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Etched Zinc Plates 

Etched plates offer a similar look to cast plaques except they allow for smaller letters and much finer detail than cast plaques. Many materials can be etched, and are less expensive that zinc, but only zinc can successfully be used outdoors and withstand the elements of nature.


Primary Uses:

Interior and Exterior memorial plaques and signage. (For interior signage we use magnesium which looks the same but is much less expensive).


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With either a gold or silver raised portion of the sign, the background can be virtually any color you choose.


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Close up image of the above acid etch plate.

Etched copper with raised text. Photograph is computer generated line drawing.

Etched zinc with custom color background. Computer generated line drawing of photograph.



bulletFlexibility in sizing.
bulletWide range of background colors available: most any enamel paint color is available.
bulletNot limited by cast type sizes. Layout is computer generated so layout can made to fit most applications.
bulletFiner detail is obtainable than with cast plaques.
bulletPhotographs can be reproduced as line drawings.


bulletPrice, large pieces can be more expensive than bronze.
bulletVandal resistance is low to moderate.
bullet Zinc is softer than cast aluminum and can be scratched by other metal objects.
bulletThe thinner pieces must be mounted to a firm flat surface.
bulletChemically cleaning could damage the enamel background.



For a free personal, consultation please fill out the form below including as much detail on on the following items as possible. 


Copy to be on plaque. Please attach the file if available.


Do you prefer Bronze or Aluminum?


Mounting surface, brick wall, concrete slab, etc.


Will a logo or other line art be used? Please attach the file if available.


Size constraints if any.


Vertical or horizontal layout.


Date needed. (standard production 4-6 weeks after proof approval)



Detailed description of what you are looking  for.
E-mail (required for response)


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