Other than the brushed versions of AluPanel, the stuff is perfect for
Flat shapes in a large palette of colours and gloss. The back can be v-
carved to within the face foil and then folded as a box or beam. There
are v-bits made just for that. http://acmesignsupplies.com/file_library/prods/156_Belin%202008.pdf
The no-paint and durability makes it a good choice for letters to be
put on stand-offs on walls. Easy to cut as well and about $100.00 for
a 4' x 8' sheet x 0.125"
Often times, I don't do a thing to the edges, but if they're indoors
and people get close, some filing and sandpaper will clean the edges
The sheets are supplied to me by my client, who has them delivered by
their distributor who runs a truck our way weekly... so no direct
charge when *I* need a sheet or two.
SignFoam costs me $60.00 - $ 90.00 depending on 1-4 sheets per
The shit that kills me is the Extera. I won't be handling any of that
for while. Dirty, expensive, and heavy.
Extira: wood, phenolic resins, zinc borate, water repellent, and other
ingredients. Yum! Sounds like chem-petrified Ipe. I don't blame you
for not liking it. --== But it's RENEWABLE/SUSTAINABLE ==--, right?
The ultimate result of shielding men from folly
is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer
That's positively a real issue with quoting prices for a sign. Wow!
MDF is always a bitch to work with. Heavy, dulls bits quickly, full of
formaldehyde, butt-ugly grain. ;) Is MDO what you're referring to? I
haven't yet worked with it but have heard it's made for outdoor
signage. I'd think the foams and AluPanel were better for that
Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are
based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that
I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as
I have received and am still receiving.
-- Albert Einstein
MDO is plywood and coated with a resin impregnated kraft paper.
Nice flat, clean surface (usually one side) ready for primer/paint.
A lot of guys primer then high gloss colour paint then vinyl cut
letters. A relatively low-cost durable sign.
Edges are often coated with epoxy to waterproof them.
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