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Message board restoration pics

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by x.system, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    I've been restoring message and arrow boards for the last couple months and thought I would show some pics of the process and some finished pics. We start by going and picking up a few boards at a time, usually enuff to last a week or two. We then tear them down, sand blast everything and get it ready to paint. It usually takes about 2 days from start to finish or 5 days for 3 of the large boards. We do these during the winter when construction is shut down. When spring comes around we will be doing mostly plow blades.

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    teardown
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    blasting the frame
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    more pics to come
     
  2. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    The board gets prepped and painted as soon as it comes off the frame.
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    By the time the board is painted the frame is blasted and ready to be moved into the paint room. Here is the first coat of primer applied.
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    Once the frame is painted we move onto the next trailer and let these sit till morning to assemble.
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  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    That is pretty cool!!!! Good way to keep busy during the winter months!
     
  4. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Slap the board back on and start assmebly, meanwhile I'm painting another board or trailer in between.
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    Move them outside as soon as they are put together.
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    Then load them up for delivery.
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  5. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Here's a plow blade from last fall.

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  6. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    are those frames sand blasted?
     
  7. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Yes, we have a diesel powered blaster that will run soda or sand in the next room.
     
  8. z400

    z400 Member
    Messages: 82

    Do your self some reading and not just looking at the pictures.
    Its all in the first post, at the very top of the post!
     
  9. What brand/type paint are you using and whats the name of the color? - I'm looking for a similar orange, thanks!
     
  10. 2low

    2low Member
    Messages: 56

    got to see pics of that
     
  11. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    Need some chrome hub cabs for those things!! Nice looking work!!
     
  12. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    I use mainly PPG paint and that orange is safty orange, one of their fleet colors.
     
  13. Thats cool, I personally prefer PPG prdoucts - I kinda figured it was a fleet color, which is what I've been looking into, but wanted to check and see if thats what you were using.

    Oh, and, that is a nice little niche project to keep busy with - good job!

    Thanks x.system!