Expert graphic overlay printing ensures superior resistance to harsh environments

Design Mark’s graphic overlay printing techniques and materials ensure long-lasting durability

A custom graphic overlay may be the first thing your customer or end user sees when interacting with your product. It must be durable, attractive, and functional.

Thanks to our graphic overlay printing expertise, Design Mark can manufacture your custom graphic overlay in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to ensure durability. In fact, with sub-surface graphics, printing is done on the inside of the overlay, so your overlay’s graphics won’t degrade from use or cleaning.

Comparing two graphic overlay materials: polycarbonate and polyester

Design Mark offers a variety of overlay materials for graphic overlays with thickness ranging from 7 mil to 30 mil. Selecting the graphic overlay material depends on the end user application and the environment in which it will be used, including exposure to sunlight and chemicals. Cost is also a consideration. Polycarbonate and polyester are the most commonly used materials for graphic overlays.

  • Polycarbonate overlays – Also known as PETG or Lexan, polycarbonate overlays are easy to die cut, print, and texture. However, they may show signs of wear after 100,000 actuations. If the environment is subject to chemicals, a hard coat should be used for protection. Polycarbonate overlays are optically clear at any thickness and provide a crisper emboss. Polycarbonate is lower in cost than polyester. Most users prefer the look of polycarbonate overlays versus polyester.
  • Polyester (PET) graphic overlays – This material is thinner and more resilient. It shows no sign of wear after 1,000,000 actuations. It also has superior resistance to chemicals and harsh environments. Polyester is more expensive than polycarbonate. (This material is perfect for industrial and military graphic overlays.)

Custom graphic overlay options include:

  • Custom graphic overlay printing
  • Textured surfaces
  • Color matching
  • Embossing – pillow embossing or ridge embossing
  • Adhesives customized for what it will stick to:
    • High mass – for heavily textured surfaces
    • Low surface energy – for powder-coated or low surface energy plastics
    • High strength – as required for the surface
  • Chemical resistant surfaces
  • Ultraviolet (UV) hardcoats
  • Graphic overlay prototypes
A graphic overlay applied onto the final product