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26 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Wall Wraps 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. 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 installation. 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." A l l e n s a y s d i s t i l l e d water and a 70/30 mix of isopropyl alcohol are recommended 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 to clean the wall. If the surface has been cleaned, but adhesion is poor, you may need to spray the wall to soak, dry and spray again, this time wiping the wall Wall graph- ics at Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium printed on Arlon DPF 6700 and wrapped by Superior Sign & Graphics. (Images courtesy of Superior Signs & Graphics and Arlon Graphics) Daniel Valade of Roland says integrated print/cut capabilities, like those offered within Roland's TrueVIS series, offer greater versatility, allowing users to han- dle a wider variety of jobs. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) Fullerton, California-based Gamut Media used its Roland arsenal on these wall wraps they designed/installed for the Los Angeles "compound" of famed rapper, Snoop Dogg. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA)

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