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Mounting Hardware

no mount option

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.

double face tape option

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

stud mount option

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.

pad mount option

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 split stencil or spacing guide. Silicone is a common adhesive to hold such letters.

combo mount option

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.

combination all mount option

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

Custom Printed Acrylic

acrylic printing option

Custom color print technology lets you faithfully reproduce your most complex designs, intricately detailed graphical elements, sophisticated color gradients or any photographic images directly onto sign materials. Our advanced, formable ink jet printing technology lets us print with dimensionally-stable, highly saturated color inks to reproduce virtually any image or design, and is a great option to create strong visual impact at a reasonable cost.

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.

Pigmented Acrylic Colors

Not all colors available in all thicknesses. 3/4" and thicker are painted at no extra charge.
Custom color paint matching to Pantone, Sherwin Williams and others is available for a nominal paint mix fee of $20.00 per color per order.
Clear color
White color
Ivory color
Transluscent Yellow color
Orange color
Red color
Maroon color
Midnight Blue color

2225 Optical Clear

7508 Opaque White

2718 Ivory

2037 Translucent Yellow

2119 Orange

2793 Red

2240 Maroon

2767 Midnight Blue

Dark Blue color
Medium Blue color
Blue color
Light Blue color
Transluscent Green color
Hunter Green color
Brown color
Duronodic Bronze color

2050 Dark Blue

2860 Medium Blue

3000 Blue

2648 Light Blue

2030 Translucent Green

2162 Hunter Green

2418 Brown

3130 Duronodic Bronze

Black color
Platinum color
Silver color
Gold color
Green Glass color

2025 Black

8807 Platinum

8886 Silver

2756 Gold

3030 Green Glass

About Acrylic Letters, Numbers and Logos

picture of an acrylic letter W in old english
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 palstic 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.
Picture of a plain no mount letter
NO MOUNTS: This option is for when you want to provide your own mounts or 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. For 1" letters this and double side tape are the only options.

Picture of a letter with double face tape on the back
DOUBLE SIDE TAPE: For mounting indoors on flat non-porous surfaces. 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. If the letters come loose and fall they could break or even hurt someone. If outdoors they may pose a threat of theft. For this reason it is not wise to consider this mount outdoors.

Picture of a letter with screw holes
THROUGH HOLES: Ideally you should use a different method for mounting your letters because this is really od school and detracts from the look of the finished sign. However, if you must attach your letters with screws we will drill the holes out but we will not countersink them. Holes are placed at our discretion based on where we think they need they are needed. Screws are not supplied. WARNING : When mounting acrylic with screws they must have room to expand and contract. You should never tighten the screw head to the acrylic. Leave them so that the letters have wiggle room. Tightening down the screws WILL cause the letters to crack over time or even right away!

Picture of a letter with pad mounting hardware
PAD MOUNT: Used for surface mounting to flat surfaces with adhesive. Best used indoors and in secure areas where letters are not likely to get stolen.

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
STUD MOUNT: Studs, also known as pins, are threaded rods that screw into threaded holes in the backs of the letters. On material less than 3/8" thick, we use a mounting block glued to the back of the letter to accept the threaded stud. This also gives a letter stand-off of about 1/4 to 1/2". The stud is an aluminum threaded rod 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. To get that measurement correct, measure across one brick on the wall where you are placing the letters. The measurement center to center of the mortar gap should be around 2-5/8 inches. See image at left.

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! Mounting pattern is required.

Picture of a letter with combo mounting hardware
COMBO MOUNT: This mount is so called because it combines the pad mount with the stud mount. Used where a minimum amount of drilling is desirable, the combo mount has 1 to 2 stud through adjustable pads on the top of the letter which get mounted into the wall with adhesive. The bottom of the letter has pad mounts which are surface mounted to the wall creating a hanging effect that gives more security than all pads and allows for some adjustability on th top of the letter which makes it useful for lap siding.

Picture of a letter with combination all mounting hardware
COMBO ALL MOUNT: This mount uses a stud mount along with adjustable pads that screw up and down the length of the stud to give total adjustability on all points. This mount is good for metal buildings where you have ridges and valleys and you need to adjust in or out depending on the surface.

Picture of a letter with flush mounted studs
FLUSH STUDS: 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.
Picture of the color 2108 green
NATURAL ACRYLIC : Acrylic, a type of Plexiglas product, can be extruded or cast. We only use cast acrylic which is harder, flatter, more color retentive and better quality. The term "NATURAL" refers to the color of the material itself which goes all the way through. Acrylic has a high gloss face which can reveal its plastic makeup and some people find that cheap looking. When painted, all the plastic appearance goes away and the casual viewer cannot readily determine if the sign is plastic or metal. This can be advantageous when a business wants to project a professional well heeled appearance at the price of plastic.

Picture of the standard paint palette
STANDARD COLORS : Our standard paint palette closely matches the colors offered by some of the larger manufacturer\'s. We do this so that if you have other signage that was purchased elsewhere, we can readily match those colors. All thicknesses of Acrylic greater than 1/2" is painted because in those thicknesses there are no commercially available acrylic colors, everything is clear. We also paint any other thickness when the customer prefers it.

Picture of the pantone paint palette
SPECIAL COLORS: If you need Pantone, Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore colors we can accomodate you. There is a one time mixing fee of $20 per color used but no per letter charges other than the standard painting charge. Please specify the name and color number in the comments box at checkout and we will add it to your order.
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.
Videos Courtesy of Gemini Inc.
Please note these videos 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 warranty 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 involved, do yourself a favor and let them do the entire job.