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Replace Your Store's Plastic Sign Faces Yourself

Posted by Joe Giral on

What are the different kinds of Replacement Sign Faces?

See "How" below.
Sign faces are the plastic or fiberglass sign panels that usually have track and letters for a changeable or permanent message board. Some may have graphics or photos as well. The sign faces can be replaced by almost anyone with simple tools, a ladder and average aptitude or skills (and sometimes a 'cherry picker' truck for hard-to-access locations)

So what do I need to know before I replace my worn or broken sign face?
Here are the things we need to know to help you:

[1] Identify the kind of sign face you have (read on),
[2] measure the height and width of the sign and




[3] Send photos! (a detail closeup of the sign face (plastic) corner, a medium and a photo that shows the entire 'face' of the sign).

What kind is my sign face?
Send detailed photos for quick identification if you're not sure which sign face you have to replace.

Above: v3 fiberglass (L) and flat-face molded polycarbonate (R) or acrylic faces

Which is the kind of sign face I need to replace?
There are a few popular kinds.
Is it a portable sign?
This is the kind you see by the side of the road on stands, some with an arrow on top. Many portable signs take the S-Series wavy V3 fiberglass faces. Some of the older OSA-series with flat, fluted polycarbonate faces can use the v3 fiberglass as well with an adaptor. (Note: OSA-series signs require a separate adaptor to use with the inexpensive v3 fiberglass faces. The flat faces formerly used are no longer available).

Permanent signs?
These often have rigid sign faces that are flat, pan formed or wavy and are made of acrylic or polycarbonate plastics. At left is a v5 'planked' face with track. The green top sign is a custom combination with a flat tracked bottom and pan formed top.
Storefront?
Some store front signs have painted or decorated flat plastic sign faces. Just send us a photo, a ready to print file, the exact size you need and how many alike if more than one.
It's that simple.

What are sizes are available?
Popular sizes on portable signs with fiberglass faces are 48x96", 40x96", 40x72". See them here. In the flat faces commonly seen on permanently mounted signs, popular size is 48x96" see it here but any custom size is available.
Custom sizes are available by special project quote based on replacement specs and must be mounted by a local contractor if too large or too high for easy and safe installation.

Above: Before and after with new LetterBank v3 Fiberglass Faces
Permanent signs can be almost any size from 6 to 120 feet wide. Let us know what you need.

Have questions?

We're glad to help. Contact us now with your photos and plans.

HOW to replace?
Most common signs have a formed steel sign cabinet that has screws for removal on one side. More expensive sign cabinets may have snap-open frames which pull open to allow an easy exchange from old to new.

Need a cover-up until your new sign is ready?
Easy peasy. Order an opaque vinyl banner and tape it to the frame on all sides. Sign up for many time and money-saving tips at MyDIYsigns.com.

See one of our replacement sign face collections here


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