Poster printing

PVC and Styrene Sign Posters

Indoor/Outdoor Sign in almost Any Size, Quickly and Cost-Effective

We are a large format printer. Our years of experience means there is no job we can’t handle. We are competitive in pricing, overnight turnaround, and we are local to Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

Large Format Sign Printing Fast and Local

We stock a wide selection of various thickness of white PVC and Polystyrene, aka Styrene. They are rigid, bow FREE, lightweight plastic with durable and weather resistant properties. With a smooth, low-glare matte appearance, this material is great for both indoor and outdoor use. Image Square Printing has the equipment needed for large format printing. We have the tools needed to make sure your own design leaps off the page and turns heads. These Indoor/Outdoor signs are a great option for advertising, product offering, movie posters, trade shows, and presentations. Order as many posters as you need, we will be able to fulfill your order!

Large Format Signs With a Wide Selection of PVC and Styrene to Choose From

Adjust the size of your sign and the quantity of your order above. Signs will have full-color printing on one side or both sides. Printed on your choice of PVC Sintra or Styrene.

Custom Printing on Styrene

Styrene is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world and can be found in consumer packaging, foams, take-out trays, bottles, and retail print. Retailers prefer printing on styrene sheets because it’s incredibly easy to work with, inexpensive, durable, and safe for retail; making it the preferred substrate for header signs, aisle violators, shelf strips, hanging signs, point of purchase display panels, posters, trans light backlit signs, or shelf-talkers.

What is Styrene?

Polystyrene (PS) is a synthetic polymer thermoplastic referred to as ‘styrene’, it can be molded or sheeted making it versatile, easy to machine, and inexpensive to use. When destined for print applications, additives like 5-10% rubber or butadiene copolymer are included in the styrene manufacturing process to increase its impact resistance and toughness.  Without the additive, styrene is quite brittle.  This specially formulated styrene is called HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and is a sign-makers choice favorite substrate material.

UV Digital Printing on Polystyrene

Digital inkjet printing is the process of spraying picoliter-sized droplets of ink in perfect unison and placement onto a substrate material.  Billions of droplets of cyan, magenta, yellow and black build up an image and when seen from a distance create amazing imagery. Image Square Printing is home to some of the most advanced UV digital printing presses designed specifically for good ink adhesion to polystyrene material, amazing production speeds and stunningly beautiful process color output. Using Image Square Printing that specialize in particular markets or materials ensures your dealing with experts of their craft. While HIPS is an easy material to work with, many printers have ink formulations for printing on paper or certain plastics but not HIPS. This may result in poor ink adhesion and failure in the field.

Why Should I Use Styrene Sheets?

Retail print buyers choose high-impact polystyrene because it is a well-rounded easy material to work with.  It has good ink adhesion, UV printing looks great on it, it’s easy to cut, inexpensive to acquire, it is safe and durable in the field, rigid enough to self-stand, and recyclable.

High Impact Polystyrene for print is generally white but is available in colors for large production runs.  There are numerous advantages making it a favorite in the printing industry but one of the main and commonly used across retail due to its durability, rigidity, and overall cost.

Attributes of High-Impact Polystyrene:

  • Impact resistance – HIPS is extremely durable and has a tendency to bend and flex before breaking making it a great option for use within the general public in retail environments.
  • Fabrication – HIPS can be die-cut, router cut, drilled, heat bent, machined, fabricated, and bonded.  Ease in manufacturing increases output, and reduces the overall costs.
  • Rigidity – is one of few materials that is cost-effective, printable, and rigid without being a sandwich board type (cardboard, coroplast, foamboard) where they have ugly exposed sides or simply less durable.  Styrene is rigid and self-standing at thicknesses as thin as 0.020 mil but it depends on the final cut size.
  • Printable – It is excellent for sheet-fed digital inkjet printing, and litho offset.  Image Square Printing uses digital ink jet method. The base white color doesn’t have a strong yellow hue, resulting in the colors looking truer than many alternative options.
  • Recyclable – HIPS is 100% recyclable under recycle code #6.  In fact, Image Square Printing recycles all of its drops and scraps back to our vendor.
  • Colors – Printable HIPS is generally stocked in white or translucent white, but it can be procured in custom colors for large production runs.
  • Translucent – HIPS is available in different levels of opacity from Opaque, Standard, or Translucent.  Backlit signage is typically printed on acrylic or translucent HIPS.  Light passing through the white styrene brings out all the vibrant colors of a digitally printed graphic.
  • Low cost – HIPS is very cost-effective when compared to other similar materials.
  • Dimensional stability – Many plastics and papers are sensitive to humidity, heat, and UV which can cause them to warp, shrink, saturate, bend or become brittle.  HIPS resists the elements and has good dimensional stability.

Printing on PVC Materials

Polyvinyl Chloride, better known as PVC, is a material with seemingly endless uses. PVC is only one of numerous varieties of plastic but among the most popular utilized in all industries. PVC has also found its way into the printing industry, and Image Square Printing is a trusted digital printer on PVC materials. In combination with our advanced digital technology and modern printing finishing equipment, Image Square Printing can help print any design on PVC.

Different forms of PVC materials

PVC comes in many different forms ready for print from flexible to rigid.

  • Flexible PVC – Decals are commonly made from thin flexible PVC vinyl that measures approximately 0.004 (4 mil) thickness. With an adhesive applied to the backside, PVC makes a durable long-lasting decal and is an easily printable material.  Flexible PVC is easily die-cut to custom shapes.
  • Expanded Foam PVC – When injected with air during extrusion of the sheets, the PVC inflates creating thickness and rigidity without using extra material. Expanded foam PVC is a preferred material for flat board signage across the retail industry because it is inexpensive, durable, easy to fabricate, and looks great.  Expanded PVC is sometimes called Kommatex or Sintra as a tradename and is often used for endcaps, display panels, header signs, aisle violators, or aisle markers
  • Rigid PVC – At Image Square Printing we use thin gauges of rigid PVC from 1MM up to 3MM. We also carry custom sizes to fit your application. Please contact us for your specific thickness size of your project needs. Rigid PVC is the best balance of economical, durable plastic, and printability for thin gauge applications.

Digital Printing on PVC Sheet

Our preferred printing method on PVC is digital printing. With its impeccable accuracy, design, and finish, digital printing will make any custom graphic design even better and bring it to perfection. The outcome of digital printing on PVC is efficient, versatile, and cost-effective. Digital printing on PVC sheets can have various uses ranging from retail signage, promotional materials, and outdoor signage. Most commonly, digital printing is a great print process for short-run graphics, projects with many different versions, or high-resolution demands. Here are some of the essential features of digital printing:

  • Efficiency – Digital printing is quick! Most of the work is related to creating the design, but when that’s finished, digital printing takes very little time. Besides that, the finished products are ready for immediate use.
  • Customization – With the help of advanced technology, it’s possible to do almost anything with a design, and Image Square Printing will make any idea come to life. For a simple way to execute a complex idea, then digital printing on PVC with Image Square Printing is the best choice.
  • Durability – Digital printing is the perfect solution for any projects that have an outdoor purpose. Its durable and waterproof design will protect the print from harsh weather conditions.