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Brightest Translucent Method

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Billct2, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I have 2/ 4x8 lexan replacement internally illuminatedfaces to do.
    Red Background, White letters witha black outline.
    What is the best way to get the brightest red, both day & night.
    1. Translucent print on white lexan
    2. Reverse print on clear lexan
    3. Cut vinyl on white lexan

    My main issue with #3 is the white lexan will yellow.
    If I could use acrylic #3 would be my choice, but the application
    requires lexan.

    Thanks
     
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  2. GB2

    GB2 Very Active Member

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    #3...If you really are that concerned about yellowing lexan you could use clear lexan and apply white translucent along with the red and black. I never tried it and I'm not sure how white that would be though.
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    if you are worried about the yellowing lexan, overlay cut trans white as well :thumb: best red will come from cut vinyl
     
  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    That's a good idea. I think I'll go that route.
     
  5. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Our experience has been, anytime you lay a translucent white on clear or white, it cuts down the amount of light passing through, thus making your graphics not pop quite as much.

    If the specs are lexan, then I'd just put cut vinyl down and let them know their specs called for a product which will yellow over time.
     
  6. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Actually I'm specing the lexan because of the location, right on the harbor, very very windy and because their crew will be putting the faces up and I could just see them
    cracking an acrylic face.
     
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