What is the difference between standard surface and second surface acrylic? Before explaining this, it’s important to understand the characteristics of acrylic. Acrylic is a clear, plexiglass material that is available in varying thicknesses, while maintaining a lightweight. It is durable enough to use inside or outside,though using acrylic outside shortens the lifespan of the sign due to sun and weather exposure. A safer and more affordable alternative to glass, it can also be custom cut to match the contours of your design. Common uses are for lobby signage, directional signage and displaying photos or business logos.
Standard surface acrylic puts the design on the front of the acrylic piece. This causes the image to be externally displayed, though you can still choose the vinyl material utilized to create a custom surface texture. Due to the print’s exposure, it is best to use these indoors to protect it from damage.
With second surface acrylic, the design is placed on the back of the acrylic. This allows you to look through the clear surface and onto the print giving it a glass-like finish with a depth that isn’t possible with standard surface. It also helps protect the image with a barrier and makes it easier to clean. This makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor purposes.