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#127152 - Mon Dec 04 2006 11:22 AM How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
tictoc Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2006
Loc: College Station, TX
In restoring a Tokheim 620 visible, I would like to mount a reproduction 12" Texaco Porcelain Sign to the round skins.

What is the best way to bend/form the flat porcelain sign such that it will mount smoothly on the rounded surface of the skins?

Thanks for the help.

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#127153 - Mon Dec 04 2006 11:33 AM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
Seth Robbins Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 21 2000
Loc: Guthrie, OK. 73044
Buy Decals. Try to put a porcelain sign on a Tok 620 and you'll end up porcelain in your eye.

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#127154 - Mon Dec 04 2006 11:47 AM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
travis_towle Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 22 2003
Loc: Topeka, Kansas USA
I wounder if anyone makes silk screened signs like the unleaded and others - they would work GREAT for rounded pumps! Decals work - but decals look like decals!


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#127155 - Mon Dec 04 2006 12:16 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
Seth Robbins Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 21 2000
Loc: Guthrie, OK. 73044
Gas Pump Heaven makes a Contains Lead that is aluminum & screened, but that is the only one I know about. There are some oil & gas tin signs available but are worse looking than a decal in a pump application.

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#127156 - Mon Dec 04 2006 12:21 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
T-way Online   content
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Registered: Wed Jul 24 2002
Loc: Riley, MI, USA
Get a normal Texaco decal from any of the suppliers and have it mounted onto magnetic material. The magnetic material can be found at any 'sign shop' in your area. They should also be happy to do the mounting/trimming for you (for a fee of course).

The magnetic material will conform to the curvature of the pump. As an added bonus, the thickness of the magnetic material also makes the decal look like a porcelain sign.

This is especially true if you purchase one of our decals since ours have a nice shine to them that is not found on normal silk-screened decals.

Later . . .

Jim




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#127157 - Mon Dec 04 2006 05:08 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
sslick68 Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 24 2005
Loc: Rolla Mo
I have a correct measure pump with round skins and I put porcelain shell signs on it and they didnt chip a bit.I used a a pipe with the same roundness and slowly bent the sign.I threw them in the oven for a while to see if there was a difference and maybe a little but I would not do them when cold for sure.

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#127158 - Mon Dec 04 2006 05:16 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
oldnfuelish Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 02 2005
Loc: Antioch,IL
i was able to bend a round porcelin sign for my wayne 615.i used a sheet metal roller that i have.it worked well,but i dont think i would try it on a nice original,cause you just never know.
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#127159 - Mon Dec 04 2006 05:20 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
57-Chevy Offline
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Registered: Fri Oct 13 2000
Loc: Locust, NC
Why doesn't someone make rounded lead signs and various other rounded pump plates for our visibles? I've been keeping an eye out over the years figuring someone would offer them sooner or later.

Mike

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#127160 - Mon Dec 04 2006 05:41 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Do as T-way suggest. Grind the screws off the HEADS & apply a small drop of silacon or hot glue to hold the head on your decal [will look like your decal is SCREWED ON].

Most porcelain signs can be bent slightly 1 time.
Lay edges on 2 2x4's, then cover with 1/4 plywood, STEP on it. Should give you just enough bend to attach to a round pump.
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#127161 - Mon Dec 04 2006 08:55 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
leswarner Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 31 2006
Loc: Oregon
I was able to bend Shell porceain enough to install on my Tokhiem 300s which have a slight curve,like all of the electric pumps. It would have been great if they could have put mounting holes on the sides. As it is there are two on the top,and one on the bottom. Les Warner
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#127162 - Tue Dec 05 2006 03:30 AM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
dodogas Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 25 2003
Loc: Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
Mike Smith, it is because the radius changes. From about 8 inch dia on a stovepipe pump to about 24 inch dia on a Wayne 777. Also top to bottom ..look at a G&B visible or a Fry..

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#127163 - Tue Dec 05 2006 02:25 PM Re: How Do I Bend a Porcelain Sign?
tictoc Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2006
Loc: College Station, TX
Thanks for the tips. I'll try to use some of the suggested techniques in an attempt to bend the porcelain sign. (It's a repro so if it breaks it breaks -- and hopefully I'll keep from getting glass in my eye!). Failing that, I'll revert to a decal. Thanks again for the help.

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