Concrete casting Letters & Logos in custom made letterforms
Reverse-cut letters and logos are custom made for single-use concrete casting. Once the concrete is sufficiently hardened after casting, foam letters must be dissolved out to reveal the cast letter shapes. Use a natural citrus solvent (or benzene, which has health risks associated with exposure and contact) to remove the foam from the concrete. Other letter forms, like mdf or reverse-cast metals must be attached to the form for casting and heavily lubricated to be extractible. Request a price quote for your project here. There are several kinds of letters and casting forms available. For the largest of projects, there are custom created forms for use in a very large concrete cast. The largest of the forms may have CAD-cut or router cut letters and logos included with a relief background as pictured in these examples. Foam letters can also be custom cut in small sizes and large, display sizes for events and exhibitions or dramatic lobby entrances and display windows. For casting smaller projects, you can now choose from these options:Economy foam, 1" thick,6" to 24" tall*. view hereSmooth foam, 1/2" and 1" thickness,4" to 24" tall. view hereNew tapered form letters in routed and shaped mdf**, 0.25", 0.5" and 0.75" thick,3" to 24" tall. coming soonForm letters in cut mdf**, 0.125", 0.25", 0.5" and 0.75" thick,3" to 24" tall. coming soonReverse-cast metal letters (for multiple uses), around 0.75" thickin sizes 6" to 18". view here*Available with a paper installation template at extra cost.**MDF is a medium-density fiberboard material. Request a price quote for your project here. Several articles of interest: Very large letters in foam,Concrete letter casting basics, Casting letters for concrete pavers and walls, Installing foam letters, Cheap sign option using foam letters, Concrete casting basics 101 and our Business wall letter selection guide. Request a price quote for your project here.
Installing foam letters
Measure first, install foam lettering with double-sided tape, then when ready use silicone for a permanent installation.
Wording for Entrances & Gated Communities
For durable, made-to-order lettering that will withstand time:Where do we begin? When doing research on lettering for your wall, gated entrance or home and business identification, here are a few pointers and a checklist that will save you a lot of time and worry. All of our metal and acrylic letters come with a lifetime limited warranty not to fade, crack, chip or peel. Start at the beginning. You'll need a tape measure and a way to record the measurements, as well as the camera on your smartphone to send photos of the undecorated wall along with your request. Stylish or easy-to-read style?We have countless years of experience to share with you on this project. Whether you want it to look elegant and refined, trendy, upscale or modern, the choice of materials, color and sizes will impact how your project is viewed for decades to come. Here are related articles to review. How to create an entrance sign, A Basic Guide to Wall Lettering Design and our popular Wall Lettering Guide. Standing out from your surroundings! Are there similar decorated walls in the vicinity? Send a photo if there's a wall you particularly would like to look like ( clear photos are very helpful ). Are there colors that are part of HOA or Community Guidelines that must be followed? Let us know with your request and we're glad to work with you. Make it happen.Get started now with a price quote request or if you're not yet ready, ask for assistance. We can include a mock-up free with your order, or for a small set-up fee without an order. Just ask! Best to you and your projects! LetterBank + MyDIYsigns Team
B2B Business to Business Sign Printing
For many of the industrial, military, corporate and commercial markets, LetterBank Signs + Print just makes good sense. See Services belowBased on customer surveys of our Fortune 1000 clients, who typically purchase tall outdoor Banners with Wind-Proof Stands, Printed Table Covers, Wall Lettering, Lighted Can Signs and Decals, 100% of our Corporate customers (who replied to share an opinion) stated that they will use LetterBank Resourcing and Fulfillment in their next branding and marketing outreach. Checking in with our Military customers, the more popular orders are for Decals, Floor Decal Graphics, Stencils, Rec Signs and Changeable "Curb" Signs 100% of Military respondents said that we are on their list of preferred suppliers. Top-sellers with our Sign Shops in stand-alone and franchise locations are: Custom Sign Frames (snap-open and security), Awning Lettering in our DuraStik Lettering and Cover-Ups, Foam Letters for Concrete Casting and Replacement Sign Parts Sign Covers Sign shops may choose to participate with our B2B wholesale services and production with knowledgable full art and marketing services available. ServicesSign Brokerage, Printing and Fulfillment Services, professional Art and Graphics and logistics evaluations are available. Simply put, since 1989 we strive to find you the best signs and sign fabrication solutions for your sign projects. Clients include PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Toyota, Circle-K, PG&E, Verizon, US Government, USSteel, Exxon/Mobil and many Fortune 1000 corporations of note. Our 30+ years of experience in the intricacies of sign manufacturing, capability and procurement allows us to save you money but more importantly, save you time on your projects and get the products ready with time to spare.Now more than ever, businesses must catch the eye of their customers.We can help you to do just that. To set up a time for a no-strings-attached call, just ask. Check out our new B2B and B2G article
New! Rigid stencil system for perfect letter mounting on walls is announced.
