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Interpretive Signs

Vacker Sign offers two sign panel material options to meet your interpretive project needs.  We don’t believe that one panel type fits all, and that material selection should be based on communication goals, vandal resistance, durability demands, and budget.  If panel fabrication services are all you need, Vacker can provide you with panels output from your prepared files. Need help with design? You define the message and our experienced team will do the rest.

High Pressure Laminate Panels (Embedded Phenolic Resin)

Think outdoor durable kitchen counter top. HD printed papers are impregnated with melamine resins and consolidated at extreme high heat and pressure. The result is a durable, fade resistant panel with unlimited design potential. This panel type, (available in 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ thicknesses), is self-supporting at a thickness of 1/2″ and can be mounted with a frameless pedestal. Non-self-supporting 1/8″ thick panels should be supported with a frame. HPL panels are warranted to not delaminate, peel, blister, crack or fade for a 10 year period from the time of purchase, as noted in the Limited Warranty.

TUFF Panel

TUFF Panel– Graphic marking film / protective over-laminate combination –
This economical panel is similar to the graphics you pass each and every day on signs, vehicles, and supermarket floors – an adhesive backed printed graphic marking film with a clear protective over-laminate. What sets it apart is the protective over-laminate. Developed specifically for demanding exterior applications (subways, bus stops, zoos, parks, etc.), it has twice the UV inhibitors than comparable protective overlaminates. Independent outdoor & QUA tests have proven 9+ years of UV protection in the Arizona desert. Thicker than comparable protective films, it offers good resistance to scratching and abrasions. This adhesive backed graphic marking film / protective over-laminate combination can be applied to .125″ thick polymetal, (aluminum / thermoplastic composite) or aluminum, depending on the application. In some applications, we might suggest protecting the edges by framing, placement in a “pocket”, a corner radius or corner fasteners.


Our professional design team can create a panel layout with your provided text, photos, and logos. While we can take care of design and file preparation, we believe that client interaction is paramount to the successful design and implementation of an interpretive panel project. Although every project is unique, a typical project involves multiple interactions and client participation.  Contact us for our “Guide to Planning your Interpretive Project” for details regarding the design process and assistance in developing an effective message for your interpretive panels and completing a successful project.

Although every project is unique, a typical project involves multiple interactions such as the following:

1. Client submits proposed panel content (text, images, illustrations, logos etc.). Vacker reviews and provides comment related to overall effectiveness of the intended message and quality of images, illustrations, logos etc (check for word count, adequate image resolution, file types etc.).

2. Client provides input regarding the desire for any particular “look” for the panel(s). Input regarding fonts, color palette and format is welcome in an effort to evoke the spirit of the subject matter as well as the unique nature and character of the setting where the panel will be located.

3. Vacker provides a proposed draft layout of a single panel. Based on client comment, panel layout is revised accordingly. Once the layout of a single panel is approved, subsequent panels are designed and submitted for client review and approval.

4. While all panel content should be edited and approved by the client prior to content submission, client reviews panel layouts for final edits, corrections and revisions prior to final layout approval.

5.  Vacker revises panel as requested. Client reviews and approves panel layouts and authorizes panel fabrication.