So, when we started providing refinishing we also created our own HVAC overlays for the 355 model because we wanted a more accurate overlay and one that had proper graphics, fonts and texture to match our coatings.
Until we created our overlay, only one other option was on the market and while it was decent, the fonts, graphics and other attributes just were not up to our standards.
We released our 355 overlays approx 1.5 years ago. And, while they are correct in graphics, we still were not happy with the ultimate finish which is a function of the technology used to produce these:
Graphic overlays are silk screened on plastic sheet material from the back side. It's very hard to get a piece of plastic to match a painted finish.
So, we recently created the art work for 550 HVAC overlays and had some discussions with our vendor that produces these. They proposed a material that is a much closer match to our coatings and the answer is a soft touch material.
We really did not want a soft touch but that was the only option and method to get a finish as close to our coatings as possible.
We are very pleased with the results and will be posting better photos to come and will get these on our website soon.
Our vendor has used this material for fork truck panels and they have been in the field for many years with no failure of the soft touch coating. However, we will provide a 5 year warranty on these for bubbling or getting sticky which we don't anticipate being an issue.
I've posted a photo of our current 355 overlay for comparison. These will be also offered in the soft touch material within a few weeks.