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  • 1.  Good Clips for Interp Panels

    Posted 12-29-2015 08:58 PM

    Hello all!

    This semester I'll be completing the second half of my graduate project which explores my home county's history through its cemeteries.  I'll be creating an exhibit that can travel to any location.  My goal is to use PVC based material for the interp panels.  I've worked with this material before and I love its flexibility (both in mounting styles as well as the materials ability to handle a curved wall well), durability, and the oh! shiny factor.

    I plan on including clips with the exhibit itself for institutions that plan on mounting on grated walls, but I'm not sure what would be a good brand to purchase that will not cause weird indentations in the panel itself.  Any suggestions you all may have would be greatly appreciated.  I'm trying to create a cost value for this exhibit so I can secure grants and sponsorships to make this feasible financially for me and free to any NFP institution that wants the exhibit.

    Thank you in advance!

    Rhiannon Cizon
    Graduate Student
    MALS - Heritage Management
    Valparaiso University

  • 2.  RE: Good Clips for Interp Panels

    Posted 12-30-2015 12:23 PM

    You might want to try direct digital print on 3mm Sintra with a French cleat on back to float it off the wall 6mm. An alternative to wall mounting might be a retractable banner stand. Very portable and even comes with its own carrying case.

    Markus Dohner
    Lead designer
    Markus Dohner Exhibition Design
    Chicago, IL USA

  • 3.  RE: Good Clips for Interp Panels

    Posted 12-30-2015 02:09 PM

    I've already ruled out the banners due to cost (to make, to repair, and to ship/transport).  If I were to go with them, then I won't be able to make the exhibit free of charge to NFP institutions.

    Material wise, I have to see what the local sign maker has available, with my first choice being a PVC based like sintra and foamcore not even on the table.  I need affordable, but I also need durable.

    As for the clips, not every organization has the regular wall space available for displays like this, so making sure clips are available for grate wall mounting is a priority for me.  I don't want someone to think their organization can't accept the exhibit due to mounting issues.

    So I'm still on the hunt for quality clips that won't damage my panels.

    Rhiannon Cizon
    Graduate Student
    MALS - Heritage Management
    Valparaiso University

  • 4.  RE: Good Clips for Interp Panels

    Posted 12-31-2015 08:07 AM

    In the past,  I have put picture frame D-ring mounts on the back. I hade 1/4 inch thick sintra that took screws easily. You can put it on the back with small screws so they are hidden or use decorative screws in the front so it looks like it is part of the design. Not sure if that is what you are looking for but it works.

    Gwen McCausland
    Agricultural Heritage Museum South Dakota State University

  • 5.  RE: Good Clips for Interp Panels

    Posted 01-05-2016 02:31 PM

    I'm not quite sure exactly what kind of clips you mean. Are you looking for a hanging system so that the panels don't need to be attached to the wall?

    As an alternative to sintra, you may want to consider Ultraboard. It's got a pvc like coating but a foam interior, so it's thick, light, and less expensive. And you'll also save a lot of money if you can print direct-to-panel.

    For a couple of ways to hang a graphic panel without adhesive, check out my recent blog post -- *Tip* Two ways to apply a panel to the wall without adhesive

    Best of luck,


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