INTRODUCING IMPROVED INSTALLATION TOOLS Based on suggestions and feedback from our customers, we've improved our installation tools for metal and acrylic flat cut letters. These upgraded, updated tools make installation easier, saving you time and money. Gemini and LetterBank introduce the Rigid Stencil (replacing the old paper patterns for letters 4" and smaller). The RIGID STENCIL GUIDE More durable than a paper stencil, the Rigid Stencil Guide is printed and cut on rugged, durable material, for precise placement without curling or tearing. A computer-generated, full-size cutout, the Rigid Stencil Guide is designed for smaller letters and logos. A high-quality finished installation has never been simpler.When you order self-adhesive tape on letters, you'll like Our New ONE-PIECE TAPE BACKING One-piece, full-coverage backing eliminates the nuisance of dealing with multiple pieces of double-face tape on every single letter. This improvement is now a standard feature for smaller, interior flat-mounted letters and logos. Easier tape handling eliminates frustration and speeds up installation. This new one-piece backing is for our flat cut metal and plastic letters. And for larger letters, we are glad to introduce The PERFECT PATTERN Designed for larger, mounted metal letters, the computer-generated Perfect Pattern is calibrated to our production equipment. Printed on weather-resistant, tear-resistant material, it provides a guide to accurate drilling and mounting for the initial install, future replacement letters and duplicate signs in different sizes. It's your guide to a perfectly mounted sign, every time. LET'S TALK Our customers spoke up about their installation challenges, and we worked hard to come up with solutions. What else can we do to support your business and help you deliver high-quality finished signs?Let us know. You can Ask for a Quote on your Dimensional Letters projects here. We're glad to help. If you want help with an upcoming project for wall letters, indoors or outside, plain or lighted, we're here to guide you through the design, selection and ordering.Already know wha tyou want" We're your go-to source for professional service. LetterBank is a distributor for Gemini Lifetime Warranty letter products.
