Where have I seen these before?
The chances are you have seen this product in use many times before. Because they have a real metal face and are relatively inexpensive when compared to solid metal letters they have been showing up behind reception desks everywhere. Hotel lobbies, doctors waiting rooms and even in the board room of fortune 500 companies, metal faced acrylic letters are all over town. They first started showing up about 20 years ago when someone that made sign letters had the idea to take thin sheets of decorative aluminum and marry them with glue under high pressure to sheets of foam or acrylic. That done they cut the letters out with CNC precision and they swept the market. Finally there was a low cost, high end solution for splashing the name of your establishment behind the reception desk.
Can I put them outdoors?
Chemetal™, the manufacturer of the aluminum sheets say that their products are not intended for outdoor use. This is because the anodizing process used is type 1 which is not color safe or UV resistant. Many of the colored sheets like Brass, Bronze and Pewter will tend to bleed their color or turn purple when left outside. There is also concern that in hot climates the temperature may get high enough to melt the glue that bonds the two materials together causing separation. That being said I know of several cases where they have been used outside and suffered no ill effects from it. So, the answer is yes, at your risk and your discretion. The lifetime manufacturer warranty will be voided for any installation outdoors.
Metal face acrylic letters are lightweight and easily installed on drywall with double face tape. Because the base material is acrylic they have the same mounting options as acrylic. At the bottom of this page is a full list of the hardware options available and their usage. We also have videos of letter installation procedures for various mounts which cover most of our letter types. Installation Videos.
Metal face acrylic letters are usually seen with a black edge, the black being the edge of the underlying acrylic color. We have been asked if the edge can be the same material or color as the face and the answer is that if you are trying to make them look like solid metal then you should buy solid metal. There is no way to do anything to the edge color except to choose an acrylic base that has a color close to the chosen face color, ie: Brushed aluminum face with platinum acrylic edge, or order a painted edge which will also cover the thin edge of the face metal that is usually shiny aluminum.The most popular face and edge combination by far is brushed aluminum on black acrylic. The two tone edge does not detract from the letters, it actually enhances their appeal. There are many varieties of face finish available, 16 at last count all the way from brushed or polished aluminum to Brass and Bronze and Black and Pewter. Colors can be chosen during the ordering process above.
Product usually ships in 5 to 7 working days from the Iowa plant.
*This can change based on the plant capacity and prevailing orders, and also on staff problems with Covid-19