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Started by rasalon, Jan 15, 2013, 04:02 am

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rasalon

Does anyone who has seen the door close up know what it's made from? it looks metal but what it the white finish? I am planning on having one made but don't know where to start, I don't want it out of plastic because it will be too shiny (I think anyway!)

HELP!!!

Kingpin

The white finish is likely enamel, which is often used for metal signs... like those seen on the London Underground.

rasalon

unfortunately I've never been to the underground, is there an equivalent in the US.

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The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
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And the press get fed the scapegoats,
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galacticprobe

Jan 17, 2013, 12:28 am #4 Last Edit: Jan 17, 2013, 12:28 am by galacticprobe
You're right, Marc: we call it the subway in the US (lower-case 's'; the Subway with the upper case 'S' is the sandwich place ;)).

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

rasalon

very funny all of you.... I was refering to the paint :P

galacticprobe

Jan 17, 2013, 06:06 am #6 Last Edit: Jan 17, 2013, 06:28 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: rasalon on Jan 16, 2013, 05:45 am
unfortunately I've never been to the underground, is there an equivalent in the US.


I think we were just answering your question about the US equivalent to the Underground, and it is called the subway. :) (It sounds strange without "the", sort like referring to "TARDIS" - a la the Peter Cushing films of the 1960s - rather than "the TARDIS".)

As for those signs mentioned being in the Underground, I can't ever remember seeing similar things in the US. Most of our signs are made from metal with a vinyl film of colors varying for the purpose (tape, for lack of a better word, though it comes in huge sheets) covering most of the sign's surface. Then reflective tape is placed around the edges to form a border; the tape is also used for the lettering (i.e. road and street-name signs) and all of it is heat-baked onto the sign's metal surface. It works the same way on wood as well so is also found on our maritime markers (buoys - though these are metal, dayboards, pier pilings, etc.). We always called it Retro-tape (I think that was short for Retroflective, or something like that - yeah, after working on a buoy tender for a few years you'd think I'd remember that, but it was 30 years ago now).

But I don't think that's what they used on the 2005-2009 PTO door sign. That one almost looked like silver-painted aluminum with some of the silver paint scraped away around the edges. I'd almost say it was galvanized metal with some of the zinc scraped away, but the sign never showed any appearance of rust, and would have done if the galvanization was scraped away (unless very meticulous care was taken of it, and prop handlers aren't known for their care of props: hence my guess at it being painted aluminum).

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

rasalon

Thank you for the more pertinent information it helps a bit, I have to decide how to have the sign made and if its silver/aluminum, then I have a pretty good equivalent that I can use. Thanks again. ;D

rasalon

I was able to find the aluminum in question with the white enamel and had the sign made, it looks nice, thanks again for the tip