Sign & Digital Graphics

March '19

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88 • March 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL R igid plastics are found in many signage applications, but not every rigid plastic substrate is alike. This is especially true when looking at polycarbonates and acrylics. While both substrates certainly have their place in signage, choosing the right plastic comes down to the appropriate application. A Look at Polycarbonates When it comes to impact resistance, polycarbonates are a strong substrate that can stand up to high winds, hail and other outdoor elements, which makes it great for outdoor signage, says Jay Millhof, national account manager for Polymershapes, a distributor of plastic sheets. But that doesn't mean polycarbonate has to be limited to outdoor applications. Given polycarbonate's strong resistance to impact, indoor applications in busy traffic areas are also appropriate because they have to withstand the inevitable bumps that come with a crowd, Millhof says. When creating imagery on polycarbonates, applying decora- tive vinyl is a popular option, and digital and screen-printing inks work well. While the expected longevity depends on the manufacturer, Millhof says, digital inks are formulated in a way Amanda McGrory-Dixon is a freelance con- tent, PR and social media strategist. She can be contacted at amandakmcgrory@gmail. com. The best uses for polycarbonates and acrylics Rigid Plastic CHOOSING THE RIGHT B Y A M A N D A M C G R O R Y - D I X O N Acrylic offers many customizable looks, which makes it a popular substrate for corporate signage. (Photo courtesy Epilog Laser)

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