Challenges in Developing a Premask for Air Egress Liners

06-Dec-2012

Vinyl films with air egress release liners have almost eliminated bubbles and wrinkles from applied graphics. Here’s how the product works. These release liners are comprised of multiple layers of paper, a polyethylene coating and a siliconization layer. The polyethylene coating of the release liner is embossed with a textured pattern. The textured structure of the release liner imparts tiny air channels in the adhesive of the vinyl film. Think of these as escape routes for air. As the installer squeegees the facestock, the air between the film and the substrate is directed through the air channels to the edge of the graphic.

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Solvents and Fire Safety

30-Nov-2012

Fire is undiscriminating. It can flare up at any time. And can happen to anyone. After finishing a vinyl graphics application job, a former colleague and mentor had loaded the back seat of his car with rags which had been soaked in solvent for cleaning, before heading down the road. As John drove, he attempted to light one cigarette with another, that he had just finished smoking. After getting a light, he threw the old cigarette out the window. Unbeknownst to John, the cigarette blew back into his car, landing in the pile of rags. Shortly thereafter the rags ignited. As long flames trailed out the back windows of his car, alarmed motorists frantically honked their horns to alert John of his precarious predicament. Read more

Staining and Varnishing

30-Nov-2012

Staining and varnishing is a great way to finish an interior sign, if the wood used has a beautiful natural grain, such as mahogany. Stains contain pigments that tint and accentuate the grain of the wood. Read more

The Importance of Fire Inspections

30-Nov-2012

The old saying, “forewarned is forearmed”, should remind us that conducting regular fire inspections is the best way to keep the incidence of fires low. By identifying fire hazards in your shop, you can correct them before they cause a fire. Read more

Thermal Transfer Printing on VinylEfx® Films

30-Nov-2012

One unique characteristic of our VinylEfx® product is the deep embossing, which creates the 3D illusion in patterns, such as MultiLens® and Diamond Plate™. Deeply embossed patterns, however, can cause problems, when printing with thermal transfer systems, such as the Gerber Edge®. Printing on films, which are not perfectly smooth, can result in flaking, in which there are voids in the printed image. "East Coast Artie" Schilling, spokesperson for Gerber Scientific, offers the following suggestions to surmount these printing challenges.
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Troubleshooting Vinyl Graphics Failures

30-Nov-2012

As self-help guru Anthony Robbins says “if you want better answers, ask better questions”. In troubleshooting a graphics problem, you need to ask better questions, so you can provide the film manufacturer the information they need to discover what caused the failure. Use the troubleshooting guide that follows to record the information from the end user.

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Chalk Versus Liquid Chalk Markers

28-Nov-2012

There’s nothing wrong with using chalk to write on chalkboard films. We designed our ChalkTalk™ film with chalk in mind. Nevertheless, I believe that the new liquid chalk markers, such as the Chalk Ink® brand of markers, are much better suited for writing on our chalkboard film. Read more

RTape Introduces 4078RLA

28-Nov-2012

RTape Corp. (South Plainfield, NJ) announces the introduction of 4078RLA, a standard weight Conform® Series paper application tape with a medium tack adhesive. 4078RLA is designed to transfer difficult-to-transfer films utilizing release liners with a tight release. Read more

Surface Preparation of Unpainted Aluminum

28-Nov-2012

Many years ago, some of the tankers and trailers had unpainted aluminum skins. Direct application of pressure-sensitive vinyl graphics to these surfaces often resulted in adhesion failures. Read more

Problems with Static Electricity

27-Nov-2012

In much of the country September ushers in climatic changes. As the autumn air becomes colder, the humidity of the air outdoors decreases. The drop in humidity can result in an increase of problems related with static electricity. Static problems in print shops are further exacerbated, as we switch from air conditioning to a heating cycle. Read more

Processing and Installing VinylEfx Films

27-Nov-2012

Eye-catching RTape VinylEfx® metalized vinyl media give your designs a distinctive look, which attracts attention and creates favorable visual impressions. Your graphics are noticed, read and remembered. That’s your competitive edge! The rich look of these metallic vinyl films is perfect for signage, POP, exhibits and store interiors.
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VinylEfx FAQs

27-Nov-2012

Using an overlaminate with a UV inhibitor can help extend the life of our VinylEfx® films. How long is unpredictable. In some cases, an overlaminate has provided a couple of years of additional durability beyond what is considered its normal life. This does not mean, however, that a UV overlaminate will always guarantee the same results. Here’s why. Read more

Application Tape Tips

17-Oct-2012

Whether you laminate application tape by hand or with a laminator, avoid trapping air bubbles between the vinyl graphics and the application tape. Bubbles and wrinkles in the application paper often result in bubbles and wrinkles in the applied graphic, regardless of the skill and effort of the installer. If you inspect the adhesive side of a graphic, after removing the release liner, you often can see the formation of wrinkles and bubbles in the adhesive. In the application process, you will just transfer these wrinkles and bubbles to the substrate.
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Carving and Gilding a Cedar Sign

17-Oct-2012

Because of its greater abundance and more affordable cost Western Red Cedar has long displaced California Redwood in popularity. While sign makers have opted for this lower cost and more readily-available wood, they can take comfort in the knowledge that they have not had to sacrifice product performance in their selection. In fact, many argue that cedar may be a better choice for outdoor signage. Read more





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