Van Lettering

Van Lettering Examples

Van lettering is a simple, but effective way to get your businesses name out there. Depending on what kind of design you use, you can convey certain messages. With van lettering and lettering on other vehicles, your company name is more likely to be seen, due to your companies logo not being stationary. A wider audience will mean more business for you and your company.

Balch Springs van lettering rear window

The Message Being Conveyed

Balch Springs is a city, 16 miles away from Dallas, which borders Mesquite. Balch Springs is a growing community with a population of around 25,000. It was first settled around 1840 and was incorporated as a city in 1953 to avoid becoming part of Dallas. When Balch Springs approached us, they had just created a new design for their logo (the leaf design shown below.) This design is good for several reasons. The logo is eye catching, yet simple enough that once you process the logo, you can read the name, Balch Springs, and the letters beneath, and understand what they are advertising. For this lettering, we printed three different shapes. One big leaf, one small leaf, and then the letters themselves. Then we laid them on the van individually.

Balch Springs, Van Lettering, side window, minivan, shuttle van

How and Why Van Letting Can Be Effective

For the Balch Springs van, the design is very minimal. While being minimal though, the design is eye-catching. This means that customers will quickly know what your company name is.what your business is, and what you are offering. In this example, we used tricolor prints. This is another example of how sometimes less can be a better option. If there are many different colors, processing the information on the van quickly would be difficult, but with fewer colors and a simpler format, a viewer finds this easier to read with limited time.

Common Store Signs

Common Store Signs

Some of the most common store signs you will see used by our customers are shown here. The signs that will be discussed in this article range from metal signs to wood signs of all shapes and sizes. These signs are created using various materials and techniques. Depending on what type of business you run, different types of signs can be beneficial to you and your business. This post gives examples on the different kinds of signs and what materials they are made from.

Flex Face Signs

Legacy Inn Texas Address: 3447 I-30, Mesquite, TX 75150

Legacy Inn Texas Address: 3447 I-30, Mesquite, TX 75150

Flex face signs are made with an extremely strong banner material as a base and vinyl cut to the design laid on top.  Then the sign is installed onto the frame. The image to the left is a finished product on display. The image to the right is the same sign being worked on in the shop. See employee, Frank, at the top left. This is for our customer, Legacy Inn, located at 3447 I-30, Mesquite, TX 75150

Aluminium Signs

Address: 3010 I-30, Mesquite, TX 75150 Action Kawasaki Suzuki Mesquite

Aluminum signs are made by printing directly onto aluminum panels. The panels are then installed on the steel frame using rivets. The sign on the right was installed by the customer themselves. The sign on the left was made for Action Suzuki at 3010 I-30, Mesquite, TX 75150. The sign on the right is for Petromax Operations, 603 Main St #201, Garland, TX 75040

Mixed Material Signs

Café on the Green By Gil's Elegant Catering Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, Dallas Arboretum.

The sign to the left is made by attaching aluminum on top of wood posts. The image is printed directly to the aluminum. The sign is then installed onto posts at the location. This was made for Café on the Green at  Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, located in the Dallas Arboretum.

 

Design Cut Wood Signs

Loch Loma Apartments Address: 220 S Marsalis Ave, Dallas, TX 75203

Design cut signs are made from a weatherproof board. The panel is cut to the desired scale. is  Vinyl is laid on top of the wood. This was made for Loch Loma Apartments located at 220 S Marsalis Ave, Dallas, TX 75203

 

 

Gemini Lettering

Urology Clinics of North Texas Address: 9330 Poppy Dr # 400, Dallas, TX 75218

Gemini lettering is plastic letters that can be a very effective look for your business. Installations include either flush mount or standoff.  Gemini letters provide a lifetime warranty, excluding weather damage. Either one of these can be installed by drilling holes into the wall.  This sign was made for Urology Clinics of North Texas at 920 South Collins 352, Mesquite, TX 75149

Richardson Bike Mart Mobile Repair Van

Richardson Bike Mart Mobile Repair Van

richardson bike mart mobile repair van 2 smThe Richardson Bike Mart mobile repair van is a new service offered by the venerable bike shop starting in 2016. They have been a fixture in the biking community since the 1960s in the Dallas area. They have grown steadily over the years. As part of their growth, the Richardson Bike Mart has supported the Hotter than Hell Hundred for years and supports other local biking events.

