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Sign, Label and Tag Materials

Choosing the right custom sign material is one of the most important decisions you will need to make.

Our Material Information Page delivers the best information on the materials that Accuform uses to create the best signs for any condition, any circumstance. Whether a nuclear reactor, or a frigid cold environment, pick the right material for the right job.  

The correct material for your signage depends on many factors, including its exposure to chemicals. impact and temeprature. Click on any of the materals below to view specification, durability and suitability for your intended use.

Guaranteed materials

Guaranteed

Peace of mind, guaranteed for years

Accuform proudly stands by its products. Nearly all our materials come with at least a 5 year guarantee. The tougher the sign, the stronger the guarantee.

Accuform's sign materials can be made to any shape

Any Shape

Need something unique? Try a sign with an attention-getting shape.

Many of our materials are available in any shape. Have an idea for a specific size and shape? We can make that happen!  Our unique production process can shape that message to suit your needs. Create a custom sign in an unusual, fun, or symbolic shape to add meaning or just gain additional attention.

UV resitant materials will significantly prolong the life of your signs

UV Protection

Don't let harmful UV rays damage the message you need to communicate!

Accuform uses UV resistant inks on all our signs to make your signs last longer in full and partial sunlit conditions. Add a laminate overcoat for additional protection! All our sign materials have UV protection. From 1 year to a lifetime, depending on your needs. Look for this symbol to quickly reference its resistance.

PLASTIC SIGN MATERIALS

Guaranteed for 15 Years
Accu-Shield™ is the highest performance sign - with an extra-long 15-year outdoor durability guarantee. The non-glare polycarbonate plastic is specially formulated to resist color change, chemicals, corrosion, and abrasions - and will continue to look good for years, and maintain its superior strength.

The two-ply, heavy-duty construction provides a rugged, yet stylish appearance with a thick-edge design and pebble-textured back surface.

The legend and message are reverse-printed with UV resistant inks on the underside of the clear polycarbonate. This sub-surface image is encapsulated with further protection on the backside by a permanently bonded embossed poly surface.

The composite sign is nearly 1/4" thick and will not crack, chip, or become brittle under extreme environments - indoors and outdoors - with service temperature range for polycarbonate at -60° to 260°F. and under layer surface -40° to 176°F.

Has rounded corners and 1/4" mounting holes for signs up to 14" x 20" and 3/8" mounting holes for larger size signs.

Key Features:
• Superior Quality Construction
• Top Notch Performance
• Outstanding UV Stability
• High-Impact Strength
• Tough under the harshest and abusive conditions
• Practically indestructible - stands up to vandalism

For unmatched reliability in performance under extreme conditions - choose Accu-Shield™!



Guaranteed for 10 Years

Sign designed to withstand outdoor exposure, harsh and abusive environments, and indestructible to impacts.
The multi-ply sign encapsulates engineer-grade white or yellow reflective sheeting behind the reverse-printed message on the underside of the polycarbonate plastic face.

The sign's .214" thick-edged, rugged design will not crack or chip in extreme environments.

Key Features:
• Withstands long-term exposure to UV
• Resistant to chemicals, corrosion, and abrasion
• Service temperature range for polycarbonate at -60° to 260°F, reflective sheeting at -30° to 200°F
• Rounded corners and 1/4" mounting holes for signs up to 14" x 20" and 3/8" mounting holes for larger size signs
• Designed for off-road and property applications.



Performs in light and dark with a nearly indestructible sign that's built to take on the tough environments, from harsh and abusive environments to impacts and vandalism. See the sign glow (green-yellow) in the dark. 'Energize' the sign by any light source on the photo-luminescent surface with a glow rating of 10 hours. In regular light the sign surface appears nearly white.

Sign is constructed in several layers, fully protecting the image and Lumi-Glow™ background. The message is printed on the underside of the polycarbonate plastic face and backed by the photo-luminescent film. This thick .214" edged design is rugged to not chip or crack.

