Blue Water Escrow Opens With New Orange County Building Signs

Orange County Building Signs: Blue Water Escrow of Newport Beach

Blue Water Escrow has just had Sign Clemente create and install the latest of our Orange County building signs.  This sign looks elegant and definitely catches the eye.  Take a look at the pic of our latest installation of Orange County building signs.

Stainless steel building sign greets visitors to Blue Water Escrow

Stainless steel building sign greets visitors to Blue Water Escrow

When Surterre Properties wanted to open its new escrow company, they turned to Sign Clemente.  The first thing we did was study the sign plan for their office park.  Orange County building signs are often governed by sign plans which restrict the type of sign a tenant may install.  We worked with the property owner, Irvine Company, to ensure that their Orange County building signs were in compliance.

More Than One Way to Make Orange County Building Signs

Most Orange County building signs are made one of two ways.  The non-illuminated variety are usually make of acrylic as a facing, and foam to provide depth.  As you look around at Orange County building signs, you will see this is usually the case.  This is a very economical way to make logos and letters. The illuminated variety are aluminum bodies with either acrylic faces for front lighting or aluminum faces for back lighting.  These are the most common types of Orange County building signs.

Blue Water Escrow’s sign is a notable exception.  These are stainless steel formed letters.  You will see the finer Orange County building signs made this way.  They are dimensional in that they are 2″ deep.  They are not solid stainless steel, but formed out of thick sheets of metal.  The stainless steel is brushed for a matte finish.  These letters make beautiful Orange County building signs.   Because they are stainless steel, and because of their rugged construction, they promise to be long-lasting and maintenance free.

How We Install These Orange County Building Signs

This type of building sign has studs that come out the back.  This makes it possible to stand the Orange County building signs off the wall 1/4″.  Standing letters off the wall provide for even more depth and dimension.  This requires us to drill into the concrete wall, which is common, to insert the studs with adhesive.  It makes for secure letters and outdoor signs.

More Orange County Building Signs

Another example of great looking outdoor signs is that of a company in San Clemente called Kelpac.

Another example of formed letters

Another example of formed letters

Kelpac was acquired by PPG industries.  They engaged in a re-branding effort and that involved their Orange County building signs.  What you see in the pic are formed letters like Blue Water Escrow except these are made of aluminum.  The logo is digitally printed and applied to the face.  These Orange County building signs really stand out!  They too were installed with studs drilled into the concrete wall. Kelpac can expect their signs to last and look great for years to come.

 Don’t Scrimp on Orange County Building Signs

Studies by the Small Business Administration and others consistently show that outdoor signs are the best marketing investment you can make.  People often try to save money on their Orange County business signs.  We at Sign Clemente help you avoid unnecessary costs, but cheap signs that fade and disintegrate send a bad message to your public.  We call these “signs you can’t afford” because they are almost better than no signs at all.

See this well-made video on the Importance of Signage

Check out this video on what the SBA has to say…

And that’s it for Orange County Building Signs!

Orange County Signs: Going to the Dogs

Llighted sign shows off Pet Treasures in San Clemente

Llighted sign shows off Pet Treasures in San Clemente

Orange County Signs Get Creative

When the new owners of Pet Treasures in San Clemente wanted exposure on their busy street, who did they call for Orange County signs?   Sign Clemente of course!  They wanted something creative, something that conveyed what they do, which is cater to dog fanciers.  This latest of our Orange County signs features a sign shaped like a dog bone.  When people drive by and see a street full of Orange County signs, they can’t help but notice this one.  See more Orange County building signs here.

How Orange County Signs are Made

This unique version of our Orange County Signs is basically an aluminum cabinet.  The back has rows of white LEDs which light up the sign at night.  The face is translucent acrylic with translucent graphics which announce the name of their store: Pet Treasures.   Only five years ago, this sign would have been lit with neon.  The neon would be formed into a grid pattern to fill the cabinet with light to comprise one of our Orange County signs.  Neon is always a great source of light.  The problem is that neon is very fragile over time and requires servicing after a few years.  These Orange County signs covert house power into an average of 12,000 volts so they use lots of power.   LEDs on the other hand, are 12 volt.  They use less than 10% of the power required by neon, and last years without servicing.   Now you can invest in Orange County signs lit by LEDs for the same price as what neon used to cost.  Plus you save on power and installing Orange County signs with LEDs is less labor-intensive.