Accurate Signs has worked with them on a number of projects. Recently they came to us to help them with their mobile repair van. They take it to local and regional biking events to promote their business and support the participants. Also, you can set up an appointment for the van to come to your location. Here is the link to make an appointment.

Full Wrap of Older Van

richardson bike mart mobile repair van 1 smThe van was not new and the original paint on the van is black. So we tried several options with a patterned background that completely covered the van. But the Richardson Bike Mart decided to cover the van with a solid blue vinyl instead of a pattern. Then we added the cut vinyl designs on top of that. This design made for a very clean and easy to read wrap. The van looks as if it is painted blue because all sides are completely covered.

We Love Bikes!

Bike Mart wanted to wrap the van to emphasize that they are available to take care of your biking needs any where needed. As they say, “We love bikes! We race bikes, we ride bikes, we repair bikes, and we support bikes.” They want to make cycling better for people in the Dallas area. The van is an extension of what they do in the stores.

We Love Richardson Bike Mart

But we are not just marketing partners of the Bike Mart we are fans, too. Frank Block, who founded Accurate Signs, has long been a cyclist and has shopped at Richardson Bike Mart for 20 years. Doug Barton, who works at Accurate signs, bought three bicycles five years ago for the entire family for Christmas. There is nothing like a new bicycle sitting next to the Christmas tree to excite the kid in all of us.

Mini Thunder Truck for Five Year Old

Mini Thunder Truck

Five year old Michael Harmon is driving a mini thunder truck just his size thanks to his grandmother and Accurate Signs. Michael has already decided he wants to chase storms when he grows up. Below is a photo of the truck as Brent (Accurate Signs  is installing the vinyl.

mini thunder truck

Brent working on mini Thunder Truck.

When his grandmother called Accurate Signs we recommended that she contact the NBC affiliate here in Dallas. We told her to let them know that Michael had his own version of their storm chaser truck. She thought that was a great idea so sent a photo of her grandson sitting in the truck. The television station was so taken with the five year old in his vehicle that they coordinated a meeting with Michael and the real thing.

Thunder Truck and Mini Me

Click on this video link to see Michael with his truck next to the real thing. David Finfrock, chief meteorologist for NBC in the DFW, was on hand as well and spoke with Michael about his truck. Watch for Michael on Halloween as he drives from house to house in his mini thunder truck.

The actual NBC Thunder Truck is a Ford F-250 Super Duty. It has onboard radar system, a 2 Ghz microwave transmission system with three, wireless POV cameras that can be pointed in any direction, and dual/redundant power sources. This allows the truck to chase and report live from anywhere in the DFW area.

Installatoin Tip

Brent realized that in order to apply the thin lightening bolts to the truck he needed to cut the vinyl and then apply the entire sheet of white vinyl to the truck. He then weeded out the material that was excess.

It was fun to see the transformation of the truck and see the excitement of Michael’s grandmother when she saw it. Happy customers make our day!

 

Tour de Fleurs at the Dallas Arboretum

Tour de Fleurs

Each year the Dallas Arboretum hosts a run that starts and ends at the garden. The Tour de Fleurs, as it is called, has several short run options as well as a 20k for the more serious runners. They host the event each year in September. It gets started before the sun is up and ends with a live band and sponsor giveaways.

Participants enjoying the Tour de Fleurs on the lawn of the Dallas Arboretum.

Thousands of Runners

The event hosts thousands of runners for an early morning run starting at the Dallas Arboretum and running around White Rock Lake. The event is family and pet friendly. The serious runners start first followed by all the people who are there to enjoy the weather and scenery.

Accurate Signs is a Sponsor

For the last several years Accurate Signs has been a sponsor of the event. We give-away stress dice that are 3 square. We have fun throwing the dice to contestants as they trudge up the hill after running their race. Each year we receive requests from a dozen or so teachers who want to get a pair of the dice to use as a teaching aid. We always comply with their wishes. The children have the most fun chasing their dice down the hill. Their are dozens of other sponsors who give away food, drink, and other trinkets to the runners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Hebron Christian Academy

New Lettering

Mount Hebron Christian Academy frontAccurate Signs helped Mount Hebron Christian Academy with their permanent sign. They needed to put their school name on their building and wanted to put it in two locations. We listened to what they needed and recommended Gemini letters for the project for several reasons.  Gemini letters look great, come in a wide variety of fonts and colors (including custom colors), and they are guaranteed for life. Accurate Signs is a licensed distributor of Gemini products for the Dallas area. We have not been disappointed with their products.