Key Features:
• Specially formulated front face resists long-term UV exposure
• Resistance to chemicals splash, corrosion, and abrasions
• Service temperature range for polycarbonate is -60° to 260°F, Lumi-Glow™ sheeting is -30° to 175°F
• Rounded corners with 1/4" mounting holes for signs up to 14" x 20", and 3/8" mounting holes for larger size signs



Select this material when your signs are going to be installed inside, and in a protected outdoor environment. VP Plastic signs can be used outside for short-term applications like construction sites. They are the most economical choice for a rigid sign. Ideally suited to 14" x 20" or smaller unless you are mounting them to a wall or rigid surface.

Key Features:
• .055" thick polyethylene
• Non glare finish
• Impact resistant
• Service temperature range: -90° to 168°F
• 3/16" Mounting Holes
• Rounded Corners



Support your commitment to reducing your carbon footprint. Get the look, feel, and other characteristics like standard non-recycled plastic signs in a much more environmentally friendly version. Semi-flexible signs are ideal for standard-duty use - indoor and limited outdoor.

Key Features:
• Manufactured with 50% recycled plastic and is recyclable - code 2
• Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR), .055" thick, high-density polyethylene with UV-inhibitors
• Guaranteed printed using environmentally-sensitive digital print technologies and inks
• Service temperature range: -90° to 168°F
• Use indoors and limited outdoors for up to two years
• Rounded corners and 3/16" mounting holes



1/8" Plastic-Lite & 3/8" Max Plastic-Lite
Commonly referred to as PVC or Expanded PVC, Plastic-Lite comes in two thicknesses; 1/8" and 3/8" thick. The uniformly fine, tiny closed-cell structure combines for good strength, durability. Material is also lightweight for portability when compared to solid PVC, acrylic, or polycarbonate sheets - approximately half the weight of equivalent thicknesses. It is non-corrosive, easily cleanable, resistant to chemicals, and has low flammability index.
Two thicknesses; 1/8" Plastic-Lite & 3/8" Max Plastic-Lite
Key Features:
• Image printed on smooth, solid, matte surface
• Low-density material with good strength-to-weight ratio
• Resistant to Chemicals and Corrosive conditions
• Service temperature range: 0° to 160°F
• Rounded corners on Plastic-Lite
• Square corners on Max Plastic-Lite
• 1/4" mounting corner holes on Plastic-Lite
• No holes for Max Plastic-Lite, available on request
• Plastic-Lite is ideal for hanging signs
• Max Plastic-Lite is ideal for large job-site signs
• May be printed on both sides (Call for quotation)



Guaranteed for 7 Years
Polycarbonate offers high impact resistance and durability for outdoor applications and harsh environments.

Key Features:
• Printed image on a semi rigid .060" thick Polycarbonate backing
• Protected by 2-mil high-gloss polyester over-laminate film
• Resists: Abrasion, Humidity, and Chemicals
• Service temperature range: Polycarbonate -50° to 190°F
• Rounded corners
• 3/16" mounting corner holes



Attractive and tough, a low cost, sub-surface protected sign for indoor use. Ideal for office environments and framed signs.

Key Features:
• Reverse-printed on the underside and cover-coated
• Modified clear .060" acrylic sheet with UV-inhibitors
• Withstands: Abrasion, Impact, and Vandalism
• Non-glare surface
• Service temperature range: -40° to 175°F
• Rounded corners standard, square corners optional at no extra charge
• Easy mounting with double-sided foam tape (Can be ordered with mounting holes, please specify)



Lightweight, light-duty corrugated plastic sign material is ideally suited for economical, temporary signage needs and short-term, limited use indoors and outdoors.

Key Features:
• Fluted, .039" thick polypropylene
• Withstands wet, damp and other limited environmental exposure
• Great for temporary and economical applications
• Easy to use and dispose
• Service temperature range: -17° to 160°F
• Mounting holes available on request (please specify location)



Max Corrugated Plastic is ideal temporary sign material for indoor and short-term outdoor use. Tougher than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than solid plastic, this extruded hollow plastic sheet is 1/2" thick with closely spaced ribs. The combination of air and ribs within creates the material's strength, yet lightweight for ease of handling.

