Getting the most out of PVC board

By signcraft

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2022

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PVC board is a great material for sign making—for letters, sign panels, cabinets and even monument structures. It’s durable, easy to work with and finish, but it does have its limitations. It’s important to know how to get around them. For example, it will warp if it gets too hot, especially at thinner thicknesses. It will get brittle if it gets too cold. And it expands and contracts more than most other sign substrates so proper mounting of a PVC sign must take that into consideration.

Joe Paffoon, Boardwalk Designs Inc., Lynn Haven, Florida, has used PVC board regularly in his sign shop for over 25 years. He uses it for all types of exterior and interior signage—and often mixes/matches it with HDU and other materials to give his signs dimension. He likes it for its structural strength, overall stability and exterior durability.

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