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28 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Wall Wraps wall will require a film that can adhere to a textured surface, like MPI 1405. This film rolls out over brick, cinderblock and other tough materials." What are some of the best applica- tions to start with? Matt Braswell, technical sales special- ist for Arlon Graphics, says for beginners, smooth interior wall application is the best place to start. "Start with smaller pieces (spot and partial wall decals) and work your way onto larger pieces (full wrap) as you grow in experience and con- fidence." He notes to use painter's tape for registration marks and hinging. "With full walls, one needs to pay special attention to overlap, bleed and the key panel. Since the films today only have a maximum width of 60 inches, the graphic needs to be tiled vertically and overlaps set to ½ or 1 inch. Extra bleed on top and bottom of the graphic is neces- sary to compensate for walls, floors and ceilings that are out of square; longer spans can have larger variances to overcome. Due to these variables, if they cannot be foreseen, it is best to dry fit the first two or three panels by tap- ing them up on the wall, making sure they are plumb, and make the necessary adjustments before proceeding with the application. Always evenly split the dif- ference of the top and bottom bleed to make sure the graphic is vertically cen- tered." "For someone just starting out in the industry, walls, windows and floors would be the most simple installs," says Walton. "That being said, the introduction of low VOC paints has created some challenges with adhesion, so testing the walls and using a 3M Adhesion Test Kit is crucial for a successful installation, especially when you start getting into complex con- tours and deep recesses. It's a great idea to get some training on how vinyl needs to be worked and what we call 'reading the vinyl,' as well as when to use heat and when not to." Calma adds that once smooth walls are mastered, textured walls are next. National Hellenic Museum Mural of Dr. King wrapped in Avery Dennison MPI 2611 wall film by GMediaWraps. (Image courtesy of Avery Dennison) (Image courtesy of Surf City) For someone just start- ing out in the industry, walls, windows and floors would be the most simple installs. Wall Wrap Film Resources 3M Arlon Asphalt Art Avery ClearFocus Continental Graphics Catalina Graphic Films Drytac FLEXcon General Formulations Hexis Kay Premium LexJet MACtac Orafol Ritrama Universal Products

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