Signs of the Times - May 2017 - 50
EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
SOFTWARE: CorelDraw, corel.com
HDU: Precision Board, Coastal Enterprises,
SANDBLASTING: StarBlast blasting abrasive,
DuPont, chemours.com; Anchor BlastLite
Stencil #T226, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG),
itape.com; Smith 100 Portable Air Compressor
with Ford 301 motor
PAINTING: Central Pneumatic® HVLP Gravity
Spray Gun, harborfreight.com; SherwinWilliams semi-gloss, flat and exterior latex,
TOOLS: Dremel tools, dremel.com; standard
paint brushes and foam rollers
After carving with chisels and a Dremmel tool, Mike applied a
light coat of paint to see the fine details better.
Mike dry brushed the panther to emphasize the details and applied a special brand of gold paint he keeps secret.
made of HDU, not Italian marble, so
I cut the fangs off, glued and screwed
them back on, only closer together. I
had the look I wanted.
COATING IN BLACK AND GOLD
Next came time to paint. Plant
High School's colors are black and
gold, so it was a fairly easy job. I
bought a couple gallons of SherwinWilliams' semi-gloss, a quart of flat
black and a quart of yellow exterior
latex. I sprayed the whole sign black
three times, and for the gold parts I
painted a base coat of yellow over the
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
black. Then I used a 4-in. foam roller to
apply a special brand of gold paint that
I don't share details about - it took me
15 years to find it, so I'm not telling!
I grabbed some green I had on hand
and painted the eyes. Finally, I dry
brushed the panther with the flat to
make the details of its hair stand out.
Installation required two men, each
with his own ladder. We mounted
the sign on two existing large wooden
poles, leaving 10 ft. from the bottom
of the sign to the ground. I used two
pieces of ¼-in.-thick, 1.5-in. x 10-ft.
angle iron, and drilled holes to mount
them to the poles with 5-in.-long,
galvanized lag screws. Then
I drilled five holes evenly spaced in
each piece to screw ¼ x 5-in.-long
lag screws into the sign, both down
from the top and up into the bottom.
For extra strength, I screwed three
¼ x 5-in. lag screws though the face
of the sign, in the black area on each
end into the poles, then painted over
the screw heads.
You know we get hurricanes down
here in Florida, but it's gonna take a
major category storm to knock this
big cat down. Go Plant Panthers!