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VACUUM FORMED PLASTIC SIGN LETTERS

Professional Grade, Outdoor Sign Letters for Buildings!

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Mounting Options

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Order Summary

PRODUCT: Vacuum Formed Plastic Letters:

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Optional Installation Patterns
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What's up with molded letters ?

Vacuum forming is a low cost way to make many of the products and packaging we are used to seeing in many of the products we buy. Vacuum forming letters for building signs is no exception and turns a thin sheet of plastic into a very strong 3 dimensional letter that can stand up to the weather no matter what State you live in. Molded plastic letters have been around since the 1950's and can be seen in use across the nation to bring dimensional signage to many types of buildings and marquees. While vacuum formed letters can be considered dated, they still perform a function to provide large low budget signage for many businesses. Vacuum formed letters are factory warranted for the lifetime of the sign!!

Environmental Friendly:
Vacuum formed letters, also known as molded letters, can be made into virtually any font style, shape or even logo and are a great alternative to using sheet cut letters such as Acrylic. Vacuum formed letters provide exceptional depth compared to sheet cut products by taking acrylic, ABS or in this case CAB plastic and heating it over a wooden mold which makes them incredibly strong yet flexible enough to not get hard like old plastic tends to do. That is because the type of sheet we use is CAB or Cellulose Acetate Butyrate which is a cotton fiber based plastic that does not harm the environment and is fully recyclable. One other molded product we have is the Injection Molded Letters which feature sharper edges than vacuum formed but have limited fonts and no custom molding is available


Self Install:
Vacuum molded letters come with a variety of hardware options that allow for very simple installation. The preferred method for masonry and stucco over wood buildings is the time tested stud mount. There are 2 variations on this mount type, the combo mount used primarily on concrete installs that are difficult to drill and the combo-all mount which gives wall standoff and full adjustability on every stud. By the way, when we say stud we are not referring to the studs in your wall. A stud is a length of threaded rod that screws into the back of the letter and anchors it to the wall. Below is a full list of the hardware options available and their usage. We also have videos of vacuum formed letter installation procedures for various mounts here.


A full size mounting pattern for stud, combo or Combo-all type mounts is essential for perfect alignment and can be ordered during the checkout process. installation pattern

Usage:
In our opinion, vacuum formed plastic letters are best suited to outdoor use on storefronts, marquees in commercial and residential entrance ways, high rise buildings as either signage or building numbering, strip malls, car washes, barns, sign boards and any areas that need signage to stand out dimensionally. There are much better choices for interior letters. Vacuum forming is also used on our lighted letters in the form of the redesigned Gemlite-2 which now incorporate a solid removable molded back plate that contains LED modules.

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PRODUCTION LEAD TIMES

Standard fonts usually ship in 4-5 working days from Minnesota or Texas

Custom fonts require molds to be made and usually ship in 10 working days

Products ship from closest plant to your location


REVIEWS

Aligns the display output(below) either left, right or center justified. This image is passed along in your order. Alignment requires 2 or more lines of text. TIP: You can also indent text by using spaces before and after the text to move the line text to the left or right.

Sets a background to the preview so that you can judge the text color against a background color. Backgrounds are not provided in the order. All letters come as individual letters or numbers. We do not make the sign, we help you to make your sign.

Cut letters can be made in almost any size including fractions and lowercase and punctuation. Letter sizes are based on the inch and incur a price change when fractional as in 3-1/2 inch would be priced at the 4" cost so try not to go over by small amounts because even 1/8 over any inch mark will put you to the next price inch.

The depth of a vacuum formed letter is determined by the height of the letter. Larger letters have greater depth than smaller ones. The depth shown is for information only. It cannot be changed.

This product is size and font dependent. Small sizes under 2 inches can only be made in block fonts and all capitals whereas most larger sizes can be made in any font regardless of if it's on our list. If you have your own font or your own artwork then we can accommodate that and there is usually no price difference. Send artwork in illustrator vector outlines to sales@signlettersource.com and include as much details about size, thickness, finish, mounts etc for a quick custom quote.

Type in the letters, numbers and punctuation, exactly as you want it to read when you make your sign. For multiple line signs, there are 3 other lines that will become available. What you type is what you will get. If lower case letters typed and the size is too small or lower case is not available in the chosen font, those letters will automatically convert to upper case and should convert back again when you change the height or size to something that has availability. What you type here will display in the preview area to the left along with correct real world dimensions. All letters are sent to you as individual letters and numbers, not as a ready made sign.

If you only want a series of numbers or numbers and letters for doors, then type them all in on line 1. Separate with a space but do not add comma's There is no need to add one number for each line.

If you want larger leading capitals in a phrase then you have to add the larger caps on a separate line.

Cut letters can be finished in a variety of ways. Please refer to the choices at the bottom of this page. Some finishes can only be done on certain sizes or thickness of letters. Painted finishes can be the ones on our picker or for a small fee can be any pantone, sherwin Williams or PPG color.

Painted letters can be ordered in 4 different gloss levels. Standard colors are not painted and are always high gloss.

Cut letters can be configured in various ways but they are dependent on the finish of the letters and the heights and fonts also. We try to present the choices available for the choices you have made elsewhere in this ordering page.

The factory recommends 2" of stud in the wall plus the amount of wall standoff desired, if any. In most cases it is best to leave this option at factory set unless you know you want longer studs for a special purpose installation

Wall standoff refers to how far you want the back of the letters to be from the surface you are mounting them on. The factory will calculate the correct stud length and if choosing this option then it's best to leave the stud length at factory set.

The profile of a letter or number is how you will see it when you view it edge on as a cross section. A bevel face profile will have a prismatic look like a roof, rising steeply from the edge to the center of the letter stroke. A Round profile will have a half moon face that is rounded from edge to edge. A flat face profile will have slightly rounded corners due to the molding process and then be flat from edge to edge.


Install patterns are priced based on the total amount of letters ordered. The price covers the entire order and the type of pattern sent varies on the type of mount chosen. If ordered, a drilling pattern is sent with all stud type letters, a stencil pattern for all letters where glue or tape is used. A Spacing guide is sent for all molded letters that are not using stud type mounts.