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What Are Acrylic Signs?

Acrylic signs are made from a colorless, transparent, durable cast polymer and is a perfect substitute for traditional glass. Because of their depth, clarity, and resilience, they are often used as lobby, directional, and architectural signage.

Acrylic signs are made with UV ink printed directly onto the material. However, they can also be used as rigid substrates for attaching vinyl lettering or print films like opaque and clear window decals.

Acrylic signs are an excellent choice if you want to add a simple yet sophisticated look to any office, business, or professional setting. They are 100% customizable and one of the best ways to showcase your logo or brand.

Westminster Acrylic Signs

Thickness of Our Acrylic Signs

The default thickness for our acrylic signs is 1/8". This is sufficient for almost all uses of acrylic signs.

We also offer 1/4" thick acrylic if you need signs that require added durability and resilience for a minimal added cost. This thicker option provides great light refraction which means it has better sheen and depth.

Both thickness options have some bendability to them. When choosing between thicknesses, we recommend that you select centered top and bottom drilled holes in addition to the four corners for added support. This goes for all signs bigger than 60".

Thickness of Our Acrylic Signs

Acrylic Sign Shape Options

Standard Acrylic Sign

The Standard Shape option lets you choose between a square and a rectangle acrylic sign.

Contour Cut

The Custom Shape option (also known as Contour Cut) allows you to customize your acrylic sign to any shape you want.

Halo Cut

The Custom with Border Shape option (also known as Halo Cut) allows you to add a border around your custom-shaped sign.

Polished Edges

  • Standard:

    This is a raw machine cut, leaving acrylic with a frosted-looking, unpolished edge.

  • Polished:

    This finish gives the edge of the acrylic a smooth polished edge with a sheen. This option is only available for signs under 48" in size.


Drilled Holes & Standoffs

Drilled Holes

The most common way to display your custom acrylic sign is to mount it on a rigid surface like a concrete wall. For easy installation, we offer optional drilled holes for your sign.

We can drill holes into your acrylic sign in the following configurations:

  • Each of the four corners
  • Top and bottom center
  • Top corners only
  • Corners and top and bottom center
  • Custom hole placement

The perfect pairing with drilled holes is our gorgeous brushed anodized aluminum standoffs. They are measured 0.5" in diameter and 0.75" in length. You can purchase them as an additional item, and we will provide installation notes with your order.


How to Use Our Free Acrylic Sign Templates

Our online designer tool is specially made to help anyone create their own signs without breaking a sweat. Here’s a simple guide on how to use our free acrylic sign templates:

  1. Choose a template that you like from our gallery. Clicking on one will redirect you to the online design too. If you have something specific in mind, you can skip scrolling throughout the gallery and use the search button instead.

  2. Unleash your creativity! Add your logo or any text you want your sign to say, switch up the colors and fonts, and throw in some graphics. Our design tool is equipped with ruler, bleed, and grid tools to help you ensure proper alignment.

    Got a design at the ready? Our design tool is friendly to these file types: AI, EPS, PSD, PDF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and TIF.

  3. Go over your design using the View Proof button. When you’re satisfied with your work, click Save & Continue to be redirected to checkout. If you wish to check your work at a later time, click Save.

Common Uses for Acrylic Signs

Acrylic signs are quite versatile and may be used almost anywhere. Apart from being suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings, acrylic signs can be easily installed and maintained making it a convenient choice for business owners, professionals, and event organizers. Here are some practical applications of acrylic signs:

Office signs – Use them as door signages around the office, nameplates, and wayfinding signs.

Retail stores – Point your customers to the right aisle, the sale pile, or lead them to the cashier.

Restaurants and Bars – Create acrylic signs for your hosts, waiting areas, restrooms, and warning signs.

Events – Add a touch of sophistication to your print materials by displaying them in acrylic. Make your venue easier to navigate with acrylic direction signs.

Custom – Our acrylic lends a hint of finesse to your everyday signs. We can print them in full color and custom them into any shape you to match your business needs.

Taking Care of Your Acrylic Sign

Acrylic can easily chip or shatter when mishandled. To prevent damaging your acrylic sign, we recommend that you install it properly and do regular maintenance. You may clean your acrylic sign using a damp non-abrasive cloth to wipe the surface. Keep it away from any sharp objects that may scratch the printed surface or acrylic. When storing your acrylic sign, cover it with soft fabric or packaging wrap to protect it from scratches. Do not place any objects on or against your acrylic sign during storage. Finally, install your sign in locations that aren't exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods.

Taking Care of Your Acrylic Sign

Removing the Protective Film

Removing the Protective Film

The surface of acrylic signs may be easily scratched. To protect your acrylic signs during shipment, we add a protective blue film to the acrylic surface. This film is removable and isn't a permanent part of your acrylic sign.

The process to remove the blue film takes only a minute or two. Begin at one of the corners of the sign and start pulling the film from the surface of the acrylic. Once the protective film is removed your sign is ready for installation.

Additional Specs

  • Weight

    .69 lbs per square foot (about the weight of 7 Snickers Bars)

  • Thickness

    .125" (about the thickness of 32 sheets of copy paper) .25" (about the thickness of 64 sheets of copy paper)

  • Details

    Gorgeous professional signage that is 100% customizable. weather resistant, printable on either front or back and safer than traditional glass. Transparent where not printed.

