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After several decades of providing the highest quality sandblasted signs, Capitol Design / is a name you can trust. Hundreds of satisfied wholesale customers throughout the United States and abroad know and trust us for our high quality, quick turnaround, prompt quotations and outstanding customer service. 

While we can work with many species of wood, cedar is the most common. At Capitol Design, we use only the finest quality cedar available. First, it is a clear heart material, which means it has the fewest number of knots of any grade.  Secondly, it is kiln-dried to assure a minimum moisture content within the wood.  This is particularly important to guard against warping. Thirdly, our grain is continuous within the length of the board. Finally, we use only a continuous vertical grain. 

We inventory both 1.5" (typically used for single sided signs) and 1.75" (double sided) cedar blanks for faster manufacturing. We target a depth of 5/16" however this may be slightly more/less depending on the hardness of the wood and width of the grain. As cedar is a natural product, these variables are unpredictable. 

Expert sandblasters utilize top quality exterior enamel paints, and top quality stains, to insure maximum life and fade resistance. All signs are completely primed with enamel "block out" prior to application of background colors unless a stained wood background is called for. Specialty lettering enamels are used for logos, copy and borders.

All signs at Capitol Design are custom crafted by hand. A finished, painted sign typically takes 3 weeks to manufacture; cut blanks are typically shipped within a week; and blasted only signs, within one to two weeks.

We have customers who have had their signs up over twenty years. Most signs need repainting in 4 to 6 years, depending on the color, climate extremes and the exposure to the sun. A good hosing down and brushing with soap and water will keep your sign clean as needed.