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Foamex Printed Advertising Signs

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Foamex Signs 16 5 5 1
Top quality Foamex advertising signs. PVC foam is an economic, versatile and lightweight material. It has a smooth matt silk finish and high impact resistance.
A4(210 x 297mm)A3(297 x 420mm)A2(420 x 594mm) A1(594 x 841mm) A0(841 x 1189mm)
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Key Features:
  • Bulk discounts - calculator includes great quantity discounts
  • Foamex is a strong but flexible lightweight plastic material
  • Highest quality direct to panel printing using fade resistant latex inks
  • Can be screwed, nailed, riveted or stuck to suitable surfaces
  • Low maintenance, weatherproof and self-extinguishing
  • Choice of Matt or Anti-graffiti laminates - details below
  • Can be contour cut to any shape
  • 3mm or 5mm thickness
  • Foamex can be recycled
  • Want a FREE sample? Click here or call 020 8664 5660

Foam PVC will not rot or swell like timber and can be easily cut, sawn or drilled. We print directly to the surface using latex inks, which is ideal for everything from a simple one colour directional sign to a full-colour photo-realistic image. Available in 3mm and 5mm thickness. Add even more impact to your sign with our computerised contour cutting service. Foamex signs are popular for exhibition panels, store displays, information boards, for sale signs, event signage, and hoardings. Can be screwed to walls, post mounted or hung in a frame.

FOAMEX SIGN MATERIAL USES: Exhibition Graphics, Point of sale signs, Direction signs, Hoardings, Security signs, Display Signage, Shop signs, Menu Boards, Event signage, Museum Displays, Advertising signage.

FOAMEX SIGN LAMINATES
Matt Textured Laminate: Our matt laminate option is a scratch-resistant PVC laminate ideal for Foamex prints. The 80µ laminate has a 3-5 year outdoor life to protect your artwork for longer. It provides a good degree of protection against general wear and tear as well are reducing glare on prints.

Anti-Graffiti Laminate: Our anti-graffiti laminate is a great premium option. It comes with a 3-year outdoor life. The main benefit of this solution is that any graffiti can be easily removed by using common solvents such as acetone or methanol, without damaging your printed artwork. This eco-friendly material is PVC-free and is also fire-rated to B-s1,d0 (EN 13501-1).

POPULAR FOAMEX SIGN SIZES: Largest sheet size is 3100mm x 1400mm and this can be cut to any size you like. Popular Foamex sign sizes include - A1, A2, A3, A4, and A0

HP R2000 Print Quality
Stunning Print Quality
Our Foamex signage is printed in house using the very latest in print hardware and inks. We have an impressive range of printers including the HP R2000 latex printer, which is considered one of the best rigid board printers on the market.

The end print result is vivid colours and crisper images that really pop from the board and show your business in the best possible light.

With a super fast print speed of 100m2 an hour, we can get your print to you double quick and can offer large volume orders at unbeatable prices.

The Foamex board is also finished with a scratch resistant coating to protect from the elements and ensuring your board looks great for years to come.
Zund Swiss Precision Cutting
Swiss Precision Cutting
We have invested in a top of the range computer controlled cutter to make sure all our Foamex signage is finished with perfect edges and ultra-precise sizing.

Our flatbed cutter takes away human error from the finishing process and ensures you get consistent signage, which is of high importance when order multiple quantities of signs.

It also means a faster finishing process, cutting down the time between placing your order to receiving it, meaning we can meet even the tightest of deadlines.
Perfect Colour Every Time
As mentioned above, we invest in the highest quality printers and inks and our Foamex signs are printed in 6 colours, including white. This is something that many other printers simply can’t do, giving you a richer print finish when choosing Discount Displays.

Our printers have been carefully calibrated to ensure an accurate match between the colour reference you provide us with and the end print result.

Want to check if we can match your colour? Get in touch!
Sustainable Signage Printing
Committed To Sustainable Signage
We know how important it is to be conscious about the environmental impact we have as a business. Our Foamex printing uses latex inks, which is a more sustainable option than traditional solvent inks that are used by other companies.

An added benefit of latex inks is that they are odourless, so no nasty smells distracting from your message.

The HP Latex inks we use are UL ECOLOGO, GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified, and use Eco Mark-Certified ink cartridges that meet stringent environmental standards.

As well as having superb longevity, our inks are ideal for indoor use, as they are non-flammable and non-combustible. This is ideal for offices, schools and healthcare environments. View our PDF guide for more information.


