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Gable Signs – Newbridge Signs Kildare

Gable and Wall Signs:

Having a gable end on your premises is priceless in many respects.
It is a canvas to advertise your business, make a landmark feature and make what can be a dull blank wall an integral part of your overall external design plan.
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There are a few nice options.
  • Hand painted sign: The advantage of painting your gable is that your only limitation is the size of the Gable. you have a background colour and then you can panel it out to accommodate various colour areas to hold different information. Kavanagh’s Bar Naas uses a limey green panel, painted onto a bottle green gable, with high contrast letters and shadows to make the sign pop. This sign will age gracefully and will not need much attention in my lifetime (Bar it changes hands…. which I doubt).  Marrons of Clane also uses this panel method which allows the pharmacy to change it’s overall colour without affecting the signs. Alternatively you can paint letters directly onto the background colour, giving strong contrast and shadowing as can be seen in Sticky Fingers. Sticky Fingers was handpainted onto the gable using Acrylics. Firstly all the letters were chalked into position and the tree was positioned afterwards and then painted in using a 1 &1/2@ fitch. The wall was a nap finish so required a bit of brush work to force paint into all pits and bumps. Acrylics are brilliant and have a great life. Manzors of Clane was also done in this method and is at least 10 years old.
  • Raised letters sprayed and fixed onto a gable is also a very attractive finish. Goldleaf prismatic letters on a painted panel also look really rich and have a natural  very high reflective quality (see Muldowney). Complexions gable sign is raised and airbrushed and uses a few complimentary colours to make it work. This sign was resprayed for a change of colour and can be resprayed at any time to accommodate colour change to premises.
  • One of my favourite gable signs is the Moat Theatre which was commissioned 14 years ago on a design created by The Artist  Brid Ni Rinn and we were given the brief to create a sustainable sign in fitting with the building. This sign was made from copper, stainless steel, stained glass and copper-leaf. it looks the exact same as it did the day it went up (old and distressed). That mixed medium of stainless and titanium used in Harbour View on mass concrete is also very cool.There is another option that is mostly used nowadays print it on a panel and bang it up. It tends to have a plastic printed ra rara…look.
    I have an issue with graphic designs stuck on walls.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Co. Kildare