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What Kind of Graphic Overlay Best Fits Your Needs?


Hallmark Nameplate provides a wide array of product options so that we can design a graphic overlay to your exact specifications. The only question you need to answer is which type of template you need and for what purpose. The right product will help protect your control panel in any environment and speed up production. Below are some items to consider when ordering GRAPHIC OVERLAYS. If you have any questions you can contact us. We can help you work out the details to identify the graphic overlay that is right for you.

Establishing the Criteria

Before choosing a graphic overlay it’s important to sit down and ask yourself some basic questions. Establishing the criteria will solidify your choice. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What is the purpose of the graphic overlay?
  • What type of device will it be used for?
  • How complex is the control panel? How complex is the printing design?
  • How is the panel operated? Levers? Knobs? Buttons?
  • What environment will the nameplate be used in? Indoor? Outdoor?
  • What special features or materials will you need for the nameplate?
  • What is the frequency and intensity of usage?

Substrate Options

Now that you’ve established some general guidelines, you’ll need to know what type of graphic overlays are available and how each is unique. Below are some of the main nameplate substrates and their characteristics:

Polycarbonate. This type of material is used in environments with extreme temperature fluctuations as well as changes in climate. It can be used indoors and outdoors and it has a high tolerance to fires and flames.

Polyester. If you need a graphic overlay that is UV-resistance, then polyester is a good option. The surface will not fade in the sunlight and it has a high tolerance to heat.

What Type of Finish is Best?

The type of finish on a graphic overlay is as important as the type of material you use and the purpose for the plate. Before choosing a finish, you need to think about if the finish can hold up under the environment in which the control panel is used as well as if it can withstand extreme temperatures, UV rays, and daily use. Below are the three main types of finishes that we offer.

Gloss: a gloss overlay enhances the colors of the overlay. It does show fingerprints, however, it is easy to clean.

Velvet/matte: A Matte finish can be used for a broad range of applications. It doesn’t reveal scratches or other blemishes as much as other types of finish.Velvet/ Matte finish has less glare. It is ideal for polycarbonate and polyester overlays.

If you would like to know more about the options that are available to you, then contact Hallmark Nameplate. We can custom-design nameplates, graphic overlays, and other similar products for your control panels. Call us today at 800-874-9063 and let us help you with your upcoming project from start to finish.

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