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December '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2017 • 59 pre-packaged boxes that have the sheets in sequence—starting with the first three rows—and then they'll have to reload and go back up. From there, it's a nor- mal wrap project—you peel back the first six inches of the backing and tack it in place, slowly removing the release liner as you go." The weather extremes of Southern Nevada provide the ultimate test envi- ronment for the durability of build- ing wraps, though Castellano says he's had some jobs last between three and five years. Long-running wraps usually require some maintenance, and he has staff occasionally take close-up pictures to let clients know if wind damage, UV exposure or even bird strikes have frayed the edges or caused issues—necessitating a small repair. Removal poses the same issues as you'd find in a small-scale wrap, and can also be an instance where your substrate becomes incredibly important. "If you use a good-quality product, it's usually not that difficult, but it also depends on how long it's been up there," he says "You don't want to be up on the side of a 20-story building and suddenly pull off pieces of vinyl the size of a quar- ter. That's when you know you'll be in it for the long haul." ICL Imaging's Joiner says the vinyl mesh route also allows a building wrap alternative better suited to applications where interior visibility is less critical. "These tend to be for new building projects, with images like 'Our company is moving here,'" he says. "We have a 16-foot-wide printer and we're able to weld the sections together, and then install grommets into the mesh web- bing to help tack it into place. We had one building under construction where the wind just blew right through and we had to cable on the mesh, and then drive bolts right into the building." Joiner has also come up with some other unique solutions for building- sized wraps. "In some instances, the clients don't want to use mesh as it breaks up the image," he says "We had an art project in Boston where a building was being demolished and an art group got to use it, so we created a massive 13-ounce vinyl banner. We laid it out in the parking lot and eight of us got up on the roof to hoist it into place." Joiner says the banner was in place for six months, and when it was finally removed, the artist community found a vendor in California who was able to cut pieces of the banner and transform them into tote bags. SDG A major project like a building wrap should be printed as a continuous print run, which can ensure consistency.

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