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I’m going to start a new group called People Who Understand The Evils of Liquid Nails When It Comes To Hanging Graphics That Someday May Need To Be Changed, or PWUTELNWICTHGTSMNTBC. Ok, the acronym needs a little massaging, I’m open to suggestions.
Before you fire up the flamethrower, let me explain. I love Liquid Nails as much as any red-blooded American. It’s an awesome product to use when you need something PERMANENTLY stuck to something else, like someones keys to their desk. However, using it to attach graphics to a wall is bad idea number 38 on the list of the worst ideas in history.
Three things can happen when you have to remove a graphic that has been attached to a wall with Liquid Nails; all of them are bad. You either a) destroy the wall, b) destroy the graphic, or 3) both. This is especially true if you are using a cheap substrate like foam core. If you plan on having the same graphic on the wall in the same place for as long as you are in the space, then maybe, maybe, Liquid Nails is a good idea. If you are confident that the installer can locate it correctly and level it properly, because it is going to stay where it is, forever.
We recently removed some graphics for our favorite auto repair, travel, and insurance providor and ran into this problem. The walls in the old space will need to be patched and painted and none of the graphics came out looking good enough to be reused in the new space. Fortunately we have a solution to this problem and in the future, our client will be able to change or move graphics with no damage to the graphic and minimal damage to the wall. It adds a small amount to the cost of the graphic but is well worth the investment.
If you’d like to know this closely guarded secret for hanging graphics, call us (800-515-7058) or shoot me an email (chand at handheldstudio dot com) and I will share it with you.
On Friday we had an opportunity to do some graphic updates at a few of the branches of our favorite financial institution. Nothing too sexy, but then again they are trying to be prudent with their money. Don’t you wish all financial institutions were as responsible?
First up was a new logo and a mission statement for an ATM machine. These can be a little tricky as people tend to pull things off of ATM machines while they are waiting so we need to make sure we use really good adhesive. Fortunately for us, whoever did the original graphics went with cheap adhesive and the old stuff came off pretty easy. Here’s a shot of the old logo:
As you can see, somebody had busted off part of the “C” and part of the “U” and made off with both of the tittles. Don’t you just love the word “tittle”? It sounds so much more official than “dot.” The letters were just too small to do dimensionally in an area where people can touch them so we did the replacement in direct applied vinyl. This should last longer, although you lose the drop shadow, which is a nice touch. Here’s a shot of the replacement logo: