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.012" aluminum signs

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by All-SignZ, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. All-SignZ

    All-SignZ Active Member

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    I have a request for a large run of 12"x12" .012" thick aluminum signs. I double checked and it is definitley for .012 and not .125. So these signs are going to be paper thin. Does anybody know of a good source to wholesale signs like this? My supplier doesn't carry .012 alum. and I think I'd be afraid to even look at the materail wrong and watch it bend. Merchant members perhaps?
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    pop some tin foil in your printer? .012 is thiiiiiiin
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    are you sure they didnt mush the facts around a bit? dibond is skinned with .012 alum...maybe they just read that part of it?
     
  4. Gino

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    That's got to be a mistake somewhere along the line. I imagine someone is just writing numbers down with no idea of what they're writing.
     
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  5. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    That's funny. Yeah, I think someone got their figures wrong.
     
  6. All-SignZ

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    That's what I thought too. Originally they asked for aluminum without specifics. So I gave a quote with dibond, and .080 alum and offered to provide samples and what not. Then they asked me to requote with .012. I replied that that would be paper thin and I just want to confirm that you want .012 and not .125. They then replied that another sign shop questioned it also, she verified and said they know it will be paper thin.

    So... I don't even want to think about doing this inhouse... does anybody know of a supplier that might be able to accommodate this?
     
  7. CS-SignSupply-TT

    CS-SignSupply-TT Very Active Member

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    What about going back with your original samples, as well as a .012 sample and let them SEE and FEEL what they are specifying?
     
  8. Gino

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    Not only show them a sample, but ask them how they intend to use these things. The lightest I know of is .019 and that's ultra thin.
     
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    We quoted on producing and installing a bunch of standard parking signs for a school once, quoted the job on 0.080" aluminum, reflective as per the spec, we lost the job to a lowballer, went back a few months later, they used 0.020" thick trophy plate aluminum, every one of the signs were bent in from the wind!

    We ended up replacing all the signs with the proper material in the end.
     
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    As Gino said, I'd ask how they intend to use them and then determine the best suitable material for the job. More than likely, they client could possibly be clueless.
     
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  15. Malkin

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    I believe 0.012 is pretty standard fare for POSTED style signs, if using aluminum.
     
  16. Pat Whatley

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    Yeah, those $1 No Trespassing and No Hunting signs at Walmart are on .012.
     
  17. All-SignZ

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    Ok so the skinny is they are similar to posted signs, trailhead markers and they definitely want .012. Thank you to all who responded, I have contacted some of the suggested vendors.
     
  18. Pat Whatley

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    Check with Grimco. They do custom screen printing on aluminum signs and if your quantity is high enough it shouldn't be a problem for them to order the aluminum for you.
     
  19. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Sorry to bump such an old thread but we also have an opportunity to produce a few signs on .012 aluminum. I'd definitely want to job it out though. By a few I mean like about 32,000 7.5" square signs with about 25 different designs. Anyone know of a wholesale provider for this??
     
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