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Red Alumalite

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by Stacey K, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    The sign I need to create has a red background and just the word "tattoo" in white on it 4'x8'. There is a two week wait for the Red Alumalite from my regular distributor and they don't want to wait that long. Would I be a fool to use 48" red vinyl and then apply the white over it? I don't do a lot of signs this size so I'm not sure what other substrates I could use that are comparable and red. They plan to put the sign on L-brackets on their roof. She said "they will just figure it out"...we just need the sign. I've done smaller signs on L-brackets successfully but not 4x8...will the Alumalite hold up on L-brackets without some type of reinforcement? It's great that they will "just figure it out" but I'm not so sure about their abilities. Suggestions welcome...
     
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    bannertime Very Active Member

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    Omega-Bond and MaxMetal both come in red. We've done vinyl overlays, and have seen them last around 5 years.
     
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    2B Very Active Member

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    yes, the easiest and quickest is to get a piece of red vinyl and cover the substrate if your supplier is that far out for a red panel.
    another option is painting but requires knowledge and abilities in the paint to ensure the paint is smooth and uniform.
    NOTE; either of these options will leave the backside of the panel "white" unless the red is applied to both sides.​


    A 48x96 is going to need a full frame, and with this being a "roof" mount, would also suggest reinforcements
     
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  4. Chriswagner92

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    have you tried other suppliers? I just ordered a sheet of red max-metal through Grimco and had it in like a day.

    EDIT: i just saw "LITE", I assumed ACM
     
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  5. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    The sign will not go on a roof with L brackets no matter what it's made of.
     
  6. bannertime

    bannertime Very Active Member

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    And for this type of sign, ACM would do just fine anyway.
     
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  7. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I have sheeted 4x8s, but at that point just buy a 4x8 print. Or try similar materials from other suppliers as suggested.
    I wouldn't even discuss the mounting method with them, I would not want to have any responsibility for it.
    When I do installs like that I prefer slotted angle (thru bolted if possible) for a base and then slotted angles behind the sign and angled off the back to that anchoring angle.
    I have done shorter ones with hinges on the bottom and angles off the back. But no matter how you do it- it is not an install to cheap out on.
     
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