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Cut from solid plate of Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel and Hot Rolled Steel, these Letters, Numbers and Logos are the best and longest lasting, quality metal letters you will find anywhere. 
Superb finishes and attention to detail make solid metal letters a solid buy!

 

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Mounting Hardware

cut aluminum letters with no mount

The no-mount option is for when you want to glue letters directly to a flat surface using some kind of adhesive such as silicon caulk or liquid nails. The problem with this type of installation is that glue tends to squeeze out the edges and it can get very messy. Also, until your glue sets the letters can move around and for large letters that means you need to use long strips of masking tape to hold them in place.

cut aluminum letters with double face tape on the back

Due to liability issues, double sided tape can only be applied to letters up to 6" in height. If using this option then always use a liquid silicon caulk as well to protect the letters in case the tape should fail

cut aluminum letters with welded studs

Welded studs are only applied to 1/8" thick letters. All aluminum letters thicker than that will get a drilled and tapped hole for screw in studs. Studs also known as pins, are threaded rods that get glued into holes drilled in the mounting surface. A stud mount of one form or another is required when ordering Polished, Anodized or Powdercoated aluminum letters because the manufacturing process cannot be done without them. All stud type mounts require a mounting pattern to properly locate where to drill for the studs.

cut aluminum letters with stud mounting hardware

The most popular mount with cut metal letters is the stud mount. Aluminum letters and numbers with removable or screw in studs, have been drilled and tapped on the back of the letter to accept the stud. The stud then gets glued into your mounting surface with silicon caulk or epoxy and holds the letters firmly in place. All stud type mounts require a mounting pattern to properly locate where to drill for the studs. A stud mount of one form or another is required when ordering Polished, Anodized or Powdercoated aluminum letters because the manufacturing process cannot be done without them.

cut aluminum letters with bottom mounted studs

The bottom stud (or top or both!) gives you tapped holes in the edge of the letters for mounting in a vertical configuration. Metal letters have to be at least 3/8" thick to drill the holes and the letters have a minimum height of 4" Round letters will have flat bottoms and the same applies to top drilled letters. Metal letters 8" or more must by code have tie backs when used outside. We do not supply tie backs.

cut aluminum letters mounted to a bottom rail

Maximum length of rail is 8ft and not available for letters greater than 24" or less than 4". Metal letters are bolted through the rail into their edge and can be done either on the bottom, the top or both by request. This ordering form only provides a single rail on the bottom of the letters. For additional options please contact us for a quote.

cut aluminum letters with mounted to a pair of rails

The double rail is mostly used for installation on metal corrugated buildings. It does detract from the look of the sign and is considered old school. In today's world a metal conduit raceway from home depot would look better to mount your letters on, and they come ready finished. Double rail mount has a maximum 8ft length and the rails are pre drilled to accept the letters ordered with screws that go through the rail into the letters. Assembly is required.

Mounting Patterns

drilling pattern for stud mounted letters

Full size Drilling patterns are tracing of letters done by hand at the factory. The letters, with studs screwed into the back or into blocks, are then punched through the paper to show the exact location of the studs. Once taped onto a wall, the hole locations are then drilled and filled with adhesive for any installation using a threaded stud. $3.25 per letter.

pattern for pad and tape mounted letters

A pounce pattern is an outline drawing of letters ordered, full size, made on a plotter with a pounce tool instead of a pen. This tool punches small holes into the paper, following the exact outline of the letters. The installer will then tape this drawing on the wall and "dust" the surface with chalk. The chalk will create a "dusting outline" of the letters on the wall that is then used as a guide for installing plain or pad mounted letters. $3.25 per letter.

pattern for pad and tape mounted letters

Stencil is a full size cutout of smaller letters. This pattern cannot be ordered for Cast or Molded products. Guide for installing plain, pad or double face tape letters. Guide is taped to wall, letter set inside cutout, adhered to wall. $60 FOR UP TO 100 CHARACTERS. (We determine if Stencil or Split Stencil is best for your order.)

pattern for pad and tape mounted letters

This pattern cannot be ordered for Cast or Molded products. Split Stencil is a partial cutout of bottom portion of the letters above the baseline, plus 2" below the baseline that provides a perfect way to install plain, pad or double face tape flat cut out letters. This split stencil is generated using the same file that we use to produce your letters. $60 FOR UP TO 100 CHARACTERS. We determine if Stencil or Split Stencil is best for your order.)

pattern for pad and tape mounted letters

A guide for plain, pad or double face tape mounted letters. The letters in a specific copy are spelled out and properly spaced on a long pattern table or computer generated. A narrow (approximately 2") piece of paper contains small hash marks or plotted lower portions of the letters. This guide is then secured to the wall with tape by the installer and provides a visual guide for installing letters. $10 - ANY QUANTITY.


