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backlit sign box

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by nopalito24, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. nopalito24

    nopalito24 Member

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    hey fellas/gals,
    Hopefully I'm in the right page to post this but I have my first backlit sign box project to do, was going just copy the the way the sign is made now which is translucent vinyl on 1/8in. acrylic. But I have access to a large format printer and have some backlit film. Question: what is the best way to do this? my idea is to print image, then reprinted again in mirror mode,-then w/ some adhesive(which I'm not sure what kind of adhesive)stack the images back to back, then pasting the graphics on a white acrylic sign face to slide in to the sign box. Does this sound ok? again I have not done this type of sign before but it is not that big so It is doable for me, I've read this mirror type application on this site before-or can I just print 2 graphics w/out mirroring then pasting them back to back? will the backlit film together w/ the acrylic make it too dark at night?
    any- any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.:thankyou:
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    print on white trans, apply first surface to white acrylic (I suggest 3/16" rather than 1/8") - then mirror print on clear, apply second surface
     
  3. nopalito24

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    first of all..thanks for the suggestions. any recommendations as to the adhesive to use?
     
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    just use...vinyl...comes pre-adhesived
     
  5. 940AC

    940AC New Member

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    Try and use 2447 white acrylic if you can. It's a "milkier" white and will help disperse the light better, which in turn should make a better looking backlit image.
    2447 is a recommended white for LED applications.
    You can print on an Arlon 6500, IJ3630, Oracal 3850 and do just fine with first surface application.
     
  6. nopalito24

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    Thanks a lot for your suggestion, that is exactly the acrylic type pc. that I have so its great into. I also have a roll of back lit film which is not adhesive back hoping I can use to avoid buying media so I'm currently playing w/ different saturation setting for the print. Since I don't have adhesive vinyl is there an adhesive spray or which ever type that you recommend? one that will hold over time w/ the hot weather here in SoCal?

    again thank you all very much for taking the time.:thankyou:
     
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