Sign & Digital Graphics

December '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2019 • 55 issues after printing, the printed materi- als should be left to de-gas for at least 24 hours and not wound tight on a core." He adds that UV printing is also suit- able for printing onto PVC materials, but as the ink is dried in a different process of that to Eco Solvent and Latex, it is dried/ cured with a UV lamp leaving a layer of ink on the surface of the PVC. "This can make the PVC less flexible or become brittle. Its important with UV inks and printers that flexible U V ink is used unless you are printing flat panels. UV inks also tend to leave a matte finish, so if you require your print to be glossy, then a gloss over laminate will be required." He says that some of Drytac's top products in this area are Polar, SpotOn and ReTac. Back to School Holdom says that a school in Doncaster, U.K. recently had a make- over in time for the new academic year thanks to Barnsley, U.K.-based Turner Signs and products from Drytac. Earlier this year, Turner Signs was approached by a teacher at the Hall Cross Academy, who saw the family signage business's work on an Instagram post regarding a large building transformation project. The secondary school was starting the autumn term with a new headmaster, so a new look was appropriate to a fresh start this past September. Polar Grip from Drytac was used throughout the project. A polymeric self-adhesive PVC film with a unique high-bond adhesive, Polar Grip offers five years' durability in both indoor and outdoor conditions, ideal for digitally printed graphics in high-traffic areas such as school corridors. Curt Turner, director at Turner Signs, explains why the team chose the prod- uct: "We needed strong adhesive for the wall graphics installed on brickwork, so Drytac supplier Sabur Digital recom- mended Polar Grip. I applied a sample to the wall of our workshop as a test run and it worked really well and was really easy to install. It comes away from the silicone material well and is very forgiv- ing when fixing errors." Turner Signs started in 1990 with roots in traditional signage, with most work now covering vinyl signage and vehicle graphics. Turner says the team plans to use Polar Grip again for other jobs, including potentially more wall graphics in another area of the Hall Cross Academy building. Furthermore, Turner says he may print his own design for the Turner Signs workshop wall to use as a showcase for the business's expertise and for Drytac Polar Grip. "I will definitely use it again and recommend it to our customers," he concludes. SDG Eco-solvent and Latex ink technologies are the most popular on the market and will give great printing results.

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