Sign Removal & Wall Remediation in 10 Steps: General Guidelines and Rules of Thumb

Sign Removal & Wall Remediation in 10 Steps: General Guidelines and Rules of Thumb


Often times ASG is asked by our clients to handle the removal and remediation of their signage upon vacating a store location. They may be rebranding with a new logo that ASG is installing or they may simply be closing that location or relocating to a new spot nearby. Often times the Landlord requires they complete this with some level of exterior wall remediation prior to leaving the space. In this case ASG will patch and repair exterior walls that may be blemished from the removal of the existing sign. The restoration is performed based on the type of wall conditions to remove all unsightly proof that there was once a sign there.

Step 1: ASG first establishes a standard with the customer so we know their expectations. This can vary based on whether they plan to reuse the space, what type of signage is being installed in its place or what the agreement is with the land lord upon vacating the space.

– Generally speaking there are multiple holes depending on the type of illuminated signage, i.e. neon, LED, non-illuminated, raceway mounted vs. flush mounted etc. You may also be dealing with poor restoration from the previous tenant. You will want to review these conditions when on site performing your survey.

Step 2: Survey the location to address all areas that may be impacted by the sign removal. Sometimes and more often than not this won’t be known until the previous sign is completely removed. Other items to address may be awnings, architectural décor and other elements add by the previous tenant or sign. We look for things like exposed conduit and photocells. They may also need removed and remediated.

Step 3: Make sure the sign is powered off and you secure the premise from customers, other vehicles and/or equipment and pedestrians in the area. Remove all mounting hardware and cap/remove electrical connections.

Step 4: As it applies to EIFS, Dryvit or Stucco-Repair any and all visible holes both mounting and electrical. If holes will be covered by a new sign then they’re to be filled with silicone caulking. The holes should be made weather tight as a result to limit any water and debris from entering into the wall.

Step 5: As it applies to EIFS, Dryvit or Stucco-Repair any holes that will be visible after the new sign has been installed using a color-matching caulk or paintable caulk to match the wall area.

Step 6: As it applies to unpainted masonry and brick, color matching should be used for holes that are in the masonry/brick and mortar joint. If a suitable matching color cannot be found for the brick then you should compound existing brick from the site with clear silicone. Be sure to clean the brick and mortar after repairs are made to remove any unpleasant marks and blemishes from the remediation process.

Step 7: EIFS, Dryvit, or Stucco must be textured to match the existing conditions before painting or be sure to use a textured paint. Any metal or wood must also be remediated with the precise paint color match.

Step 8: Power wash all wall surfaces to clean where necessary prior to painting to remove any dirt and “ghosting” of the old signage so that they’re no longer visible.

Step 9: Paint all areas with an exact paint color match from corner to corner on said wall area or sign band. If existing paint is available on site you should use this.

Step 10: Install your new signage!