Sign Restoration

Over the last 101 years, Ortwein Sign has fabricated signs of many eras. We love to see vintage signs come into our shop for restoration. They remind us of the improvements in electrical safety, materials, construction techniques, and finishes that have been implemented in more recent years.  Our history and knowledge enables us to bring these signs back to their former glory, in their exact original state or in a UL approved manner for improved electrical safety.

With our very own in-house neon plant, you can rely on over 25 years of expert glass bending experience to restore your classic neon signs. Our finishes group can paint, or patina your sign to provide the original look and attractiveness that these retro signs provide.  For use in advertising a business or installation in a museum, Ortwein Sign is your place for sign restoration.

Ortwein Sign’s In-House Neon Sign Team

Ortwein Sign has the last in-house neon team in the Chattanooga community, and as such we’re uniquely qualified to repair existing neon signs and fabricate new neon signs as well. We’ve serviced and repaired signage as small as beer signs and as sizeable as the Songbirds sign which our team fabricated right here in our Chattanooga shop.

Case Study: Historic Foster’s Clothing Store Sign Restoration for Glass St. (Chattanooga, TN)

In 2019, our team were approached by the Glass House Collective to restore the historic Foster’s Clothing Store Sign that would adorn the Collective’s offices.

We set to work repairing the sign and modernizing where needed to get the sign up to modern electrical code. We then repaired and fabricated new neon tubing for the sign.

Our team was able to do all this in a timely fashion and the sign was installed  in May 2020.

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