West Sussex Finger Post Signs
Old Cast Metal Design
This is a guide as to how to refurbish these very attractive Edwardian Finger Post Signs.
Below is a typical example of a dilapidated old cast iron finger post sign. You can find these an many areas of West Sussex through the labyrinth of narrow country lanes as well as some of the historical Sussex towns and villages.
We are currently offering a special price deal for carrying out the repairs, refurbishment & the reconstruction of these classic West Sussex County Council finger post signs.
So contact us now for a free quotation & site report.
Tel. 07552 932419
Sadly these signs over the past 2 decades have become somewhat neglected or restored by unprofessional contractors with only the thought of carrying out the least amount of work possible coupled with the use of poor quality materials, namely cheap untreated softwood planks have been used for signboards. cheap plastic or even stick on number plate type lettering has been used. Rusty iron screws have also been used together with cheap one coat paints. The signs have been over painted without being rubbed down. In many cases the pencil lines for the lay out of the lettering has been left on.
All in all poor quality work & materials has resulted in many of these signs having to be refurbished well before their time which after all is a great unnecessary expense.
This is the top specification that will ensure that these beautiful old signs can remain in perfect condition for many decades to come.
The cast post should be rubbed back to the original primer or bare metal.
The castings if removed can be blasted back to bare metal and primed and top coats with 4 coats of exterior paint.
The finger -arms should be constructed from seasoned construction grade hardwood and have weathered tops to allow drainage.
The lettering should be non-corrosive cast metal and must be fixed with solid brass screws.
As the roads have over the year widened it would be of great benefit to the finger arms if the posts were excavated and repositioned further back away from the kerb.
We used very high quality paints to achieve a really deep base finish. Our signs have a radius on every edge. We use a Zinsser high contact primer which does not lift or blister. We then apply 4 coats of air breathing Sadolin paint that allow the timber to expand & contract with the season without flaking off. We believe that our formula is the very best available.
Our signs do not decay so they can be refurbished again & again. It's the same with the cast lettering as this never has to be replaced.
We can off a choice of finials which can been seen at the bottom of this page.
This is an example of the quality of our work regarding the refurbishment & reconstruction of a West Sussex County Council cast metal finger post sign.
We reconstructed this cast metal finger post in the year 2000 and it still looks good today. Please note the detail with the hardwood sign and the cast metal lettering fixed with solid brass screws. We can strip these signs down into component form & re-tube them with a new galvanized internal core tube as these will last for another century or beyond.
We can offer of a range of cast finials from the standard hollow type displaying the village name to the special crested type with all the embossed features picked out in colour contrast. There is also the option of a ball finial.
The sign below is are beautifully hand crafted seasoned English hardwood finger-arm complete with weathered top ,scalloped end profile and an all round radius along the edge. These signs are planed, sanded & painted with 3 coats of Zinsser Stain Block Primer and 4 coats of Sadolin air-breathing paint to give a very long life professional finish that will last for over a decade before requiring refurbishment.
We provide you with the option of a permanent sign for life cast finger-arm or the construction grade seasoned English hardwood type using embossed cast metal lettering
There are grants available to help pay for these signs & we have put together a special price deal to carry out the repairs, refurbishment & reconstruction of these signs as we are conscious that some of these signs are being refurbished to a very low standard of work by unprofesssional contractors.