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WRAPS '19

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30 • WRAPS • 2 0 1 9 MAKING THE WRAP PROCESS GREEN Above: The POD Steamer encapsulates the em- blems which softens the double-sided tape in about 20 seconds. Right: The emblems and double- sided tape come off in one pull, which means no need to scrap and spray the area down. Steamers are another very green cleaning and adhesive pro- motor residue remover option that can significantly reduce labor and product costs. Encapsulating the emblems on a car with a steamer can lift all the double-sided tape off in one move. (See Images 4 and 5) This means no scraping and spraying down with toxic adhesive removers. For adhesive promotor residue, which is the bane of the wrap industry, taking it off with adhesive removers can involve using a lot of costly product and a toxic workspace. It can also take hours and hours along with being very frustrating to installers and owners as it keeps them doing low profit tasks. Removing adhesive promotor residue with a steamer Instead of using harsh chemicals to remove the adhesive promoter, which are costly, bad for the environment and work safety, a steamer with a brush attachment is used. In a matter of seconds, the residue drips down and is wiped away with a towel. This alone can save hours and hours on a removal – Super Green = Green. This is the ideal waste management set up – central lay flat liner pile, reusable plastic and paper containers and a trash can that is only for wrap film (no trash bag). LINERS WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE RECYCLED POLYESTER = Yes – Standard Plastic Recycling (Tint, Frosted and Top Sheets for color change films) KRAFT = Maybe* (Cut vinyl, premask, low budget print films) STANDARD LINERS = No** (Digital full print and color change films) *Not in the standard recycling but most local municipalities have programs for paper with a light coating of silicon. **Due to the amount of silicon and other chemicals, these liners cannot be recycled. Yet, a few areas across the world have facilities that can remove the silicon by either mechanically skimming or steaming it off then recycling the paper. However, at this time, it's not widespread enough to be a cost effective and practical option for wrap shops and installers.

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