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Gloss plastic with good indoor durability.

Polyester is one of the most versatile films for decals, nameplates, tactile switch overlays, graphic overlays, safety and informational labels primarily because of its balance of physical, thermal, optical and chemical properties. Polyester films are an ideal choice when the following are key considerations:

  • Tensile strength
  • Stability
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Electrical insulation
  • Heat resistance
  • Chemical resistance

Material Characteristics

Polyester is available for first or second surface printing in thicknesses of .010″ or less.
Clear textured Matted Pigmented Metalized Brushed metalized Transparent colors
Spot color or 4 color process.

Performance Characteristics

Polyester outperforms polycarbonate in chemical resistance
Polyester has a longer lasting flex life of tactile switch overlays than polycarbonate
Polyester is primarily an indoor application film. However, there are special hard-coated polyester films available for outdoor and high humidity applications.

Specialized Material Options for Your Application

Metalphoto of Cincinnati offers nameplates in a variety of standard material options, including our proprietary Metalphoto®  substrate. Metalphoto is photosensitive anodized aluminum, which features a silver and black photographic image that is embedded within the sapphire-hard anodic layer of the aluminum. This combination gives a Metalphoto part an outdoor life of over 20 years, and makes it extremely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, and it has been trusted by industry, government and military organizations like Caterpillar, The US Navy, NASA, and Boeing for over 50 years.  Metalphoto offers many unique features including:

  • Lasts over 20 years outdoors without fading or degradation.
  • Uniquely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure.
  • Exceptional image resolution that allows for photo image, security and microprint options.
  • Ability to support unique information, including a unique barcode or QR code and letter/number combination on every piece.
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Superb Job

Metalphoto of Cincinnati did a superb job making replacement plates for some of our equipment. The proofs sent were perfect, and we received the plates before expected.


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The quotation process was fast and simple. Nameplates came in exactly as required with no issues. Will definitely place future orders.


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