You and Orange County Signs

Providing great-looking Orange County signs is our business.   This year marks our tenth year of creating and installing eye catching Orange County signs for businesses that want to attract new customers, stamp a brand in the minds of their customers and stand out from the many messages that bombard us all.

One of our signs that you see throughout Orange County

One of our signs that you see throughout Orange County

A creatively designed sign, one that captures what you are all about, is one of the best marketing decisons you can make.  Orange County signs tell the customer or prospect that you are in business for the long term.  It shows them where you are so you can find them easily.  It brands you, sets a tone, defines your image.  Study after study shows that dollar for dollar, your Orange County signs is the best investment you can make for attracting business.Graphics catch the eyes of passers by.

Don’t Cut Corners on Orange County Signs

What do the big box stores like Good Guys and Staples have in common?  They all invest in the largest signs that their respective municipalities allow.  Orange County signs like the IKEA sign off the 405 attest to this.  Orange County signs is not the place to cut corners.  Faded acryic, rusty metal, lighted letters that are burned out, these are all signs of neglect which reflect badly on your business.  These are Orange County signs that do you a disservice.  Cheap materials only hurt you in the long run.

But you don’t have to be concerned with Sign Clemente’s Orange County signs.  We use no-rust aluminum.  Our enamels are industrial grade.  The vinyls we use are of the high performance variety meaning that they are the longest lasting available.  We don’t want to put our Orange County signs out in the world to reflect badly on you or us!

Vehicle Graphics Is Mobile Advertising

Check out one of Sign Clemente’s latest vehicle graphics installation!

Vehicle Graphics and Mobile Advertising

If you have a company van, box truck or any other vehicle, and you are not engaging in vehicle graphics, you are missing a golden advertising opportunity.  Vehicle graphics is virtually free adversting.  Think of the hundreds of pairs of eyes that your service and delivery vehicles pass ever day.   The more traffic, the more eyes see your message.

We at Sign Clemente have even prooven it to ourselves by having our own vehicle graphics generate phone calls that have turned into vehicle graphics, mobile advertising, business.

Three Main Ways to Advertise with Vehicle Graphics

One way to vehicle graphics is door magnets.   They can often look great, but there are a couple problems with this sort of vehicle graphics.  One is that they look temporary.   Often they look like the person with this sort of vehicle graphics is not proud of their business, and only wants their graphic showing part time.   The other is that they can blow off on the freeway.   Many car’s doors are no longer pure steel in that they are often alloys that contain non-ferous metals.  Magnets won’t stick well on many Volvos and Saturns for example.  Also, unless you dry the backs of the door magnets frequently, the moisture can close the clear coat on your paint finish.  Not Good!

Another way is vehicle wrap.  This is an attractive and compelling way to mobile advertising and vehicle graphics.  The wraps cover the entire vehicle and can really extend your message to all those eyes out there.  This is, however, and expensive way to go.  You will get a great return on your vehicle graphics, but plan on spending some cash up front.   You will need a graphic artist to design all the panels that will go on while paying particular attention to body hardware.  You don’t want a key phone number interrupted by a door handle!  Plan on about $3500 for the wrap itself, plus whatever time involved in the design process.   Sign Clemente can help you with this.

The most common way is cut graphics.  That is what you see in the video.  This is the most cost-effective way to go with vehicle graphics and mobile advertising.  We can include both digital prints and spot color. Plus, it takes a lot less time to install.  The vinyls we use are usually rated for at least five years for digital and seven for cut factory-colored vinyl.

Call Sign Clemente for your vehicle graphics needs

If you have a fleet, or just one van or panel truck, give us a call.   We have been installing vehicle graphics now for over eight years and can make recommendations that can help get more customers calling you!

Building Signs

In Orange County, Building Signs get your business noticed

Outdoor building signs are the number one way that new customers find businesses. The amazing thing about outdoor building signs is that they do their job and draw in customers even when you are not there; they are on-duty 365 days a year, rain or shine, and they always look good.

