Putting a Twist on Signage with Sublimation

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When you hear someone talking about sublimation, you assume they are talking about the usual suspects: mugs, shirts, decorative items. But have you ever considered sublimating signage?

Many people use sublimation for signage, but we run across quite a few who have never thought of it until they stumbled across it at a trade show or even brought it up as an idea when they called in looking for advice. Consider these application ideas and you may end up with a few new money-making ideas.

Materials that work well:

  • Metals
  • Hardboards
  • FR plastics
  • Subliflex


  • Hotels or schools: They both use it for a variety of things within the buildings, mostly for directional purposes, or in the hotel instance, talking about the property’s amenities and where they can be found.
  • Menu boards at local restaurants: Smaller places typically keep the same menu for a long period of time and it gives the restaurant a lot of freedom in the design as they can put anything on it and still be full-color. Since some of the materials are dry-erasable, you could sublimate a larger piece with a background and the restaurant can use it to write the specials for that day.
  • Display photos of a business’s past: You always see pictures on the walls of old employees or owners taken during special times or events. Why not use that same idea and incorporate it into a sign within their business? Maybe use a photo collage of all the old photos as a background of a sign with the company’s name and logo. Pictures of the past and present tell a lot about a business and provide a great product that will put you at the top of their list for anything else they might need to order.

George Privateer

George is the content and media manager for Rowmark, a manufacturer of engravable sheet plastic for the awards, engraving, and signage markets.

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