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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:
Are aluminum signs the same as metal signs?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Yes. Aluminum is a type of durable and rust-resistant metal that is a wonderful option for exterior and interior signage. Whether you want to call it a metal sign, e-panel sign, or aluminum sign we’ll understand what you’re referring to. Just make sure you specify between the standard and brushed aluminum products we offer.

Q:
Can the brushed aluminum be individual letters like I see in many offices?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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We can cut out individual letters, but only if the thinnest part of your letter is no thinner than .25 inches. It should also be noted that the typical material used for this type of signage is generally one in which there is only one thin sheet of aluminum and behind it is one to three inches of Gatorboard or foam board. These letters are usually then adhered to a wall using an adhesive. If you are interested in these types of signs, please contact us for availability and pricing.

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Will my brushed aluminum rust with exterior use? How about interior use?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Aluminum is rust-resistant. However, it is susceptible to wear and tear over time much like any other sign. This will be more evident for signs exposed harsher climates or installed outdoors. If you would like to increase the durability and lifespan of your sign you can choose to have it coated with our protective laminate.

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Will my sign bend?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Your brushed aluminum sign will have some pliability or bendability to it, more so in larger sizes. However, we assure you these aluminum signs are extremely durable and should not break in day-to-day use. We recommend adding extra middle support to larger signs as a precautionary measure.

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Are your brushed aluminum signs suitable for outdoor use?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Yes! They are suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. They can literally be used in any climate or situation. Just make sure to install them properly and be prepared to remove them during extreme weather conditions to prevent damage.

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Will my signs fade or scratch?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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The UV ink we use to print will prevent the actual print from fading or being rubbed off over time but the metal itself can get scratched. To further protect your sign from fading or scratches you can choose to add our protective laminate coating to the surface of your sign.

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What are typical uses for brushed aluminum signs?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Brushed aluminum signs can be used in a variety of ways and are most often used in business settings. Exterior uses include branded signage in front of a store or even building directories. Interior uses include lobby and reception area signs, signs for offices or rooms that include the room number or name of the conference room, bathroom signage, exit signage, directory signs inside of large business offices or even medical facilities, and directional signage in a wide variety of places such as shopping malls and arenas. The combination of durability, affordability and great looking signs make them an interior favorite in these situations.
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Can these signs be used with metal frames or even pre-existing frames I already have?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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We don’t offer metal frames for brushed aluminum signs, but the signs can be used in existing frames assuming they fit or can use the drilled holes to be installed.

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How do I install my brushed sign? Where can I post it?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Your sign can be hung with a rope or chain or posted to wooden poles using bolts and screws. However, the most common installation method for professional settings is to use standoffs. To mount your sign this way you will need to select the options of “Drilled Holes” as well as “Standoffs”. If you want to drill your own holes, then you will only need the standoffs. This will ensure you have everything you need to mount your sign.

The first step will be to measure and mark the locations where you will drill and hang your sign. Once you’ve ensured it is even and your sign will be properly spaced, you need to use the standoffs package to install your sign.

Your standoffs package will consist of four standoff tubes, four anchors, four screws, and four standoff caps. Put an anchor into a standoff tube and insert it through the drilled hole of the sign. While having someone help you hold the sign up to your pre-determined location, use a drill to install the screw through the anchor and tube and into the wall. Repeat this for all four corners. Once the sign has been affixed to the rigid surface, screw on the standoff caps by hand and you’re done! You now have a gorgeous brushed aluminum sign with standoffs hanging on your wall! Please note that some rigid surfaces will require that you drill a pilot hole before screwing the screw into your surface.

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How do I do clean my sign and how often should I do it?
Asked 2 years ago by Signs
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Cleaning your sign regularly will keep it looking as clear and good-looking as the day it arrived. Regular cleaning can be done using a damp non-abrasive cloth. Strong cleaners and abrasive rags should be avoided as they both will damage your sign. Brushed aluminum signs that are coated with our protective laminate should be cleaned with a citrus-based cleaner or with a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water.