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27 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 thoroughly. This sweating process helps remove toxins and inconsistencies in the wall that may cause failures." How do you choose the right film? Daniel Valade, product manager, Color Products and Cutters at Roland DGA, Irvine, California, says when select- ing the film to use for a specific job, be sure to evaluate the installation surface and take that into consideration before choosing the media. "You should also consider the type of adhesive used by the media manufacturer, as that will make a difference. In addition, it's key to consult the media manufac- turer's guidelines regarding film and surface compatibility. You need to ensure that the media you select is appropriate for the job, and that it's compatible with the ink set you'll be using. In addition, be sure to 'pre-qualify' the customer to determine whether he or she is looking for matte or gloss finish. It's a good idea to have samples of each available to show the client before starting the job." Louie Calma, technical sales specialists for Arlon Graphics, Placentia, California, points out that with film selection you have to ask the following questions: "Is it an indoor or outdoor project? For outdoor, what is the exposure to the elements? Is it for a smooth or textured surface? What are customer expectations on durability? Removability?" "These are all very important things to consider when choosing a film. Best rule of thumb is calendered for smooth surfaces (2- D) and cast for textured (3-D) application. Calendared has a shorter lifespan and is subject to shrink up ΒΌ inch over the life of the film. Cast films have a much longer lifespan and shrink almost immeasurably over the life of the film. Adhesives paired to these films also vary depending on your needs as permanent and removable." Walton says choosing the correct film depends on how long the customer wants the film to stay on. There are basically three types of films: changeable for short term (1-2 years); removable for long term (3-5 years) and permanent. Allen notes that depending on what the customer wants, your film choice will change. "If they want a textured film, such as Avery Dennison MPI 2600, or a matte or gloss film, you will need to make a proper film selection. Also, a textured (Image courtesy of Brand Ink)

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