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What is the ALTO™ custom sublimation process and why is it unique?


We combine the durability of powder coating with the limitless opportunities of sublimation printing. We were the first to bring this process to the wide-format graphics, wayfinding and themed entertainment industries. Our innovative ALTO™ process meets or exceeds Qualicoat, ASTM, ISO and DIN International standards.




How is ALTO™ different from other sublimated aluminum products?


The overall quality and long life of a vibrant graphic panel mostly relies on well-executed preparation prior to powder coating and sublimation. Other important aspects are powder-coat quality, a uniform application method, specially formulated dye-sublimation inks, printing equipment and properly formatted graphics. Last but not least, ALTO™ has been under extensive and continuous R&D since 2005, striving to improve and continuously offer products that surpass industry standards. Our product defect is under 0.01%.




Is there any overlay or coating on the panels?


Once the graphics are embedded in the powder coat during the sublimation process, no further treatment is necessary. We do not apply clear coats, sprays, varnishes, protective wraps, or any type of overlay. As the process eliminates the need for protective coatings, there is no peeling, cracking or delamination.




Is it your process environmentally friendly?


Absolutely! Our powder coats contain no solvents, and therefore emit negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. The powder-coating process is a low-exhaust procedure, and over-spray can be retrieved and reused. Our powder coats are non-toxic and contain no TGICs (triglycidylisocyanurates).





 

Are studs or other hardware visible on the panel face?


Welded studs can be mounted to the back of an ALTO™ panel. The location of studs will vary based on the mounting structure.




Do ALTO™ panels require frames or special backers?


No frames are needed, as ALTO™ panels have finished edges. Panels can be self-supporting or use one of our mounting options.





DYE SUBLIMATION

ALTO™ Aluminum Dye Sublimation
 

What is the ALTO™ custom sublimation process and why is it unique?


We combine the durability of powder coating with the limitless opportunities of sublimation printing. We were the first to bring this process to the wide-format graphics, wayfinding and themed entertainment industries. Our innovative ALTO™ process meets or exceeds Qualicoat, ASTM, ISO and DIN International standards.




How is ALTO™ different from other sublimated aluminum products?


The overall quality and long life of a vibrant graphic panel mostly relies on well-executed preparation prior to powder coating and sublimation. Other important aspects are powder-coat quality, a uniform application method, specially formulated dye-sublimation inks, printing equipment and properly formatted graphics. Last but not least, ALTO™ has been under extensive and continuous R&D since 2005, striving to improve and continuously offer products that surpass industry standards. Our product defect is under 0.01%.




Is there any overlay or coating on the panels?


Once the graphics are embedded in the powder coat during the sublimation process, no further treatment is necessary. We do not apply clear coats, sprays, varnishes, protective wraps, or any type of overlay. As the process eliminates the need for protective coatings, there is no peeling, cracking or delamination.




Is it your process environmentally friendly?


Absolutely! Our powder coats contain no solvents, and therefore emit negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. The powder-coating process is a low-exhaust procedure, and over-spray can be retrieved and reused. Our powder coats are non-toxic and contain no TGICs (triglycidylisocyanurates).





POWDER COATING

ALTO™ Aluminum Powder Coating
 

What is the ALTO™ custom sublimation process and why is it unique?


We combine the durability of powder coating with the limitless opportunities of sublimation printing. We were the first to bring this process to the wide-format graphics, wayfinding and themed entertainment industries. Our innovative ALTO™ process meets or exceeds Qualicoat, ASTM, ISO and DIN International standards.




How is ALTO™ different from other sublimated aluminum products?


The overall quality and long life of a vibrant graphic panel mostly relies on well-executed preparation prior to powder coating and sublimation. Other important aspects are powder-coat quality, a uniform application method, specially formulated dye-sublimation inks, printing equipment and properly formatted graphics. Last but not least, ALTO™ has been under extensive and continuous R&D since 2005, striving to improve and continuously offer products that surpass industry standards. Our product defect is under 0.01%.




Is there any overlay or coating on the panels?


Once the graphics are embedded in the powder coat during the sublimation process, no further treatment is necessary. We do not apply clear coats, sprays, varnishes, protective wraps, or any type of overlay. As the process eliminates the need for protective coatings, there is no peeling, cracking or delamination.




Is it your process environmentally friendly?


Absolutely! Our powder coats contain no solvents, and therefore emit negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. The powder-coating process is a low-exhaust procedure, and over-spray can be retrieved and reused. Our powder coats are non-toxic and contain no TGICs (triglycidylisocyanurates).





PANELS

ALTO™ Aluminum Panels
 

Can I order a sample?


Yes, please do! We can send you a couple of complimentary ALTO™ sample kit with 4"x 6" samples or you can buy a Full Sample Box. Click here to learn more.




Can I request a custom sample?


Before entering production, we can produce an 8x10” sample with some elements from your art file (a bit of text, colors, or any significant piece of the file). The lead time on a custom sample is 3-5 business days. Note: Anything beyond this size and format qualifies as a prototype.




Can I request a prototype?


Absolutely! A mini version of your future project can be done. This will help you present your concept to your clients and give you a better sense of the material. Lead time on a prototype is 2-4 weeks.




When will I get my panels?


