3D Rusty Steel Shop Sign Letters

rutsty metal letters

Bespoke Shop Sign Letters

Using rusty mild steel gives your shop letters or logo a unique high quality finish where professionalism is everything. When it comes to quality, there is no better method of production than steel.

The rusted mild steel letters are dipped in acid which then causes the letters to rust. They are then lacquered to prevent further corrosion which enhances its life span.

With a little creativity there are lots of effects and contrasts which can be created with mild steel letters and logos. You can also combine steel with other materials like acrylic & aluminium composite creating whole new looks.

Mild steel shop sign letters & logos can be used for internal signs as well as external signs and are weatherproof to give the product  a tough robust finish.

Rusted Built Up Shop Letter


About Rusty Steel Letters

Made typically from a commercial quality 304 grade steel, the rusty 3D letters are bespoke and made to order in a range of fonts and sizes. A flat sheet of mild steel is laser-cut to the shape and size of the logo or font. In order to create the depth of the letter, a return strip of steel is welded onto the side of the letter which makes it look solid and three-dimensional. The letters or logos are then fitted to a shop fascia, office wall or sign in a number of fixing methods such as:

  • Flush fixing: letters are fitted flush to the surface of the wall with hidden fixings
  • Raised fixing: letters are fitted with stand-off brackets so the letters stand proud off the wall surface

These type of letters are ideal for both internal or external use and can be fitted to an existing wooden fascia, brick wall or to an aluminium fascia.

Rusty steel letters are often produced in following thicknesses: 

  • 20mm
  • 30mm
  • 40mm
  • 50mm

The thickness of the letters is usually determined by the size and font of the letters. If you require an alternative thickness then please speak to a member of our sales team.

illuminated shop letters  

Illuminating Your Letters With HALO lights

Depending on the design and size of the letters you'd like to have produced, we may also be able to install an internal LED light system inside the 3D built up letters which produces rear illumination, also known as Halo-Illuminated Letters.

The LED lights are suitable for both internal and external use and helps illuminate your shop sign letters by projecting light from the back of the letters onto the wall or fascia which the letters are mounted onto which creates a 'halo glow' effect cloud of light. This not only looks fantastic but also ensures your sign gets the attention it needs especially in poorly lit areas.

A range of coloured LED lights are used to create the various colours needed however typically an ice-white LED lighting system is used for most signs these days which creates a subtle yet clearly visible method of illumination.

The fascia will also play a part in how much light is produced from the letters. A white background or fascia will reflect the light much better than a black fascia

For more inforation on this product, please feel free to contact us to discuss in more detail.

Built Up Shop Letter Diagran


Installing your 3d metal letters

Built up letters give you a three dimensional feel to your sign which makes them stand out from flat cut lettering. This type of metal lettering is manufactured from a flat metal sheet and fabricated to produce each unique letter.

The built up letters consist of a "letter face" which is displayed on the front of the sign and a "return side" which is also visible when fixed to the wall. This method gives the illusion that the letters are solid when in actual fact they're hollow. The advantages in using this method is it reduces the cost as well as the weight of the shop sign so they can be displayed and fixed to virtually any wall or front of shop.

These type of letters are made to order in a range of fonts, sizes and styles. The shape of the letter is laser cut from a flat sheet of metal. A strip of metal is folded around the side of the letter to create the return side and depth of the letters. This is usually soldered onto the side of the letter and a range of return sizes are used depending on how thick or chunky you'd like the letters to look.

The letters are then fitted to the wall with a two part nut and bolt fixing. The male-part of the fixing is welded onto the back of the letter. The female-part of the fixing is fitted onto the wall. The two parts of the fixing then slot together and are tightened up securely with a spanner to ensure they're securely into position.

A paper-based fixing template is usually used to ensure all the fixings are in the correct position.

Alternative Steel Colours & Finishes

A lot of the requests we get asked to produce are for metal shop sign letters which are long lasting and affordable. Like most materials, stainless steel is available in a number of thicknesses and finishes. Machined in the same way as aluminium composite letters, the shop sign letters or logos are cut from a single flat sheet of Stainless Steel using a CNC router which has a large cutting bed which allows for extra-large letters and logos to me machined as one single piece. The letters or logos can then be painted to your desired colours or left plain.

Here are some similar colours and finishes available:

3D built up chrome shop letters Built up 3d painted shop sign metal letters Polished Gold Built Up Stainless Steel Letters Descaled Stainless rusty steel letters Polished Gold Built Up Stainless Steel Letters brushed stainless steel shop sign letters
Polished Chrome Steel 3D Letters Painted Steel 3D Letters Polished Gold Steel 3D Letters Corroded Steel 3D Letters Brushed Gold Steel 3D Letters Brushed Steel 3D Letters


Also available as Flat Cut Letters

As well as 3d chunky metal letters, there are also a range of flat cut metal letters available in the same colours and finishes - ideal as a cheaper more cost-effective way of producing your signage.

These style of letters also appear to be raised and three dimensional, however the letters don't have as much depth as you'll fine with the built up boxed letters. For an overview showing all our flat cut shop letters, please click here

Brushed Stainless Steel Letters Brushed gold shop sign letters polished gold shop sign letters Chrome Silver Shop Sign Letters Rusty Shop Sign letters painted shop letters Descaled Stainless Steel Letters
Brushed Steel Flat Letters Brushed Gold Flat Letters Polished Gold Flat Letters Polished Chrome Flat Letters Rusty Flat Letters Painted Flat Letters Corroded Flat Letters


Not what you had in mind?

Why not take a look at some alternative materials for your shop sign:

Photos, Ideas & Product Gallery

Please see below for a range of photos which should help illustrate how the above various signage options look when in situ. If you require more photos or close-up photos to help you make your decision then please feel free to contact us where a member of our team will be happy to help you with your enquiry.