How can I purchase a custom sign? Are there current neon signs for sale?
Check out our Custom Work page and send us an email for a quote. But stick around and read the rest of our FAQs first.
How do I commission a piece?
Many new businesses are looking for a custom neon sign – both for outside their business and in the interior. Often, our clients come to us with ideas of what they want or logos they are hoping to reproduce. We also work with clients who look to Todd for his design and artist’s input, as well as his extensive knowledge of neon art. All inquiries are welcome.
What prices should I expect for a custom neon sign? For neon signs available for purchase currently, how much do they cost?
Costs will depend on a variety of factors. For signs that are made from patterns already in Todd’s collection, prices start at $2,500, and go up. For custom signs (original design, patterns, and creation), customers can expect a quote between $5,000 and $15,000. On occasion, prices can range higher depending on the complexity of construction. The costs of crating and shipping within the continental US are included in the quote.
Todd Sanders and Roadhouse Relics take great pride the quality and authenticity of the each sign that leaves the studio. We believe that our customers are not only getting a world-class neon sign, they are also investing in a piece of original art.
How long does a custom neon sign take to complete?
After the design is rendered, on average, it takes up between six and eight weeks to complete a piece, and one week to crate and ship. The timing also depends on the complexity of the project, the number of revisions and edits in the early design phase, and the number of projects we currently have in our pipeline. If you’re interested in a piece, we’ll include a timing estimate and costs in your quote. Sometimes we can have a waiting list of 3-4 months before beginning new work, so it is best to get in line as early as possible.
How long have Todd Sanders and Roadhouse Relics been making custom neon signs and neon art?
Todd has been perfecting the art of weathering throughout the course of his 20-year career by using various techniques that give each piece a nostalgic look and feel. By using these methods, signs are actually lighter and safer than vintage pieces but still hold the same reminiscent feel.
What are some of his past clients and experience?
Roadhouse Relics has supplied props for numerous movies such as Miss Congeniality, The Rookie and Tree of Life. You can learn more about press coverage and brand partnerships in the Press Kit.
Todd’s use of current technology and weathering techniques allow him to create custom pieces that look vintage. His knowledge of typography, style and craftsmanship of vintage signs is self-taught. Each rigorous step from sketching the design to creating the metal, hand lettering, custom weathering and everywhere in between creates a work of art that pays homage to the past.
Everything is done by hand, making each piece a unique work of art.
What makes Roadhouse Relics vintage-style neon signs different from real vintage neon signs?
Actual vintage signs can include toxic materials such as lead and PCB’s, and can also be very heavy. Since Roadhouse Relics custom makes their signs, we can use technology in our favor and create a much safer and lighter version. Although technology may be used to create the base sign itself, we do not use any computer graphics in the process of retro signage to keep the piece authentic to its time period
Why does Roadhouse Relics using weathering on their neon signs?
Each piece of custom neon art is designed by hand, and weathered using techniques developed over Todd’s 20-year career. This is part of his process as an artist, and contributes to the “crude charm” of each authentic piece.
Can I get a sign from Todd that isn’t Neon?
Besides creating weathered pieces of art, Todd Sanders also composes sideshow banners. His original works can be seen in films like Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life.