What is Dibond?
Dibond is a rust resistant metal substrate that is made up of a light reinforced plastic core between two layers of 3mm aluminum sheets. The plastic core helps add to the long lifespan of the di-bond because it provides added strength and durability, as well as not rotting or corroding. Inks are printed directly to the outside layers of aluminum. This adds depth to imagery and creates an overall aesthetically pleasing look.
What is Di-bond used for?
With the strength and durability of dibond, it is typically used for various forms of long-term signage. This includes wall décor, art reproductions, wall fixtures, directional signage, office signage, business signage and other custom signage or displays. Dibond can be contour cut (cut to the exact shape of your design) making it versatile for any custom project.
Can Dibond be used indoors and outdoors?
Dibond can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Aluminum is a rust resistant metal, and the inner plastic core will not rot or corrode making dibond an excellent substrate for outdoor use. One precaution we have with using dibond outdoors is to make sure it is installed with other materials that will not rust. Metal screws and bolts that are prone to rusting can cause the area surrounding them to rust and will affect your dibond signage.
What sizes does dibond come in?
Dibond is available in a sheet size of 48” x 96”, and comes in thicknesses of 1/8” and 1/2”. If you stay within the sheet size, all custom sizes are available.
Are there different colors of dibond?
Our most common color of dibond is our brushed metal finish. The metallic texture adds a great amount of depth to the imagery while the sheen of the metal adds a visual pop that is very eye-catching. Dibond also comes in a white or black finish. We have the ability to enhance your imagery even further by printing spot or flood white. Spot white is when we print a layer of white ink onto the metal only where the graphics will be printed. We then print the graphics directly over the white ink, which helps enhance the ink and make it more vibrant. Flood white is the same process as spot white, except we print a layer of white ink across the whole metal surface, whether there graphics will be printed over it or not.
How is dibond installed/hung/posted?
Dibond is most commonly installed with a standoff system or French cleat system. A standoff system is typically made from stainless steel and/or aluminum, and holds the dibond horizontally or vertically at a predetermined distance from the installation surface. A standoff system requires holes to be drilled into the dibond as well as the standoff hardware. The finished look creates a professional and clean finish. The French cleat system is used to give the finished product a look as if the dibond was floating off of the wall. For this system to work, the top cleat is attached to the graphic and slides on top of the bottom cleat, which is attached to the wall, creating a connection allowing the signage to hang. Dibond can have drilled holes to be used in conjunction with screws, bolts, rope, chain, or other hanging hardware.