Mount Hebron Christian Academy backMount Hebron Christian Academy uses a Christian-based curriculum. This includes working together with parents to insure strong academic and moral development essential for success. The school has programs for preschool students through second grade. They also have before and after school programs.

Installation

Gemini letters can be ordered with a variety of installation hardware. The letters for Mount Hebron Christian Academy are stud mounted. Each letter has two or more studs sticking out the back of the letter. The letters come with a drill pattern. The pattern is attached to the building where the letters are to be applied. Then a drill hole is made at each stud point on the diagram. Once all the drill holes are made the pattern can be removed and each letter is affixed to the wall using silicon adhesive. In rare circumstances this adhesive could fail after several years.

Repairs

If one or more of the stud mounts fail then it is relatively easy to pry the letter off the wall. You can then do a quick cleaning in and around the drill hole and refill the hole with new silicon adhesive. Put the letter back in place and hold for a couple of minutes to let it set. It is best to do installs in mild weather. Extremely cold weather could compromise the adhesive qualities of the silicon.

Guaranteed for Life

Custom designed Gemini letters - Mount Hebron Christian Academy used standard Gemini letters

An example of custom Gemini lettering.

If anything happens to one of the letters they will be replaced at no charge. I recently had a customer call about replacing their Gemini letters. I took photos of the letters and sent them to Gemini. They immediately agreed to replace the letters at no charge. The letters were many years old (15 years?) and several had been damaged due to sun and other weather related circumstances. It appeared that several were damaged by an extreme hail storm. Guaranteed for life is a guarantee.

Long Draw Beer Systems with RSI

Long Draw Beer Systems

long draw beer walk-in cooler

Walk-in cooler for the beer lines.

RSI develops and installs specialized long draw beer systems for clients throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. Their latest customer is Biergarten which is a new bar located in downtown Dallas near the Omni Hotel. Here is a link to RSI’s post about this system. Long draw beer systems can be complex installations for a number of reasons. First, the beer lines must remain cold to protect the beer from going bad. That means that the kegs as well as the entire length of the distribution tubing has to stay cold all the way to the tap at the bar.

One Keg – Multiple Taps

Second, the system must be set up to allow easy access by the bar personnel. Cold beer is useless if the bartenders cannot get it poured for the patrons. The beer pull system set up at the Biergarten provides three taps for each beer. Though the taps are located at different distances from the storage area the pressure is the same for each because the system was set up using restrictor tubing for each run.

long draw beer; frozen liquor tap at Biergarten

Frozen Liquor Tap

Taps Accent the Interior Design

Third, in almost every situation the restaurant owner wants a unique configuration for their taps. Something that fits with the interior design, effectively displays the available beers as well as being convenient for the employees to use. One of the taps draws liquors. This tap is design to freeze the humidity in the air so that it is constantly covered with a layer of ice. Though this effect is dependent on the relative humidity and temperature in the bar it creates a very nice effect.

Beer pull systems truck; long draw beer

This is the wrap we did for one of RSI’s vans. It is focused on their beer equipment service and sales.

RSI provides refrigeration services for restaurants in the Dallas and Fort Worth area as well as clients in the region and across the country. This includes ice machines, refrigerators, freezers, beer systems, and other refrigerated systems.

 

 

Green Grocers On Lower Greenville

GREAT SELECTION at GREEN GROCERS

Green Grocers exteriorIf you really don’t like kale but want to feel good about yourself then go to the Green Grocers.  They are located on Lower Greenville. They have a great drink that includes kale: Their Homebrew Holy Kombucha. I can taste just enough kale without getting the little gag that happens in higher concentrations. Or you can get a great deli sandwich and fresh fruit and sit in their covered front porch. So you can watch the Lower Greenville parade go by.

Green Grocers great sandwichesGreen Grocers modified their business model recently to help them  more effectively compete in the local grocery market. They are definitely worth a visit if high-quality, organic foods are important to you. Plus their staff is extremely helpful and friendly.

