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August '21

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4 8 G R A P H I C S P R O A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M DIN 51130, or AS HB198:2014. These certifications are specifically focused on the coefficient of friction of the film surface, with designations for whether the test is done on a wet or dry surface. This test is used to de- termine whether the film presents any sort of slip hazard when used. The primary driver for using films with these designations is for liability in the fin- ished installation — the extra work of choos- ing an approved laminate will pay off if there is ever an issue. Laminated graphics will last longer when properly cared for, and these will typically allow for normal cleaning pro- cedures and use of floor-cleaning equipment. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER Let's move on to the full construction and what considerations to take into account with your materials and design. As always, consider first the surface where the graphic will be installed. Most removable floor films are functional for smooth, sealed surfaces like painted or polished concrete or tile with minimal grout lines. Low-pile commercial carpet or textured tile will require a higher- tack removable adhesive designed specifically for those applications. For example, GF 212 Traffic Graffic is formulated to adhere to that carpet without leaving residue when it's removed, where a standard high-tack adhesive that would technically work will leave glue behind and damage the carpet finish and fibers. For those carpet installations, use a thicker laminate to prevent puncture of the graphic from things like heels and wheels. A 5.0 mil to 6.0 mil laminate is recommended. For the application, make sure the surface Most removable floor films are functional for smooth, sealed sur- faces like painted or polished concrete or tile with minimal grout lines. (Image courtesy Nitro Wraps)

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