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Digitally Printed Backlit Signs in Three Easy Steps

Digitally Printed Backlit Sign test

Signs for Success triple strike backlit sign test

Digitally printed backlit signs are extremely effective,

working double shifts day and night, but if the sign is not printed well, it may look too dark during the day or faint and washed out at night.  Traditionally, backlit signs required single-color translucent vinyl cut into letters or shapes to be viewable both day and night.  However, with these 3 Steps, it is possible to get custom full color backlit signs that show well 24/7.

Lexan is the best material for digitally printed backlit signs.  It’s translucent, cut to size so it perfectly fits your sign cabinet, and it’s practically indestructible.  Other sign materials may get brittle in very cold climates, but Lexan is weather-proof as well as fire-proof and shatter-proof.  When we manufacture backlit sign faces, we start with a custom-cut piece of Lexan.

Step 1: First, we run the sheet of Lexan through our large format HP FB500 Flatbed Printer, which can handle material up to 64″ wide.  On the first run, the sign receives full color graphics.  The UV curable ink dries immediately as the UV lights just beyond the print heads hit the print.  It’s as easy as that, and you’re ready for Step 2.

Step 2: The Lexan sign can be loaded immediately back into the printer for the second run.  This time, a layer of 50% opacity white ink is printed over the image.  This may seem counterintuitive for the moment as the beautiful full color graphics get covered up, but bear with us, the third step will explain everything.

Digitally Printed Backlit sign at Night

Spokane First backlit sign

Step 3: As the Lexan runs through the printer to receive white ink, another layer of full color is laid on top.  This creates a total of three layers of ink: color-white-color.  These 3 Steps are what we call “Triple Strike” technique.  After much testing, we found this to be the best combination of layering inks to achieve perfect color in digitally printed backlit signs both day and night.

Here’s why: when light is shone on the front (as it would outside in daylight), the image in full color is vibrant and clear.  The white layer in between blocks the bottom layer from showing through.  However, when sign panel is illuminated from behind (as it would be at night when backlighting is turned on), all layers of ink are illuminated.  This produces a heavier concentration of ink since there were two layers of full color, which makes the image properly saturated and still vibrant rather than washed out.

While the sign could be installed after these 3 steps and have 3-5 years of outdoor durability, we highly recommend laminating the image to add additional years of life.  If it’s time to trade out your old, faded, or traditional outdoor sign for a vibrant backlit sign, the Signs for Success team is ready to transform your outdoor sign into something truly memorable!  Call or email us for more information on our triple strike backlit signs.

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Large wall mural for QCD Denver, commercial wall mural

Commercial Wall Mural Transforms Denver Location

Large wall mural for QCD Denver, commercial wall muralThis Commercial Wall Mural adds visual interest to plain white walls.  The Denver skyline dresses up Quality Custom Distribution’s large commercial space while showcasing clients that they distribute for.  The graphic is 21 feet tall and 78 feet wide. Wall murals, whether for home or commercial use, enhance the environment in the images and colors of your choice.

“I started working with Mike Douglas from Quality Custom Distribution – Rocky Mountain in early August.  We had done a mural for the Spokane Valley location, and he saw it and wanted something for his Denver location,” Signs for Success designer Vanessa Bogensberger said.  “We got approval to proceed in early September.  Then we spent a few weeks with various options in design and layout, finding good images of the Denver Skyline.”

When designing any type of large graphics for print, as in the case of a commercial wall mural, you need high resolution artwork.  There are several stock photo sites online you can use to browse digital artwork.  We also have access to high quality digital images and can help you find the perfect image for your project.

Warehouse Environmental GraphicsFor this project, “the favored image was not available in high enough resolution,” Vanessa explained, “so we had to pick an evening photo that was high enough resolution.  It turned out fabulous.”

We offer state-of-the-art print technology and a variety of wall mural materials.  We have smooth wall paper and commercial wall paper, as well as self-adhesive vinyls that range from temporary to long-term use.  As far as wall covering materials go, there are several great options for your custom commercial wall mural, and we can help you decide which is best for your location, vision and budget.

Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project.  Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house.  Get quality service and a quick turnaround on a commercial wall mural; contact us for a free quote today!

stretched canvas print, large gallery wrapped canvas for Northern Quest Resort and Casino

Stretched Canvas Print for Northern Quest

stretched canvas print, large gallery wrapped canvas for Northern Quest Resort and CasinoStretched canvas, also known as “gallery wrapped,” is a method of stretching and securing an artist’s canvas around the sides of a wooden frame.  A stretched canvas print is easy to hang and looks great.  This custom stretched canvas print was created with custom sizing and quick turnaround for Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

“Charlie from Northern Quest Resort and Casino called to ask us if we could get a canvas print out quickly and if we could make a 5′ x 5′ piece,” Signs for Success designer Vanessa Bogensberger explained.  Our largest stocked roll of white-coated canvas is 63” wide.  For the quick turnaround the customer needed, we were able to make a 58” x 58” print, allowing the necessary 2 ½ inches of material all the way around for wrapping the stretcher bars.

“We were able to take his fantastic artwork and make up an awesome visual for his environmental graphics on his wall,” Vanessa said.  The stretched canvas print is being used to promote Northern Quest’s current expansion project.

At Signs for Success, we pride ourselves on quick turnaround, perfect color and outstanding customer service.  This project was no different, and the customer was thrilled with the result.  “We came to Signs for Success with a very last minute job and could not have been more pleased with the outcome,” Northern Quest Marketing Coordinator Charlie Murchy said.  “Everything was put into motion as quickly as possible; the finished product arrived on time and it looks fantastic!”

“We printed and gallery wrapped the stretcher bars and got this delivered to the customer in right about a week, even with special ordering the 58” stretcher bars. It looks amazing!” Vanessa said.

More about stretched canvas print:

  • We stock two different canvas materials – a white coated “Picasso” canvas; and a natural, uncoated, off-white canvas.
  • We can print and wrap up to a 4’ x 8’ size, or other custom size with special order stretcher bars.
  • Canvas prints offer a sophisticated, yet clean and simple look to wall displays.
  • Gallery wrapped canvas can be used to display building projects, promotions, wall art or even personal photography.

Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane.  Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house.  Get quality service and a quick turnaround on a stretched canvas print; contact us for a free quote today!

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Custom Printed Chain Link Fence Slats for Zoo

Go “Wild” for Chain Link Fence Slats


Custom Chain link fence slats zoo animals
Dress up your fence with chain link fence slats.  These fence slats for Micke Grove Zoo  in Lodi, CA are printed with beautiful full color graphics of animals.   Many of the animals here are from Madagascar, the most bio-diverse place on our planet. This project is part of their 60th Anniversary Celebration. Efrain Lopez from San Joaquin County Facility Management said “The slats installed easily and we have had rave reviews from our visitors and our whole zoo team.”   Custom fence slats can even include a message or advertisement.

Use chain link fence slats to:

  • Advertise
  • Beautify your property line
  • Add privacy
  • Show school pride

Chain link fence slats are made by printing graphics to sheets of corrugated plastic.  Corrugated plastic, often simply called “coro,” is waterproof and UV resistant.  And unlike banners or signs that are zip tied to a fence, coro slats are also highly wind resistant.  When you order fence slats, we include the printed coro, an edge cap to hold the slats level, and a specialized cutting tool.

Custom fence slats are easy to install.  First, you weave the edge cap at the base of the chain link fence.  The edge cap makes a straight bottom line for the slats to rest in.  We recommend starting in the center of the fence and working outward.  Insert each slat into the chain link from the top, weaving through the link until it rests in the edge cap.Custom Printed Chain Link Fence Slats for Zoo

We’ve seen chain link fence slats used to create a large outdoor sign, to recognize sponsors or even to showcase children’s artwork.  We think custom fence slats work great for sports teams, schools, airports, fairgrounds, and anywhere else with fencing that could sport a message or show pride.

Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project.  Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house.  Get quality service and a quick turnaround on chain link fence slats; contact us for a free quote today! SEE MORE FENCE SLATS!

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outdoor office signs, coro billboard sign in Airway Heights WA near Spokane

Outdoor Office Signs for Spokane Tribe Casino

outdoor office signs, coro billboard sign in Airway Heights WA near SpokaneSpokane Tribe Casino opened a temporary office in Airway Heights while their new casino is under construction. They needed signage to identify their office, attract attention and help applicants for positions in the new casino find the temporary offices.  These outdoor office signs do just that, with a large billboard sign as well as a standard building sign above the front door.  The signs were designed by BHW1, then sent to Signs for Success for production and installation. Additionally we were under tight turn around time, as the signs were unveiled at a press conference revealing the name of the new casino and the brand.

outdoor office signs ACM sign, aluminum outdoor signWe can work with existing structures to maximize the outdoor signage.  In this case, there is a large billboard structure on the property.  We simply covered the old graphics with vibrant new ones, printed on corrugated plastic panels.  The oval building sign is 3mm ACM (Aluminum Composite Material) with a high performance UV laminate.  It was mounted over the existing awning directly above the front door.  Both corrugated plastic and ACM are outdoor durable.

Outdoor office signs help bring attention to the new office location, and modern graphics give a professional image.

Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project.  Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house.  Get quality service and a quick turnaround on outdoor office signs; contact us for a free quote today!

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contractor branding at customer appreciation party

Contractor Branding That Works

Acrylic Award Plaque

Custom Acrylic Award Plaques