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poster boxes 13 Oct 2004 22:02 #28700

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Our outdoor illuminated poster display boxes
are scrtched (someone did not know how to clean them) and they are stained (color from a poster has leeched into the plastic/lexan/plexiglass/whatever.
Does anyone have a good source for these?
I found one, Sonic Equipment in Kansas. Wondering if there's comparison shopping
to be done.

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Re: poster boxes 13 Oct 2004 23:48 #28701

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Here's an alternative to consider: the plastic frames can likely be refinished in either acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel by someone who knows autobody proceedures... The Lexan can be replaced, but first try rubbing out the stains with automotive rubbing compound, then polishing out with toothpaste: requires some elbow grease, but works... P.S. "Gleem" toothpaste works well...
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Re: poster boxes 15 Oct 2004 19:39 #28702

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I thought I'd tried everything but toothpaste did not occur to me.

The scratches are fine and allover. They look like steelwool scratchings. Or heavy duty pot-scrubber.

The local glass installation company, (also does plastic) said that the boxes were not made with a mind to replacing the material.
My head projectionist agreed that, if disassembled, they might not go back together.....will look into the autobody option.
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Re: poster boxes 16 Oct 2004 02:49 #28703

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Toothpaste is just to finish up with, you need to start with something a lot more abrasive, like automotive rubbing compound, BUT if they're THAT BAD, replacement of the lexan may be the only way out... IF the lexan can't be taken out without destroying the frame, you can take a FINE TOOTH sabre saw and CUT the old lexan out, leaving 1/4" of the old lexan intact around the perimeter... Paint the frames (and that 1/4" of lexan still in the frame) then Super Glue the new lexan to the back of that remaining 1/4"... When it's finished it will look like it was made that way!...
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Re: poster boxes 16 Oct 2004 08:45 #28704

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Speaking of autobody...

The theatre I grew up working for still has its original 1947-vintage 40X60 frames. When it came time to decide whether they were worth keeping, the owner took them to a local shop. They came back looking like new. We added fluorescent tubes to light 'em up, and they're still in service today.

On the other hand, you can probably spend a lot more at the car shop than it would cost to get a couple of new Bass cabinets... so it's probably a good idea to do some shopping around... both at the autobody shop and at your friendly local equipment supplier!
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Re: poster boxes 26 Oct 2004 19:50 #28705

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Sonic in Kansa wants nearly $800 a pice for boxes. Is that a good price?
I have not found another dealer.
Who's Bass? I googles it and came up with thousands of guitars.
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Re: poster boxes 27 Oct 2004 10:26 #28706

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The stuff isn't cheap, but it lasts darn near forever.

Here's the link
http://www.bassind.com/

They're in Miami.
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Re: poster boxes 27 Oct 2004 10:44 #28707

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We ended up oputting ours together ourselves. It wasn't easy but we went to a local cabinet shop for the housing, bought some flourescent lights, ordered up some translucent plex and voila, had a couple of lighted poster boxes. They aren't entirely professional looking, but, they look plenty good to me. We ended up spending about half of that $800 figure (and that was for two of them). Anyway, just an idea.
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Re: poster boxes 29 Oct 2004 08:11 #28708

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Good for you, Leeler. It is always good to see an exhibitor show not only initiative, but also creativity. It is something little seen these days, and it invogorates our industry. Patrons love to see some imagination displayed in the theatre/cinema setting, since they come there to be entertained, not just to buy some old product. If the boxes look good to you, they will probably look good to everyone else too, and your efforts not only save money, but show that cinemas need not be rubber stamp copies of each other as so many became from the '60s till now. It is in the interests of the suppliers to cinemas that they all use essentially the same products and thus look the same, but that is not in your interests! Best Wishes. Jim
Jim R. (new E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) member: www.HistoricTheatres.org
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