Casting Letters for Concrete Pavers + Walls
Concrete casting basics First we'll cover what concrete casting is in the most basic terms, then we're going to look at how you can cast concrete with your custom mold. What exactly is concrete casting? Concrete casting is a process which involves creating or using a mold or form to contain and shape freshly mixed concrete. Once the form is ready and the concrete mixed, the concrete mixture is poured into the form and left to cure in a controlled environment. After the concrete 'sets', it may be transported to the construction or final site and lifted into place, or if cast in place, the form is removed, leaving the cast piece for any additional finishing detail. Larger forms are commonly cast "in place" where they will be ultimately be set permanently as they would become to unwieldy, heavy or fragile to move. If the form is for popular concrete pavers, there are several options available. For casting forms, contractors and crafters usually use single-use foam letters which are custom made for the project. If multiple copies will be made, ordering enough copies of the foam or ordering reusable metal or plastic letters (which cost a lot more than foam but are designed to be used over and over) may be the best bet.Project quote request What's the advantage of using foam letters? Foam letters are relatively inexpensive when compared to reusable special metal or plastic letters. The foam letters are typically spot glued in place easily and "cast" into the concrete. That means that the smooth concrete is carefully poured into the custom form with the letters already glued inside. 'Tamping' and agitating the concrete helps to assure that the amount of air bubbles from the por are minimized. The letters must subsequently be dissolved out with a solvent (orange-based solvents are recommended) after the concrete sets. What is the advantage of reusable letters? As the name implies, reusable letters can be set into a form and used repeatedly. Can we 'spec' our own typestyle? You can have a custom special plastic made with all the details of your graphics line art in almost any size up to 48" wide. This allows for very large permanent monument displays which can be painted for extra impact. So once I have determined the best materials for casting, what is the casting process? Decide on the size of the layout and create a rough sketch. This is the time to measure out the area where the final product or resulting cast forms will be placed. Concrete can be heavy and have sharp corners, so measure it out first. To your layout, add any text or ornamentation you like. Mold letters may be found for purchase online or through letterbank.com. Professionals use reverse cast metal letters, and often the newest cast plastic letters, which are a little less costly. Measure the text size and create or order letters. Remember, the letters will be indented into the finished concrete, and so must be reversed to read correctly. Place and secure the letters and shapes to your form, or place and pour a wet solution of concrete over the letters. Avoid rocks and very coarse gravel, as this will cause pockets or gaps in the finished product. Once the concrete sets (usually overnight at least), remove the letterforms carefully. Allow the concrete to cure for an additional 5-7 days before placing in the desired location. Made with custom mold for multiple uses Be creative! Concrete is fairly inexpensive and will last a long time. As CAB plastic letters remain a little flexible, they can be pulled away from the set concrete by moving them around a little by pulling on the edges. As metal letters are relatively inflexible, we make them with a 7° draft (slightly sloping sides) to allow them to pull away from the set concrete. Special plastic reusable letters shown Links: About concrete forms: Click hereConcrete casting products, click here.1/2" to 3" metal letters, click here.4" to 12" letters go here.Economy foam letters are here.For a quote on our popular custom foam letters, just ask. NOTE: We reply by email. Other requests may take longer. Please include an email in any quote request.
How to create an entrance sign in metal letters and molded permanent lifetime letters
Making Easy D.I.Y. Professional Entrance Signs with Lifetime Warranty Letters There are countless options to creating a memorable, professional looking entrance sign. about the project for your complex, building, entrance drive and development for HOA improvements within any budget. See the simple guide below to determine the best options by budget if that's your primary concern. Note that regardless of how much your team may have allocated, the letters all have a Lifetime Limited Warranty if they crack, discolor or break once professionally installed. Details on our warranty available upon request.Cost by kind of letters: In the first set of images from least to most cost is Formed CAB Plastic, Flat CAB Plastic and Injection Molded CAB Plastic. Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB plastic) is a recyclable plastic that’s made from wood and cotton-fiber material that’s reportedly completely recyclable. Letter pricing is based on the following factors:Size of letter, kind of letters (see choices throughout this article) and any custom finish or lighting you may want to add. The next kind of letters available are indeed the most popular kind since the 1930s, almost 90 years ago. However today's manufactured flat and cast metal letters are made for durability and good looks. Cost by kind of letters: In the second set of images from least to most costly is as follows: Flat metal (depending on the thickness and finish), cast metal and fabricated metals. The distinctive advantages of fabricated metal is that the letters may be individually equipped with LED lights for a "halo glow" lighting effect at extra cost and provide a much "thicker", deeper letter side that might add to the appearance attractiveness in certain applications. All our different types of letters provide a worry-free solution for semi-permanent and permanent residential and commercial installations with a Lifetime Warranty.12" and 8" flat aluminum letters in Copperplate font shown with with custom mounting bars. Injection molded Times Roma font in 15" and 4" sizes in white and blue. Smash burger below is in custom painted and gold finish stainless steel with custom LED lighting. For pricing and questions, we'd love to hear from you. Send us a few lines describing your project! Be sure to include any relevant details including the surface or kind of wall you will be mounting onto, any budgetary limits you may want to meet, sizes or distance you want the wording to be readable from and of course, a photo of the project area is always helpful! The Oakmont residential entrance is SIZE: 12” and 6” COLOR: Dark Bronze Anodized Aluminum STYLE: Optima font. All of our custom made letters now come with a paper alignment and pre-drilling template as well for 100% easier installation. You provide the manpower and tool (we recommend an impact drill for stone or concrete and a conventional drill for other wall types. Simple silicone cement or caulk may be used for installation. Leave a comment below or write us with details of your project.Request a cost estimate Thanks for your interest!
