Archive for March, 2011

Anti-graffiti

Anti-graffiti is nothing new.  Graffiti itself has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to the Roman Empire.  So you can bet there have been business owners looking for better ways to remove graffiti for thousands of years.  Today it can still be found in just about every city in the world – on walls, windows, transportation, and signs. 

Until fairly recently, there wasn’t much that could be done to protect signs or buildings from vandals – it was generally less a preventative measure than a reactionary one.  To remove graffiti from a sign, for example, without damaging the sign itself is a very difficult and costly undertaking.  However, with the development of anti-graffiti products such as protective films and specially sealed paints, the protective measures moved from reactionary to preventative. 

Several products have been developed to allow signage to be protected against paint, ink, and scratching.  We’ll outline a few of the basic products available that allow CNP Signs to offer better protection for your signage and keep the area they are installed in looking clean and inviting.

Anti-graffiti products can be placed into two basic categories – sacrificial and permanent.  Sacrificial products are perhaps the most common, as they can be applied to the signage after it’s been installed.  These provide a protective barrier, and once graffiti is applied, the product is removed leaving the sign clean.  The product is then re-applied.  These are available in films or sprays (like a clear coat), with films being the prevalent product on the market.  Films also protect against scribing (or scratching) and are very commonly found on glass.  While these are generally less expensive than permanent products, they can be more costly in the long run, as they need to be re-applied every time graffiti takes place.    

Permanent products are not as widely used (mostly due to higher up front cost), but are much more effective in the fight against graffiti.  These products are applied while the signage is being manufactured, and become an integral part of the sign face.  The clear coat dries hard, just like any other clear coat, sealing the surface.  When the sign is tagged (sprayed by a vandal), the paint doesn’t adhere as well as normal, which is the first deterrent.  If the “artist” continues and completes his “work”, once the spray paint (or marker, etc) is dried, it can be wiped clean with a simple solvent in most cases.  The coating remains, undamaged.  While the permanent products cost more up front, in the long run, they are often the better option. 

As CNP Signs and Graphics keeps step with the newest technology in the fight against graffiti, we’re not only keeping your signs clean, we’re helping keeping America clean.

Title 24 Green Standards for Sign Industry

UL Verified Green Business Certification

UL, an independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and sign industry representatives, including Roy Flahive from CNP Signs & Graphics, has developed a program for sign manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with the energy conservation requirements within Title 24, of the California Energy Commission’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

CNP Signs & Graphics is currently one of only six companies nationwide to utilize these new building standard certifications.  “A sign that costs less for our customers to maintain will always be a win for our company as well,” says Bob McCarter, Vice President of CNP Signs & Graphics.  “Verified certification from UL is a great way to show our commitment to producing green signs for this growing market.”

The CEC adopted sign lighting regulations on January 1, 2010.  The requirements for signs can be found in the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, Title 24, Part 6, Section 148 of the California Code of Regulations.

The published sign lighting standards address both indoor and outdoor signs, and include mandatory automatic control requirements for all illuminated signs.  In addition, the standards set limits on installed lighting power for internally and externally illuminated signs.   There are two alternate methods to comply with the 2008 sign lighting standards.

•  Watts per square foot  – sets maximum power per sign area

•  Specific Technology – uses only energy efficient lighting technologies

UL48 sign manufacturers now have the option to apply the UL Energy Verified Mark to signs that demonstrate compliance to one of the lighting power alternatives described above in lieu of having a licensed contractor perform the evaluation on each sign.  The UL Safety Mark and the UL Energy Verified Mark will always appear together on signs covered under this new program.

CNP Helps Cook Up Some Bob’s Burgers

To promote Fox’s new animated series, four Fatburger locations were recently re-fitted with  “Bob’s Burgers” signs.  These temporary signs were part of a promotion by Fox and their advertising agency, Mile 9.  Fatburger restaurants in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Chicago and New Jersey were chosen for the make-over, and CNP Sings & Graphics was picked to produce the signs and make the installations.

This isn’t the first time Fox has used reverse product placement. In 2007 Fox converted dozens of 7-Eleven stores into Kwik-E-Marts to promote the Simpsons Movie. For those of you unfamiliar with the Simpson’s world, the Kwik-E-Mart is a fictional convenience store featured on that show.

The Fatburger/Bob’s Burgers project highlights CNP’s capacity for both extremely quick turn-around work, and nation-wide delivery and installation.