Embedding Letters In Concrete

How to embed letters in concrete

Last but not officially a selectable mount, we get enough requests for embedding letters in concrete that it is worth a mention here. Essentially it\'s not just a matter of laying down some wet concrete and pressing the letters in. For any kind of professional result that will last you have to construct a framework under the letters to keep them in place and together. Above you see 3 letters with stud mounts attached to a stabilizer plate. Order the letters with 2" studs, 1.5" spacers and a mounting pattern. Go to a local metal yard and buy some stiff galvanized or steel plate large enough to set the letters on. Use the mounting pattern to drill the plate then secure letters to plate with nuts and washers (not provided). Embed the entire assembly into the wet concrete. We do not recommend Aluminum Letters for this project. Stainless steel would be best.


Finish Options

All prices below are configured into the ordering form above

Brushed aluminum color swatch
primed for paint color swatch
Painted aluminum color swatch
Brushed #4 aluminum color swatch
Orbital Sanded aluminum color swatch
Random Arc aluminum color swatch

Standard Price

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Premium Polished, Anodized and Powdercoat Finishes

Clear anodized aluminum color swatch
Rust Powdercoat aluminum color swatch
Champagne anodized aluminum color swatch
Gold anodized aluminum color swatch
Light Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Medium Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Dark Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Black anodized aluminum color swatch

Clear Anodized adds 15% - Rust adds 25% - Colored Anodized Adds 45% *Stud Mount and Minimum letter height 2" at 1/4" thick and above or 3" at 1/8" thick Required for All

Polished anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Clear anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Champagne anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Gold anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Light Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Medium Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Dark Bronze anodized aluminum color swatch
Polished Black anodized aluminum color swatch

Polished adds 50% --- Polished Anodized Adds 75% *Stud Mount and Minimum letter height 2" at 1/4" thick and above or 3" at 1/8" thick Required for All

About Cut Metal Letters, Numbers and Logos

An assortment of cut metal letters including cut aluminum letters, cut brass and cut bronze letters, a stainless steel letter and a rusted steel letter
Aluminum is offered in sizes from from 1" to 46" and up to 1" thick. Aluminum can come satin brushed, Polished, Painted or Anodized. Anodizing is a chemical process that hardens the micro thin top layer of the aluminum to leave it impervious to weather and the effects of oxidation. During the process, a chemical dye can be added to impart a color to the aluminum which is permanent. Anodized letters do not require clear coating to keep them from tarnishing outdoors or indoors. Polished aluminum achieves a near mirror finish for those of you that want your letters to shine brightly. Polishing can also be incorporated with anodizing techniques to leave a highly decorative and shiny appearance even when the metal color has been dye in gold, bronze or black.

Cut from solid Naval Brass, alloy C46400 plate, our solid brass letters are perfect for indoor or outdoor applications and provide that rich look of brass with crisp smooth edges, tight corners and clear coated for a lifetime of use in any environment. Cut Brass is offered in sizes from from 1" to 46" and up to 3/4" thick. Whether you choose the classicbrushed satin, the dark brown oxidized colors or the highly polished, mirror like Brass, you will be making a statement of quality first for your business.

Cut from solid Commercial Bronze, alloy C220 plate, our solid bronze letters are perfect for indoor or outdoor applications and provide that rich look of bronze with crisp smooth edges, tight corners and clear coated for a lifetime of use in any environment. Cut Bronze is offered in sizes from from 1/2" to 24" and up to 1/2" thick.

Cut from solid Copper alloy C110 plate, our solid copper letters are perfect for indoor or outdoor applications and provide that rich look of copper with crisp smooth edges, tight corners and clear coated for a lifetime of use in any environment. Cut copper is offered in sizes from from 1/2" to 24" and up to 3/8" thick. Whether you choose the classic brushed satin, the dark brown oxidized colors or the highly polished, mirror like copper.

Available in both alloy 304 commercial grade and alloy 316 marine grade, our satin brushed stainless steel speaks for itself and is long lasting and hard wearing both indoors and out. Precision cut Stainless Steel is offered in sizes from from 1/2" to 14" and up to 1/2" thick.

