Pylon Sign Refurbishment

Pylon Sign Refurbishment by QA Signs

Pylon Sign Refurbishment

Can I refubish a pylon sign?

Yes, it is possible to refurbish a pylon sign. Refurbishing typically involves repairing or replacing damaged components, updating the electrical system, repainting the exterior, and updating the graphics or messaging. The extent of the refurbishment will depend on the condition of the existing sign and the goals for the updated design. If the sign is structurally sound, refurbishing can be a cost-effective way to extend its life and improve its appearance.

It is important to note that pylon signs can be large and complex structures, so refurbishing them typically requires specialized knowledge and equipment. It may be necessary to hire a professional sign company or contractor with experience in sign refurbishment to complete the work safely and effectively.

The photos in this blog post is an example of a pylon sign refurbishment project recently finished by QA Signs. The scope of works was to transform an old and tired looking pylon sign and modernised it.

Pylon Sign Refurbishment by QA SignsOld Pylon Sign
Tips on how to refurbish a pylon sign
If you are looking at doing a project like this yourself, we have outlined a few helpful tips below. These tips will help you get started.

Start with graphic design

Start with some general graphic design of what you want the refurbished pylon is going to look like. Here are some graphic design tips to consider when refurbishing a pylon sign:

Brand Consistency

Ensure that the updated graphics on the pylon sign are consistent with your brand’s visual identity. This includes using the same color palette, typography, and logos as used on other signage and promotional materials.


Make sure the text on the sign is legible from a distance and can be easily read by drivers and pedestrians. This may involve using a larger font size, high-contrast colors, and clear typography.

Simple Design

Keep the design of the sign simple and uncluttered, with a clear hierarchy of information. Avoid adding too much text or graphics that can distract from the main message.

Color Contrast

Use high-contrast colors to make the sign more visible, especially in low-light conditions. Bright colors and reflective materials can help the sign stand out against its surroundings.


Consider the lighting of the sign when choosing colors and materials. Different lighting conditions can affect the way colors are perceived, so it’s important to use colors that will remain legible under different lighting conditions.

Signage Codes

Be aware of local signage codes and regulations, including height restrictions, sign placement, and illumination requirements. This will help ensure that the refurbished sign meets all necessary requirements and can be safely installed.

Professional Assistance

Work with a professional graphic designer or sign company to ensure that the refurbished sign is visually appealing, effective, and meets all necessary requirements. A professional can also help ensure that the sign is cohesive with your brand’s overall visual identity.

Engineering: Track Down Existing Documents 

Try and find the existing documents related to the structure of the sign.

Really helpful documents are the Form 15, Form 16, and the associated engineering drawings of the pylon sign.

If you don’t have these documents available you can try to access them from the local council (where the sign is located). A sign of this size usually has an associated sign licence and most often these documents are submitted when applying for the licence.

A great place to start for Brisbane based business is the Brisbane City Council business hotline. Their phone number is 133 BNE (133 263).


Upgrade to LED lights

There are several reasons why you may want to consider replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights when refurbishing a pylon sign:

Energy Efficiency

LED lights are more energy efficient than fluorescent lights, which means that they use less power to produce the same amount of light. This can result in lower energy bills and a more environmentally friendly solution.

Longer Lifespan

LED lights have a longer lifespan than fluorescent lights, which means that they need to be replaced less frequently. This can result in lower maintenance costs and less disruption to your business or property.

Better Light Quality

LED lights provide a brighter and more consistent light than fluorescent lights, which can make the sign more visible and eye-catching. They also offer a wider range of color options, which can help you create a more dynamic and attractive sign.

Improved Safety

LED lights are safer than fluorescent lights, as they don’t contain hazardous materials such as mercury. They also don’t produce UV radiation or heat, which can make them a safer choice for employees and customers.

Easy to Retrofit

LED lights can be easily retrofitted into existing pylon signs, which means that you can upgrade the lighting system without having to completely replace the sign. This can save time and money compared to a full sign replacement.

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