Key Features:
• Waterproof and Washable
• Stain resistant
• Resists oils and solvents
• Great for temporary and economical applications
• Service temperature range: -17° to 160°F
• Mounting holes available on request (Please specify locations.)


FIBERGLASS


Fiberglass, Heavy-Duty & Deluxe Fiberglass
Fiberglass materials (Fiberglass, Heavy-Duty, and Deluxe) withstand abrasions, impacts, corrosion, and chemicals. Fiberglass materials are also well-suited for indoor and outdoor usage, making it ideal for a wide variety of industrial strength applications.
Printed image is on a rigid .060", .090" or .120" thick fiberglass
Key Features:
• Protected by UV resistant clear-coat finish
• Will not crack or chip as a result of exposure to extreme environments - even outdoors!
• Service temperature range of -65° to 212°F
• Rounded corners
• 3/16" mounting corner holes
• Heavy-Duty and Deluxe Fiberglass can be printed on both sides (Call for quotation)


Guaranteed for 10 Years
Dura-Fiberglass™ withstands abrasions, impacts, corrosion, and chemicals: and it's guaranteed for 10 years!

Dura-Fiberglass™ is ideal for harsh indoor and extreme outdoor industrial strength applications. Dura-Fiberglass™, under exposure from intense environments, will not crack, chip, fade, or turn yellow prematurely.

Key Features:
• Image is printed is on rigid fiberglass material.
• Dependent of size, Dura-Fiberglass™ is offered in .060", .090" or .120" thicknesses
• Protected by 2-mil high-gloss UV polyester over-laminate film
• Will not crack or chip as a result of exposure to extreme environments - even outdoors!
• Impervious to mold, mildew, stains, and rust
• Service temperature range: Fiberglass -65° to 212°F
• Rounded corners
• 3/16" mounting corner holes



Install as temporary signs with added strength, durability and wet-resistance, along with UV-stability for limited outdoor use. Does not crack, shrink, or distort. PF-Poly Paper is plastic and pulp-free of wood content. This polypropylene-based, synthetic paper is ideal for use in place of conventional cardstock paper signs.

Key Features:
• Printed on flexible 10-mil PF-Poly Paper
• Moisture-, chemical-, oil- and grease-resistant
• Tear-, scratch-, and scuff-resistant
• Service temperature: -60° to 200°F
• Outdoor durability: 6 to 12 months



Available in clear, this material is ideal for installing on window for see-thru message. The message can be reverse-printed to adhere on the inside of the glass - to be seen and protected from the outside. Polyester has decent strength, chemical resistance, and shape retention. Also, maintains good adhesion to stainless steel.

Key Features:
• Printed on 2-mil flexible polyester
• Permanent, acrylic adhesive with peel-off linter
• Adheres to flat and curved surfaces
• Outdoor durability: 2 years
• Service temperature: -40° to 250°F
• Clear style provides "print only" look

Available in opaque white and clear styles. When ordering clear, please specify if installing on window for proper reading direction through the glass.


METAL SIGN MATERIALS

Guaranteed for 5 Years
Get the strength and durability of metal. Galvanized steel maintains rust and corrosion-control. Coating adds durability and long-life cycle to steel, while reducing maintenance. Zinc is permanently-bonded in coated layers onto the steel surface. Use in outdoors, marine, and other industrial applications. Steel withstands harsh elements and abusive conditions.

Key Features:
• Printed image is on 24-gauge steel and further protected by UV-resistant, clear polyester
• Galvanizing protects the steel from corrosion
• Use in splash and other wet situations
• Withstands outdoor environmental conditions
• Metal strength adds toughness
• Service temperature range: -40° to 250°F
• Rounded corners
• Corner holes included (post-mount or other hole placements and sizes are available upon request)
Note: Changeable magnetic signs or labels can be used with galvanized steel.