Hot Rolled or Plain Steel is 30% less cost than Stainless and comes in 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch thicknesses. Hot rolled steel comes to you as plain gray steel but will build a rich red surface rust over the years when exposed to the elements. To promote the rusting, try to keep the surface moist and you can also spray with a vinegar solution. There are also some metal aging solutions available from specialty shops and amazon.com that will produce a rusted appearance in short time.

For pricing please see the individual order pages below

Picture of a plain no mount letter
The no-mount option is for when you want to glue letters directly to a flat surface using some kind of adhesive such as silicon caulk or liquid nails. The problem with this type of installation is that glue tends to squeeze out the edges and it can get very messy. Also, until your glue sets the letters can move around and for large letters that means you need to use long strips of masking tape to hold them in place.

Picture of a letter with double face tape on the back
Double sided tape for mounting large letters is not something you should do. If the letters come loose and fall, they could hurt someone and you could be sued. If outdoors they may pose a threat of theft. For this reason we do not offer double side tape mounts on any metal letters greater than 6" tall. For indoor use, the double sided tape mount should never be relied on entirely. Always add spots of silicon caulk or construction adhesive between the strips of tape to ensure that the letters will not fall if the tape dries out.

Picture of a letter with double face tape on the back
Before ordering your letters with the welded stud you should first consider comparing the overall cost of the letters to that of 1/4" material. The reason is that the welded stud is labor intensive and triggers an upcharge whereas the 1/4" material with its superior screw in removable studs do not have any upcharge. In most cases you may find that for just a few dollars more or sometimes even less, you can upgrade to the 1/4" material. Studs also known as pins are threaded rods that get glued into holes drilled in walls. A stud mount of one form or another is required when ordering Polished or Anodized letters because the manufacturing process cannot be done without them.

Picture of a letter with stud mounting hardware

Picture of how to measure for a stud for brick mount

Picture of a letter showing how to mount it away from the wall
Removable studs, also known as pins, are threaded rods that screw into threaded holes in the backs of the letters. The stud is threaded all the way along it\'s length and can be ordered in various lengths starting at 1".

Mounting is as simple as drilling holes into a wall, drywall, brick masonry, wood, stucco etc; , filling the holes with silicon caulk, liquid nails, epoxy or even mortar, and then pushing one into the other. For this operation a mounting pattern is highly recommended or you will not know where to drill the holes. Studs can also be passed through a substrate to allow for nuts and washers to be attached to the back.

If you are mounting to a real brick wall and do not want to drill into the bricks, select the stud for brick option and we can drill the threaded holes in rows along the backs of the letters that are equal distance apart based on the measurement you choose from the Stud for Brick" option.

If you want your letters to stand away from the wall you can choose the standoff option which provides you with spacer sleeves that slip over the studs to keep them away from the wall by the selected distance. When doing this remember to add the length of the spacer/standoff into the stud length calculation. for instance, if you want the letters to stand 1/2" off the wall and you require 2" of stud in the wall (2" recommended outdoor - 1" indoor), then you will need a 3" stud. Studs can be trimmed in the field but they can\'t grow so it\'s best to give this some thought before selecting.

And finally, don\'t overdo the standoff option. Just because you can do something does not mean you should and many novice installers really go overboard with this thinking it gives the letters definition and shadow. In reality it just reveals all that non finished hardware behind the letters and makes it easy for people to steal. Heck, they don\'t even need to bring a pry bar!

In case you are considering embedding the letters in concrete please scroll down to the end of this page where I have provided instructions.

Picture of a letter with bottom mounted studs
The bottom stud (or top or both!) gives you tapped holes in the edge of the letters for mounting in a vertical configuration. Couple of things to consider here. Letters have to be at least 3/8" thick to drill the holes and the letters have a minimum height of 4" -BUT- that minimum is font AND letter dependent since many fonts will not have wide enough strokes to allow the drilling and tapping without it coming all the way out the other side(consider an "O" for instance). Normally when we do round letters we cut the bottom off flat with the rest of the flat bottom letters before we drill and tap it which makes the stroke thinner still. Ok, so point made, either big bold fat letters or bigger letters like 6-8" minimum. Same applies to top drilled letters.

Secondly, if you are considering using these outside on any kind of roof or overhang, you must tie them back either to a framework or by using aluminum or steel bars angled from the top back of each letter, down to the roof or ledge. Why? 2 reasons, wind load and the city inspector. Not sure which is worse but in either case all letters 8" or more must by code have tie backs when used outside.

This kind or installation is best left to professionals and please make sure you get this permitted before you attempt it. God forbid those letters come down in a strong wind and hit someone or damage property, you will be in deep trouble.

