Sign & Digital Graphics

December '19

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54 • December 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS "When we first started the installa- tions, the original vinyl material we used kept falling off the wall, and wouldn't hold," recalls Gimbel. "Luckily, I used my 3M Smooth Wall Adhesion Test Kit, and our team made the game-changing deci- sion to switch to using 3M Controltac Print Film 40C, which has advanced installation features and enabled the graphics to hold up so well." "From aquatic animals and oceanog- raphy to cloudy skies to multi-lingual lines of font, Print Film 40C proved to be the best product to showcase each library's unique personality and flair," Gimbel concludes. Length of Campaign Holdom says, basically all vinyl mate- rial is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. However, choosing the right type of PVC and adhesive is dependent on the amount of time it will be outside for. "For outside applications, you need to think about your printing method as all ink have an outside life and the colors will fade over time, so in addition you will need to use a PVC overlaminate for addi- tional protection of the print. Laminates such as PVC are available in the 3 PVC grades used for printing, monomeric, polymeric and cast. It is important that you match with each type, i.e., monomeric print media and monomeric laminate, etc. This way the PVC face film and laminate age in the same way together." Holdom reports that eco-solvent and latex ink technologies are the most popular on the market and will give great printing results from most devices avail- able today. "The benefit of both of these ink technologies is that it will stretch with the material. An important point to remember when using eco-solvent ink on PVC materials is to let the prints completely dry. Although the print may feel dry to the touch this doesn't mean the ink is completely dry, the solvents used in the ink still need to evaporate. This is known as degassing or outgas- sing and the average amount of time this can take is around 24 hours. In order to avoid any application issues or lamination Drytac's Shaun Holdom says SpotOn vinyl film has been designed to bring high quality, easy to apply graphics displays to the front line. It is a simple and straightforward to apply printable vinyl for short-term applications such as P.O.P. and retail signage, trade show and exhibition graphics as well as office interiors. Images courtesy of Drytac.

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