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!

Orange County Signs, Your Constant Sales Person

Who Does Your Selling When You Are Not There?


Orange County Signs Do Your Selling

Z Tejas Sign Marks the Spot

Unlike employees, Orange County Signs never have to go home, never get sick, go on strike, take breaks or have bad days.  Orange County Signs sell for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  They sell for you whether you are there or not.

No wonder, study after study show Orange County Signs as your best marketing investment.  One such investment was made by the popular restaurant at the South Coast Plaza, Z Tejas.  Their food is great, but they had a visibility problem in spite of their  existing Orange County Signs.

South Coast Plaza- Orange County Signs

They called Sign Clemente for help.  We created and installed two signs in Orange County– one on a pilaster facing the parking lot, and the other in the mall itself.  Even though they had two signs in Costa Mesa to start, one was up very high, and hard to see when close to the building; the other was by one of the doors, but small.

The first of Orange County Signs was the pilaster sign.  It is made of aluminum for durability, and stud mounted directly into the stone.  One can’t but see that one is approaching the restaurant as they walk from parking lot to mall.  It has been there several months so far, and is holding up perfectly.

The second of Orange County Signs is a hanging sign inside the mall.  The restaurant has another entrance from the inside of the mall, but customers could walk right past it unaware that Z Tejas was so close.

We constructed a sign using PVC and acrylic.  On the PVC we applied a patina that is exclusive to Sign Clemente to emphasize their southwestern ambiance.  All other elements of the sign were enameled.

Orange County Signs are Built to Last

This is a unique sign among Orange County signs, and we wanted to make sure that it was properly fixed in place.  The hanging bars are stainless steel, threaded on the sign end, while the PVC it attaches to is also threaded.  Epoxy was added to ensure strength.  The bases are also stainless, and clamps on to the shafts.  Those bases screw into studs in the ceiling making one of the mall’s most stable of Orange County Signs!

Orange County Signs – Importance of Signage

This is well worth watching.

So why are Orange County Signs so important? Check out this video on what the Small Business Administration  has to say.

Orange County Signs-Speech of the Street

Learn how Sign Clemente can increase the value of your business location and increase your gross revenue.

(this was produced by Signtronix)


Lots of foot traffic now sees that hanging sign—proudly one of Sign Clemente’s Orange County Signs!

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

Lobby Signs: Installation Video

See our first shot at a lobby sign video!

We learned a lot on this short lobby sign video, stay tuned for more.


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!


New Irvine Signs

Latest of Irvine Signs- Focus On BioStructures

New Lobby Sign in Irvine

One of the newest Irvine signs is a lobby sign for BioStuctures.   This is one of our premium Irvine signs as it is made of 3/8″ thick brass.  It was heavy!  The lobby sign was cut out using water jet.  The this lastest of Irvine signs was ozidized in an acid bath and hand rubbed for the antique finish.
This latest of Irvine signs is mounted on studs to hold it off the mounting surface about 1/2″.

The Value of Irvine Signs In Your Lobby

Your brochure, your business card, your website; these are all graphical ways of creating ever-important impressions on your customers. Lobby  Irvine signs are no different. When your customer, vendor or investor walks through your door, what instantaneous message does he or she receive?

Well designed and crafted lobby Irvine signs say that you are serious about what you do, that you are in business to stay. Our Sign Clemente customers continue to tell us that they discover that they become credible with their lobby sign and selling becomes easier.

Delicate Installation and Irvine Signs

The wood on the face of the reception desk was so nice for the installation of this of the newest Irvine Signs, we had to be very careful.  We used a drill pattern to place the spots for the drilling.  We made our penetrations into the wood, and did not have to drill extra holes.  No mistakes!  The back of this brass sign has studs screwed into this latest of Irvine signs so all we had to do is push the whole structure into the holes.  It has spacers on the studs to hold it off 1/2″ from the wood surface.  The floating elements of the logo,  “b” and “o” have their own studs as well.

Look at some great lobby signs on You Tube!  We can produce any of these signs for you.  Not just Irvine signs, but all over Orange County and beyond.

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