Given that the average outdoor sign lasts ten years, and rarely needs maintenance, it’s clear that  well designed, smartly-placed outdoor buidlign signs will repay their initial investment many times over. Good signage makes good sense. When building signs are modern, unique, and creative, they can’t help but attract new business.

Staples and Building Signs

Ever notice that the big-box stores like Staples and Ikea alway have such bigh building signs?  Consider how national brands and franchises are able to use  building signs to both draw the eye and remind customers of past visits. Branding and design are critical components of great signage, and we work closely with you to create the look and feel that’s perfect for your business. Or if you already have a well-designed and branded look, Sign Clemente can create the best sign for your space.

What goes into Building Signs?

One of the exciting aspects of outdoor building signs is the great variety in styles, materials, and lighting that we are able to utilize. We love to work with LED lights, which look fabulous and have the potential to be both halo lit and back lit, and thus really stand out sharply. Another great advantage to using LED is that it won’t fail the way that neon-lit signage can. Neon signs will generally begin to flicker or otherwise fail after a few years, but LEDs are typically expected to last at least 100,000 hours (which is more than 10 years). Not only that, on the rare occasion when an individual LED burns out, there are enough lights in any given letter that it’s not generally noticeable. While maintaining bulbs and keeping your lighted signs functioning is always important, you don’t want to have to be dealing with that sort of thing very often.

Whether we are creating signs for Irvine, San Clemente, or anywhere else in Orange County, a primary concern of ours is to design and build signs that last. We’ve all seen old, worn out signs, that have either been damaged by weather (which, in Southern California, would likely take decades), or have been destroyed by birds or other small animals. The latter happen with certain materials, such as foam, that are easy to peck at. We are able to prevent this by treating foam signs with a stucco finish around the edges. This is done by mixing paint and sand, and it gives letters a unique and artistic texture. It also protects against weather and wind far more than paint alone, and birds aren’t terribly interested in it!

We also often recommend using metal which, while more expensive than foam, has the benefit of lasting almost forever. Choosing the right type of metal is important; a sign with streaks of rust that run down the wall is unappealing, and customers tend to think that poorly maintained signs reflect a poorly maintained business. Using aluminum, rather than sheet metal, is one way that we insure good-looking metal  building signs that will stand the test of time. Paint adheres to aluminum especially well, which means that your signs won’t ever rust. And because we use automotive-grade paints, which are designed to deal with wind, rain, and heat, your signs will look beautiful for many years to come.

And now, read about Finding History In These Hills:  Building Signs Around Town; or, How to Make

If you looked up you could learn a lot about the building’s history. I would add that looking down also yields clues to the past. In Kerrville there are many signs of the past around town, not just old buildings, but real signs.

Publish Date: 08/03/2012 18:12

Adding to Orange County Signs: PPG Rebranding


PPG Buys Kelcourt Plastics and Needs New Orange County Signs

Kelcourt Plastics has been a thriving company in San Clemente for a number of years.   Last year PPG Industries acquired the company and renamed it Kelpac.  Hence it needed  new Orange County signs.  The Kelcourt Plastics were in pretty bad shape-  foam and plex Orange County signs that were rotting and faded.

It was definately a bad look!

New Orange County signs in San Clemente

Improved Materials for Improved Orange County Signs

Being PPG Industries, the customer wanted a strong professional look.  Sign Clemente was called in to help with the rebranding effort and new Orange County signs.   The new Orange County signs are constructed of enameled aluminum.  The logo, which is really stricking, is a digital print with a gloss laminate.

Installing Orange County Signs the Hard Way

As the backs of the aluminum Orange County signs are hallow, they cannot be mounted with tape and glue.  They have to be stud mounted which means lots of drilling for holes, hundreds of holes.  Since the building is concrete tilt up, that means lots of drilling into concrete and occasionally rebar.   These Orange County signs are not going anywhere!

The customer is enthused and they love their new and improved Orange County signs!

And check out this interesting article on restoration of an old painted sign.

New Orange County Signs

Look for New Orange County Signs

Sign Clemente is completing two new projects for Orange County signs.   One is for a rebranding effort for Adidas, the other for Chronic Tacos.  Both are lighted  Orange County signs, but very different from one another.

