What is Styrene Printing?
Styrene printing is a great way to produce a durable thin poster economically. It is a small white plastic that is inexpensive to print and extremely durable in both indoor and outdoor environments. Styrene signs are in almost every retail environment. If you have been to the mall, then you have seen many styrene signs used in storefronts and mall signs. We can print any image on your styrene prints and we can custom die cut styrene to any shape or size.
Styrene Sign Uses
There are many uses for custom styrene printing, but the most common is styrene posters. When you print to styrene, you write to a thin, rollable, waterproof, semi-rigid, plastic sign material. That is our favorite product type, custom plastic posters.
- Retail Signs
- Church Signs
- Point of Purchase Displays
- Tradeshow Displays
- Indoor signs
- Outdoor signs
- Transit signs
Styrene Printing Options
The Styrene Sizes
Most styrene sheets and polystyrene sheets come in a stock size of 4’x8′ or 4 feet by 8 feet. Some custom oversize styrene sheets can be ordered for bulk or wholesale orders and the largest size is 5’x10′.
Styrene sheets come in several thicknesses which can be used for different display applications. The thinnest styrene prints can be rolled up tight, almost light paper while the thicker styrene sheets cannot be rolled as tight. Styrene plastic should never crack or shatter as traditional PVC does. Here are the most common polystyrene plastic sheet sizes.
- .015 Styrene sheets (15 mil)
- .020 Styrene sheets (20 mil)
- .030 Styrene sheets (30 mil)
- .040 Styrene sheets (40 mil)
- .060 Styrene sheets (60 mil)
Full Color Styrene Printing
The old process of printing to styrene was to take adhesive vinyl and mount it to styrene. The new process involves a huge UV cured flatbed printer with UV inks for long-term durability. We can print any image, logo or artwork directly to the styrene boards for the highest quality styrene signs. Styrene poster printing is so easy now that we can print up to 100 4×8 styrene sheets in an 8-hour work shift. If you are ordering styrene printing material in bulk, we would use a screen printing production process. All of our prints on styrene are machine cut to give you the highest quality consistent product.
Blank Styrene Sheets
If you are looking for blank styrene sheets with no printing, that is something we can assist with as well. Our blank polystyrene sheets come in 4ft by 8ft styrene sheets and in several different colors:
Custom styrene printing usually comes with a semi-gloss finish due to the ink. This is the same finish you would see on similar products like gator board, foam core, or semi-gloss card stock. Direct print on styrene will last for many years. Mounting to styrene will last maybe 1-2 years before the print starts to fade or peel.
We can make double-sided plastic posters by printing to both sides of the styrene. Our printer allows for double-sided styrene printing and the prints on each side are aligned by less than .032 of an inch! If you are ordering 2 sided styrene prints, please be sure to label each side in your .pdf artwork.
Styrene Point of Purchase Displays
Styrene point of purchase displays is very common in the retail industry. Posters on styrene are often used as interchangeable graphics in an existing sign frame. Not only are polystyrene posters inexpensive to print but they are inexpensive to ship when printed on .020 styrene because they can roll up in a small shipping tube opposed to other types of PVC sheets that must be shipped flat.
How to save artwork for Poly Styrene posters
Depending on the size of your polystyrene printing, we suggest saving all files as a .pdf at 300 dpi 25% scaled. If you are printing smaller polystyrene posters under 24″x36″, then we recommend saving the files at 100% Scale. When ordering die cut polystyrene prints, we recommend putting a die line on a separate layer in your artwork so the machines know where to cut. Some high impact polystyrene posters need holes cut for hanging, if you need holes please also include those in your die line.
Poly Styrene Templates
Polystyrene posters are generally printed as rectangles so templates are generally not needed. If you need a template, our designers can create one for you.