Magnetic sign offers ease of mounting to most steel or ferrous metal surfaces, and can be pulled off and placed back on or elsewhere.
Key Features:
• Ideal for frequent changing of signs on: Vehicles, Tanks & Vessels, Bins, Shelving, and any other ferrous metal surface
• Magnetic ferrite particles embedded in 32-mil synthetic rubber base
• Protected by 2-mil high-gloss UV polyester over-laminate film
• Resists cracking and chipping
• Flexible to mount on curved surfaces
• Service temperature range: 0° to 160°F



Guaranteed for 5 Years
.040" Aluminum, .063" Heavy-Duty & .080" Max-Duty Aluminum
Aluminum (Aluminum, Heavy-Duty, and Max-Duty) provides the strength of metal, yet never rust. Aluminum withstands wash-downs, harsh elements, abusive conditions, and feature good chemical, abrasion, and impact resistance. Aluminum is excellent for indoor and outdoor usage, making it ideal for a wide variety of industrial strength applications.

Printed image is on .040", .063", or .080" aluminum
Key Features:
• Protected by UV resistant clear polyester
• Withstands splashes and wash-downs
• Endures outdoor environmental conditions
• Service temperature range -40° to 250°F
• Rounded corners
• Corner holes are included (post-mount or other hole placements and sizes are available on request)



Guaranteed for 5 Years
Durable duty aluminum is covered with a retro-reflective sheet surface. Surface reflects light to improve daytime visibility and provide ideal low-light or nighttime visibility.

Key Features:
• Surface-printed reflective sheeting (recognized by the Federal Highway Administration) is bonded to .040" aluminum
• Protected by high-gloss UV polyester over-laminate film
• Resists: Rust and Corrosion
• Withstands extreme temperatures
• Endures outdoor environments
• Service temperature range: -30° to 200°F
• Rounded corners
• 1/4" corner holes or 3/8" post-mount holes (Please specify location of mounting holes)
• Not suitable for single post mount signs over 12" wide (see Traffic Signs)

Engineer-Grade
Reflective sheeting adds extra visibility when light shines on the surface. General visibility provides good appearance in daylight and when light reflects back at night. Use on signs for day and improve being seen at night.

High-Intensity
3X brighter than engineer-grade. Wide-angle reflective micro-prismatic surface offers clear visibility and high reflectivity in daylight and dark conditions. Use for adding attention or warning of a hazard.

DG High-Prism
10X brighter than engineer grade for highest visibility. Micro-prismatic surface provides a wide angle, highly reflective surface in bright light or total darkness. Use in areas requiring critical attention or potential for accidents. Fluorescent colors available: yellow-green, orange, yellow (along with standard traffic sign colors).



Guaranteed for 10 Years
Dura-AlumaLite™ & Max AlumaLite™

Our AlumaLite™ materials (Dura-AlumaLite™ and Max AlumaLite™) defend against abrasions, impacts, corrosion, chemicals, and more!

Its ultra-lightweight properties combine with high-strength, rugged, engineering to make this composite aluminum sign extremely durable - enabling it to withstand tough conditions both indoors and out. The materials resist impacts and flexing, and stand strong to abuses such as vandalism. In addition to the aluminum, the core is impervious to splash- and wash-downs.

AlumaLite™ materials are 40% lighter than solid aluminum, yet maintain the same durability, stiffness, and rigidity. The materials are comprised of two sheets of aluminum permanently bonded, on both sides, to a lightweight thermoplastic center core. This combination makes for a superior strength-to-weight ratio composite material.

Both Dura-AlumaLite™ and Max AlumaLite™ can be used in a variety of industrial, warehouse, construction, and architectural type settings. Max AlumaLite™ excels for long-term, large sign installations, requiring less structural support.
Printed image on Dura-AlumaLite .118" and Max AlumaLite .187"

Key Features:
• Printed surface is further protected by polyester over-laminate film for added chemical and scratch resistance
• Service temperature range: -58° to 175°F
• Material is UL recognized component for "electrical signage" (UL94V-O)
• Dura-AlumaLite has rounded corners (no round corners on Max AlumaLite™)
• Standard 1/4" mounting corner holes for Dura-AlumaLite™; no holes on Max AlumaLite™, but available on request
• Can be printed on both sides (Call for quotation)



Sturdy sign combines the strength of plywood and durability of aluminum in place of traditional wooden construction signs. Max Aluma-Wood has a solid exterior grade plywood core permanently sealed with aluminum sheeting bonded to the surface on both sides. The thickness and density makes this a very strong sign for long-term outdoor placement, plus impact and wind resistance.

