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In The KMP Group's case they had a unique need and 3M was able to recon- figure the components of an existing product to meet that unique need. As far as the actual application goes, Kelly recommends a 3M Scotchcal 8518 gloss, cast overlaminate, 3M Primer 94 to promote adhesion and a propane torch for the contours. If it is a full wrap using panels you should start at the back of the vehicle overlapping your panels as you move forward. Culverhouse, with Oracal, also had some important tips for installing reflec- tive film. "It's important not to overwork reflec- tive films during installation. If a reflec- tive film is flexed at steep angles, you could potentially damage the glass bead layer of the film. If this occurs, dark spots appear when the graphic is illuminated." Because reflective films are less forgiving than regular wrap vinyls, Culverhouse recommends having an extra set of hands available when apply- ing long stripes or wraps. As Culverhouse states, "Reflective materials have limited, if any, repositioning characteristics." Another helpful tip Culverhouse pro- vided had to do with the trimming of reflective films. "It's also a good idea to wrap around door edges instead of trimming them flush. Reflective films are much stiffer and more rigid than a traditional wrap- ping film or cast plotter film. Therefore, the reflective film is more prone to edge lifting when trimmed flush with the edge of a door, gas cap, etc." If a full reflective wrap is not in your customer's budget, consider a partial wrap, spot graphics or reflective stripes to increase visibility. The increased cost is minimal in comparison to the adver- tising impact. Work with your customer to see how reflective vinyls will enhance their wrap and be creative in how you use it. SDG Reflective stripes and full reflective wraps can be achieved with Oracal's reflective products. (Photos courtesy of Oracal) Reflective Vinyl Resource Chart Company Product 3M Arlon Avery Clear Focus FDC GMI (Catalina) Kapco MACtac Nikkalite Oracal Complete line including Diamond Grade, Scotchlite reflective series, more Series DPF 2400/2450 Complete line including Vector Pro A7; OmniCube; OmniView, MPI6200, more ReflectVue retroreflective perforated window film FDC 2402 engineer, 2407 flexible engineer, more Engineering flexible grade, colors available Web site www.3m.com www.arlon.com www.reflectives. averydennison.com www.clearfocus.com www.fdcfilms.com Mojave SPMRF reflective vinyl series www.catalinagraphicfilms.com www.kapco.com MACmark 5700 series engineering grade 4800 series flexible engineering; M8500 series printable. ORALITE Series 5900, 5860, 5500, 5300, 5600 Reflexite (Orafol) 2014 Film, line of reflective tapes Roland ESM-PRV2-50-48/30 i SignWarehouse EnduraLITE series http://mactac.com www.nikkalite.com www.oracal.com www.reflexite.com www.rolanddga.com www.signwarehouse.com SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS • November 2012 • 57

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