More Information
Product Name Foamex Signs
SKU AVP-FOAMEX
Delivery / Availability 4-7 Days Delivery
Graphic Size 8' x 4'
Sided Single-Sided
Usage School Signs, Door Signs, Wall Mounted Information, Builders Signs, Security Signs, Display signage, Shop signs, Point of Purchase (POP) Displays, Retail Signage, Menu Boards, Trade Shows Graphic Panels, Point of Sale (POS) Displays, Retail Displays, Exhi
Durability Long Term
Material 3mm or 5mm Foamex - PVC Foam Sheet
Indoor / Outdoor Indoor & Outdoor
Weight 3mm - 2150gsm | 5mm - 3500gsm
Print Direct to panel Latex printing (standard) or Mounted prints overlaminated
Finishing Straight or Contour cut
Best Seller Yes
Expected Service Life Over 5 years
Fire Rating Class 1 fire rating. Self extinguish.
Mounting Options Screwed, nailed, post mounted, hung, taped.
Can this Product be Recycled? Yes, check local regulations

Whether you're a novice or a professional when it comes to artwork, we're here to give you the guidance needed to make sure your end result is print perfect.

I don't have print ready artwork, can you design it for me?

If you have the elements, such as text, logos, and text, we can take these and create a print ready design layout for you at a small additional cost. We have a number of affordable set price packages available to suit any requirements. Many of our products have a design service as an additional extra for instant ordering. For products that don't please contact us to discuss your brief. Visit our in-house design service page to find out more.

I will be supplying print ready artwork.

Many of our print products have the option to upload your artwork on the product page. If that option is not available, you will receive an email shortly after placing your order with instructions on how to send your artwork files.

In order to avoid any delays in production, please follow our guidelines below to make sure your artwork is ready to go. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch to talk to one of our team.

Resolution - 100dpi At Full Size

Generally, 100 dpi is a good standard for images with the document size set at full size of the large format printed product. For example, if you want to order a 40"×60" print, the image size should be 4000 pixels (40 x 100) by 6000 pixels (60 x 100) at 100 dpi.

100% scale at 100 dpi
50% scale at 200 dpi
25% scale at 400 dpi
10% scale at 1000 dpi

If any dimension of the product is greater than 5000mm, please produce the artwork to scale. For very large artwork such as hoarding walls, 10% scale can be utilised at 1000dpi for images, or use vectors as these will scale perfectly.

Bleed - 5mm All Around At The Final Print Size

If you are creating set size artwork for hardware then please use the product template. If you have ordered a custom size product please ensure you include 5mm of bleed on your design.

You only need to add print bleed to your artwork if the design extends to the edge of the page. If all of your text and images are in the centre of the design and are surrounded by a plain white background, you won’t need to worry about print bleed as the edges will blend seamlessly into your overall design. If any element of the design goes right up to the edge of the page, a 5mm bleed on all sides is necessary.

Colours - Please Supply All Colours As CMYK+

Computer screens use RGB, while printers use CMYK. You may ask why this matters? Most colours created in RGB can be closely matched in CMYK but some cannot. If colours are critical we always suggest ordering a printed proof.

Other things you can do to check your colours:

- Use a calibrated monitor (colours vary from monitor to monitor)
- Use a printed CMYK colour swatch to check your colours
- Don't check samples from a desktop printer
- Order a printed proof from us (this may cause an increase in lead time)

Fonts - Please Embed, Flatten, Or Convert To Curves

For large format print, we recommend that the minimum font site is 8pt (point size).

Our preferred file format for print-ready artwork is a PDF, please make sure you embed any fonts for perfect results. With other file formats please ensure fonts used in your design are converted to outlines and include all fonts and images used when you send your files to us.

Do You Need A Proof?

If you are providing print ready artwork, we do not provide a proof as standard, which enables us to get your print to you quicker. If you require a proof please get in touch with us to discuss. We do provide a free technical file check as standard, as outlined below.

We can provide a machine print proof for the extra cost of £25 plus delivery. This involves printing an A3 proof on the machine that will be used to produce your final print. This will give you an accurate representation of colour. If you are using our design service, we do send out a PDF proof, which is an accurate representation of content and positioning. It is not an exact indicator of the final colour due to the limitations of screens.

Quoted delivery dates for print are from approval of artwork, so please bear in mind that requesting a proof may delay the delivery date of your product.

Delivery

After you have placed your order a provisional despatch and delivery date will be sent to you via email.

Our standard delivery time for printed products is 2-5 working days after artwork has been approved for print. If you have a specific deadline, please contact us to ensure we can meet this. Please check that your artwork meets the guidelines above to prevent any delays in approval.

Free Artwork Check

Before we go to print, we will carry out a free technical check on your artwork. If there are any issues, we will contact you to let you know what needs to be changed.

Colour Matching

Our printers and media are of the highest standard and are carefully calibrated to produce vibrant, full colour prints. The process involves CMYK printing and this means it is not always possible to match Pantone colours, but they will be converted to the nearest CMYK equivalent.