Key Features:
• Constructed of 1/2" thick plywood and .013" thick aluminum with baked-on, high-gloss finish - will not crack, chip, flake or peel; square corners, holes available on request
• Wood is treated for protection from moisture
• Preferred alternative to MDO (medium density overlay) marine-grade plywood.
• Protected by 2-mil high-gloss UV polyester over-laminate film


GLOW-IN-THE-DARK SIGN MATERIALS
(PHOTOLUMINESCENTS)


Guaranteed for 5 Years
Glow-in-the-dark sign on durable, rigid metal, yet does not rust. Designed to withstand wash-downs, harsh environments and abusive conditions, along with good chemical-, abrasion-, and impact- resistance. Aluminum backing allows for variety of industrial strength applications.

Key Features:
• 10+ hour glow-rated (10-mil thick) film is permanently bonded to .040" thick aluminum
• Printed image is protected by UV resistant clear polyester
• Withstands water and chemical splashes
• Endures tough environments
• Service temperature range: -30° to 175°F
• 3/16" mounting corner holes

Meets the Standard Specifications for Photo-luminescent Safety Markings.



See the message even when the lights go out. In the dark, signs are visible with green-yellow glow surface. Any light source can 'energize' the photo-luminescent material with glow rating for 10+ hours. In regular light the sign surface is nearly white with slight green appearance.

Key Features:
• Flexible, 10-mil photo-luminescent film
• Laminated gloss surface
• Permanent acrylic adhesive coated underside with peel-off liner
• Surface printed
• Resistant to: Abrasions, Moisture, Various chemicals and UV light
• Service temperature range: -30° to 175°F

Meets the Standard Specifications for Photo-luminescent Safety Markings.



Features benefits, and qualities from above, as well as providing a durable, semi rigid sign.

Key Features:
• .060" Polycarbonate plastic with permanently bonded 10-mil photo-luminescent film
• Semi Rigid and impact resistant
• Polycarbonate service temperature range: -50° to 190°F
• Rounded corners
• 3/16" mounting corner holes



Guaranteed for 5 Years

Glow shines very bright and long in the dark for when the message needs to and can be seen - anytime in light and dark. 'Charges' under a light source in less time. Lumi-Glow™ Plus+ far exceeds the safety standards, features and benefits of safety grade photo-luminescent markings. Additionally meets APTA standards (Low location exit path markings and emergency signage for passenger rail equipment).

Key Features:
• Very bright glow and very long glow with 24+ hour rating
• Printed on flexible 10-mil thick with permanent rubber adhesive back and peel-off liner
• Resists abrasions, moisture, and chemical splash
• Withstands UV light for use outdoors
• Service temperature range: -20° to 125°F

Exceeds the Standard Specifications for Photo-luminescent Safety Markings.



Features, benefits, and qualities from above, as well as providing a durable, semi-rigid sign.

Key Features:
• Printed on 10-mil Photo-luminescent film permanently bonded to .060" Polycarbonate plastic
• Semi-rigid plastic adds impact resistant
• Polycarbonate service temperature range: -50° to 190°F
• Rounded corners with 3/16" mounting holes


SELF ADHESIVE VINYLS


Select this material when you need a self stick sign or label for indoor or sheltered environments. The durable adhesive will stick to most flat, clean surfaces. Adhesive vinyl signs will work for short term outdoor applications, and in moderate temperatures. For more extreme applications choose our Adhesive Dura Vinyl. Adhesive Vinyl is an excellent economical choice for self-stick application.

