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Media Products for Consumer Vehicle Wraps

Part 2 of 4

By Melissa Donovan

Consumer vehicle wraps are not as limited by cost factor compared to commercial wraps. Most consumers looking to wrap their vehicles push for high-level products to ensure the perfect outcome in design, finish, and longevity. Here we list leading vendors’ media products used in consumer wrapping.

3M Graphics Market Center offers a variety of media including 3M Controltac Graphic Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3-10, 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ170Cv3, 3M Controltac Wrap Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3, 3M Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8580, 3M Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8518, 3M Scotchcal Luster Overlaminate 8519, 3M Scotchcal Matte Overlaminate 8520, 3M Scotchcal Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 8915, 3M Controltac Graphic Film Series 180, 3M Controltac Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive Series 180C, and 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finish, Carbon Black CA-421.

Arlon, Inc. recommends DPF 6000XRP Vehicle Wrap Material with Enhanced Repositionability, a 2-mil gloss white cast film with X-scape Technology. It features bubble release, tinted, repositionable, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive that allows for speedy installations while maintaining high enough tack for long term bonds. Additionally, DPF 6000X Vinyl Film with X-scape Technology Premium Cast digital print pressure-sensitive film, is a 2-mil gloss white cast film with bubble releasing, tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive. Lastly, DPF 4560GTX Vinyl Film is a 3-mil glossy white calendered film coated with bubble releasing, tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive.

Avery Dennison’s Avery MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS is a high-quality cast vinyl film optimized for digital printing that conforms to complex curves, rivets, and corrugation. Avery Dennison Easy Apply RS technology allows wrap installers to adjust the vinyl and remove it without damaging the original paint.

Catalina Graphic Films’ GMI Mojave Vehicle Wrap is a 2-mil White Luster Cast Vinyl Vehicle Wrap compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, and UV solvent inkjet printers. A unique air release technology on textured liner provides greater conformability. It is available in 30-, 54-, and 60-inch widths in 25- or 50-yard rolls, as well as a 30-inch by ten-foot sample roll.

Hexis USA LLC products include HX20000 and HX100. HX20000 is a 3-mil cast vinyl available in 33 colors; gloss or matte. HX100 is a 2-mil cast vinyl for solvent/eco-solvent printing. Both products offer structured adhesive for air egress; meaning no bubbles or creases. Hexis suggests using their PC30 clear cast laminate, available in gloss or matte, for finishing purposes.

MACtac Graphic Products offers IMAGin B-free Pro, a 2.1-mil digital vinyl featuring a robust, high tack adhesive that quickly builds to a high bond, making it ideal for experienced installers who demand an aggressive set-up for the fastest turnaround time for vehicle, fleet, and marine applications. Also, Permacolor RAYZor, is a 1.5-mil cast vinyl overlaminate designed for easy application to complex curves and corrugations that offers installers ultra-conformability and durability and a smooth, paint-like finish.

Oracal USA recommends the Oracal Series 970RA Wrapping Cast, available in 18 colors and featuring a built-in clear coat layer that eliminates the need for a separate overlaminate. It is available in 60-inch widths and 25- and 50-yard roll lengths. Orajet Series 3951RA Professional Wrapping Film

is a 2-mil cast film ideal for the toughest wrapping applications, including surfaces with compound curves, rivets, and corrugations. It is available in 30-, 50-, 54-, and 60-inch widths and 25- and 50-yard roll lengths. Orajet Series 3551RA High Performance Wrapping Film is a 2.75-mil ultra-calendered film designed for complete or partial wraps over flat surfaces, simple curves, rivets, and corrugations. It offers clean removability for up to five years, and is available in 30-, 50-, 54-, and 60-inch widths and 25- and 50-yard lengths.

Ritrama Inc. features Product 3-2360 and 3-8957. Product 3-2360 is a 2-mil gloss white cast vinyl with repositionable adhesive and the Licensed Air Flow Release Liner for easier application. Ritrama’s 2-mil gloss clear cast vinyl overlaminate 3-8957 protects graphics and provides a sharp clear image when used in conjunction with print media. A second set of products used in vehicle wrapping include 3-2422 media and 3-2211 laminate. 3-2422 is a 2.4-mil ultra-calendered gloss white vinyl with repositionable adhesive and a Licensed Air Flow Release Liner.

Ultraflex Systems, Inc.’s UltraVision Window Perf 6040 is a perforated white gloss graphic film with a black back for vehicle windows. UltraVision 6040 has a 40 percent open area for optimal two way viewing and can be printed on the front/non-adhesive side with solvent or screen printing. It is available in widths of 39 and 54 inches.

See how PSPs use this media. Look for consumer wrap application stories in the last two parts of this series.

Click here to read Part 1 of this exclusive online series, The Benefits of a Niche.

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Oct2009, Digital Output

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