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What Are Brushed Aluminum Signs?

Brushed aluminum signs, the ultimate in durability and aesthetics, are made by printing any image, graphic, or design directly onto a 3mm brushed aluminum e-panel material. This material has a brushed face and is composed of two sheets of aluminum with a reinforced polyethylene core. This makeup allows for maximum durability while providing the appearance of stainless steel at a fraction of the price.

Designed for both internal and external use, brushed aluminum signs are commonly used to display business names, logos, suite numbers, titles, and general information. They are great for lobby and receptionist areas, stores, waiting rooms, internal offices, hallways, bathrooms, and more. Brushed aluminum signs are also popular as restroom, exit, handicap, and maximum occupancy signs. Templates for these types of signs and more are available in the popular templates section below.

Brushed Aluminum Signs

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Brushed Aluminum Features


Additional Specs

  • Weight:

    .54 lbs per square foot (about the weight of 5.5 Snickers Bars)

  • Thickness:

    .12" (about the thickness of 30 sheets of copy paper)

  • Details:

    3mm brushed aluminum e-panel, reinforced Polyethylene core for maximum durability, printed directly to surface, unless required by white text white ink is not printed.

  • Uses:

    Interior and Exterior Use. Lobby and reception areas, building directories, restroom signage, interior walls and hallways including room number signs, arenas, interior directional signage.

  • Print Method:

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

  • Estimated Lifespan:

    5+ years with proper placement and care


Customization Options

Size

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Choose from a wide range of custom sizes, the smallest being 4” x 4” and the largest being 46” x 94”.

Shape

Square/Rectangle
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our brushed metal sign will be cut as a standard rectangle at the size you have selected.

Rounded Corners
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Your brushed metal sign will be cut as a square/rectangle with the corners rounded off at either a 1/4” or 1" radius.

Custom
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Your brushed metal sign will be cut to a custom shape.

Custom with Border
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Your brushed metal sign will be cut to a custom shape with a border of material around the edges of your sign.

Display

Drilled Holes
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3/8” or 1/4" holes drilled into your sign for mounting purposes.

Standoffs
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Brushed anodized aluminum standoffs (0.5” diameter and ¾” length) including drywall anchors and screws.

Additional Accessories
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3M command strips and adhesive velcro available as an alternative to standoffs.

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Can’t think of what to put in your custom brushed aluminum signs? These templates are customizable for free – use them to get started!

How to Use Our Brushed Aluminum Sign Templates

Follow these instructions to make our brushed aluminum sign templates your very own:

  1. Choose a design from our brushed aluminum signs template page. You would be redirected to our online design tool upon clicking on your preferred template.
  2. Specify the size of your sign, the quantity, shape, and additional accessories (if available) under “Configuration”.
  3. Explore the rest of the design tool’s customization features – get creative!
  4. Click “View Proof” for a real-time preview. There’s also Ruler, Bleed, and Grid lines to help you place the design elements accurately. You can toggle these on and off.
  5. Click “Save & Continue” once you’re done. You can also click “Save” if you want to finish your draft at a later time.



Installation
The most common method of mounting our brushed aluminum signs is to a rigid surface using standoffs. After measuring and marking the location where the sign will be hung you can use the standoffs package (must be ordered as an option) to mount your metal sign. Note, for some rigid surfaces a pilot hole may be needed before continuing installation of your sign. Simply put your anchor inside of the standoff tube and then drill the screw and tube into the wall through the drilled holes on the sign itself. The final step is to screw on the caps of the standoffs by hand. To install your sign this way you’ll need a measuring tape, a level, and drill. We also recommend selecting the “Drilled Holes” option unless you plan to drill your own holes in the sign. Other methods of installation include 3M command strips, adhesive velcro, double sided tape, or washers and screws.
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Care
The best way to take care of your custom brushed aluminum sign is to post it in a place that will avoid scratches that are either intentional or accidental. Beyond this, regularly clean the sign using a damp non-abrasive cloth. This will ensure that it remains vibrant for years to come. If storage is necessary, store the your sign at room temperature in a dry location. Your brushed metal sign should also be covered with a non-abrasive material to avoid being scratched while stored. If your brushed aluminum sign has the protective laminate, we recommend using a clean cloth and a citrus-based cleaner or cleaning mix of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water.
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Q:
What is the estimated lifespan of brushed aluminum signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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With proper care and placement, your sign should last at a minimum of 3-5 years. This estimated lifespan can vary depending on the type and location of usage. For example, outdoor usage with constant exposure to a harsh climate may result in a shorter lifespan than a sign that is placed indoors and in a location that will not be inadvertently scratched or damaged. You can also extend the lifespan of your sign and protect it from the elements by having it coated with our glossy protective laminate.

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My design is extremely detailed/complicated. Does this mean it will cost me more?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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We offer free design services with up to three revisions. We are also usually able to accommodate design requests at no added cost. Feel free to contact us to discuss your design needs.

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Will using more than two colors in my design cost me more money?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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Much like our free design services, the number of colors included in your design will not impact cost since we print everything in full color. The only time color may impact the price of your sign is when color matching is requested. In this case, there is a $100 charge per color, per material. If you want to color match, please give us a call at 888-222-4929.

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Should I be concerned about the sharp edges of the signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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The sharp edges on these signs can pose a safety issue if it’s not handled properly. If your sign is going to be placed in a location that prevents this, then you have nothing to worry about other than handling the sign with care during installation. Alternatively, we offer a "Rounded Corners" option in which we'll cut the corners at either a 1/4" or 1" radius to eliminate the dangerous corners and provide a clean look to your sign. This is an affordable option that can be selected on the design tool.

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Can you print my brushed aluminum sign on both sides?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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While our standard aluminum signs can be printed on both sides, the brushed aluminum signs are only single-sided.

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Do you have engraving services for brushed aluminum signs?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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We do not offer any custom engraving of the sign at this time.

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Do you do engraving for the brushed aluminum?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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At the time we do not offer any custom engraving of the sign.
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Do you use a vinyl overlay or print directly onto the aluminum?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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We print directly onto the surface of the brushed aluminum to produce visually crisp and clear signs that are instantly stunning. Vinyl overlays can be susceptible to peeling away over time whereas the UV ink we print with is both scratch and fade resistant.

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Can I add a laminate layer to protect the printed portion?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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While we do use fade and abrasion-resistant ink in our printing process, you can choose to have your sign coated with our protective laminate for an additional barrier against everyday wear and tear. This laminate will add a glossy, vibrant finish to your sign and will help protect it against fading, scratches, graffiti, and more.

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What does the default material look like?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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Unlike our standard aluminum which is white, our blank brushed aluminum has the metallic brushed look you will see on the actual sign. We then simply print directly onto the surface according to your logo or design. The makeup of the sign as described above is two thin outer sheets of aluminum with a reinforced plastic core.