have to be certain that the correct information goes onto the right sign, of the right size. Since we have been manufacturing signage for many years, we definitely have a system in place to get this done quickly, correctly and efficiently.
that all of the pieces of these signs have been created, carefully color matched using the Pantone Color Matching System, lovingly painted, and have been left to fully dry… we’re still not finished!
Now we have to assemble the pieces of the signs to make them, you guessed it … compliant!
At this point we bring everything together and assemble the signs carefully and correctly, making sure that the pieces are a perfect fit and able to withstand normal wear and tear. Once again, e have to check and double check to be certain that an office sign plate is going on to a conference room plate. Sometimes many of the the signs for a building floor are similar in overall size, but that is no excuse for having the wrong name plate on a sign. Once we finish the assembly of our client’s ADA Signs, we check the signs (again), as we pack them to be sure that nothing was overlooked. Wework hard to avoid having an incorrect sign arrive at a client’s door.
Once the signs are checked and packed, it’s time for shipping. In this particular instance, these signs were delivered bySigns PDQ, personally, to a destination in another state. We offer numerous types of shipping, and we are committed to doing what is needed to get the job done.
Did you know that we offer blind shipping? Do you know what “blind shipping” means? Bear with us for a second while we explain:
Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale sell signs to construction companies, building managers, Operations managers, architects and anyone else who needs a sign, but we also sell signs to, and for, other sign companies.
There are many wonderful sign shops out there that know their business and produce beautiful signage. Sometimes those shops outsource large orders to Signs PDQ. Why do they do this? Usually it’s because they don’t have a certain piece of equipment or they don’t have the space required to paint and dry 100+ sign pieces. They still want to do the sign job because other than the ADA portion of the order, or some other large portion, they have everything they need to an excellent job. This is when they might choose to outsource to a company they know they can trust to get their clients’ signs created correctly and on time.
Blind shipping occurs when we happily allow the sign shop that brought us their order to keep the glory. After all, they got the job, they hired us, we do the work for them and we value their business. We are pleased to act as a silent partner. Guess what else… we get repeat business from those sign shops and we are grateful for it. Repeat business means that we did the job right and they are so sure of it that they stake their reputation on it. We understand this because every sign job that goes out from Signs PDQ, ADA Signs Wholesale or through blind shipping, is an example of us also staking our reputation on our work.
If the blind shipping client is pleased with the work, no one ever knows we were involved. If we ever blind ship signs that that are not good, everyone in our industry will hear about it.
It’s a good thing for Signs PDQ that reputation, integrity and honest business practices are at the top of our list of ideals.
Signs and Branding for a Child Care Academy, should be as clear, eye catching and attractive as the signage for any business.
When Signs PDQ got the sign job with Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy, located in Euclid, Ohio, they had a clear vision for their signage and branding. Noah’s Ark has given a lot of thought to exactly what is best for the children in their care, what they stand for as a company and about their brand.
Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy, opened in 2015 when Otis Thomas, encouraged by his mentor, chose to open a childcare academy committed to caring for, keeping safe and teaching children from 6 weeks of age, up through young school age children.
Before this Euclid, Ohio Child Care Academy opened their doors they took great care to understand exactly what parents demanded in a child care facility, what teachers needed the children to be prepared for once they reached school age. Just as importantly, they considered what would be most beneficial to the children for whom they would care each day.
Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy takes their business and their clients very seriously, and we’re grateful that they do. At Signs PDQ, many of us are also parents, we know how important it is to have a safe, caring and positive environment for children. Noah’s Ark’s branding and signage needed to be convey this message.
We understood and fully appreciated the vision of the folks at the Noah’s Ark, and fully agreed that we needed to have several important factors in mind when choosing their signs, sign materials, sign types and consolidating their branding message.
Here are just a few of the main points that were important to Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy and to Signs PDQ.
Safety – Yes, our signs are safe, but anything that could even possibly be easily pulled, peeled, etc was not an option for Noah’s Ark’s signage.
Security – Signage is very important for a child care facility, but it must never block the staff’s view of any possible danger.
Visibility – Signs always need to be visible and clear. This is how any business gets noticed.
Attractiveness – Not only did the signs need to be clear, they needed to be attractive, colorful and welcoming to both, children and their parents.
After having many discussions, taking many measurements, working within their budget and procuring proper permits, we set about our work.
Branding through signage
Noah’s Ark is located in a free standing building at 567 E 200th Street in Euclid, Ohio. The Academy has large inviting windows allowing passers by to see inside to certain common areas of the building. These windows also allow staff to easily see outside and monitor the parking lot.
The glass front doors of the academy have window graphics and lettering displaying the business name, phone number and hours of operation, as well as the logo. All while keeping with the Noah’s Ark theme. The entire window graphic, including the animals and the waves, are color matched throughout the design.
The window graphics across the front of the building’s windows are a perfect place to add character to this building and warm it up for the kids. The animal characters and the ocean waves attract attention, making the building easier to notice. It’s no coincidence that the kids love it, too.
The three building facades across the front of the main structure hold a series of backlit signs displaying the name of the company, along with the colorful window graphics. The backlit signs on the building, bring the entire look together. The images below show the building without signs, the inner workings of the back lit signs. The far right image shows the sign being custom created.
The next photo offers another view of how the look comes together with the backlit box signs in place on the building facades.
No matter what type of building or business you have, Signs PDQ can help you choose the right signs for your building and location. We can bring your branding together, for your business. Let Signs PDQ work with you to choose the right signs and sign materials to get your business noticed! Reach out to us today by calling us at 1-440-951-6651. You can also contact Signs PDQ through our contact page.