Cheap Sign Option: Economy Foam Letters
What are economy foam letters, and how can I use them? The economy foam sign letters are 1" expanded polystyrene. These foam letters can be used for indoor / outdoor signage when primed painted and installed correctly. We sell painted foam letters ready to install. Our painted letters are painted on the front and sides only, we do not paint the back of the letters because they are made to attach to a wall so the back is not exposed. The wall supports the thin letters. We also sell unpainted foam letters. If you buy unpainted letters they MUST be primed and painted before you install them as signage, use exterior latex primer and paint only, do not use oil based paint or solvent based paints.We offer five colors for our painted letters... Gusto gold (yellow color), Bridgeport blue, Positive red, Black, White. These colors are the only colors offered. We only use Sherwin Williams paint. If you've already priced foam lettering, you probably wonder how we sell these for this lower cost. We cut and stock the letters during the slow season. We only stock specific fonts to be able to offer them online at dramatically reduced prices, the font (letter style) you see is the font you will receive. How are these letters so inexpensive? We buy our material in bulk, cut and stock thousands of foam letters, numbers, symbols etc. Just because we discount these letters does not mean they are low quality. For example, you will find some of our competitors selling the same type of letter made of the exact same material for much more. Dimensional (3D) foam sign letters can be used for indoor or outdoor wall and building signs after painting, rated 2-3 years out side. Foam sign letters provide a cost effective alternative to the more expensive channel, metal, and acrylic lettering. Foam letters are also good as props, displays, wall decor, crafts and many other lettering projects. Almost anyone can install foam sign lettering using silicone for outdoor installation or double sided tape for indoor installations. After the lettering has been painted and installed correctly foam letters can last for years, even outdoors in virtually all climates. How to mount economy foam letters For letters up to 12 inches tall, apply a 3/8" bead of clear silicone (see pic) to the back of the letter and press to your surface. Apply a double line of silicone for letters larger than 12 inches tall. The silicone should be rated minimum ten year outdoor durability if the sign letters will be used for outdoor signs. For wall surfaces that are not smooth - textured like stucco, apply extra silicone. These are individual wall letters, mounted one letter at a time, you can space the sign letters as you like, increase or decrease the length of your sign by spacing the letters closer or farther apart. You can attach the letters vertical, horizontal , arched or any way you like. For unpainted letters apply 1 coat latex exterior primer and 2 to 3 coats of exterior latex paint allowing each coat to completely dry before applying the next coat of paint. Be sure to use a quality exterior latex paint. Do not use spray paints, oil based paints or any solvent based paints on the letters. Info is subject to updates and change without notice. How to order economy foam letters #1. Choose letter size- click on the small arrow next to painted or unpainted letters and choose size from drop down menu. If your ordering painted letters, you will also need to choose your color. #2. Type the letters you want in the "Enter your letters here box". Be sure to enter your text in uppercase if you want uppercase letters, and type it in lowercase if you want lowercase letters, we ship the letters like you type it in the text box. After you enter the letters you want, click the add to cart button. #3. Enter the quantity of letters you are buying. For example; If you entered 10 letters in the text box, you will change the quantity from 1 to 10. Basically, your quantity will be the same as the amount of letters you entered into the "enter your text here box". If you make a mistake, simply click remove and start over. Suggestions or ideas for this article? We welcome feedback!