Refurbishing the American Legion Sign

The American Legion has been receiving an ongoing facelift over the past few years as volunteers’ time, talent and funding have become available. In 2018 when the main hall was cleaned and painted, the huge exterior sign was taken down so the shingles could be repaired and the sliding doors on the deck could be replaced.

The sign was in a tired state, having been exposed to the elements for years and showing signs of rot in spots. Fortunately, it was originally made of solid hardwood and primed and painted with boat paint.

Allan Esenlohr was the man who carved and created the sign when he worked at Pirates Cove Marine and the Legion Post #1045 reached out to him for advice with the refurbishing. Allan was able to share the ‘how tos’ including the primer, paint type and color, gold leaf, and gold paint types.

This winter Pete Wall at Pirates Cove took on the job of refurbishing the sign. After a good sanding, rot, and holes repaired, priming, and painting with several layers of boat paint it looks fabulous and almost new again. Jane Ahrens painted in the layers of gold to get the lettering finished and it was hanging over the Legion’s new deck before Memorial Day weekend.

Thank you to Chip duPont and Karla Heath at Pirates Cove, and Pete Wall for the beautiful work, Luis Horn, and Ace Ahrens for transporting, and to Allan Esenlohr for his useful advice.

A work in progress, click any image for a larger version:

The sign is hung back in its place before the Memorial Day Parade 2022.


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