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Brushed aluminum sign a good idea?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by laserfred, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. laserfred

    laserfred Member

    Hey there,

    For an appartment complex, the client would like to replace the signage in the parking around the buildings (phases 1 & 2). So lots of directional signs to be placed. They would like the signage style to match the interior signs, which is made of brushed aluminum alupanel (or Diebond). Some signs are 4 to 6 feet wide. I am wondering if the brushed metal finish might be too reflective for exterior and cause glaring problems. What do you think ?
    thanks
     
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  2. bigben

    bigben Very Active Member

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    I've used it on few indoor sign without any problem (whole signage of buildings). The customers like it alot. The ''reflective'' part is not a problem.
     
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  3. bannertime

    bannertime Very Active Member

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    When in doubt, take samples to the customer. I don't think it'd be a problem. Laminators Inc brushed metal isn't that glossy.
     
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  4. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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  5. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    RANT:
    why do they (insert customer) bother with a sign if they are going to "hide it" with streamers and other "fluff"
     
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  6. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Did a 4x8 panel for a local village and used brushed stainless DiBond. Out in the weather 24/7 and potentially getting sprayed by salty slush from cars and plows. Figured the extra cost was worth it.
     
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  7. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    Disregard the gunk, I'm still cleaning it up, this is a push through where, before I routed
    the brushed max-metal, I covered it with printed and laminated clear vinyl. I am very pleased
    with the outcome...you can't tell from the picture, but while it does cut down on the graining some, when
    you walk pass it has an iridescent shimmer.

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  8. laserfred

    laserfred Member

    It's a really easy material to work with. You can even fold it in boxes using v-groove routing!
     
  9. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    Not an issue, we do lots of it. We did an entire industrial park, all the building signs are full 4'x8' brushed silver acm with standoffs
     

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  10. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    Yep, that's what I did, I had to do a bunch of tests on scrap to get it right, but it came out nice. once I get it done and installed I will post picks.
     
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