  • Uses

    Indoor/Outdoor. Office, hallways, conference room, building signage, lobby, directional, etc.

  • Print Method

    Four color process, eco-friendly, weather, fade and abrasion resistant UV ink

  • Estimated Lifespan

    5+ years with proper placement and care

  • Common Sizes

    12" x 12”, 24" x 12", 36" x 18", 2' x 4', 4' x 4', 4' x 8'

Acrylic vs. Glass

While acrylic has similar properties to glass, they are completely different materials. Acrylic maintains the clarity of glass but still can shatter or scratch due to intentional or unintentional efforts to do so. Acrylic is often called a "glass substitute" and this is due to its beautiful printed appearance and not fundamentally different durability compared to traditional glass. When handled carefully, your acrylic signs will provide a stunning yet professional look on a clear, rigid material.

Acrylic Signs Image Gallery

View our collection of acrylic signs and be inspired to create a sleek and professional sign for your space. Our acrylic signs are easy to install and can be used in a wide variety of applications like offices, restaurants, retail stores, events, and more. Customize yours by adding your logo, business name, or tagline!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best material to use for a sign that will not fade in the sun?
Outdoor signs are often exposed to sunlight, and you’ll need materials that have high UV resistance. Aluminum signs are usually the first choice for outdoor signs since they do not fade even when exposed to direct sunlight, and they resist rust and corrosion. Acrylic plexiglass can also resist UV rays and fading, while also offering opaque and transparent designs.


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What is acrylic? Is it glass? Plexiglass? Are acrylic signs the same thing as plexiglass signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Acrylic is not glass, but a type of hard plastic also known as polyacrylate. While it is a lightweight and durable material, it is not shatterproof. Acrylic signs are commonly used indoors but they can be used outside as well. Some of the popular acrylic sign brands like Plexiglas, Perspex, and Lucite are all in fact acrylic but carry their own brand name. Thus, acrylic (signs) is the same thing as plexiglass (signs). Certain types of acrylic are different, including Lexan. Lexan (a polycarbonate) is used as bulletproof glass, among other applications, but is not typically an ideal material for signage due to its proneness to yellowing in the sun, susceptibility to scratching, and prohibitive cost.

How thick is your acrylic? Do you offer different thickness options?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Our acrylic signs are .125” or approximately 3 mm thick. The .125” acrylic is the default thickness offered on our website. You can also select 6 mm (1/4” or .25”) during the design process.

How do I know where my acrylic sign will be clear?
Asked a year ago by Signs

The clear or transparent area of your design file is indicated by the gray and white checkered pattern which you’ll see when you use our online designer too on our site. If you want any part of your acrylic sign to be clear, please make sure that this background is visible on your proof. To get that checkered area, simply go to the color panel and choose “Clear” while you have your whole sign (or the object you want clear) selected. Please note that if you upload a JPG file with a white background to the site, we will print the white part of the image. If you want the background to be clear instead, please upload a PNG file with transparency. Should you need any help with your sign, please feel free to contact us so we can assist you with your design.

Why does shipping cost so much if you offer free shipping?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Shipping for orders over $99 is free. However, this excludes rigid signs over 36" or any order that requires freight shipping. Large rigid signs require special packaging and oftentimes trigger freight shipping which is significantly more expensive. Unfortunately, the 36" threshold is a shipping industry rule of thumb, and it is beyond our control in our ability to ship these large signs in any other way.

Can I drill holes into the sign on my own?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes. You can drill own holes into your sign if you wish and you may use any standard drill with the proper bit. Please note though that if you drill holes into the sign by yourself, we’ll be unable to replace, repair, or refund the cost of sign lest any damages occur.

Can I get more than four drilled holes? How customizing holes in specific areas of the sign?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes, you can. Simply select the “Custom” option within the “Drilled Holes” dropdown in the design tool. Please specify your requirements in the customer comments section of the checkout page when ordering signs with custom holes. Please also note that custom-drilled holes will incur an additional charge to your order.

What sizes do you offer? Are there minimum or maximum dimensions my sign has to adhere to?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Acrylic signs truly come in every shape and size. We offer any custom size you may need so long as the dimensions aren’t smaller than 4” or bigger than 96”. Standard acrylic sign sizes we offer include 12" x 12", 24" x 12", 36" x 18", 2' x 4', 4' x 4', 4' x 8'.

What is the lifespan of your custom acrylic signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs

The lifespan of your acrylic sign will largely depend on how you use it and how well you care for it. With proper care and placement, your acrylic sign should last a minimum of five years.

Does printing in one or two colors reduce the cost?
Asked a year ago by Signs

We always print in full color which means we don’t charge based on the number of colors used in your design. This means you can print a full color design for the same price as it would cost if you printed something in say, black and white. The total cost of your order will depend on the size of the sign you ordered, the quantity, and any taxes and shipping fees. You may, however, avail of our free design services if you need help in creating your sign.

Do you offer double sided acrylic signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs

It is not possible to create a double-sided clear/transparent acrylic sign for us right now. The best way to achieve a double-sided execution is to purchase two signs and place them back-to-back. If this is the design you’re going for, please be sure to avoid any clear areas on your sign so that you can place them back-to-back without being able to see through them.