I purchased this vintage neon sign at an
auction in Massachusetts. It must have been made in the 1950's. It was covered
with dirt and several neon tubes were broken. My goal was to replace all the
neon with the original color - Turquoise- and clean it up but not repaint
it. I believe that unless the paint loss really detracts from the sign, it
it is best to leave the paint alone.
The neon bending style of the tubes is not
commonly used today. The way the bends drop to the PK housings (the glass holes where the
neon electrodes go into) were really sweet and I re-created them exactly.
It took more time but the final effect is true to the period.
Aside from the external components, all the
wiring and transformers were replaced.