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White or Clear Acrylic backlit sign...

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by bendeane, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. bendeane

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    Okay, so here's the deal...I want to make sure I have all my options laid out before I dive into my first backlit sign. It's all about materials. I'm printing full color on a Mutoh 1614, laminating, and applying to acrylic and installing the final sheet with printed vinyl and lam into existing customer lightbox (4'x4'). I was getting information from one source saying get 7328 white acrylic and using a translucent vinyl over the top.

    Got a phone call from a MacTac rep after a request for some samples and she said clear acrylic. When I told her a guy said white, she seemed like that wasn't the way to go.

    Plastics mfg here in town said this..."Most of the sign people that I work with prefer to use a 7328 white acrylic for backlit signs."

    Any suggestions? tips? etc.?

    Thanks a bunch.

    Ben

    P.S. Just a little nervous about buying all the stuff with only 1 backlit order on the books. Want to make sure I buy all the right materials.
     
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  2. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    It's a matter of preference, I have sign shop clients that do one or both methods. One thing about clear acrylic is you have the option of adding transparent film (they make 30- and 60% diffuser) to it if you get hot-spotting, on translucent white, you can't "un-translucent" the acrylic.
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    Usually go 7328 white here :thumb:
     
  4. bendeane

    bendeane Member

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    It's a darker print (I hate it but I can't convince the customer otherwise). Just FYI as I'm sure it would make a difference if the colors are darker (dark blue and green) as opposed to a bright orange or yellow.
     
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