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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 8 9 "While most pressure-sensitive graphics consist of a film, adhesive, and liner, es- sentially, the intended function will dic- tate the level of adhesive, outside protec- tion, and thickness of the film," explains Jim Halloran, Lintec of America. For example, says Kroll, interior graphics may re- quire a thick film and a repositionable ad- hesive. Floor graph- ics need to have a durable but removable adhesive in ad- dition to having a protective laminate to keep the print layer looking its best and provide necessary non-slip charac- teristics. Vehicle wrap films are typically thinner and utilize an air-egress liner (an embossed adhesive that allows air to be funneled through to eliminate air pockets and allows for repositioning). That being said, according to Harmon, once applied, adhesive will wet out and form a strong bond between the film and the substrate. Removable adhesives are de- signed to allow for clean removal of a film Left: Car graphics are popular due to their effectiveness. (Image courtesy FDC Graphics Film) Top: Bold, large, permanent images will have a learning curve, but offer strong results. (Image courtesy FDC Graphics Film) Above: Graphic vinyl comes in rolls that can vary in size and color, giving print service providers many options. All rolls should be stored properly, preferably on a rack, for best results. (Image courtesy Hexis)

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