Materials & Substrates
A material in sign making refers to the physical surface the ink is applied to. Nearly all materials used in sign making have a specific inkset or laminate to use in order to maximize longevity. Signs for Success always matches materials with the proper inkset and/or laminate for optimal quality and longevity. Materials are matched to the substrate as well, which include a range of longevity from 1 to 10 years. Specialty vinyls and laminates are used for textured surfaces, vehicle graphics, window overlays, and many other applications.
Corrugated Plastic / coro
Referred to in the industry as "Corex" or "Coro," this material is predominately used for temporary and promotional signage. It's ideal for lawn signs such as election signs, sales, directional signage, real estate signs, or site signs for new building projects. Signs for Success is one of the only sign companies in Spokane that uses an opaque coro for our signs, allowing for double-sided signage. This way the image from the second side does not telegraph through.
PVC Polyvinyl chloride Smooth Plastic
A PVC "Foam" that is lightweight yet rigid and durable, it is ideal for medium-term signs for use both indoors and outdoors. It's commonly used for menu boards, point of purchase, and tradeshow directionals. Other brand names for this PVC product are Sintra, Kapabloc, Foamacell.
Dibond is an aluminum composite material made of two sheets of .012 aluminum with a solid polyethylene plastic core. This material is ideal for mid-to-long term outdoor signs as it is not prone to warping in high heat. Great for use in Post & Rail signs or wall signs.
A composite material made of two sheets of .012 aluminum with a corrugated plastic core, Alumalite is used for long-term lawn signs, building signs, fence- or post-mounted signs, sales kiosks, and more. This is a very rigid product that can be used between two 4x4 posts and not bend with the wind. Because it is as strong as MDO &fiberboard, but it's plastic &aluminum, it will not degrade in the weather.
MDO has an exterior-use, long-term grade plywood core, with a moisture-proof smooth surface. Plastic edgecap is optional. It's perfect for construction site signs, real-estate signs, billboards, double post signs and more. Signs for Success will generally print a sheet of vinyl to cover one or both faces (single or double sided), which provides an additional layer of protection for the painted faces.
This solid aluminum sheet features a smooth, baked enamel surface and is sold in a variety of gauges. Aluminum is ideal for long- to permanent-use signs such as traffic, parking lot, park, and reusable real-estate signs. White baked enamel faces come in .080, .063, and .040 thicknesses. Raw aluminum faces may be used if the sign needs to be made reflective by sheeting out with engineer grade reflective vinyl before printing.
Acrylic & Plexiglass
These are versatile substrates used for a large variety of applications. Available in multiple translucence levels and thicknesses, they're perfect for modern lobby displays, backlit signs of all types, 3D lettering, and more. Signs for Success can print on the reverse side of clear plexiglass and sheet out the print with white vinyl to make a great indoor wall sign that is very protected. Acrylic and Plexiglass are used frequently in healthclubs& offices.
Foam core & Gator Foam / Gator Plast
Foamcoreis a soft, inexpensive paper product with a wood-fiber veneer. GatorPlast is an extruded, rigid, lightweight polystyrene foam board bonded between two layers of ultra thin polystyrene veneer. These are typically used for medium term office displays, kiosks, POP, exhibits, custom shaped signs, easel signs, and temporary signs.
Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood Fiberboard can be used in place of MDO wood where larger than a 4x8 substrate is needed. The fiberglass faces provide long-lasting outdoor durability. Fiberboard can be fabricated to almost any size, as long as there is a truck big enough to transport it!
Polystyrene / Styrene
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) offers a consistent, easily printed matte surface for either one or two sided printing applications. This polystyrene product, available in HIPS sheet or rollstock form, is especially suitable for digital printing of displays, POP graphics, signs, translights, tags and cards. It can also be contour cut.
Lexan / Polycarbonate
Lexan / Polycarbonate comes in translucent white or clear for use in sign faces on backlit signs. It is 3/16" thick and can be cut to many sizes up to 100" x length of sign. Signs for Success can print full color on translucent vinyls, or cut a variety of solid colors of vinyl to update your sign face.
Other options are always available.
Signs for Success offers a variety of other options for signs to fit any need. Foamcore, a traditional, and more economical foam board for short-term indoor use and displays; wood/PVC/metal composite materials for specific sign uses; speciality textured materials for unique artistic applications; static cling or temporary adhesive materials, wall murals and decals are some other options to consider. The possibilities are endless!
We'll be happy to brainstorm ideas for you and lend our expertise to your sign project.