Sign & Digital Graphics

March '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2019 • 47 tal design courses, as well as installation classes. 3M offers installation training— both in class and hands on. We provide a three-day advanced training course where someone with no previous expe- rience can come to one of our five autho- rized facilities across the U.S. for expert hands-on instruction. To be successful in this industry, it's all about knowledge." Ryan Allen, Regional Technical Specialist at Avery Dennison, Mentor, Ohio, explains that alignment is every- thing when you're installing film on walls. "The first panel needs to be perfect and straight for all other panels to align to. Included in the planning process are proficient math skills, calculating square footage correctly will ensure full cover- age of the graphic or design. Your panels have to line up with a good seam usually around a half inch. A good overlap gives you room to manipulate the panels for proper alignment. Once you get to the application, clean cutting and consistent squeegee strokes are key. In terms of lon- gevity, proper prep is the most helpful." What some of wall prep basics? Walton reports that low VOC paints, meaning paints with low surface energy, have flooded the market. "In laymen's terms, it basically means you will have a tough time sticking graphics to walls that have these types paints on them. When working on a wall with low VOC paint, we recommend using the 3M Enhanced Cleaning Method Video. This process helps to build the adhesion levels so the graphic will stay on the wall better. The video walks you through the proper steps to ensure you have a successful installa- tion. You can access this video, along with other product-related content, via 3 M COSMO, a free app available on the app store, or on our 3M Graphics YouTube channel." Allen says distilled water and a 70/30 mix of isopropyl alcohol are recom- mended for prep. "Once the entire wall is wiped down, take an extra piece of scrap vinyl and see how it adheres to the wall when applied. This adhesion test will show you how intensely you need Request a sample or call for more information. 866-622-8223 Customized high end wallpaper without the hassle. IMAGin® DecoMural™ and DecoFresco™ are made with a robust facestock for ease-of-application on all wall surfaces including tackling low-VOC paints. Applications include: Accent walls, Wall murals, Replicated canvas prints on boards & General or upscale signage Canvas texture Flattened plaster texture

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