STAINLESS STEEL LETTERS/ STAINLESS STEEL LETTERING
Stainless steel letters are laser cut in either brushed finish stainless steel or polished stainless steel. Standard grade is 304 (see detail below) or when specifically requested 316 marine grade (see below). Marine grade is used for cut out lettering on boats and on properties close to the sea.
Stainless steel letters are supplied with either brass locator fixings(see below) or threaded rods.
FLAT CUT STAINLESS STEEL LETTERS.
Stainless steel metal letters are cut to order so can be supplied in any practical font/typestyle. They can be in a traditional font such as Times Roman or in a contemporary font giving a modern look.
Where stainless steel letters are supplied in a brushed finish they can be either 1.5mm ,2mm or 3mm thick. If a polished stainless steel finish is required they can be supplied in 1.5mm or 2mm( without standard fixings -fixed instead with vhb tape) or 3mm thick if supplied with locator/rod fixings.
Polished stainless steel letters have to be 3mm thick when using locators or threaded rod fixings otherwise the fixings could show through the face of the letter. The letters are supplied with a paper fixing template which has the letters all pre-spaced and with all the fixing points shown enabling D.I.Y. fitting.
Stainless steel cut out metal letters can also be cut much smaller than alternatives such as acrylic and still be very strong. They can be cut to heights as small as 15mm high. Fonts/typestyles are more limited at this sort of height and standard arial fonts are the norm. they are fixed either with VHB tape or glued into position.
BUILT UP METAL LETTERS
Built up stainless steel letters are manufactured from 0.9/1mm stainless with a flat face and welded returns. The returns are usually around 10% of the letter height until the stainless steel letters get to around 500mm high. The fixings are the same as with flat cut metal letters except a bridging bar is welded to the back of the letter for the fixing . Although the letters are made to order, due to the nature of their construction the choice of fonts/typestyles is more limited .
STAINLESS STEEL APPLICATIONS
Stainless steel letters are used as a prestigeous way to name office blocks, head offices with the companies name, hotel branding, shop fascias ,car showrooms, industrial units, private houses, industrial parks, boat names, school ,college or university identities, wine bars, restaurants & bars – house numbers, floor levels in flats/offices, the list goes on.
Brass hexagon locator nuts come as male and female parts, for the concealed fixing of signs, panels, facias and lettering. One part of the fixing is welded to the back of the letter and the other is fixed to the wall/fascia – go to this link for a video which demonstrates how these fixing work.
These fixings also permit the removal of signs for maintenance or servicing. Locators are available in brass or nickel plated brass for a superior strength and longevity . This fixing automatically raises the letters approx 10/15mm away from the wall/fascia.
Threaded rod fixings are used if the stainles steel letters need to be fixed flush to the wall/fascia or if the wall is uneven and if manual spacing is required.
Where the cut out metal letters are fixed flush to a fascia panel or if they are too small for metal fixings then VHB tape is used.
GRADES OF STAINLESS STEEL USED FOR CUT OUT METAL LETTERS
316: Marine Grade stainless steel
Used in marine environments or in areas close to the sea – grade 316 is an austenitic stainless . Corrosion resistance for 316 stainless can be improved by adding two or three percent molybdenum, 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel. Grade 316 is similar in strength to 304. Grade 316L is a variant of 316, with traits similar to 304L stainless.
304: Standard Grade stainless steel.
Grade 304 accounts for 60 percent of all stainless material in the world due to its suitable use in a variety of applications. It is also known as 18/8 steel, as its chemical composition includes 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel.
It is also one of several austenitic grades, metals known for their strength, easy workability and weldness. Austenitic stainless steels contain between 17 to 25 percent chromium and 8 to 20 percent nickel, making them highly resistant to oxidation and corrosion.