What is second surface printing?

Updated 6 months ago by Mike Lowell

Second Surface printing adds a layer of elegance to any display by printing on the back, rear facing side of the material. The benefits of second surface printing vary by substrate, but here are a few examples of how this printing method is useful for all industries:

  • Second Surface Printing on vinyl allows for signs to be displays from the inside of a window – protecting the print from weather conditions.
  • When using film, the print can be taped, hung, or suspended with clamps on the inside of the window. Printing on the back of the material gives the sign a more finished, modern look vs. traditional first surface printing.
  • On Acrylic, second surface printing eliminates the need for framing as it gives an already framed look to the sign. By printing on the back of the clear acrylic, the sign is given more depth and has a high-end display.


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