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Applying Translucent Vinyl To Acrylic & Polycarbonate Signage

Written by Danielle Green

Feb 25, 2020 9:12:00 AM


Briteline Cast Translucent Vinyl is designed specifically for back or internally illuminated signage. It is compatible with a wide variety of rigid and flexible substrates. Applying and mounting the cast translucent vinyl successfully is important to get that look you are going for! Below are techniques and information on how to achieve a pristine look when mounting to Acrylic and Polycarbonate substrates.

Method One: First Surface Mounting

This is the most popular way translucent film is mounted to a channel letter or cabinet. It is simply taking a piece of acrylic or polycarbonate and mounting the translucent film on the front to change the appearance of the acrylic from white/clear to the color of choice while helping to properly diffuse the light source.

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Method Two: Second Surface Mounting

This is taking a piece of clear acrylic and adhering the translucent vinyl to the back of the acrylic. Then you take the diffuser film and adhere it to the back of the translucent. Doing this protects the translucent film from weather elements and especially UV rays while properly diffusing the light source behind it so that the sign is evenly lit.

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Method Three: Second Surface Mounting With Diffuser Only

If your customer is fabricating white channel letters or a cabinet with an LED that has a narrower viewing angle or that has a shallow depth then you’ll want to recommend using a diffuser film on the back of the acrylic to help properly diffuse the light source.

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Method Four: First & Second Surface Mounting With Translucent & Diffuser Films

This process involves applying the translucent film on the front of the acrylic and then applying a diffuser film to the back of the acrylic. This technique is most popular when talking about second surface mounting. It helps diffuse the light source from the back of the acrylic first then passing through the front of the acrylic for an evenly lit vibrant channel letter or cabinet.

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