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This sign we recently completed for the National Weather Service incorporates acrylic letters alongside their two logos which were done by printing their supplied images directly onto 12" diameter acrylic blanks. Printing direct to acrylic in this way is permanent and UV stable and provides full color and the tiniest detail to be preserved.
Custom color print technology will faithfully reproduce your most complex designs, intricately detailed graphical elements, sophisticated color gradients or any photographic images directly onto acrylic and other materials. Our full-color inkjet printing capabilities let us print directly to flat plastic, as well as many other substrates including aluminum, brass, bronze and stainless steel. With print resolution at 1,200 dpi, images are vivid, gradients are smooth and the color spectrum is virtually limitless. Our inks are all UV-cured and tested for UV resistance, indoors or outdoors.
Acrylic cut letters are the low cost, all weather workhorse of sign lettering. Acrylic, also known as "Plex" comes in many pigmented colors which because of their super glossy appearance can look too much like plastic. Acrylic letters and numbers are excellent for painting with acrylic polyurethane which eliminates the plastic look and also allows for different paint sheens like semi gloss, satin and matte.
Depending on letter or number size, cut acrylic lettering can get expensive, especially as the thickness is increased. For this reason we only recommend using acrylic letters up to 36" tall since beyond that there are more suitable products available such as vacuum formed plastic letters that are molded and provide greater depth while keeping the price affordable. Acrylic letters are suitable for any environment whether it be the arid South Western States, the humid South Eastern States or the Northern States where temperatures can drop to sub zero. For indoor applications they provide a crisp look and can be painted in any of thousands of colors from Pantone to Sherwin Williams to Benjamine Moore color schemes.
When used outside, occasional maintenance is always a good idea. Once a year, check all the mounting hardware to make sure it is firmly attached to the building. Make repairs as necessary and should you need to replace a failed letter, just send us an email with a picture of the failure, your name and address and your original order number and we will have the factory make a new one and ship it to you at no charge. Cleaning the letters should also be done as needed. A simple soapy water solution is all that is required to bring your letters, numbers and logos back to their original sparkling condition.
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.
DOUBLEFACE TAPE MOUNT
Double sided tape can only be applied to letters up to 24" 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
Plastic pad extending beyond back of letter, typical with plastic letters, install product direct to wall without having to drill any holes. Installed with use of a spacing guide. Silicone is a common adhesive to hold such letters.
STUD IN BLOCK MOUNT
This is the default stud mount. This option will have blocks glued to the backs of the letters that create a natural surface standoff of about 3/8" which can be enhanced by choosing a standoff length in the forms options. The blocks are drilled and tapped to accept studs(threaded rods) that get glued into holes drilled in the mounting surface. A drill mounting pattern is required.
The combo or combination mount differs from the combination all mount in that it only has stud THROUGH pads on the tops of the letters and standard PAD mounts on the bottoms. This mount is useful where you want to drill as few holes as possible and still have mounting rods(studs) in the wall. Installed by drilling holes for the stud through pad and adhering non stud pads directly to mounting surface. A drill mounting pattern is required.
COMBO ALL MOUNT
The combination all mount is stud through pad on all points. This gives you adjustability on every stud and is useful for irregular surfaces such as corrugated metal buildings, lap siding, stone walls or anywhere you want a standoff form the wall that is adjustable during installation. A drill mounting pattern is required
FLUSH STUD MOUNT
Letters have to be at least 3/8" thick to drill and tap the holes but this mount is very secure since it does not rely on a glued block to hold the stud. This mount is best used without wall stand-off which will compromise the purpose of this mount which is to prevent theft. If you want stand-off you can select it also but allow for the stud length which should be 2" in the wall plus the length of the stand-off. Mounting pattern is required. See the section above for mounting to real brick or for more information.