INTERIOR SIGNAGE

Accurate Signs has done some simple interior signs for them. To feature their Paninis we did some refrigerated case runners that were applied near the bottom of the refrigerated case. 
green grocers paninisCase runners are great options to communicate key features and benefits of the products and services that are most important to the success of your green grocers tacos soupsbusiness. We also did simple informational signs to let their customers know where to find featured producst like the tacos and soup sign.

Green Grocers uses effective fonts and colors which help to emphasize the company’s focus on local, organic foods.

UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOOD

The neighborhood around the Green Grocers has gone through a metamorphisis over the last decade. First, the surrounding houses have dramtically increased in value over the last 30 years. Because of this the entire length of Lower Greenville south of Mockingbird has seen many businesses that had been there for decades replaced with some new, trendy locations that cater to the higher income home owners. In some cases, the change is not good. But the Green Grocers has been a great addition to the avenue and, therefore, I hope they are their for decades to come.

Green Grocers Kombucha Home brew

Handgun Law Sign Text

Handgun Law Sign Text iconStarting in 2016 many buildings (i.e. government) are required to display the following handgun law sign text. Also, any establishment that wants to exclude guns that are either concealed or openly carried must display the appropriate text. Here is the text copied from the Texas DPS website as of January 4th 2016.

Medical facilities are posting language prohibiting both concealed and open carry. One of our customers opted to just display the open carry language. They are fine if their customers carry in a gun as long as it is concealed.

Handgun Law Sign Text – Concealed

The following text must be displayed in both English and Spanish.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.06, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

CONFORME A LA SECCIÓN 30.06, CÓDIGO PENAL (PREVARICACIÓN POR TITULAR DE LA LICENCIA CON UNA PISTOLA OCULTA), UNA PERSONA CON LICENCIA BAJO EL SUBCAPÍTULO H, CAPÍTULO 411, CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE LICENCIAS ARMA DE FUEGO), NO PUEDE ENTRAR EN ESTA PROPIEDAD CON UNA PISTOLA OCULTA.

Handgun Law Sign Text – Open Carry

The following text must displayed in both English and Spanish.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH AN OPENLY CARRIED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A HANDGUN THAT IS CARRIED OPENLY.

DE CONFORMIDAD A LA SECCIÓN 30.07, CÓDIGO PENAL (PREVARICACIÓN POR TITULAR DE LA LICENCIA CON UNA ARMA DE MANO REALIZADO ABIERTAMENTE), UNA PERSONA CON LICENCIA BAJO EL SUBCAPÍTULO H, CAPÍTULO 411, CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE LICENCIAS ARMA DE FUEGO), NO PODRÁN ENTRAR EN ESTA PROPIEDAD CON UN ARMA DE FUEGO QUE SE REALIZA EN PÚBLICO.

Engraved Signs

If you need name plates, name badges, directional signs, or other types of engraved signs then contact us. We provide name plates for several local companies and generally have them delivered within two days of the initial call. If there is a problem with the initial plate we will replace at no charge. Engraved signs for Pepsi include this name plate

Name Plates

The plates can be made using one of several backgrounds, font color, and font style. Most of the materials that we use are made for indoor use, however, we have some materials that are designed for outdoor and can have signs made in bronze if you need something for a permanent, exterior location.

Name plates can come with or without a bracket that is permanently attached to the wall allowing for the name plate to be displayed and then switched out if need in the future. Here are some examples of color combinations that we can do.

 

Engraved Name Plates - a type of engraved sign

Engraved Name Tags

At the top of the photograph are samples of name tags that we can make for your business. Each tag has either a clip, magnet or a pin that is used to secure it to the user’s clothing.

Specialty Engraved Signs

We can also make custom signs of any size for specific needs. This includes wayfinding signage in buildings, signs honoring donors or other honorees of your organization, warnings or instructional signs, etc. Any sign can be affixed with double sided tape to make installation easy. Or Accurate Signs employees can be hired to do the installation for you.

Font Options

Here are the font options available for engraved signs. There are a limited number of icons available as well. Please let us know what type of icon you need and we will provide the options available. They include Helvetica, Roman, Optima, Fifth Avenue, Carendon, Futura, Palatino, Paragon, Cursive, Script, Victori, and Roman Italic.

Engraved Fonts used for making engraved signs.