Pairing Overlaminates with Substrates

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Posted by Nekoosa on 2/11/21 7:30 AM

How do you go about pairing overlaminate films with substrates? Deciphering what mil thicknesses and finishes best align with the substrate at hand can be difficult when there's so many options to choose from. Knowing the basis of the application and intended use can help greatly in successfully applying and extending the life of a quality graphic.

Floor Graphics

In need of an overlaminate that is both durable and safe to pair with floor graphics (SEE: Walk-On Graphics®)? Nekoosa offers 4 mil clear double polished and 6 mil semi-rigid clear embossed calendered vinyl options that are UL 410 slip resistant certified for floor graphic applications. These calendered vinyl overlaminate films are paired with a clear polyester film liner that keeps the adhesive smooth and prevents orange peel. The best part? They are suitable for indoor floor graphics <6 months and withstands normal floor maintenance and cleaning.

Wall Graphics

Looking to add an overlaminate film to Wall Graphics® (*Please note, we do not recommend overlaminates with microsphere grades)? Or perhaps Premium Vinyl for a wall surface application? When applying wayward or wall signage that needs to be read easily, it's recommended that you pair the base substrate with our calendered vinyl overlaminates. The portfolio includes 3.2 mil calendered vinyl overlaminates available in gloss, matte and/or luster finishes with a new 78# paper liner for improved wet out performance. These overlaminates are rated for <4 years of outdoor use and are equipped with enhanced UV protection. They are versatile and great for everyday use!

Wanting an overlaminate with a little more shine? Try our polyester overlaminate film. Available in both 1 mil and 2 mil (high gloss, scratch resistant option), this overlaminate film is perfect for frequently updating sidewalk menu boards or restaurant signage. Both mil thicknesses include a clear polyester film liner and are rated for <4 years of indoor use.

Window Graphics

The calendered vinyl overlaminate films are perfect for window graphic applications with its UV protection.

Polycarbonate overlaminates are also available in the product offering. Available in 3, 5 and 10 mil with a velvet matte finish, these overlaminates are rated for <2 years of outdoor use. With a clear polyester film liner, the polycarbonate overlaminates also do a great job of keeping adhesive smooth and preventing orange peel. In addition, the clear non-yellowing permanent solvent adhesive makes for brilliant clarity.

Read more about Nekoosa's Overlaminate Films Portfolio HERE.