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Need Help Suggestions Mounting Acrylic Printed Second Surface without Hardware or Studs?

Discussion in 'Installation Equipment & Techniques' started by DamonBoost, Sep 15, 2020 at 6:46 PM.

  1. DamonBoost

    DamonBoost New Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Memphis, TN
    Printing Direct Second Surface and then mounting to drywall without studs or fasteners?

    Quick question, looking for solutions or ideas for a solution. In the photos attached we back printed (second surface) this acrylic for direct mounting onto a Brushed ACM panel (pictured in photos). We also have projects like this where we would like to mount it to a wall without stud/hardware mounting.

    In all of the instances below the adhesive and/or tape always ended up showing artifacts in the acrylic and visible. This is what we have tried and our experiences:

    A) UV printing direct second surface to acrylic. Print then covered with 3M Blockout 3635. Acrylic piece then bonded to ACM panel (adhesive / tapes direct to blockout vinyl, NOT PRINT) with various different methods: VHB tape, Silicone, Blue Foamboard Adhesive. All failed and showed through.

    Some of the tapes and adhesives showed through or their reaction showed through within hours, some within days. But they all caused some sort of reaction or movement that was visible from the face of the acrylic.

    We finally got it to work using the blockout and then backing it with 3M 467MP mounting adhesive but the mounting adhesive would not work on drywall for example because the wall is not going to be perfectly flat. I am hoping to use something like VHB tape.

    Any of you experts out there use a method where I can print on second surface and then mount that acrylic print to drywall without hardware or studs?

    Thank you all in advance.

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  2. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

    Sep 28, 2017
    Use the 467mp, mount to another piece of acrylic (or what have you, ACM, .040 aluminum), then mount that with VHB tape?
  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Twp layers of blockout?
  4. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    Middleburg, Florida
    In the application shown maybe you could use the acrylic as backer and push thru routed acm panel for graphic. Then you could affix a mounting system of choice, tape, studs, screws etc, to acrylic that would be hidden by backer.

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