Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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Glossy Wraps High-gloss lm applications Charity Jackson is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for over 20 years. You can visit her website at B Y C H A R I T Y J A C K S O N Le's Tlk Shop Film Selection If you're doing a vehicle wrap it will typically be a full or partial wrap for a business with printed, full- color graphics; or it will be a color-change wrap using ready-to-install graphic lms. Within those two main types of wraps you have a bevy of lms to choose from. For most of our full color printed wraps we use 3 M IJ180Cv3, which on its own has a luster nish, but we overlaminate it with a gloss 3M 8548G. We previously used a gloss 3M 8518 overlaminate, but due to graphics failure on horizontal surfaces, caused by acid dew in our area, we switched to 8548 and have not had any additional issues. The 8548 laminate is a PVC-free, stretchable lm designed to work with 3M's Envision vinyl. There are specialty lms—like perforated win- dow vinyl and printable reflective—that you can laminate with a protective gloss overlaminate. This gives you exible advertising over windows and at night while still maintaining that gloss nish. We use Clear Focus' ClassicVue Exterior Mount lm with a gloss CurvaLam overlaminate. For our printable reective wrap lm we use 3 M's Scotchlite Removable Reective IJ680CR with Comply adhesive and pair this with the same gloss 3M 8548G that we use on our printable wraps. Be sure to choose a laminate that coordinates with the vinyl material you're using. If it's a short- term wrap you can choose an intermediate laminate designed for an intermediate lm. For all cast lms use a coordinating cast laminate. For color-change wraps we've used both 3 M's 1080 series wrap lms and Avery Dennison's SW900 Supreme Wrapping Film. These lms come ready-to- install out of the box with a built-in layer of protection already on the vinyl. Get Comfortable While we don't do many bumper-to-bumper color-change wraps, we do wrap a lot of hoods, roofs, trunks, mirrors and other parts of vehicles to cre- ate a new look. From experience, the matte and satin lms do require a bit of extra patience when applying to avoid creating shiny scratches in the nish while applying. The gloss lms are fairly easy to work with. W with matte and satin lms on some of our vehicle wraps, a good majority of our wraps have a gloss nish. Whether it's a full color printed graphic with a high gloss overlaminate, or it's a color-change wrap with a gloss nish, we like the ease of working with gloss lms. In this article we'll talk a bit about selecting the right lm for the job, including the overlaminate, as well as lm options. I'll also cover some application tips and post-application care. WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS 44 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Manufacturers offer a huge selection of gloss colors for color- change wraps.

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