Taking Marketing to the Streets - Applying Street Graphics

16-Sep-2014

Laminated floor graphics have been used for years for in-store advertising. Now Avery Dennison Graphics has introduced its MPI 6121 Street Graphics film, which is an innovative floor graphics solution for short-term outdoor application to unfinished concrete or asphalt. Applied correctly, the Avery Street Graphics film will typically withstand normal foot traffic for up to 120 days. That makes these graphics ideal for retail promotions. Read more

Cleaning Laminated Prints

16-Sep-2014

Before you deliver prints to your customers, instruct them on the right way to care for their new graphics. That way they can never say that they didn't know because they were never told. Read more

Using Hardboards for Sign Substrates

16-Sep-2014

A sign maker asked if he could mount a printed vinyl graphic to Masonite, which is another name for hardboard. Because hardboard is porous, we told him to either paint or varnish the sheet to prevent it from absorbing moisture which could adversely affect the adhesion of the graphics. A better answer is to use a product called Scooter Board™ which is a hardboard with a water-resistant urethane coating. Sign makers use Scooter Board™ for the product, such a point-of-purchase displays, trade show graphics, event signage and election signs. As well as being an excellent choice for screen printing, it's also an ideal substrate for applied vinyl graphics and digital prints. Read more

Limiting Ink Density

05-Aug-2014

In past articles, I cautioned that you should limit ink densities to no greater than 250% to 275%. One reason, is that the volume of ink that you print on a substrate has a direct effect on the dimensional stability of the film that you are printing on. The more ink that you lay down, the more contraction of the vinyl you can expect as the ink dries. When this happens, the applied graphic can peel at the edges. Even before the film is applied, the vinyl can start to curl at its edges on the release liner. Failure to limit ink density can also lead to other problems, which I will expound upon shortly.

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Removing Surface Protection Masking from Plastic

05-Aug-2014

Usually removing the paper surface protection masking on plastic is easy. If you are experiencing any trouble removing the application tape from a plastic surface, read this article for a few different solutions. Read more

AT75 - Embossed High Tack Film Application Tape

05-Aug-2014

AT75 Clear Choice is an embossed clear film application tape. The higher tack adhesive coated on the film transfers problematic films and makes tough applications easier. In this article, we explain where users should consider using AT75. Read more

Plotter Cutting VinylEfx and EZ Erase Films

05-Aug-2014

VinylEfx® and EZ Erase™ vinyl films cut as easily as most glossy, white calendered vinyls. For best cutting results, use a sharp 45° blade at slow cutting speeds with swivel type of cutters. Optimal cutting pressures vary depending on plotter type and blade sharpness. Read more

Removing Rock Hard Tape Adhesive

05-Aug-2014

Many of our customers use our paper application tapes as a protective masking for substrates or for painting. Masking on products stored indoors and not exposed to high heat should remove without problems. When paper application tape is exposed to high heat and prolonged sunlight, however, you can encounter big trouble that may be irreparable. Read more

Limiting Ink Density

03-Jul-2014

In past articles, I cautioned that you should limit ink densities to no greater than 250% to 275%. One reason, is that the volume of ink that you print on a substrate has a direct effect on the dimensional stability of the film that you are printing on. The more ink that you lay down, the more contraction of the vinyl you can expect as the ink dries. When this happens, the applied graphic can peel at the edges. Even before the film is applied, the vinyl can start to curl at its edges on the release liner. Failure to limit ink density can also lead to other problems, which I will expound upon shortly. Read more

Printing VinylEfx Films with First Generation Latex Printers

21-May-2014

Harry Truman said that if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That’s good advice if you are a politician. On the other hand, if you are a printer and the media can’t stand the heat, just turn it down. When printing on heat sensitive materials with an earlier generation of latex printer, that may be the only viable solution. Read more

Dimples in Paper Application Tape

01-Nov-2013

Dimples on a person’s face are usually regarded as being attractive and desirable. But dimples on the surface of paper application tape…not so much! In fact, dimples in the application paper are aesthetically unappealing. In most cases, however, a little dimpling does not mean the roll is bad and can’t be used. Generally, sign makers can easily work through this condition without experiencing problems. Read more

Adhesion Testing

29-Oct-2013

Whether you are screen printing or painting, the coating must bond to the substrate for the service life of the product. Depending on the physical properties of the coating that you have selected for a project and the substrate to which the coating will be applied, the paint or ink adheres in a few different manners. Read more



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