MJO Signwriting was commissioned to reinvigorate a projecting sign for a Paul Smith Location at Covent Garden, this article follows the process step by step.
Preparing the surface.
So the first stage of this refurb project was to sand the surface & remove the rot, & stabilise the affected areas. I accomplished these steps by; cutting out the rot with a chisel, brushing away all dirt & loose bits, & building up the mass using 2 part body filler.
Second was the general shaping of the newly applied filler areas to better resemble the profile of the sign frame, I mainly used a scraper and sandpaper, but did start the process with a sander to remove the initial bulk of the over built filler areas.
Stage 3 saw to even the surface and make ready for undercoating, this stage was mainly sandpaper work working through levels of grit up to 180 for final sanding. To finish, the surface was wiped down with white spirit and left to dry.
Undercoat, Topcoat, Gild
Stage 1. The paint work began with a double coat of tinted primer applied to to entire surface(both sides)
Stage 2. A double coat of a custom mixed Black 1shot paint
Stage 3. Once paint is dry a mixture of egg white and water is painted across the surface to assist with the gold not sticking to unwanted areas. *not pictured
Stage 4, Prep the lettering layout and attach to surface
get to WORK yo!!!
Stage 5, drawing the design is accomplished by dusting the back of the layout page with a contrasting chalk colour & drawing over the design. This is similar to using carbon copy paper.
Stage 6. Application of gold size requires a smooth and steady hand for a fine finish, timing is also key. Check the time-lapse video of one side being painted at the end of this article
Stage 7. Applying the Gold is done when the gold size has reached a level of drying that leaves it tacky but firm. The gold transfer sheets are placed, using gentle pressure a finger is rubbed over the painted areas. the gold sheet is peel back and applied to next area...
Stage 8. The final thing to do is to clean away any excess gold that is left over. I tend to leave this stage for 24 hours to let the gold size fully cure. A dry soft hair brush and cotton wool are used to gently clean away the excess gold. Occasionally the gold will stick persistently to unwanted spots, a soft brush with warm water will handle these stubborn bits.