Our typical lead time is between 3 and 6 weeks once the PDF file is approved, depending on the complexity of your project. A more precise date can be confirmed once project details are provided.




How do you check quality on finished panels?


All panels undergo a thorough inspection to ensure they meet our quality standards. We only reprint panels that exceed our 2% margin of error.





HARDWARE

ALTO™ Aluminum Hardware
 

What is the ALTO™ custom sublimation process and why is it unique?


We combine the durability of powder coating with the limitless opportunities of sublimation printing. We were the first to bring this process to the wide-format graphics, wayfinding and themed entertainment industries. Our innovative ALTO™ process meets or exceeds Qualicoat, ASTM, ISO and DIN International standards.




How is ALTO™ different from other sublimated aluminum products?


The overall quality and long life of a vibrant graphic panel mostly relies on well-executed preparation prior to powder coating and sublimation. Other important aspects are powder-coat quality, a uniform application method, specially formulated dye-sublimation inks, printing equipment and properly formatted graphics. Last but not least, ALTO™ has been under extensive and continuous R&D since 2005, striving to improve and continuously offer products that surpass industry standards. Our product defect is under 0.01%.




Is there any overlay or coating on the panels?


Once the graphics are embedded in the powder coat during the sublimation process, no further treatment is necessary. We do not apply clear coats, sprays, varnishes, protective wraps, or any type of overlay. As the process eliminates the need for protective coatings, there is no peeling, cracking or delamination.




Is it your process environmentally friendly?


Absolutely! Our powder coats contain no solvents, and therefore emit negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. The powder-coating process is a low-exhaust procedure, and over-spray can be retrieved and reused. Our powder coats are non-toxic and contain no TGICs (triglycidylisocyanurates).





PREPRESS GUIDELINES

ALTO™ Aluminum Prepress Guidelines
 

Can I order a sample?


Yes, please do! We can send you a couple of complimentary ALTO™ sample kit with 4"x 6" samples or you can buy a Full Sample Box. Click here to learn more.




Can I request a custom sample?


Before entering production, we can produce an 8x10” sample with some elements from your art file (a bit of text, colors, or any significant piece of the file). The lead time on a custom sample is 3-5 business days. Note: Anything beyond this size and format qualifies as a prototype.




Can I request a prototype?


Absolutely! A mini version of your future project can be done. This will help you present your concept to your clients and give you a better sense of the material. Lead time on a prototype is 2-4 weeks.




When will I get my panels?


Our typical lead time is between 3 and 6 weeks once the PDF file is approved, depending on the complexity of your project. A more precise date can be confirmed once project details are provided.




How do you check quality on finished panels?


All panels undergo a thorough inspection to ensure they meet our quality standards. We only reprint panels that exceed our 2% margin of error.





PRODUCTION

ALTO™ Aluminum Production
 

Do I have to treat my ALTO™ panels against rust and corrosion?


ALTO™ panels do not require any special maintenance beyond regular cleaning that follows our instructions, which are included on the specification sheet. Never sand, wax or varnish ALTO™ products.




How do I clean an ALTO™ panel?


Clean with a rag and soapy water. Do not use abrasive products or materials, highly acidic cleaners or cleaners with unknown chemicals. Dry with a non-abrasive cloth. Tough stains can be cleaned with mild cleaners like Windex and damp cloth, then the panel should be rinsed and dried.




How do I remove graffiti?


To remove graffiti, use DISAPPEAR Organic Graffiti/Adhesive Remover. For tough marks, use Professional’s Choice Shadow Max. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.




How long will my ALTO™ panel last?


We offer a limited warranty of up to 10 years.





MAINTENANCE

 

What is the ALTO™ custom sublimation process and why is it unique?


We combine the durability of powder coating with the limitless opportunities of sublimation printing. We were the first to bring this process to the wide-format graphics, wayfinding and themed entertainment industries. Our innovative ALTO™ process meets or exceeds Qualicoat, ASTM, ISO and DIN International standards.




How is ALTO™ different from other sublimated aluminum products?


The overall quality and long life of a vibrant graphic panel mostly relies on well-executed preparation prior to powder coating and sublimation. Other important aspects are powder-coat quality, a uniform application method, specially formulated dye-sublimation inks, printing equipment and properly formatted graphics. Last but not least, ALTO™ has been under extensive and continuous R&D since 2005, striving to improve and continuously offer products that surpass industry standards. Our product defect is under 0.01%.




Is there any overlay or coating on the panels?


Once the graphics are embedded in the powder coat during the sublimation process, no further treatment is necessary. We do not apply clear coats, sprays, varnishes, protective wraps, or any type of overlay. As the process eliminates the need for protective coatings, there is no peeling, cracking or delamination.




Is it your process environmentally friendly?


Absolutely! Our powder coats contain no solvents, and therefore emit negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere. The powder-coating process is a low-exhaust procedure, and over-spray can be retrieved and reused. Our powder coats are non-toxic and contain no TGICs (triglycidylisocyanurates).





SHIPPING

ALTO™ Aluminum Shipping
 

How long are quotes valid?


Quotes are valid for a maximum of 3 months.




What payment methods do you accept?


We accept major credit cards, wire transfers and cheques.





PRICING & PAYMENT

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