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#194296 - Tue Jul 13 2010 07:45 PM WORTH A TRY....
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
LAST MONTH I SCORED SOME CHEAP ESSO REALTED SIGNS IN JERSEY. THERE WERE 4 TOTAL AND THE GUY SAID THAT IF I BOUGHT ALL THE SIGNS, HE'D THROW THE 4TH ONE IN FOR FREE. THESE WERE ALL PRE-WWII.

SADLY THIS RARE ESSO AVIATION PRODUCTS SIGN (9' X 3') MADE OF TIN SPENT A VERY LONG TIME ON A ROOF IN SOUTH AMBOY, NEW JERSEY POSSIBLY USED AS LEAK PROTECTION OR IN PLACE OF TAR PAPER(?). WHATEVER THE CASE MIGHT'VE BEEN, THE GUY FOUND THEM (ALL 4 SIGNS) A YEAR AGO WHILE RIPPING OFF SEVERAL LAYERS OF SHINGLES. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SIGNS SAT OUTSIDE FOR ABOUT A YEAR IN THE ELEMENTS NOT GETTING OR LOOKING ANY BETTER.

ON CRAIGS LIST ONE NIGHT I SPOTTED THE SIGNS IN AN AD WITH HORRIBLE PICTURES THAT HIGHLY INTRIGUED ME. I SPOKE TO THE GUY ON THE PHONE AND
MADE PLANS TO COME AND LOOK WITH THE OPTION TO BUY ON SATURDAY JUNE 19TH. LONG STORY SHORT I CAME HOME WITH ALL 4 SIGNS ON MY 10' TRAILER.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE SIGN RIGHT OFF THE TRAILER:


I SAVED THE CLEANING AND TOUCH-UP OF THIS HEAVILY INFLICTED FOR LAST AS THE OTHER SIGNS DID QUITE WELL ONCE I PULLED SEVERAL DOZENS OF ROOF NAILS FROM THE FRAMES, REMOVED TAR AND SHINGLES, ETC.

I WOULD BRING OUT THIS ROUGHLY 6-7LB TIN SIGN IN THE COOL MORNING HOURS AND LAY IT FLAT ON MY OUTSIDE 8' X 33" WORK TABLE.

I STARTED BY REMOVING ALL THE FLAKING LOOSE PAINT WHICH MADE THE SIGN LOOK EVEN WORSE. I LIGHTLY SANDED ALL THE HEAVY RUST AND EDGES WHERE THE ORIGINAL PAINT MET THE BARE METAL. FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A POLY CLEAR COAT TO HELP SEAL THE RUST AND BARE METAL THEN LET IT DRY:


I FOLLOWED ALL THE CLEAR COATED AREAS WITH A SOMEWHAT CLOSE MATCHING CORRESPONDING COLOR. I STARTED WITH RED, USING A FOAM BRUSH IN THE LARGE AREAS AND A TOUCH-UP BRUSH IN THE DETAILED AREAS
WHERE NEEDED:


I FINISHED THE RED AND FOLLOWED UP WITH THE OFF WHITE. HERE'S A PICTURE OF THE SIGN MINUS THE BLUE TOUCH-UPS ABOUT HALF WAY DONE:
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DOC @ THE AMERICAN GARAGE

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#194297 - Tue Jul 13 2010 07:46 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
CON'T....

THE BLUE AREAS WERE TRICKY, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE WERE IN OPPOSITE AREAS AT LEAST ON THE WINGS. I BASICALLY TRACED THE AREAS TO BE FILLED IN WITH OFF WHITE AND BLUE AND REVERSED THE TRACING ON THE OPPOSITE WING. THE OVAL BLUE BORDER AROUND "ESSO" WAS TOUGH BUT DID THE BEST I COULD WITH MY EYES AND JUDGEMENT.

I ALSO MIXED ALOT OF OFF WHITE AND RAN A FOAM BRUSH AROUND THE BORDER FOR GOOD MEASURE.

NEXT ON THE PROCESS WAS WAIT FOR A LOW HUMIDITY DAY AND THAT CAME THIS PAST SUNDAY JULY 11TH. AT 60% HUMIDITY I BROUGHT THE SIGN OUT AND POURED OUT SOME BRAND SPANKIN' NEW MINWAX SEMI-GLOSS CLEAR POLYURETHANE AND PROCEEDED TO ROLL IT OUT WITH A 4" FOAM ROLLER AROUND NOON UNTIL COMPLETELY COVERED. BY 2PM FULL SUN COVERED THE SIGN AND GAVE IT A NICE BAKED ON JOB! AT 5PM, I STARTED TO CUT LUMBER AND DOOR MOULDING TO SANDWICH THE SIGN FROM FRONT AND BACK FOR A FINISHED LOOK AND FOR SAFETY SAKE AS THE EDGES OF THE SIGN WERE TETANUS SHOT WAITING TO HAPPEN!

I USED 1X 3" #2 PINE BOARDS FOR THE ENTIRE OUTSIDE EDGE FRAME ON THE BACK AND SOME KIND OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL MOULDING ON THE FRONT SIDE WHICH CAME PRIMED AND I PAINTED WITH A WATER BASED ACRYLIC IVORY WHICH CLOSELY MATCHED THE OFF WHITE ON THE AGING SIGN. THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME I USED A WATER BASED PAINT. ALL OTHER TOUCH-UPS WERE DONE WITH OIL-BASED AND WITH VARIOUS BRANDS.

