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VACUUM FORMED PLASTIC LETTERS and NUMBERS

a vacuum formed plastic building letter in glossy red

Vacuum Formed Plastic Letters, Numbers and Logos



Vacuum formed plastic letters are the correct choice for outside signage where low cost and high visibility with lots of depth are the desired requirements. These letters come in a variety of standard colors in a wide variety of standard styles with sizes up to 48", many with lowercase letters.

Depending on letter or number size, the depths of Vacuum Formed Plastic Letters can go from 3/8" all the way to 2". These letters are the right choice 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. These all weather plastic letters carry a manufacturer\s lifetime warrantee against fading, cracking and chipping.

Prices are very reasonable too since the manufacturing process uses sheets of colored cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB), a cotton based fiber plastic that is totally "green" and free of any petroleum base. This makes the product extremely resilient and does not harden and crack like normal plastics do when left outside.

Like anything left permanently 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.

Mounting Hardware

no mount option

PLAIN MOUNT

Not recommended for the non-professional. This product is hollow in the back and without some form of mount in it will be impossible to mount. Running screws through the face will void the lifetime warranty. Sign Professionals Only!

flange mount option

FLANGE MOUNT

A flange mount leaves a flat edge of material around the perimeter of the letter where you can run screws through. This kind of mount is often used on corrugated metal buildings and the flange and mounting screws are painted the color of the building to hide the flange.

pad mount option

PAD MOUNT

Plastic pads extending about 1/8" beyond the back of letter allow you to use silicon on the pads and glue to a flat surface. Installed with use of a pounce pattern or spacing guide. Not recommended for outdoor installations or uneven surfaces.

stud mount option

STUD MOUNT

This is the default stud mount. This option will have blocks glued in the backs of the letters that accept threaded rods(studs). Drill corresponding holes in the mounting surface using the drilling pattern available at extra cost, then fill the holes and coat the studs with silicon and push the letter to the wall. A drill mounting pattern is required.

combo mount option

COMBO 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 from the wall that is adjustable during installation. A drill mounting pattern is required.

combo-all mount option

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 from the wall that is adjustable during installation. A drill mounting pattern is required.

wire mount option

WIRE MOUNT

Rarely used, the wire mount has "L" shaped wire loops that protrude at the back side of the letter for your wood screws. Wires can have a stand off or fit flush to wall. Specify standoff if required. Minimum 9" height required

bracket mount option

BRACKET MOUNT

Rarely used, the bracket is similar to the wire mount except the "L" shape is made of plastic. Flush mount only. Minimum 9" height required

Price or Order Vacuum Molded Letters

Standard Sheet Colors

Also available your custom Pantone, Sherwin Williams or other color($20 mixing fee per color)

vacuum formed plastic letter color

Painted Colors

Also available your custom Pantone, Sherwin Williams or other color($20 mixing fee per color)

Standard letter painted color

What you need to know about Mounts and Mounting Patterns

The What

Vacuum Formed Plastic letters are hollow in the back and need one of the available mounting options listed. The best type of mount for letters 3 inch or more will be a stud mount. If your letters are 6 inch or taller, a combination or combo all mount will provide wall standoff if desired. For 2 inch letters, Mounting hardware is not available and they would need to be glued directly to the surface. For areas where stud installations are not allowed, the pad mount can be used to glue the letters to a flat surface and for this you can use either a spacing guide or eyeball the letters yourself. Mounting patterns ensure perfect alignment and spacing of all the letters and words in your sign . A stud, combo or combo all mount all use lengths of threaded rod that screw into blocks in the back of the letters. You screw the studs to the letters and then "glue" the studs into holes in your mounting surface using either silicon caulk, liquid nails, epoxy or mortar.

The Why

Just like any other tool, a mounting installation pattern or stencil guide is a tool that no sign professional would do without. For the average DIY person installing individual cut letters, having a mounting pattern to go by will be like hiring a professional sign installer, for a fraction of the labor cost. At first glance, a mounting pattern looks expensive and many customers forego it to save on costs but it is a false economy which will become apparent when they start to install their sign. Proper spacing and alignment of letters is not something you want to eyeball or guess at when installing a sign at your business. The human eye will easily pick up on any imperfection and if your sign looks bad, so will you.

The How

Before you begin, note that some patterns will have each character numbered. If so, you will find a corresponding number on the back of each metal letter and they MUST go in that position(1 to 1 and 2 to 2 etc), so sort and match first! While you are doing this go ahead and screw the metal threaded rods into each tapped hole. For welded studs (1/8" material only) skip this since they are already welded on and not removable. Now, take your pattern and tape it securely to the mounting surface. Using a heavy metal punch and hammer, mark each stud position through to the mounting surface. This avoids drilling through the pattern which may tear it. When all are marked, remove the pattern and drill holes 2" deep. Now coat each stud and fill each hole with adhesive and push the letter in to the wall. DONE!!!

Mounting patterns with stud locations cannot be made after the letters ship.

TIP: Whenever you are finished installing your letters, keep the install pattern in a safe place in case you ever need to move your sign!


Technical Drawings

Installation Instructions


Chromed Plastic Letters and Logos

The Molding Process

The Stud Mount

About Installation Patterns