Project Info

Award-Winning Commercial Sign Painting in Los Angeles

We had the opportunity to paint iconic airplane monument signs here in Burbank, Los Angeles. Everyone in L.A. who travels on the 5 freeway or anyone who flies into the Bob Hope Burbank Airport sees these 80’ high signs because they tower over the 5 freeway and serve as a marker to the entrance of the Burbank Empire Shopping Center.

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We used an 80’ boom lift to paint the signs. The project took approximately 689 man hours, and we used about 25 different custom-made paint colors to paint three monument signs.

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This work had to be done during regular business hours, so public safety was job #1.

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The first step in the project was to provide the three signs with a thorough pressure wash to remove loose paint, dirt, and debris.

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We chose to use a paint product called Colorfast from Modern Masters Paint because of their 5-year guarantee against color fade. No other paint manufacturer that we knew of would warranty against color fade, especially with the bright vivid colors we used on this project. This product also has very high adhesion properties, so we tested cleaning off the chalkiness from the original paint and applied two coats directly over the existing paint - it bonded so well that we couldn’t scrape it off. It worked like a charm!

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The biggest surprise on this project was finding out that there were a lot more paint colors on the airplanes than we expected. When estimating the project and looking at the airplanes from the ground, they appeared to have only a few colors each, but when the crew got up close with the boom, they saw a lot more detail and color changes.

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The biggest challenge was painting one of the monument signs that sat right at the entrance to a Krispy Kreme Doughnut drive-through that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It turns out this is one of the busiest Krispy Kreme franchises in the country. It’s virtually impossible to paint this particular sign with cars entering the drive-through because they drive directly underneath it. We worked with the store manager to identify the slowest time periods and days of the week for their business and we worked inside of those time schedules to briefly redirect the traffic. We also got permission to close the drive-through on what they believed to be a slow day (Thanksgiving Day), so we had two separate crews working on that one sign that day to complete as much of the painting that we could that day.

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For our work on this project, we were recognized with a 2015 KILZ® Picture it Painted Professionally (PIPP) award from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA). The award was presented during the 2015 Painting & Decorating Expo, March 4-7 in Charleston, SC. The annual awards program is hosted by PDCA and recognizes the best performances in the coatings application industry by individuals and contracting company members of PDCA.

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ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING
27903 Smyth Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
661) 294-1159
https://www.allbrightpainting.com

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Interested readers can learn more about our exterior commercial painting services here.

Burbank
California
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Before - the existing paint was faded and dull.
Before - the existing paint was faded and dull.
Providing a thorough pressure wash to remove loose paint, dirt, and other debris.
Continued pressure washing.
Our skilled painters hard at work.
A distant view of the signs.
ALLBRiGHT Company President Josh Abramson on the 80’ boom lift.
Making this sign look "ALLBRiGHT"
View from the boom lift.
Due to the amount of foot and car traffic in the area, safety was our top priority.
Freshly painted.
Freshly painted and looking beautiful!