When Science Fails

“Why is my red signs fading”  it’s true red does fade much faster than anything else no matter the material, but not to worry, there is a work around and it’s quite effective.

The science behind it is rather interesting but I will not bore you with the details, I’ll let an expert do that! "The red dyes are more susceptible to fading because they look red and thus absorb blue, and blue is the higher-energy light," notes David Erhardt of the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.

Well there you have it, all your burning questions have been answered;  I have seen a lot of faded red signs that are faded and I’m sure you have too.

The work around is an easy fix for your ‘sign guy’ should be able to help you when you’re the sign is built, the process can be different depending on the materials used and simply put it’s a UV coating to protect the colour pigment.


If you have a red sign please make sure you get it UV coated and remember ”A business with no sign is a sign of no business”

Celtic Knots

More hand painted sign.

 Pinstriping by Square











I have the opportunity to work in a local Irish pub,
Walsh's Snug in Newcastle.
I spend the night after hours painting the floor.
It was great fun and close to home!

 celtic knots

Health and Safety

This is not an Art post but one of importance.

Paint fumes are a very real danger and I do prefer not to wear a respirators and will always have a fan and door/window open when painting.

Respirators have advanced in the last 20 years sins I have been around the industry of painting there  are everything from half face respirators to full face with powered filters that are on a belt.

I personal us the 3M half face respirators but have a number of 3M GVP cartridges for sale on amazon as they do have a best before date and I will never use the all.  


If you do not wear protective gear please do so, all the safety gear now fits great and why spend your weekends in the emergency when you can enjoy it at home!

Zebra Truck Paint Job

Super fun paint job over the last week, not totally Pinstriping, but Custom Paint just the same. 

Paint a Zebra Car is now off my bucket list. 

The design has function as well as great looks, there were a number of rust spots and rock chips hidden under the strips. 

This was a very rejuvenating project and could not have been done without great customers!


Carved Sign

This is one of many to come!

A test carve on a personal theme, one of reloading my own health and energy.

Hang tight more paint and metal,, coming soon!

RELOAD

Steven McQueen

"I live for myself and I answer to nobody." Steven McQueen, born on this day in 1930

 

Carved letters

Class in session, I am taking a wood carving class from Dan Gallagher he is a skilled carver with a vast catalog, please have a look at his site.

The below carvings are from my first class.