Graphic Overlays

Protect your application from scratches, chemical abrasions, & extreme temperatures with durable overlays.

Develop a custom graphic solution for your products with Melrose, a leading AS9100D/ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer in the USA.

Our Services


We deliver customized graphic overlays to ensure that the final product meets all your specifications and requirements. Every customer receives a personalized experience that matches their applications perfectly.

Expert Prototyping through mass production

Starting with a high-quality prototype is the key to producing graphic overlays for membrane switches. At the onset of our collaboration, we will design a prototype that matches the product specifications. Later on, after the batch production, the product will be ready for mass production.

About Graphic Overlays

Graphic overlays can be found on electrical equipment as front panels. They’re printed on the reverse of a transparent material and serve as the most lasting type of non-metallic label. The construction of graphic overlays protects the ink from wear and tear, providing excellent quality and value.

Graphic overlays are frequently designed with system buttons, touchscreens, LED backlights, and indicators. Our graphic overlays can be entirely opaque or feature transparent “dead front” pictures in the backlight. With epoxy keycaps, urethane silicone, materials, and embossing, we can elevate the look of any application. We can also add variable data, such as model numbers within a product family.

Our team of specialists will assist you in selecting the most appropriate choice. We take into account the surface to which the overlay will be applied (surface texture and chemistry) and environmental factors such as UV exposure, salt spray, solvent, acidity, and temperature range.

Manufacturing Materials


Polycarbonate is a popular material for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Our polycarbonate overlays come in different textures – from matte to coarse velvets – depending on the desired look. Since polycarbonate is relatively soft and may scratch easily, our experts treat it with a hard coat material.



Polyester is the go-to overlay material for membrane switches due to its high durability and excellent fatigue resistance..

Polyester is available in textured, scratch-resistant glass, and outdoor-rated options. Our experts can deliver polyester overlays with scratch-resistant hard coats, which is essential in clear window applications. Polyester overlays come in thicknesses of .008” and thinner.



The choice of adhesive for an overlay application depends on many factors.

  • Second surface printed ink on the overlay’s backside
  • Surface to which the overlay will be attached
  • Application environment
  • Spacer stack-up needs
Our experts can assist you in selecting the best adhesive for your specific use case.


Other materials:

Apart from polycarbonate and polyester, we extend our offer to provide our customers with overlays – made of acrylic and tempered glass.

Innovative finishing

Take the first step in designing your graphic overlay

How to design a graphic overlay and make sure that it meets the needs of your application? Use our free design guide to get started. Once you go through it, you’ll be able to design your graphic overlay. 

Our guide will walk you through the following points:

If you’re not sure whether you’re making the right choices, get in touch with us. One of our dedicated advisors will gladly help you out and design a perfect membrane switch with you. 

The Melrose World:

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Designing custom prototypes doesn't need to be expensive and time-consuming.

Talk with the Melrose engineers to layout a prototype you wanted to launch. Get your customized product with a 100% satisfaction rate.

Melrose has superior knowledge in using the right technology, meeting every requirement consideration. Call us for any clarification.

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