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  • Fixing acrylic letters to a mesh background. advice please?

    Posted by Kevin Mahoney on March 7, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Afternoon all, hopefully one of you has encountered one like this before & can advise. Went out to install some acrylic letters this morning (ad agency job which means someone else did the site survey) job was to install using double sided foam tape to a painted wall. Turns out, it isn’t a painted wall but a steel grid with 1” squares (I know, easy to confuse between the two) 10’ above a serving counter so pretty keen that these things stay put. He doesn’t want a clear acrylic base fitted so I had to invent something new (unless this already exists?)

    So my solution is to drill holes in some stand off studs & fix to the grid with some copper wire, unless anyone has a better idea?

    Mark Johnston replied 2 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    March 8, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Hi Kev
    Nothing like a customer throwing you a curveball mate. 🤣

    I think your solution is a good one, but the problem I think you will have with it is keeping the letters level and the locators might not all fall between the mesh grid, causing you more issues on level and spacing.

    What you could do, and you can buy it cheap from the likes of B&Q is a lightweight aluminium U-shape angle.
    These could be positioned on the rear in a line two thirds of the way up the letter. and just hang the letters on the horizontal wire.
    You could leave the lower locators in place and do what you already planned with the wire and that will hold them secure.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    March 8, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Sorry mate, just saw your reply.
    I decided against the wire option, in the end, seemed a bit, Heath Robinson.
    I ended up cutting a load of acrylic blocks with a slot cut out & bonded them to the back of the letter & locked around the metal grid.
    I think your way would have been a lot less of arsing about

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Kevin Mahoney.
  • Kevin Mahoney

    March 9, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Well that job suddenly grew some legs. The art of making a simple job drag out for hours instead of minutes. Will be interesting to see what they ask for next

  • Jamie Wood

    March 9, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Should have told them to burger off.

    I’ll get me coat.

  • Mark Johnston

    March 10, 2022 at 8:38 am

    is it just me that thinks that big mesh bit really unnecessary?
    it has made the job much harder when just fitting the letters to the brickwork would have been much nicer!

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