What is a Dibond Sign?
Dibond signs are a rigid, durable aluminum composite material consisting of two thin sheets of .012-inch thick aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene plastic core. Which makes it a unique composition that makes it approximately half the weight of raw aluminum. Dibond, the flattest panel on the market, offers a superior surface for direct digital printing as well as mounting graphics. Our Dibond signs provide excellent durability in outdoor applications and won’t bow or warp. It comes in 12 standard colors, including six metallic shades and can be custom printed to any color. We stock Dibond in sheet sizes ranging from 48-by-96 inches to 60-by-120-inches and in thicknesses ranging from 2 mm to 4 mm.
The versatility of Dibond signs:
Dibond panels are for fine art galleries and framing businesses the world over, Dibond printing provides richly saturated images. If you decide to go with color, we print with waterproof UV resistant inks that remain impervious to all environments both indoors and outdoors. This is the most popular material for custom outdoor signs.
We have an in-house CNC router that can cut Dibond to any shape, eliminating the pain of getting custom metal signs cut. Combine that with Dibond’s moisture and heat resistance, and you have one strong sign that works equally well indoors as it does out. Printable on both sides, Dibond makes permanent outdoor directional signage. Whether you’re looking for a substrate for an outdoor wayfinding system, new Dibond signs, or the best way to make sure your fine art prints stand the test of time, Dibond printing may be the answer you need.
Dibond® has been the industry's leading aluminum composite material for over 15 years.
- Excellent for digital printing as well as mounting
- Flattest panel available on the market
- Superior surface protects expensive digital graphics
- Dibond Provides excellent durability in outdoor applications
- Will not bow or bend
- Approximately half the weight of raw aluminum
- Can be routed and returned to add dimension.
- UL 94V-0
- Class 1 or Class A fire rating (ASTM E-84)
- P-O-P (point of purchase) Displays
- Tradeshow Exhibits & Kiosks
- Digital Art Framing
- Archival Framing
- Interior Signage
- Exterior Signage
- Structural Signage
- Parking Lot Signs
- Real estate signs
- Permanent retail signs
- Directional signs
- Caution signs
Formal Dibond Data from the manufacturer 3A Composites
- Mounting: Cold mounting techniques only
- Repositioning Vinyl
- Digital Printing
- Die Cut
Resistance of Dibond
- Rot proof
- Chemically resistant
- Perfect for outdoor use anywhere
Available Design Options
- PMS Color Match
- Brushed Silver Finish
- Brushed Gold Finish
- Polished Silver Finish
- Custom Hole Placement
- Custom Shapes
- Rounded Corners
- Dry Erase Laminate
- Matte Laminate
- Gloss Laminate
- Doule Sided Printing
- Aluminum Composite Material
Displaying your custom Dibond print.
If you need holes cut into your custom Dibond for hanging purposes, let us know, and we’ll take care of it for you; our in-house routing technology ensures a clean, precise cut every time at no extra charge. Or if DIY isn’t your thing, our installation team is on hand to help you get your Dibond print displayed precisely the way you’d like.
Di bond sign Installation & Care
- Di bond signs can hang from ceilings
- Installed on a wall
- Placed in stands or frames
- Holes can be easily added using our CNC router
- Use rope, string, or bungees to hang your Dibond Signs
- Screws with washers to attach to wood or concrete
- Use nuts and bolts to connect to posts
- Clean Dibond signs with soap and water using a non-abrasive cloth
- To keep the signs from denting or warping, do not install them where heavy winds could blow them into other objects
- DO NOT use rubbing alcohol or any other chemicals to clean your Dibond signs
Dibond Signage FAQ
What is Dibond?
We get the question all the time, what is Dibond? Dibond is a sign material that takes two sheets of aluminum and sandwiches a plastic core in between them. This creates a terrific indoor and outdoor sign panel that is great for any use and is much stronger than Correx board or any other sign material. If you want to order Dibond signs online, we will double check all artwork to make sure your prints are perfect!
