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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.

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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.

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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.

Standoffs

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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Can I get my acrylic signs routed or cut into specific shapes?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Yes! There are different shapes you can choose from for your acrylic signs including Square/Rectangle, Rounded Corners (¼" or 1" radius), Circle/Oval, Custom or Custom with Border.

The Custom shape option (previously known, or sometimes referred to, as Contour Cut) allows you to either upload a custom shape to our design tool or have us create a custom shape for your sign based on your design. The Custom with Border shape option (previously known, or sometimes referred to, as Halo Cut) is similar to the Custom shape option but will leave a small border around the edge of your design.

While there are limits to the thickness of the cut (too thin and it will not be durable) in most cases we can cut your sign to shape. We will review any acrylic sign that is ordered as a Custom or Custom with Border shape that may prove to be complex before being produced. In such cases, we will contact you so you can revisit your options and we can help you create the custom sign you need.

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Do your acrylic signs have a matte or gloss finish?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Our acrylic signs will have a touch of satiny feel to them where they are printed, but the acrylic signs themselves have a glossy sheen. This is particularly so for signs that are printed on the back side (“second surface”) of the acrylic. This sheen makes the sign look prominent without negatively affecting the readability of the sign.

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Do you print onto the acrylic or is there a piece of vinyl overlay?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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We print directly on the material when we create our signs, and this applies to acrylic signs as well. In our experience, printing directly onto the acrylic gives a more durable finish to the sign.

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Can my sign have a laminate covering or enamel placed over top to protect the printed portion of the sign?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Yes, we can add an overlay laminate on the printed portion of your sign but you will have to contact us to discuss this option. If you are concerned with the printed portion, we recommend instead that you select “Second Surface” when designing your acrylic sign. This will ensure the design is printed on the back side of the acrylic and will be protected from inadvertent scratches or damage to the printed portion of the sign.

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What color is the default acrylic?
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Our standard acrylic is a clear/transparent material.

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Are standoffs included with my acrylic signs?
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We provide standoffs for your custom acrylic signs as an add-on. You can select this option while designing your sign on the design tool. You can find the standoff options at the configuration section of your sign prior to designing your acrylic sign. Select your preferred standoff to ensure they arrive with your order. Our standoff options include wall anchors, screws, and standoff tube and cap. The standoffs themselves are .5” in diameter and 3/4” in length. Please note that if you select standoffs, you do not need to select drilled holes. Additional standoffs can be purchased by contacting us.

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Do you offer polished edges for your acrylic signs?
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Yes. Our acrylic signs can have polished edges so long as they are under 48". This can be selected on the design tool.

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What can the acrylic signs be used for?
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Acrylic signage can be used in a variety of ways. The most common uses include internal signs in office settings such room plaques and number signs, concierge areas, building directories, etc. Acrylic signs are also commonly used for exterior locations like commercial business parks and entrance/exit signs. They also look great in professional service settings such as dentist, physician/doctor, lawyer, and accountant offices due to their clean and polished look.

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Are your acrylic signs suited for outdoor use?
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Yes. Acrylic signs are a great option for both indoor and outdoor use. While using them outdoors increases the chance of them being scratched or damaged, they are perfectly capable of withstanding the elements. We would recommend that signs intended for outdoor use be printed “second surface” to help keep the printed portion crisp and protected from potential damage.

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Will my acrylic signs fade or scratch?
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While it’s not impossible for an acrylic sign to get scratches, it should be able to remain scratch-free with proper care and when positioned away from too much action like people or objects brushing past it. Exercise care and caution when handling, posting, and storing your sign so that it doesn’t come into contact or rub against other sharp surfaces or objects that may scratch it. The actual printed area of your sign should not fade over time. We print directly onto the acrylic surface with UV ink which is weather, fade and abrasion resistant. Printed portions of the sign can scratch or rub off. Thus, we recommend printing on the back side of the sign whenever possible.