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Let's Talk Shop BY CH A R I TY JACK SON Wraps That Shine Reflective vinyl graphics on vehicle wraps Charity Jackson is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, Calif. She has been in busi- ness since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for nearly 20 years. You can visit her website at www.vhsigns.com. O ver the years we've sold our fair share of cut reflective vinyl. Now that wraps are such a huge part of our business we've started looking at ways to incorporate printable reflective films into our wraps. We're considering material options and effective ways to incorporate reflec- tive. We're also taking into account installation methods and techniques. Reflective Films There are many different manu- facturers of printable reflective films. I had the opportunity to talk with repre- sentatives from 3M, Oracal and Avery Dennison about the printable reflective films they offer. 3M's Scotchlite removable reflective film IJ680CR-10 is a great product to wrap with because of the Comply adhe- sive. Within this 680 series of films is also a screen printable film as well as an inkjet printable film. According to 3M these films "are very flexible and conform well to many typi- cal contours, including substrates with moderate curves, rivets and corruga- tions." These capabilities are key when working on vehicle wraps. 3M Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8518 or Luster Overlaminate 8519 are the recommended laminate. These are cast overlaminates that add protective qualities without decreasing reflective properties. Oracal also has a printable reflective vinyl with a long exterior life expec- tancy. According to Josh Culverhouse, Oracal senior product technical sup- port specialist, their Oralite Series 5600 Fleet Engineering Grade reflective film is durable, conformable and remov- able. The top clear cast layer provides the conformability and stability needed to incorporate into vehicle wraps. This product is compatible with latex, solvent and eco-solvent printers. To extend the life of the product, These reflective graphics offer maximum safety for nighttime visibility. (Photos courtesy of The KMP Group) 54 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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