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Need to know the definition of a sign type, material and/or process? Have a read through our extensive Signs Glossary.


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Sailtrack Fastening

A system to more permanently fasten banners to walls etc. The banners sewn edge piping is inserted into a length of aluminium extrusion and fixed flat and taut to a wall, billboard etc.


Commonly referred to as ‘running writing’.

Sidewalk / Footpath / A-Frame / Sandwich Sign

A moveable sign supported by its own frame and most often forming the cross-sectional shape of an A.

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Sign Face

The area of a sign on which the advertising copy is displayed.


A system of signs.


A pre-finished plywood used for signage.


A tradesman skilled in the art of hand painted lettering

Silver Leaf

Silver beaten into thin sheets, typically used by signwriters for sign work on inside window glass as exposing to the elements causes it to tarnish.

Single-Face Sign

A sign with only one face.

Slimline Lightbox Sign

A thinner than conventional sign that is illuminated by a light source that is contained inside the sign, typically T5 flourescent tubes that are a much smaller diameter than standard flourescent tubes.

Solvent Printer

A printer that uses ink that is solvent based and as such is long wearing and waterproof.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel’s resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, relative inexpense, and familiar luster make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications.
Stainless steel is available in polished and linished finishes.

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Stand Off Sign

A sign that is mounted on pins so that it stands off the wall and gives a more dimensional look to the sign. Stand-offs are ready made machined stainless steel, brass and aluminium fixings, plated in various finishes that sign makers use for this purpose.

Street Furniture

Advertising displays, many which provide a public amenity, positioned at close proximity to pedestrians for eye-level viewing or at a curbside to reach vehicular traffic. An example is a bench sign.

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