Background colors are typically the color of the plastic or white if your signs are on alumunium except for the .012 gauge. On the .012 gauge aluminum you can have whatever background color you would like at no additional charge.
If we have to coat the .032, .063 or .080 aluminum any color other than white there will be an additional charge. If we have to coat any of the plastic gauges any color that the plastic does not come in there will be an additional charge.
The background color does not count as a print color. Print colors include every color that you print on top of the background color.
The cost of the sign will increase per print color.
We are also able to print with tints. If you have a spot color such as blue, a tint would be a different shade of that original spot color created by percentage. The important thing to keep in mind with tints is that they are made by using a series of small dots. We can't control tints the same way that we can spot colors and we can't proof for them as they appear as solid spot colors on the proof. Tints also work better for some artwork than for others. The big benefit to tints is that they won't add the cost of an additional spot color. They are included in the cost of the original color. It is important to keep in mind that in many cases with specific PMS (Pantone Matching System) colors, the final tint is unpredictable. Please see our article on What are PMS Colors? for more information.
This information pertains only to screen printed signs. It will be different for digitally printed signs.