FAQ's relating to custom signs
Please note the answers to these questions do not apply if you're ordering acrylic blanks.
How will I know what my sign will look like?
So we have www.fontpreview.com which shows you the current fonts we have available. You can also visit fonts.google.com for an even larger range of fonts - just be sure to make a note of the font you've chosen so we can then download it.
Once a font has been selected we will then create a digital proof for you to approve before we start any cutting. This will also enable us to give you an accurate size and if desired a scale drawing, for example to show how big a sign will look on a backdrop.
How do you price your signs?
We price our signs by the number of sheet material used. So, for example a large is 1 sheet of material and measures 60x40cm - the size of our laser bed.
An extra large sign is 2 sheets and so on and so forth. Most signs are either 1 or 2 sheets - most don't need to go any bigger than that.
We will then make your sign as large as we possibly can for the number of sheets you have selected.
What size will my sign be?
This will depend on two things - firstly the number of sheets you've chosen - a 2 sheet (XL) will be larger than a 1 sheet (L).
The second is what your sign will say. For example the name "Ava" will look a lot bigger from 1 sheet than the word "Birthday" for example.
If you're stuck for which size you're going to need - just send us a message and with the font & phrase and I'll be able to give you an idea.
Once you have told us what the sign will say, the font you'd like and the number of sheets we will then create a digital proof from which we'll be able to give you accurate measurements.
What are the different finish options?
All our signs have a base of 12mm MDF with one of the following on top:
Acrylic is a plastic that can be clear, coloured, mirrored or metallic. It gives a smooth, consistent finish across the sign.
The sprayed option is simply spray-painted MDF. Whilst sprayed signs still look great, the highest quality finish will always come from the acrylic finished signs.
- HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)
Similar to acrylic HIPS is a plastic that comes in a number of colours and finishes although we predominantly use it as a cheaper alternative to mirrored acrylic. For a more detailed explanation please see below.
What's your turnaround time?
Our custom signs usually take around 4 weeks from start to finish it can sometimes be quicker but we allow up to four weeks to enable us to order in additional materials etc that we may need to complete the sign.
I need an order in a rush?
We will always do our best to help out when we can - just let us know what you need and for when you need it for and we'll try to squeeze you in. If you need a sign made and delivered in under 7 working days I'm afraid we won't be able to help.
How much is postage?
Postage for custom signs is £9.99 for standard delivery, it's possible to pay a bit extra for express delivery but please let us know in advance if this is something you'd like.
Alternatively, If you'd rather handle your own postage, we're happy to provide you with the dimensions/weight of your parcel for you to have it collected from our workshop (B6 7DB)
Where are you based? Can I collect?
Yes you can! We're based in Witton, Birmingham - right by the Aston Villa Ground (that close we know exactly when they've scored haha) our postcode is B6 7DB if you want to workout exactly how far away we are.
How do I order?
Click here to go to the product listing where you can order you sign direct. If you have any questions as you're going along just click the "message us" button and we'll reply as quickly as we can.
Alternatively, you can message us on instagram (@signsandprops) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's HIPS? What's the difference between that and acrylic?
HIPS or high impact polystyrene is a plastic that we sometimes use as an alternative to acrylic. It available in a number of different colours and finishes although we only currently stock the mirrored HIPS.
In terms of the differences, in the mirrored gold, HIPS is considerably cheaper than the acrylic however there's not as much difference in the silver mirror.
The other benefit to HIPS, as the name may suggest, is it's far sturdier than acrylic - if you've ever had the misfortune of dropping a sheet of A1 acrylic there's a good chance you've have it chip or break on you - this won't happen with HIPS. It's also a lot lighter than the acrylic - which can also sometimes be useful.
In terms of how they look, HIPS is basically a white plastic with a mirrored film on the top, so the back is white as are the sides. Mirrored acrylic on the other hand is clear acrylic with a mirrored film on the underside - meaning the back is like a darker, matt silver or gold and the edges - especially when polished - are glass like. In my opinion the acrylic has a nicer finish but it really just depends on your budget and what it's being used for.
If you'd like more of an idea - send me a message on insta - I have an awfully embarrassing comparison video that I can send you - until I get time to upload a proper one!
Hanging the Sign
All our signs come with D-rings as standard. We advise using either clear cable ties or a sturdy fishing line if attaching to a backdrop or flowerwall.