Superior Aluminum Metal Signs
Superior printed aluminum signs that last longer, look better and are tougher than any other is the Printastic difference.
We take a different approach to our aluminum metal sign printing process. Most printers print UV ink directly to an aluminum panel, which results in an inferior low resolution product that will begin to fade very fast, the ink will crack when exposed to the outdoors, and the print resolution that a UV printer can achieve direct to metal is mediocre at best.
Printastic has taken the extra step of printing on high resolution 3M material to provide a ultra resolution high quality image that, "direct to metal printing", just cannot compete with. and then we laminate that exceptional print directly onto the aluminum metal or aluminum composite panel you select.
This print process delivers an exceptional image quality that direct UV printing on aluminum just cannot achieve and will last up to eight years outdoors without fading. Simply put! Our aluminum signs are far more durable than direct to aluminum printing, resulting in a sign that is protected from environmental chemical exposure, Ultraviolet light emitted from the Sun, adverse weather conditions, and more resistant to abrasions.
Using aluminum is a fantastic outdoor material for sign displays. It will not rust or corrode. It is stronger and will last longer than plastic alternatives and is affordable.
Aluminum signage is offered in sizes ranging from 12x18-inches up to 24x48-inches. Please contact us for custom sizing requirements if one of our pre-selected sizes do not accommodate your needs.
Materials and ThicknessWe offer 4 standard aluminum choices, all which are rated for up to 8 years for outdoor use. Our thinner (040 and 3mm) aluminum metals are well suited for installation on walls or any kind of backing support, and our thicker (080 and 6mm) are an excellent choice for a very free standing / pole mounted or hanging signage.
Double sided printing feature graphics on both sides, while single sided signs will have a painted enamel white reverse.
At about the thickness of a credit card, the 040 aluminum signs are ideal choice for long term outdoor signage to be installed on buildings, fences, and walls.
The ultimate in aluminum signage, the 080 thickness is roughly the thickness of 3 credit cards, and is used for state and government signage, highway and park signs, trail and map signs, and for any sign that is intended for free standing long term use outdoors.
3mm ACM Aluminum Composite Material
Made from the same incredibly strong material as our 6mm ACM signs, but at about half the thickness, it is a lighter weight solution for long lasting signs installed on walls, steel doors and fences.
6mm ACM Aluminum Composite Material
Hybrid aluminum / plastic composite is a very substantial 6mm thick (just about 1/4-inches) substrate for printing made from a unique combination of a solid, rigid plastic core sandwiched between two aluminum sheets for a lighter weight without sacrificing strength.
All aluminum panels are deburred before shipping. This process uses a special tool on all four sides of the sign to remove any major surface imperfections or sharp edges that could scratch human skin. Although deburred, it is always best practice to wear gloves when handling metal signs.
You can designate if and where you would like holes punched into your sign. Placement includes all four corners, top corners only, or center top and bottom holes for post mounting. The holes are not drilled, but precision punched - creating a very clean 3/8” round mounting hole. No matter the placement location, the holes are punched inside the sign 1-inch from the edge.
Aluminum panels can be ordered with squared corners if desired, but for safety we recommend selecting either 1 or 1.5-inch rounded corners for safety. 1-inch rounded corners still maintain a rectangular shape to the sign while providing a safer use, while 1.5-inch rounded corners provide a more gentle radius to the corners and is the industry standard that is applied to virtually all heavyweight metal signs.
File Submission Specs
We manually inspect every single file you upload before printing and will only proceed with your order if it can be printed at absolute 100% stunning quality with no compromises.
For all file types, bleeds are not required but would be very helpful for full color sticker projects. Use 0.125 bleeds whenever applicable.
Set to actual sign size, at 300dpi, RGB Color Mode, with no compression, Photoshop quality level 12
Set to actual sign size, at 300dpi, RGB Color Mode. Combine all layers into single background layer
Set to actual sign size. RGB or CMYK Color Mode. Embed all linked images. Convert all text to outlines. Expand all strokes. Only use high res raster images at 50-100% scale. Files should not be password protected, if available export to PDF
This is the third aluminum single sided sign I've ordered from Printastic. All three separate signs were received within days of my order. The graphics are nice and you can tell the signs will hold up for many years.