Which Material Should I Use for my Graphic Overlay?
Graphic overlays serve many different sectors and industries which have very different requirements. From aviation apparatus which needs to be UV resistant to important medical equipment which requires chemical resistant materials, the team at Fascia Graphics offer a vast range of options.
If you’re new to graphic overlay products it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice and variety of manufacturing options. Depending on the application and its environment, certain materials will be more effective than others. We’ve created this guide so you can understand the properties of some of the graphic overlay materials we use at Fascia. However we always suggest talking it over with one of our specialists to ensure you end up with the most effective product.
Vinyl – Low cost and performance
As a low cost self-adhesive film, vinyl is very affordable. This makes it a good choice for bulk orders of simple overlays or labels. However, vinyl can only be printed on the front which means it may not last as long as its counterparts. Vinyl is ideal for non-demanding environments and can be finished in gloss, matt or clear.
Polycarbonate – Durable and safe
Tough and hard wearing, polycarbonate is a high performance film which has excellent mechanical properties. It is available in various thicknesses and surface finishes, so it is easily personalised for a range of applications. All polycarbonate is thermally stable, and some surface textures can work as fire retardants, making this material a great choice for catering and other warm environments.
PVC – Affordable and anti-abrasion
PVC offers good durability for many environments, and is a cheaper option than polycarbonate and polyester. It is attractive and you have a number of choices with the finish, including clear or block colours. There is also the option of a textured finish which protects the overlay from abrasion, making PVC the material of choice for machinery in most environments.
Polyester – Resilient and UV stable
This is the strongest and most resilient of all the materials we offer. These overlays can be produced in varying thickness and with a range of textures and anti-glare finishes. The main advantage of polyester is its improved chemical resistance. Most types of polyester are also fully protected from damaging UV rays, so the material is perfect for outdoor use. A polyester graphic overlay can also be designed with anti-microbal coatings which are ideal for medical and military environments.
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