Foamex Plastic Shop Sign Letters

foamex shop letters

Bespoke Shop Sign Letters

PVC letters also known as plastic foamex letters are a man-made product which are designed to be a low cost material used for signage. Flat cut letters made from PVC / foam are used a lot at exhibitions and shows as its cheap to produce and light weight, however nowadays many shops sign makers use the material for shop sign logos and text as it’s a really versatile material and can be painted in a range of colours.

Made from a high-density polyurethane board that is unlike any other material you may have come across, PVC foam is:

Common brands of high-grade PVC / Foam include Foamex, Foamalux, Palight and many more. Available in either a matte or glossy finish, it’s the perfect product for achieving a cost-effective look. With a little creativity there are lots of effects and colours that can be created.

flat cut foamex shop sign letter    

About Flat Cut Foamex Letters

Made from a commercial quality foam PVC, the foamex flat cut letters are bespoke and made to order in a range of fonts and sizes. A flat sheet of foam pvc is cnc cut to the shape and size of the logo or font and then painted in a range of colours before being fitted to a shop fascia, office wall or sign in a number of methods such as:

  • Flush fixing: letters are fitted flush to the surface with a strong adhesive tape
  • 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.

Foam PVC letters are often produced in following thicknesses: 

  • 5mm
  • 7mm
  • 10mm
  • 19mm

If you require an alternative thickness then please speak to a member of our sales team.


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Choosing your Paint Colour

The custom made letters are available in a whole range of paint colours and finishes. Once the letters are cut to size, they're cleaned and primed before being painted.

Unlike powder coated letters, the foam pvc letters are wet-sprayed using an aerosol paint. Once the paint has set, the letters will have a slightly textured finish unlike painted acrylic letters which have a silky smooth gloss finish.

When choosing your desired colour, it's advised to pick the RAL colour reference from a physical RAL colour chart book so you can get a true indication on how the colour looks. When you view colour references online, they can differ slightly depending on your screen resolution.

foamex shop letters diagram


Installing your Flat Cut Raised letters

Flat cut letters are also designed to give you a three dimensional feel to your sign – they’re just not as chunky as the Built Up 3D Metal Letters. This type of metal lettering is manufactured from a flat metal sheet and fabricated to produce each unique letter.

The flat-cut letters consist of a "letter face" which is displayed on the front of the sign and not a "return side". The advantages in using this method is it reduces the cost compared to the built-up letters 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. 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.


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.