Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels - The Most Scratch-Resistant Option on the Market

Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels are renowned for their durability and vibrant color reproduction, making them a favorite among professionals in the sublimation industry. But what sets them apart from other sublimation panels on the market is their unparalleled scratch resistance.

Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels are powder-coated with a two-layer system, consisting of a base layer and a clear coating. This unique coating process results in a surface that is extremely scratch-resistant, making Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels the ideal choice for applications that require superior durability and longevity.

To put this to the test, we have conducted rigorous scratch tests on Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels, and the results speak for themselves. Our panels consistently outperformed other sublimation panels, even after being subjected to repeated scratching and wear.

If you're looking for a sublimation panel that can withstand heavy use and abuse without compromising on quality, Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels are the way to go. With their unmatched scratch resistance, you can rest assured that your sublimation creations will look great for years to come.

Key Features:

  • Powder-coated with a two-layer system for maximum scratch resistance
  • Ideal for applications that require superior durability and longevity
  • Outperforms other sublimation panels in scratch tests
  • Ensures that your sublimation creations look great for years to come


The following are the results of Duraluxe's scratch tests according to pencil hardness:

1. Scope of test:
The scope of the present testing report is to supply details regarding the hardness of different coating products used with the sublimation process using the pencil hardness test (according to UNI EN 13523-4:2001).

2. Date of execution of tests: 04/20/2011

3. Description of samples:
The samples tested are aluminum Qpanels pretreated and powder coated with different
powders which are part of the class 7XX (textured powders with different finish).

Duraluxe's scratch tests

4. Testing apparatus:
Testing apparatus complete of :

  • Elcometer 501, matricolaH501 —1;
  • Set of pencils of different hardness Faber-Castell 501, code T50115771;
  • Pencil sharpener from 6H a 2B, code T501190452;
  • Pencil sharpener from 3B a 6B, code T501190451;
  • Abrasive paper.

5. Tests executed:
Before the test the samples have been kept at controlled conditions for 24 hours in a room at (70 ± 2) °F (50 ± 5)% of relative humidity. We then have tested the hardness looking to intentionally scratch the layer of powder coating using pencils with increasing hardness (in order: 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, and 6H) following the normative UNI EN 135234:2001. The choice to start from the pencil with hardness 2B is not accidental, but determined the fact that the pencils 6B, 5B, 4B e 3B do not occur any damage to the surface of Decoral powder coating that needs to be tested. The hardness of the powder is determined by the hardness of the pencil which did not mark the layer the powder.

Here below, just as an example, we show some samples after the tests. On samples, we wrote all the codes of the pencil used in the test.

Duraluxe's scratch tests
Duraluxe's scratch tests


For the samples “DS 7XX” and “DS 7XX S” it was possible to determine with certain accuracy the value of hardness (these powder coatings have a light texture).

For the remaining samples (DS 7XX H, DS 7XX I e DS 7XX SH) we can confirm that:
– All the used pencils DID NOT make any visible marks.
– The special surface finish, very textured, seams to preserve from scratches the powder coating layer, confirming a much higher hardness.

So why wait?

Choose the perfect finish for your next project and bring your images to life with Duraluxe Aluminum Sublimation Panels
All of our finishes feature a unique polymer powder-coating that protects sublimated transfers from UV rays and promotes durable color. With high resolution and rich color support, these panels are available in all standard sizes and shapes, as well as custom sizes and shapes by special order. They are also non-flammable, have antimicrobial properties, and come with a 5-year outdoor warranty for UV resistance.