New Orange County Signs in Newport Fashion Island

The Adidas project uses halo lighting for this one of Orange County signs.  Halo lighting allows the light to shine out the back.  We use bright white LEDs for this affect.  (not shown in this pic)  This sign also uses push through acrylic.  We have written about push through before.  It is literally acrylic that pushes through the routed spaces in an aluminum panel and provides dimension.  The light shines through the edges of the acrylic and provide the glow you see in the pic to the left.  The affect makes for beautiful Orange County signs.

Chronic Tacos and Orange County Signs

You may have noticed Chronic Tacos popping up all over town.  They have lots of Orange County signs!  Currently, Sign Clemente is working on a new set of channel letters in Mission Viejo.

The store is already operating with lots of customers, so much the better once we install this latest of Orange County Signs.

Shine On Orange County Signs

We have written consistently about the value of lighted signs.  Especially for the two recognizable companies- Adidas and Chronic Tacos- these signs will definately attract new customers when they see the Orange County signs.

And here is an interesting article about illuminated signs that applies to Orange County Signs.

And an informative slide show demonstrating the application of LEDs to a light box similar to some of our Orange County Signs.



Outdoor Signs: Spotlight on Y-3

Adidas Rebranding Effort and Their Outdoor Signs

Adidas, it seems, is engaging in a considerable rebranding effort, which includes their outdoor signs.

outdoor signs
Old look of an Adidas store in Newport Fashion Island

Like their old signs, their new signs are to be lit.

We are doing two outdoor signs for the company, one in Newport Fashion Island, and the other in
La Jolla.
These outdoor signs are LED powered, and will look spectacular because they will be both halo lit and front lit.

Special Features to These Outdoor Signs

In addition to halo lighting, the new outdoor signs will have push through letters.  Push through as we explained before, as extra dimension to outdoor signs while the light emits from both the side and fronts of the letters.  See below:

outdoor signsView of new elements to replace the old at Adidas Y-3

Shine On Outdoor Signs

These signs will attact new business by virtual of their creativity, their uniqueness and their modern design.  It is also important to note that all outdoor signs should be consistent with the look and feel of the business, its branding and it merchandise.
Now take a look at this video about outdoor signs, it is well worth watching.
And that’s it from Sign Clemente on outdoor signs!


Lobby Signs: Honeywell Completes Their Rebranding Effort In Santa Ana

Lobby Signs: Honeywell’s Latest


Lobby Signs
New Lobby Sign

Honeywell’s local rebranding effort with Sign Clemente is nearly complete.  To the left is Honeywell’s latest of their lobby signs.  As we wrote in our other blogs, Honeywell bought Sperian who makes industrial safety products like ear protection.   They needed new lobby signs.  We have now installed in San Diego, Santa Ana and Tijuana.  Lots of signs!

Lobby Signs Are Only Part of It

Sign Clemente has also installed large cabinet directional signs (we will review in our next blog), handicap signs, and illuminated building letters.   Lobby signs were just one part.  With Honeywell’s orange/red, there logo has added a striking look to their properties.  (See their new monument make over).

How These Lobby Signs Are Made

The Honeywell lobby signs were all made to cover any damage left behind from removing their old Sperian signs.  Rather than remove the old letters and have the dry wall filled and repainted, we used 1/2″ thick PVC and painted it white.  Then we cut flat clear acrylic on a CNC router to shape the letters for these lobby signs.  They were then painted with industrial grade enamel to the customers colors.  These made beautiful and practical lobby signs!

Now check out these great-looking lobby signs from our friends in Chicago!


Preventing Outdoor Sign Failure | outdoor signs

Why do some outdoor signs fail?

We at Sign Clemente like to  take a look at why some outdoor signs fail so we can ensure that yours don’t.  Take a look at the photo.  These letters are what is called in the industry, “foam and plex”, meaning that they are made of acrylic (“plex”) laminated to foam.   We make lots and lots of outdoor signs out of these materials.   It is hard to say what ruined  these outdoor sign letters, it could have been the weather, but in Southern California, it is doubtful.   Birds like to peck at foam sometimes, and that is the more likely scenario .
What can be done to prevent this?  We like to add a stucco finish to the edges of the foam on outdoor signs.   Stucco finishes are really just thick paint that has been mixed with sand.  The rough edges give the letters a creative-looking texture, but more importantly, the coating provides a great deal more protection against hostile elements than paint alone.  Birds don’t enjoy pecking at stucco, and the thicker coating is just more durable.