Key Features:
• Flexible 4 mil thick vinyl with acrylic adhesive
• Non glare surface printed
• Moisture resistant
• Outdoor durability: 2 to 4 years



Guaranteed for 5 Years
Dual-layered vinyl that outperforms standard vinyl. Printed image is protected by a high-gloss 2-mil UV resistant polyester over-laminate.

Key Features:
• Flexible, 6-mil thick poly-composite
• Resistant to: Abrasions, Humidity, Chemicals & Solvents and Fading from sunlight
• Permanent, acrylic adhesive back with peel-off liner
• Adheres to: Smooth, Curved and Irregular surfaces
• Outdoor durability: 5 to 7 years
• Service temperature: -20° to 140°F



Material has 'bounce-back' reflectivity from any light source, for improved daytime to low-light and nighttime visibility.

Key Features:
• Engineer grade multi-layer protective film over aluminized sheet with micro-glass beads (meets MUTCD standards)
• 7-mil flexible surface-printed material
• Permanent adhesive back with peel-off liner adheres to: Smooth, Curved and Irregular surfaces
• Outdoor durability: 5 to 7 years
• Service temperature range: -30° to 200°F
• Sheet colors available in White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Green, Brown



High, bright reflective 'bounce-back' of light improves normal and low light visibility - especially in dark areas with minimal light.15-mil sheeting is high quality micro-prismatic reflective material to provide extra high-level of reflectivity (over standard engineer-grade reflective sheeting). This is the same sheeting specified by MUTCD standards for "high intensity retro-reflectivity".

Key Features:
• Permanent adhesive back with peel-off liner, adheres to smooth, curved areas
• Gloss face has distinctive reflective stripe pattern
• Protected by 2-mil high-gloss UV polyester over-laminate film
• Scuff, scratch, and gouge resistant for increased durability and outdoor use.
• Service temperature range: -30° to 200°F

Note: For MUTCD style signs, see Custom Traffic Signs
Sheet colors available in White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Green, Brown


TAG MATERIALS


PF-Cardstock Tags
Tear-resistant and waterproof tags last longer than standard cardstock tags.
Tags are pulp-free - no wood pulp or paper content - unlike regular cardstock. They are pliable, yet will not rip or breakdown in moisture. Tags do not tear readily when tugged on. Ideal for indoor use and short-term outdoor exposure.

The scuff-resistant and matte surface is easy to write on.
• 10-mil polyolefin-based material
• Thin and flexible
• Top has 3/8" plain hole



Puncture- and tear-resistant tag withstands rough handling and environmental conditions.
Rip-resistant, synthetic flexible card tag can be used in harsh locations. Thin, multi-layer tag construction for strength and durability. Material resistance ranges from moisture and water to chemical splash and oil. Tag has a scratch-resistant, writable, matte surface.

• 10-mil high-density plastic material
• Use in wide temperature range with UV-inhibitors for weather-resistance
• Top has 3/8" hole* reinforced with metal grommet for pry-resistance



Tags are designed to withstand tough and abusive conditions.
HS-Laminate is a composite of all poly materials pressure sealed on both sides with no edge seams. Matte surface is scratch resistant, yet easy to write on.

Waterproof tags are ideal for extreme weather conditions.
• Tear-proof, weather-proof, chemical-resistant material withstands dirt and grease environments
• Thick laminate stands up to abuse and rough handling
• 3/8" top hole* is reinforced with a pull-proof, metal grommet



Durable tag withstands pulls and tears in dirt and grease environments.
High-strength plastic tags are water-resistant - to withstand weather conditions. The rigid plastic is flexible, yet will not readily break down over a wide temperature range. Good for indoors and outdoors use. Writable surface is abrasion resistant.

• 15-mil rigid plastic material
• Flexible, yet durable - withstands stretching and ripping
• Top has 3/8" hole* reinforced with metal grommet to prevent pull off



Lightweight, yet tear-resistant.
Tyvek® is abrasion- and tear-resistant, and can withstand moisture, chemicals, and frequent handling.

• Pressure-bonded, spun-olefin fibers
• Flexible material for a various environmental conditions
• Top hole is 3/8"* reinforced, metal grommet