3D Office Sign Aluminum Style - How To Get Aluminum Lobby Signage Affordably

Since 2014, we've had the pleasure of helping Dealer-FX's brand form, expand and evolve. Along the way we've offered guidance in bringing their brand to life with clean, unique, and eye catching lobby signage. Most recently we helped Dealer-FX relocate their new office signage onto a 3M Architectural film finish mimicking the look and feel of stained wood.

3D office reception sign for Dealer-FX on wooden reception wall with Becky Duncan and Jessie Mitchell

Price: $1300-1600

Deal­er-FX head office from left to right, Becky Dun­can, and Jessie Mitchell proud­ly rep­re­sent their com­pa­ny, stand­ing next to their new­ly re-installed office lob­by signage.


Materials: Acrylic
Length: More than 8 foot (96") long signs
Thickness (Letter): Three quarter inch thick (3/4") Letters
Mounting Method: Raised on Threaded Rods
Illumination: Spot Light Lighting
Finish: Brushed Aluminum Metal Substitute Signs
Type: Office Lobby Signs
Location: Indoor Signs
Industry: Auto Dealer Signs

In the beginning, it came down to picking the right signage material with a high end look so that the company could maintain it’s luxury brand.

They were look­ing for office sig­nage that would jive well with their pri­ma­ry audi­ence, deal­er­ships. The aes­thet­ic need­ed to be clean and sim­ple while exud­ing pow­er, dom­i­nance and control.

A sol­id met­al 3D office sign this thick would be extreme­ly heavy, not to men­tion pri­cy. So we had to come up with an alter­na­tive. In this case the prime can­di­date was our 34″ brushed alu­minum sub­sti­tute finish.

This 3D fin­ish would pro­duce the same look and feel as tra­di­tion­al alu­minum sig­nage let­ters with a few major benefits.

Com­pared to tra­di­tion­al sol­id cut alu­minum let­ters, brushed alu­minum substitute:

  1. Is Less Costly
  2. Is Lighter
  3. Has crisper, more pol­ished edges.

Brushed Alu­minum Sub­sti­tute, being laser cut, at deep­er thick­ness­es pro­duces a crisper, smoother edge. A sol­id met­al sig­nage let­ter, using tra­di­tion­al meth­ods, can also be made to look this way. But it would require exten­sive time and labour to clean and pol­ish the edges and faces of the let­ters after the cut­ting process. This results in much high­er costs.

Anoth­er alter­na­tive would be a tra­di­tion­al met­al chan­nel let­ter sign. In this case the process would involve bend­ing and weld­ing thin­ner pieces of met­al for the edges or returns of the let­ters and then weld­ing them to the flat cut face of each letter.

Chan­nel let­ters are also more labour inten­sive and require more work than flat cut sig­nage mate­ri­als. Although, some­times the only way to achieve a cer­tain effect is to go with a chan­nel let­ter sign. In most cas­es it isn’t always nec­es­sary and can often be over kill.

If you are look­ing for dif­fer­ent shades, col­ors and vari­a­tions there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent Brushed Met­al Sub­sti­tute fin­ish­es to choose from, includ­ing brushed nick­el, brushed bronze, brushed cop­per and more.

Steve Rooth

Steve Rooth

I believe a brushed alu­minum would be the mate­r­i­al we would like to go with, but open to sug­ges­tions from you as you are the experts.
Brushed aluminum substitute raised acrylic 3D office lobby signage letters

Deal­er-FX want­ed the let­ters made of 34″ Art­Signs Brushed Alu­minum Sub­sti­tute (an acrylic based fin­ish that looks like met­al). To add dimen­sion to the office sign let­ters we raised them off the recep­tion wall on clear 12″ spacers.

Bold aluminum style acrylic 3d office reception signage lettering for Dealer-FX

The 3D office sig­nage real­ly pops with the light shade brushed alu­minum style let­ter­ing re-installed onto the 3M Archi­tec­tur­al Film mim­ic­k­ing the look of a wood veneer wall.

Gray to Wood with an Office Sign that Could

The wall was orig­i­nal­ly paint­ed gray. Due to time con­straints we need­ed to install the office sign onto a wall that was paint­ed gray for the time being. The plan was that it could lat­er be moved onto the wood fin­ish wall.

Reception desk office wall signage for Dealer FX mounted on painted drywall in lobby
Shiny aluminum style acrylic office signage raised off lobby wall
3D reception sign with LED lit office desk and people standing next to sign
Dealer-FX office reception signage reflects light from Halogen LEDs

The look and feel of the brushed alu­minum sub­sti­tute fin­ish depends on the lob­by’s avail­able light­ing. Chang­ing office sig­nage light­ing, keep­ing it in mind dur­ing the build­out and adjust­ing it to show­case your 3D sig­nage does won­ders to bring it out and make it shine.

Focusing on brand quality with 3D office signage from the start

Look­ing back at the orig­i­nal Deal­er-FX 3D recep­tion sign we made back in 2014 you can see how the brand changed over time. It’s rel­a­tive to what it was in 2014. The style of let­ter­ing has changed slight­ly but tips it’s hat to the orig­i­nal logo look and feel and remains con­sis­tent for clients to fol­low and relate to. 

While much has changed, a great deal remains the same. The style of let­ter­ing, with 34″ light shade brushed met­al sub­sti­tute raised off the wall on 12″ spac­ers, is famil­iar to the orig­i­nal sig­nage. If you look close­ly at the new space you can tell that more thought was put into light­ing, this time 5 direc­tion­al halo­gen LED lights were built into the ceil­ing. The light­ing solves the issue of illu­mi­nat­ing the desk below and prop­er­ly show­cas­ing the office sig­nage to visitors.

2014 Dealer-FX signage on office lobby reception wall in Toronto
2014 Dealer-FX signage mounted on office wall in Toronto

Get Affordable Aluminum Style Office Signage Today

If you like our new and more afford­able 34″ Brushed Alu­minum Sub­sti­tute as an alter­na­tive to true alu­minum and would like to learn more, have a cus­tom quote pre­pared, and any ques­tions you may have answered get in touch through our quote page.