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Second Surface Printing

Second Surface Window Graphics

Business owners and managers understand what storefront window graphics are and how effective they are in promoting foot traffic. What they don’t know is how the vinyl is printed.

Second surface is the practice of printing on the face (adhesive side) of the vinyl. This process enables the vinyl to be installed inside the building, away from the outdoor elements. Second surface graphics are protected from weather and exploring hands thus typically have a longer life expectancy than first surface.

Second surface graphics are printed in a “mirror image” to be a right reading image for viewers. A print ready image for second surface will be inverted in order to print as a first surface piece.

It’s more than just vinyl!

Second surface is used on many acrylic signage, it provides a richer, elegant appearance of the sign, especially a standoff lobby sign. Printing directly to the substrate, albeit acrylic, vinyl or glass, is done with any image, regardless of orientation.

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As you consider your next adhesive vinyl graphic window or sign project, work with the professionals at Heritage who have the experience to make your next campaign a spectacular success. They can be reached at 704-655-1465.

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An Expert Interview About Meter Boards

Meter Boards

Meter Boards

Meter Boards Charlotte

Brent Thompson, Production Manager at Heritage custom Signs, is a signage expert, his graphic design experience spans over a decade. Here’s our conversation on meter boards.

How can I utilize a meter board?

Brent: We offer a variety of printing and processing methods that empower you to use a meter board as a wayfinding sign, menu board, POP sign and event signage. We have very few limitations, which enable your meter boards to accomplish many goals.

Meter Boards

Meter Boards

What are meter boards made from?

Brent: There are numerous substrates for meter boards, our primary boards are 1/2’” Ultra board, we also use Foamcore, and PVC substrates. We also offer a “green product” made from completely recycled material: Gatorboard, Converd board and Eagle Cell. The materials we use are mandated by the needs of the sign, a long-term usage meter board would normally be printed on Ultra board, with a single-use boards typically printed on Foamcore.

What are your meter board sign dimensions?

Brent: I can print meter board sizes up to 5’ x 10’ and any dimension within that, can be cut to meet your needs. The typical size is 7’ x 3’.

Meter Boards

Meter Boards

Can you contour cut my meter board?

Brent: Yes, our CNC Router can digitally produce almost any image. I have printed and custom cut meter boards with crown tops, round tops and made custom viewing areas for digital media., to name a few.

How do you erect meter board signs?

Brent: It depends on the substrate and need, we can make “feet” from the same board with slits precisely cut to attach them to the board. We offer a meter board sign base that will accept water to help outside meter boards withstand wind. We have an indoor use only base that is lightweight and attractive. We have also attached D rings to meter boards to hang from the rafters at an art exhibition.

Meter Boards

Meter Boards

What equipment do you use to manufacture meter boards?

Brent: We full-color print on a Mimaki JFX 200 and contour cut with an AXYZ 4010.

Tell me about your most interesting meter board project.

Brent: We had a large order for the National Academy of Medicines’ annual art show, that included 16-meter boards. I printed additional pieces of their art, custom cut them and adhered the art to the larger meter board, providing a 3-dimensional effect.

Meter Boards

Meter Boards

Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Custom Signs

Why We Print and Install Signage

Window Graphics

We Help You Grow by Improving Your Image in the Marketplace!

Our motto says it all. How we help is by providing “turnkey” signage services, that includes:

  • Fast Quotes

  • Site Surveys

  • Graphic Design

  • Full-Color Custom Printing

  • Installation

Window Graphics

We are not a liaison company, we own and operate all facilities, equipment and technologies to complete your signs. When you speak with us, rest assured there are no other conversations from third party vendors forthcoming.
Window Graphics

By controlling the entire “Print & Install” process, we eliminate errors, stress and control costs, we believe this is the best method and our customers do too. We hire, train and support full-time designers and installers with decades of experience in the printing and sign installation industry.
Window GraphicsWe specialize in:

  • Lobby Signs: Standoff, Backlit, Dimensional Lettering, Canvas Prints

  • Custom Cut Signs: CNC Routing, Laser Etching & Cutting, Life Size Cutouts

  • Displays: Products, Tradeshows, Office, Point of Purchase, Towers, Meter Boards

  • Banners: Fabric Backdrops, Vinyl, Extra-Large Banners

Window Graphics

The Heritage Process has been designed to provide a pleasant, effective signage experience with no surprises or stress. We accomplish this goal with transparent communication.

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Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Custom Signs