If exact colour matching is critical, please send us a physical copy of other printed material, such as a letterhead or brochure, and we will check your file prior to printing. If we cannot achieve a reasonable match we will call you to discuss.

Please send any physical examples to: Discount Displays, 31-35 Wortley Road, Croydon, Surrey, CRO 3EB.

Need more help? Check out our full artwork preparation guide below:


What is Foamex?
Foamex is the brand name of a type of rigid PVC Foam sheet material. It is a very popular sign material that performs like a solid plastic material. Also known as Forex, the board is not "foamy" but is very dense for a durable yet lightweight finish.

Can I have a quotation?
If you have multiple sizes, quantities and artworks we can often offer even better prices by so, by all means, contact us for a quote by filling out our contact us form or call 0208 664 5660

Is it Foamex the same as foam core?
No. Foam core is a sandwich construction with two hard surfaces. Foamex is a solid PVC board and is far more durable. Foam core (Aka Gatorfoam) is only used for temporary indoor displays, whereas Foamex can be used outside and for longer-term projects.

What size can Foamex signs be?
Sheet sizes up to 8' x 4' can be printed. 8'x 4' sheet can be expensive to transport so we may suggest that they are supplied in a couple of pieces. If an 8'x 4' sheet is critical we can arrange for a van delivery in the London area, or for nationwide deliveries quote you a pallet delivery charge which can be quite economical for multiple sheet orders.

What thickness are Foamex boards?
The most popular sizes are 3mm and 5mm. 3mm is popular for smaller interior signs and exhibition graphics. For larger signs, 5mm is more common.

The main difference between 3mm and 5mm thick Foamex board is the rigidity. A thicker and heavier Foamex board will provide a much sturdier and stiffer end result. This is something to be aware of and should be considered when thinking about the intended use of the product. 5mm is much more robust and durable, allowing it to be fixed to railings without worrying about a lack of support. Additionally, a 5mm board can be used in free-standing displays with the use of our Rigid Banner Stand Wedge by supporting the base.

In contrast, a 3mm Foamex board is far more flexible and much lighter. However, the tradeoff is that it is additionally much weaker structurally. 3mm boards should be mounted against a flat, solid surface to provide support, as even fences and railing may pose an issue. The greatest benefit however of the 3mm board is that it can be bent and curved, perfect for display stands designed with replaceable panels and cladding, just insert in the support struts on your stand. Furthermore, due to its lightweight nature, you are able to mount a 3mm board using Velcro. This is commonly the only way to display at some exhibitions on shell scheme walls so you can hang the boards without worrying about a great increase in the additional weight supported.

Which is better for indoor and outdoor use?
Foamex is 100% waterproof and moisture resistant so ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Thicker Foamex board will provide much greater resistance to the effects of the weather. Therefore choosing a 5mm board will likely prolong the effects of the weather, reducing the likeliness of warping in the sun, and breaking due to the effects of the wind. However, both will over time tend to fade at the same rate.

How is the print accuracy?
The print accuracy of Foamex is incredible, no matter the thickness of the board chosen, with direct to panel printing using fade-resistant latex inks providing long-lasting weather-resistant result. We provide a smooth matt silk finish with any custom graphic you may choose.

What are typical use scenarios?

3mm board
This will normally be used for indoor events, shows, and displays, and will be much smaller in size due to its much-reduced rigidity over the 5mm meaning as size increases so do its chance of breaking.

5mm board
The 5mm thick Foamex will have a typical use in much larger signs due to its greater rigidity and robustness. This allows for much longer-term use and is the more suitable solution for outdoor use.

Is Foamex waterproof?
Yes, Foamex is waterproof, 100% water repellent and moisture-proof making it ideal for outdoor use. It is warranted against fading for up to 7 years outdoors and 10 years indoors.

Is Foamex fire retardant?
Foamex is manufactured from a fire retardant raw material. It is a non-inflammable combustible material with a Class 1 fire rating. The polystyrene will burn when in contact with a flame, but will self extinguish when the fire source is removed.

Can Foamex be recycled?
Foamex is an eco-friendly material that can be recycled along with other PVC products.

How quickly will I get my Foamex boards?
Print time depends on our production load. The average print despatch time is 3-5 working days. However, it is always worth talking to us if you have a tight deadline we may be able to squees it in.
Once your job has been printed we can offer next day delivery service to virtually all UK mainland locations. For the London area, we can also offer a dedicated same-day delivery service for your Foamex signs after printing and finishing. This service costs a little bit extra but we strongly recommend dedicated van delivery for large signs delivered to local destinations to maximise safety. For nationwide deliveries we can quote you a pallet delivery charge for large panels it tends to work out as the safest and most economical for multiple sheet orders.
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