Why are custom Dibond signs suitable for use as outdoor signs?
Dibond panels are our favorite material for custom outdoor signs. The aluminum Dibond is much less expensive to produce than traditional custom aluminum signs. Our Dibond signage is also much lighter in weight than aluminum signs. Dibond material can cost under half the price of almost any other aluminum signs. Dibond sign board is extremely durable compared to PVC signs.
How do you print Dibond sheeting?
The old way to produce aluminum Dibond signs is to order precut aluminum sign blanks then use vinyl cutters to make big stickers that you apply to the aluminum signage sign panel. Then several years ago people started screen printing Dibond aluminum as a faster and less expensive way to produce outdoor signage. Over the last five years, UV digital printing flatbed technology has allowed us to print artwork directly to the aluminum Dibond in less than 5 minutes per sheet. We can also now cut the aluminum Dibond to any three-dimensional shapes.
How do you cut Dibond?
Cutting Dibond is much more comfortable than cutting any gauge aluminum. When you custom cut Dibond, we take 4×8 Dibond sheets and cut them on our 5×10 oversized router. Due to the plastic core that Dibond has, cutting the sign material is very simple. A 4×8 Dibond aluminum signage sheet with a 1/4″ thickness can be cut down to custom aluminum signs in less than 10 minutes. We can cut the aluminum sheets to any three-dimensional shapes.
How long does Dibond aluminium last?
Dibond aluminium should last at least ten years. The aluminium Dibond photo print may not last as long depending on the direct sunlight that your sign material gets. Custom Dibond signs should not fade for at least three years. Due to the plastic core, Dibond sign material is an extremely durable metal product.
What is the biggest size that I can order a Dibond sheet?
We stock and can ship a Dibond sheet as large as 10×5 feet. The standard size of a Dibond sheet is 4×8. If you need custom sized Dibond signs, just let us know the sheet size you need!
Dibond vs. Diabond vs. Diebond vs. Di Bond
The correct spelling is Dibond. Diabond is an incorrect spelling. Diebond is an incorrect spelling. Die Bond is an incorrect spelling. Regardless of what you call it if you want an extremely durable outdoor metal sign we highly recommend this product.
What are the ranges of Dibond pricing?
Dibond pricing can vary depending on the finish, size, print, and thickness. The least expensive Dibond pricing is .040 thickness and a white finish. The highest Dibond price is gold Dibond. The most costly width is 3mm Dibond. Dibond aluminum signs are available up to .5″ thicknesses. When comparing Dibond signs prices, make sure it is not fake Dibond. If you want to reduce Dibond prices we do have a few similar products that are much cheaper.
How do I save Dibond artwork?
You should save the artwork for your Dibond signs as a .pdf at 300 dpi. We recommend using Adobe Photoshop for all sign printers. If you want your signs printed with a photo, make sure the picture is high resolution so the Dibond board prints correctly. If you wish to custom cut Dibond, please include the die cut line on a separate layer in the color pink.
Are there any Dibond alternatives?
While Dibond is the name of a company, the product is technically an aluminum composite panel. There are several other companies out there that produce aluminum composite panels for much less expensive. Other brands can produce aluminum composite for much less because they use a low-grade aluminum. While we recommend some of these immersive engineering steel sheets for short-term sign applications, we recommend using the official Dibond product for most project.
What are the best finishes for Dibond sheets?
Our favorite is the brushed aluminum sheets and brushed aluminum sheeting. This is a great way to produce modern metal signs for your office or business. If you are printing on Dibond, then we recommend white aluminum sheeting. The color will pop and not get washed out in the brushed aluminum Dibond.
What if I want Dibond sign blanks?
If you want Dibond sign blanks or large sheets of blank Dibond, we can help you with that. Many clients order blank metal signs then apply their graphics at a later time. Personalized garden signs and custom property signs are a great example of blank metal sign applications.
If you decide Dibond printing is not for you, check out our Aluminum Prints page.