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6 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • A P R I L 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 e heat needs to be at 1,000 degrees, and is best applied with a combined heat gun and roller, says Adam Sumner, 3M autho- rized trainer and owner of Wrapix Academy and Wrapix Imaging in Burbank, California. e heat gun is mounted onto the roller and, being hands-free, allows more pressure to be applied to the surface, making it easier to set the film into the texture, he says. e film should be rated for textured and rough surface appli- cations, such as 3M LX480 (for latex printers) and 3M SV480 (for solvent printers), he says, adding that he recommends the TSA-4 (Textured Surface Applicator) roller. e roller is rolled over the film in the same direction in a repetitive fashion so that the heat gun remains in front of the roller and is able to soften the film. "You can install three inches of film per second," Sumner says. "It's a slow, tedious process of rolling over the film and getting that film to adhere to the surface." Another option for heat-applied vinyl is a fine aluminum printed with the graphic on the front and adhesive on the back. One such product is AlumiGraphics GRIP. GRIP, which doesn't (Image courtesy Justin Pate, The Wrap Institute) (Image courtesy Justin Pate, The Wrap Institute) Gilens is currently working on a project in Reno, Nevada called "Confluence," which consists of a continuous graphic of his 4,500-word poem about stream dynamics and how water shapes landscapes. (Images courtesy Todd Gilens) Wrap Material Specialized for Rough Surfaces • 3M 480 Envision • Avery Dennison MPI1405 with DOL6460 • AlumiGraphics GRIP • Continental Grafix FoilWalk • General Formulations RoughMark

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