Material Selection Guide

Many factors must be considered when choosing a material substrate for your nameplates, panels or graphic overlays. Additionally, the corresponding printing technique you choose will have an impact on your project.

Ratings Key

  • blueExcellent Choice
  • greenGood Choice
  • yellowFair Choice
  • redNot Recommended

Overlay Material Selection

Environmental Properties Design Considerations Economic Considerations
UV Light Heat F Max Cold F Max Abrasion Resistance Solvents Fuel, Grease & Oil Chemicals Color Match Capability Textures Available Clear protective Windows Range of Thickness Available Prototype / Small Order Economics Medium Order Economics Large Order Economics
Acids Bases
Digital Printed
Polyester
yellow 140 -40 yellow green green green green yellow yellow yellow yellow blue yellow red
Digital Printed Polycarbonate red 140 -145 yellow red green green yellow yellow green green yellow blue yellow red
Digital Printed UV
Resistant
Polycarbonate
green 140 -145 green yellow green green green yellow yellow red yellow blue yellow red
Screen Printed Polyester yellow 140 -40 yellow green green green green blue green green blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Hard Coat Polyester yellow 140 -40 green green green green green blue green blue blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Textured UV Resistant Polyester green 140 -40 green green green green green blue yellow yellow blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Polycarbonate green 140 -40 green green green green green blue yellow yellow blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Hard Coat Polycarbonate green 270 -145 green green green green green blue yellow yellow blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Outdoor Durable Polycarbonate green 270 -145 green green green green green blue yellow yellow blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Aluminum green 400 -400 green green green green green blue yellow N/A blue yellow green blue
Screen Printed Anodized Aluminum green 350 -400 green green green green green blue yellow N/A blue yellow green blue
Metalphoto -
black only
green 750 -400 green green green green green N/A yellow N/A blue yellow green blue
Metalphoto - black with screened colors green 350 -400 green green green green green green yellow N/A blue yellow green blue
Note: Users must test products in the specific environment anticipated. Metalphoto of Cincinnati does not warrant performance of its products in any environment.

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