Popular plastics for sign making

Category: clear acrylic

When it comes to investing in signage and display we hear customers asking what plastic maintains its look and is best to use so that a sign last as long as possible.  For the best return on your investment it certainly pays to know about the differences in plastic because they have different qualities.    

 Here are details for 3 of the most popular plastics for sign making to help with decision making.


clear acrylic being used for a sign – courtesy of Plastic People customer

Acrylic - there is a sophisticated range of acrylic sheets perfect for creating and delivering brand identities.  The vibrant colours, shades, metallics and tones available in acrylic as well as the high gloss finishing available provide qualities suited to advertising and creative display. Acrylic is easy to mould and shape which makes it a great choice for signs with creative specifications.  Because it is weatherproof, acrylic makes a great choice for indoor and outdoor signs.


PVC Foamboard is another smooth, dense and strong plastic which can be cut and drilled to create amazing indoor and outdoor signs. The thinner 3mm and 5mm pvc foamboards are light in weight for their size.  Thinner gauges like 3mm PVC Foamboard are flexible so are best used indoors (they’re a great choice to back with Velcro for exhibition shell scheme cladding) or fixed to another board if used outside. The thicker gauges like 10mm PVC Foamboard are much more rigid and strong and can withstand the toughest of outdoor conditions meaning they can be used year on year. Because PVC foamboard is so dense the thicker gauges are heavy which may leave you wanting a lighter choice while not sacrificing strength. That brings us to Aluminium Composite.

foamboard used by a Plastic People customer to create shop signage


Aluminium Composite is another option for internal and external signage and wall/ceiling cladding, often chosen because it offers solid rigidity, a smooth finish and an incredibly flat surface. Aluminium composite panel is made with a polyester core and two thin layers of aluminium on the external sides and bonded together. Aluminium composite is comes in a range of colours with matt, gloss and metallic finishes.

For further advice about using plastic for signage and display purposes visit The Plastic People or speak with their friendly team on 0113 249 2222 or via email.


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