Styrene is a lightweight plastic that makes for durable semi rigid signs; think of it as a thick plastic poster. Unlike poster paper, styrene is resistant to moisture, warping, ripping, denting and creasing, but it’s still thin enough to be rolled up for easy storage. Styrene posters are often displayed in frames due to it’s flexibility, but it’s structural strength makes it a popular substrate for striking POP displays and trade show cutouts.
How styrene printing can benefit you
Because Styrene is lightweight, it does best as a sign for short term campaigns, such as sales promotional materials or seasonal menus. It’s easy to replace and cost-effective to update. If you own a cafe and would like to advertise limited run holiday flavors, styrene is lightweight enough to hang from the ceiling or switch with your regular menu board, cost-effective to print out, and easy to store once the season is over.
Styrene’s durability makes it a great medium for archival prints. Any photographer will tell you that the moisture in the air will warp and wrinkle a print over time. Instead of backing your photos, printing them directly onto Styrene will give you a gallery-quality print that withstands the test of time. As opposed to a vinyl mounting, direct-printing makes it resistant to shrinkage and distortion.
Styrene printing for lightboxes
We carry clear styrene, which is our preferred option for light boxes and backlit displays. We also offer a lightbox material called Duratrans. Both are a white- diffused transparent material, but Duratrans is considerably more expensive. We get that that can be confusing. The difference lies primarily in the print. As state above, Styrene is a plastic material; it can be printed in a flatbed printer with UV-cured inks so that your print is water and light-tight. Duratrans is a polyester material that is chemically processed like a photograph. Though your Styrene print can give you amazing photo quality, a Duratrans print will produce an actual photo. Duratrans will give you the deepest color saturation and sharpest image reproduction possible, but like a photo, it weakens with time and light exposure. If you’re looking for a short term indoor display with the highest possible vibrancy (and you’ve got the money) go for Duratrans. If you’re looking for a display that will last, go with Styrene.