We do not have tie backs but you can make them from aluminum pipe and hammer over each end to make them flat.

Picture of a set of letters mounted to a bottom rail
This is an addition to the mount above except we supply a U-Channel rail to attach the letters to. Maximum length of rail is 8ft and not available for letters greater than 24" or less than 4". Again, as per the information above for the bottom stud mount, 4" is minimum and not available for every font or even every letter shape. (see above)

Also, again the same as above, if you are considering using these outside on any kind of roof or overhang, you must tie them back either to a framework or by using aluminum or steel bars angled from the top back of each letter, down to the roof or ledge. Why? 2 reasons, wind load and the city inspector. Not sure which is worse but in either case all letters 8" or more must by code have tie backs when used outside.

This kind or installation is best left to professionals and please make sure you get this permitted before you attempt it. God forbid those letters come down in a strong wind and hit someone or damage property, you will be in deep trouble.

We do not have tie backs but you can make them from aluminum pipe and hammer over each end to make them flat.

Picture of a set of letters mounted to a pair of rails
The double rail is mostly used for installation on metal corrugated buildings. It does detract from the look of the sign and is considered old school. In today\'s world a metal conduit raceway from home depot would look better to mount your letters too and they come ready finished. That being said we offer the double rail mount in maximum 8ft lengths and the rails are pre drilled to accept the letters ordered with screws that go through the rail into the letters. Assembly is required. Another way to mount to corrugated buildings is to use the stud mount with spacer standoffs. Again if you cannot get behind the metal to attach nuts and bolts due to insulation then you can glue the studs in with epoxy. Time consuming but doable.

How to embed letters in concrete
Last but not officially a choosable mount, we get enough requests for embedding letters in concrete that it is worth a mention here. Essentially it\'s not just a matter of laying down some wet concrete and pressing the letters in. For any kind of professional result that will last you have to construct a framework under the letters to keep them in place and together. Above you see 3 letters with stud mounts attached to a stabilizer plate. Order the letters with 2" studs, 1.5" spacers and a mounting pattern. Go to a local metal yard and buy some stiff galvanized or steel plate large enough to set the letters on. Use the mounting pattern to drill the plate then secure letters to plate with nuts and washers (not provided). Embed the entire assembly into the wet concrete.
Aluminum letter finishes

brass, bronze, copper and steel letter finishes

Painted Metal color palette
CUSTOM FONTS
Our extensive font list numbers close to 100 but we can only list so many fonts on this website and that is just the tip of the iceberg. With cut letters we are able to cut almost any font or any shape including multi part logos. There are literally tens of thousands of fonts and related options for fonts such as regular, semi bold, demi bold, heavy, condensed, extended and it is beyond the limitations of the technology to include all fonts.

If you have a font you dont see here just ask us. In most cases we either have the font or can get the font but in some cases we will need you to supply either the font or ready to cut vector artwork from files such as those produced in Adobe Illustrator.

If you need a logo cut, send us what you have in email along with all the specifications such as dimension, desired material, finish, thickness etc, and we will get you a quote back, usually the same day.
INSTALLATION TIPS and VIDEO\'S
Video\'s Courtesy of Gemini Inc.
Please note these video\'s cover many types of letters that may not be applicable to the products on this page.
The correct place to start is where you intend to mount your letters. Visualize how much space your sign will take up, then measure the space. If you are in a city and this is an outdoor sign it is wise to find out if you will need a permit from the city. Some cities have strict rules on signage, how much space they will allow in terms of square feet, the type of sign, how it will be mounted and what it is made of. These are the first steps. The next step is the difficulty factor. Most people do not have man lifting equipment to work at high levels. Ladders may not be safe considering the work to be done. You should determine if the savings you will get by buying the letters and self installing is worth the cost of renting a lift and the hazards involved. If in doubt, stop, get your local yellow pages out and call a professional sign company.

When you buy your letters, numbers and logos directly from a manufacturer or distributor, it is assumed that you will be installing the products yourself. In this regard you are acting as your own sign company with all the benefits and pitfalls that might entail. Essentially, the average DIY handy person can easily install their own sign as long as it is at ground level. Our mounting patterns take all the guesswork out of it but it is essential that you get all your ducks in a row before you decide to buy the letters.While on the subject of sign companies it should be said that many sign companies do not want to install letters unless they have supplied them. It is a warrenty issue for them and it is also a money issue since they make money on the purchase of sign letters for your project. If you intend to have a sign company install, do yourself a favor and let them do the entire job.