Glow Signs - going up in light
see them almost everywhere, but are you aware of the technology
and hard work that goes into making a glow sign so attractive ?
This is what goes behind the making of a glow sign:
Firstly, the glow sign is designed on a computer using special
software. The design is then accurately cut onto coloured vinyl
sheets, with the help of a special plotter. Accuracy of the
signs depend on the type of plotter used. Once the designs are cut
onto the vinyl sheet, an application tape is pasted onto the design.
The vinyl sheet is then pasted on an unbreakable polycarbonate
sheet by applying a solution of shampoo and water.
The excess water is removed using a squeeze. This also removes
any air bubbles that might be present between the sheets. After
a few minutes the application tape is removed. The design is embedded
and exteriors are pulled out with the help of tweezers. The
remaining parts of the vinyl, which are not required are also removed.
The polycarbonate sheet is then put onto the front of a galvanized
sheet box, with appropriate lights which are placed inside with
the help of channels and screws.
The glow sign is now ready to be lit up. Glow sign makers pay careful
attention to minor details in order to get the best results. According
to Sudesh Sawant of The Design Shop, "With
the changes in technology, acrylic, which was earlier in use, is
getting replaced by flex and poly carbonate. These sheets come in
all sizes." Talking about the longivity of the signs, he
said, " They do fade over the years but the colours can
always be restored. The prices of the sheets are quite reasonable
and are in the range of Rs. 250 to Rs. 275 per square feet."
Here are the names and addresses of some of the glow sign makers
in Mumbai, who promise to deliver the best value for money.
The Design Shop, Fine Mansion, 203, 1st Floor, Dr. D.N.
Fort - 400 001
Mirage, Swapna Safalya, Ground Floor, A/1-B, Plot No.F86,
25th Road, T.P.S. III, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 400 050.
By : Sharmistha Chakraborty