We can rebuild, repair, and improve most vintage and historic neon and electric signs. Signs of this type include theater and theater-marquees, vintage skin-on-frame signs, pictorial and animated neon signs, and many more. See the pictures here of the historic Globe Theater in Bertram, TX. This sign was built in 1939, and had not operated since the 1960’s. Many metal elements of the sign were missing as well, and had to be re-created. In the end, all neon and wiring was replaced, while keeping the sign and its look intact.
We also restored the Violet Crown Shopping Center sign on Lamar Blvd. This icon of the Brentwood – Crestview neighborhoods had not operated since the 1970’s. The new owner of the property was very interested in restoring this sign back to it’s former glory.
Using old photographs, and interviewing people who remembered the sign working – we completely replaced all of the neon and internal components. The original “crown” on top was the only design element we changed. You can see the old one inside Threadgill’s restaurant on Lamar. We worked on a new crown design that complimented the sign’s design and historic character.
Neon Repair: Proceed with Caution!
We provide neon services for many sign companies and electrical contractors. Some are excellent, and some are not. About 20 percent of the neon tubes brought in to us for “repair” are still good. An inexperienced contractor will often break these good pieces putting them back in. And when they bring the broken pieces back to us, they do not know how to make the proper templates to have the neon re-fabricated. Many of these contractors lack the simplest of tools – such as a neon tube tester – for getting the job done properly.
This is a frustrating and expensive experience for all involved. You should always ask a potential contractor how much experience they have in the area of neon repair. Neon service is not a difficult skill for an electrical contractor to learn – but it is a specialized niche of the electric sign trade.