HERE IS A SHOT OF THE CORNER KINDA LIKE A CUT AWAY VIEW:


I LINED UP THE PINE ON THE BACK WITH THE MOULDING ON THE FRONT EDGE KEEPING THE SIGN EDGE SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN AND OUTTA SIGHT. THE MOULDING WAS 2.1/2" WIDE AND COVERED ABOUT 90%+ OF THE ORIGINAL BORDER.

FROM THE BACK ABOUT A 1/2" IN FROM THE OUTSIDE EDGE I USED COARSE DRYWALL SCREWS 1.1/4" LONG AND DRILLED IT THRU THE PINE, THE SIGN AND INTO THE MOULDING. ONLY ONCE DID A SCREW POP THRU THE FRONT SIDE DUE TO A SOFT SPOT IN THE PINE I GUESS. SO, FOR THE MOST PART THE BACK FRAME AND FRONT MOULDING IDEA WAS STARTING TO COME TOGETHER....NO PUN INTENDED! smile


(DINNER BREAK...PIZZA WITH THE FAMILY AT 6PM).

7PM, AFTER DOING THE BOTTOM SECTION OF THE FRAME EARLIER, I CAME HOME AND DID THE TOP SIDE THE SAME WAY. THEN THE SIDES. I COULD SEE FROM THE GHOSTY MARKS ON THE BACK OF THE SIGN THAT THERE WERE 3 SUPPORTS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. I USED 1 X 2" #2 PINE HERE AND SCREWED THESE IN PLACE WITH 3.1/2" DECK SCREWS PRE-DRILLED FOR OBVIOUS REASONS:


THE NEXT MORNING I BROUGHT THE SIGN OUT INTO THE SUN FOR THE FINAL PHOTO SHOWING A SIGN THE MAY NEVER BE PERFECT BUT WORTH A TRY:


IT DEFINITELY LOOKS MUCH BETTER AND IS SOMETHING THAT I MIGHT EVEN HANG IN MY BASEMENT EVENTUALLY. NOT TO MANY PLACES I HAVE LEFT TO HANG A 9' WIDE SIGN! LOL! I KNOW I STILL HAVE TO REPLACE THE "U.S. REG PAT OFF" BELOW THE "ESSO" LOGO....WILL NEED TO GET STENCILS FOR THIS. THEN IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY DONE!

THANKS FOR READING AND LOOKING!

wink


Edited by THE AMERICAN GARAGE (Tue Jul 13 2010 08:00 PM)
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#194299 - Tue Jul 13 2010 07:49 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
oldnfuelish Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 02 2005
Loc: Antioch,IL
looks great doc!!
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Looking for gas,oil related clocks,especially neon and spinners .clock repair available. Mick

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#194300 - Tue Jul 13 2010 07:54 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: oldnfuelish]
Esse's Garage Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 28 2007
Loc: Janesville, Mn. 56048
Turned out great!!
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***Wanted*** Always looking for Oilzum, Kunz, and Husky Cans, Signs and Smalls.

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#194301 - Tue Jul 13 2010 07:56 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
HI-OCTANE Online   happy
Veteran Member

Registered: Mon Jul 07 2008
Loc: Albuquerque, N. M.
Looks excellent" " JOB WELL DONE "

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#194329 - Tue Jul 13 2010 10:43 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: HI-OCTANE]
DuceCpe Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Feb 09 2001
Loc: Pueblo Colorado usa
NICE Doc!
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Wanted: Conoco, Marland, Eason, Cliff Brice, Speedway and Oval E stuff!

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#194338 - Wed Jul 14 2010 12:48 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: DuceCpe]
archer2 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sat Nov 25 2006
Loc: Marshall Va USA
Super job Doc, looks great. Love that aviation stuff.
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Ed

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#194340 - Wed Jul 14 2010 01:31 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
barn_raider Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Jun 13 2010
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Nice work there.

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#194344 - Wed Jul 14 2010 02:44 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: barn_raider]
Scott Baselt Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 10 2007
Loc: Gualala, CA
Very nice job !
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#194358 - Wed Jul 14 2010 07:33 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: Scott Baselt]
publicenemy1925 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Apr 06 2008
Loc: OKC, OK
Fantastic work!
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#194360 - Wed Jul 14 2010 08:13 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: publicenemy1925]
hillsideshortleg Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sat May 30 2009
Loc: Spokane, Washington
Nice sign Doc! I have room if your having problems. Reduce the stress of deciding where to put it. Just ship it!!

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#194363 - Wed Jul 14 2010 08:16 AM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: hillsideshortleg]
bmclemore Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Aug 10 2008
Loc: Down in Mississippi
Good job on that Doc.
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Barry

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#194408 - Wed Jul 14 2010 05:45 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: publicenemy1925]
Mac Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Sep 17 2004
Loc: Moline, IL, USA
Doc,
You are truly an artist. Sweet work. I love the way you framed it out in white rather than trying to touch up the white border. I can't believe it's the same sign! Get that thing hung up in the house!

Great job!

Mac

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#194416 - Wed Jul 14 2010 06:41 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: Mac]
TomL Offline
Member

Registered: Wed Dec 31 2008
Loc: Wellington MO
Great job

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#194418 - Wed Jul 14 2010 07:02 PM Re: WORTH A TRY.... [Re: TomL]
tomzcollectiblez Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sun Feb 26 2006
Loc: La Porte, In
Killer job! Outstanding presentation!

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