Sign & Digital Graphics

September '19

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56 • September 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS to remove any excessive environmental contaminants that can build up on the porous surface over time," he says. As well, any freshly-painted brick, stone or stucco surfaces need ample time to cure, which could take between three and 12 weeks, he adds. "It's up to the installer to perform compatibility testing prior to producing and complet- ing the installation, which can typically occur during the primary or secondary site surveys." Wrapped by Fantasea Media using Arlon's DPF 8200 film. Image courtesy of Arlon. Arlon DPF 8200 Wrapped by Ryan Warner. Image courtesy of Arlon. Image courtesy of Arlon. Arlon's materials stretch to widths as wide as 60 inches, but even so, Bui says installers also have to be creative in get- ting their graphics crew to match that output with seams and edges compatible with the type of rough surface being cov- ered. Actual installation can be tricky, and Calma says installers should be prepared for a time-consuming project. "The products are installed through heat-rolling and using a special three- inch-wide, heat-resistant vinyl/foam application tool, which can do about three inches per second," he says. "We suggest overlapping each stroke, which certainly adds a lot of time—it's all pretty labor intensive. You need to find a way to line up those images, and you're going to be out in the sun doing it, too." Culverhouse also recommends think- ing strategically while timing a job. "Check the weather forecast to know whether or not the wall has taken on any moisture for several days leading up to the install," he says. "Make sure your cli- ent is flexible regarding the installation date, as these installs really hinge on hav- ing nice, dry weather leading up to and on the install date." Micah Causey, VP of business devel- opment with FloorSignage, L L C , in Columbus, Ohio, says that his compa- ny's AlumiGraphics Smooth, a foil-based film with a print-receptive surface and pressure-sensitive adhesive backing, is another clever alternative for those look- ing to get a bright install that will last a long time.

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