Cut, weed and mask vinyl: 120 minutes I cut the graphics from black vinyl and weeded out the arrows and borders. The aluminum panels were 16-by-24-in. so I worked two-up.
Cut and apply reflective sheeting: 60 minutes I applied white reflective sheeting to the ten aluminum panels using the RollsRoller Applicator Table.
Apply graphics: 30 minutes Using the applicator table once more, I applied the graphics to the reflective film that I had applied to the aluminum.
The application is finished, so I removed the masking, cut the panels in half and got ready to round the corners.
Round corners: 30 minutes I then rounded the 1 ½-in. radius corners, using a manual Accucutter Cornermate corner tool.
Here the completed signs are filling up the rack.

What’s it cost to produce these twenty 8-by-24-in. reflective signs?

By Michael James

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2020

.080 3003-H14 aluminum: $138.45
3M 3430 EGP reflective vinyl 16 mils thickness: $43.04
Oracal cast vinyl Series 951: $41.21
RTape 4075 RLA application tape: $5.83
Total materials: $228.53

Design/file prep: 30 minutes
Cut, weed and mask vinyl graphics: 120 minutes
Apply vinyl graphics: 30 minutes
Cut and apply reflective sheeting: 60 minutes
Shear aluminum: 30 minutes
Round corners: 30 minutes
Total time: 5 hours
A customer recently placed a rush order with us for twenty 8-by-24-by-.080-in. reflective aluminum One Way signs, ten left-handed and ten right-handed. Normally, we would outsource this project, but we simply didn’t have time to wait.

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