February '23

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2 2 G R A P H I C S P R O • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G wall will require a film that can adhere to a textured surface, like MPI 1405. is film rolls out over brick, cinderblock and other tough materials." What are some of the best applications to start with? Matt Braswell, technical sales special- ists for Arlon Graphics, says for beginners, smooth interior wall application is the best place to start. "Start with smaller pieces (spot and partial wall decals) and work your way onto larger pieces (full wrap) as you grow in experience and confidence." He notes to use painter's tape for registra- tion marks and hinging. "With full walls, one needs to pay spe- cial attention to overlap, bleed, and the key panel. Since the films today only have a maximum width of 60", the graphic needs to be tiled vertically and overlaps set to ½" or 1". Extra bleed on top and bot- tom of the graphic is necessary to compen- sate for walls, floors, and ceilings that are out of square; longer spans can have larger variances to overcome. Due to these vari- ables, if they cannot be foreseen, it is best Mall mural wrap created on Arlon DPF 8000 Ultra Tack and wrapped by Jirout. (Image Courtesy of Spandex s.r.o and Arlon Graphics) Wall graphics printed on Arlon DPF 6700 and wrapped by Superior Sign & Graphics. (Image Courtesy of Superior Signs & Graphics and Arlon Graphics)

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