Metal Letters and Outdoor Signs

Another way to prevent sign failure with outdoor signs is by going with metal letters.  Sure they do cost more, but they last a lifetime.  The industry used to incur failures when metal letters were made of sheet metal.   Sheet metal is a soft alloy that usually has a galvanized coating.  However, it is primarily a ferrous metal and can rust even with the best paint job when used for outdoor signs.  Sometimes you see rusting letters with streaks of rust running down the wall.  Not a pretty sight!  That sign owner would be better off without outdoor signs, because a failing sign like that represents a failing business in the mind of a would-be customer.

The best prevention of  rusty  outdoor signs is aluminum.  Sign Clemente rarely uses sheet metal these days, relying on aluminum.  This metal is more expensive, especially because its manufacture is so labor intensive.  However, paint sets up well on aluminum and it will never rust.  And speaking of paint, we like to use automotive-grade enamels that look great and last for years and years on outdoor signs.
Another failing that we all see often is when  neon outdoor signs becomes defective.  Sometimes the entire sign goes completely dark, but more often you see some of the letters lit, and some out.  When you see a neon sign partially out for weeks and week, you have to wonder how well the sign owner manages its business.  The cause can be several things:  detoriorating wiring, broken or cracked neon or just a transformer that has finally failed.   It often takes a sign installer hours to repair a neon sign by the time he diagnoses the problem and runs off to secure the replacement parts and reinstall.

Who Turned Out The Lights in Those Outdoor Signs?

The remedy for neon failure is LED lighting.  We rarely use neon either.  Not only do LEDs require about 1/10th the power, but they are much more reliable when used for outdoor signs.  You can expect to have problems with your neon sign in about three to five years.  However, LEDs are usually rated for at least 100,000 hours.  Even if one or two LEDs go out, there are enough LEDs in a letter to disguise the fact that one has failed.

Having great-looking and long-lasting outdoor signs requires a little planning and sometimes a bit more investment up front.  But the payback is outdoor signs that keep on selling for you day in and day out for years to come.

Postscript:  You just might get a kick out of this blog from Signs of the Times Magazine:

It’s Better Outdoors | Signs of the times

For years, I’ve been driving past this sign that appears to be in the process of being swallowed by the tree it’s nailed to. Finally today I stopped to take a photo, and I discovered there are at least three of the  outdoor signs.

Publish Date: 02/28/2012 22:08

Irvine Signs | Spectrum International

The latest addition to Irvine Signs

New Irvine signs at Spectrum International’s new corporate headquarters

The newest Irvine signs are found at Spectrum International.  They selected Sign Clemente for their

Irvine signs.  Spectrum International is in the business of high-end auctions.  They have a wine division and a coin division, just to name two. Their building and Irvine signs can be seen right off the north-bound Newport Freeway just before the Dyer exit.

What are those Irvine Signs?

 Spectrum has three new Irvine signs.  The photo shows non-illluminated acrylic on foam that rises above their entrance.  A proud and exquisite look!  The other two Irvine signs face the freeway.  Both are lighted  Irvine signs using power saving white LED’s.  One is for Spectrum Wine Auctions, the other is for Spectrum International.

Shining Irvine Signs

Lots of studies show that Irvine signs can be the best marketing investment a company can make.  Think of the thousands of pairs of eyes that will see those shining Irvine signs as they travel up the freeway.   These  signs will be invaluable for years to come for establishing market presence.  Survey after survey shows that business report getting more new customers from their signs than radio, print advertising, television or direct mail.  Further, the cost per contact, which is defined as each time someone sees your message, is absolutely the least expensive of all.

See our guest blog on another Irvine sign:

Irvine Signs | Irvine Signage

An article about lighted signs in Irvine CA for OC Bumper & Body.

Publish Date: 01/02/2012 12:44

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