Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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50 • November 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS A s a newcomer to the world of wrap films, you might be more familiar with traditional applica- tions like full-body automotive jobs or even work on windows and flat surfaces in a retail setting. But new and fast-expanding technology allows the same sort of commercial or artistic imagery to be printed and wrapped on a wide range of rough sur- faces, including brick and cinder block walls, concrete or even asphalt. Sound impossible? A variety of manufacturers have expanded and specialized their offerings to include rough-surface-ready products; here, a few share their expertise and some specialized advice on application and removal. Tammy Bui, product manager for Placentia, California-based Arlon Graphics, says her company's DPF 6700 and 8000 films are specially geared for use in rough, external building material surfaces, with the latter line also providing long-lasting adhesion to concrete, stucco and low-energy plastics such as ABS. Andy Stonehouse is a freelance writer based in Greeley, Colorado. Rough and Ready wraps Brick, cinder block and concrete are no obstacles to great displays B Y A N D Y S T O N E H O U S E 3M hard surface wraps can be given a two-year warranty on horizontal applica- tions with the addition of overlaminates for additional protection from UV and other environmental factors.

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