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How to make this sign?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Pideas, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Pideas

    Pideas Member

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    How is a sign like the attached photo made?

    I think it's acrylic material being held with standoffs. I've never produced a sign like this before but wanted to find out if I could do it with my HP Latex.

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    showie New Member

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    Clear acrylic with full cover digital print on a frosted vinyl, installed with stand offs and caps over the screws.
     
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  3. Pideas

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    So just print onto clear frosted vinyl and mount directly onto the acrylic?
    Thanks for your suggestion.
     
  4. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    Print onto regular clear and use a matte lam on the back side if you don't have frosted on hand. Set the printer to something like 18 passes so the logo is as opaque as possible.
     
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  5. Jun Lanon

    Jun Lanon Member

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    Spot white reverse direct print on a flatbed directly on the material. I've printed many of these.
     
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    2B Very Active Member

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    assuming you have a roll to roll HP instead of a flatbed
    Also assuming you do not have white ink

    print to a frosted material (reverse image), make sure to you use heavy ink coverage(many passes)
    install onto the 2nd side (backside) of clear acrylic, this will show the correct orientation when viewed on the front side
    mount using standoffs,

    would suggest drilling the holes BEFORE applying the vinyl.
     
  7. Pideas

    Pideas Member

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    Yes, it's a roll to roll HP latex printer with no white ink.

    Thanks for the suggestions. For the holes, would any drill bit work on acrylic or do I need a special drill bit?
     
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    make sure your drill bits are SHARP.
    we have a dedicated set for acrylic,

    you are "supposed" to use special bits, but use what works for you.
    we like https://www.harborfreight.com/titanium-split-point-drill-bit-set-29-pc-61715.html

    NOTE: regardless of the bit you use, MAKE SURE you start with a small bit and increase one size at a time until you have the desired diam.
    also, make sure to use tape on the front/back of the acrylic where you are drilling
     
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  9. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I have a lennox unibit (step bit, cone bit, whatever you call it) that I use exclusively on this stuff. with an 1/8" pilot hole I can turn the unibit by hand and slowly but surely make my hole without sweating the whole time!
     
  10. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    I use the step bits from Harbor Freight for drilling holes in acrylic. They're cheap and drill perfect holes. Have never drilled a pilot hole first, I just use the step bit.
     
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  11. Martin Denton

    Martin Denton Member

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    Best way to drill acrylic is with a tile drip (shaped like pointed spade). I can drill a piece of 5mm thick at 10mm from edge with 12mm bit with no risk of cracking. Best discovery I ever made ...
     
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