By Melissa Donovan
In the October issue of Digital Output, we included a chart with vendors in the space who offer pressure-sensitive adhesive media over 24 inches in width. Read the chart online here. Each vendor listed whether the products they provided fell into short- or long-term outdoor and short- or long-term indoor. We also asked them to define what base materials were found in their portfolios—polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyolefin, polyvinyl chloride, or vinyl. Here, we include information about some of those vendors’ specific product lines.
3M Commercial Solutions offers pressure-sensitive adhesive films that bond on contact with the desired substrate at room temperature. Designed with printing partners in mind, 3M pressure-sensitive high-performance films are ideal for promotional graphics such as signs, trade show, point of purchase (POP) displays, windows, and taxi tops.
Agfa Graphics offers a full line of adhesive-back vinyl products in its Duratex line. It sells the basic calendered in permanent or removable, polymeric with air egress features for vehicle and wall wraps and walls, windows, and floors. Its newest product is Duratex Intermediate Vinyl, an opaque, premium-calendered vinyl with gray-pigmented adhesive. The air-egress adhesive provides for fast, easy, bubble-free application. This is a permanent adhesive; after 24 hours it will not remove easily. Applications include indoor and outdoor signage, decals, POP displays, and other markings installed with a squeegee. It features up to five year outdoor durability.
ATP Adhesive Systems offers a full line of pressure sensitive Self-Adhesive Vinyl, Mounting Films, and Laminates. Unique to the line are the OPEN AIR, micro-perforated vinyl with repositionable adhesive, which are a great replacement for static clings. Also new to the line is the GL-515 textured polypropylene laminate for floor graphics, as well as roll-ups and pop-ups. The GL-515 is ASTM D-2047 certified, economical, dimensionally-stable and PVC free.
Continental Grafix offers pressure-sensitive perforated vinyl in 80/20, 70/30, 60/40, and 50/50 hole patterns, as well as inside-mount panoFilm/panoTape combination, perforated polyester and one-inch wide optically clear tape. All products come with a universal print liner that is compatible with solvent, latex, UV, and silkscreen inks. Walk&Wall textured vinyl with fabric backing and repositionable adhesive is ASTM wet-slip C-1028, dry-slip D-2047, as well as E-84 fire certified. Walk&Wall is ideal for trade show, retail POP, and wall murals and can be applied to concrete, carpet, tile, metal, doors, and even painted walls, indoors or outdoors.
Contra Vision has led the see-through window graphics market since it started it over 30 years ago. The company offers a range of perforated window films, including innovative and patented products. Contra Vision products are available with a choice of transparencies, for application to either side of a window and with a backlit option for 24/7 image impact. The products are suited for short-term and long-term applications, for big budgets and small budgets, on retail windows, transit graphics, and vehicle and building wraps.
D&K Group offers a variety of pressure-sensitive laminating films and adhesives manufactured with solvent technology. D&K Brilliance laminating films offer short- to medium-term protection for indoor and outdoor applications. Unlike other similar competitive vinyl laminating films, Brilliance products feature a shrink ratio of less than four percent and offer two years of outdoor durability. The Expression line of premium laminating films feature durable polymeric vinyl and offer over three years outdoor durability.
General Formulations, Inc. introduces a new product to its popular line semi-rigid vinyls; Concept 219 6 mil Semi-Rigid Gloss Clear low-tack removable gloss. Concept 219 features an outdoor durability up to one year and can be used in a variety of short-term applications including POP, retail, decals, and general signage. It is available in 54-inch by 100-foot rolls.
Griff recently launched its new Dry Erase Film. This material writes on and erases just like a dry erase board, but can be cut down to any size and shape. Offered in a variety of colors and thicknesses, with an optional pressure-sensitive adhesive backing, it can be moved to different locations and mounted wherever.
Jessup Manufacturing Company makes specialty media for floor and wall graphics, including Asphalt Art, a conformable media for outdoor POP, advertising, and events; and TexWalk, a versatile, matte finish vinyl with repositionable adhesive for all types of applications.
Kernow Coatings HydroSol offers a full line of non-curling, temperature stable polyester films for roll-ups, pop-ups, backlit and window displays, menu boards, and other signage applications. New to the line is the 130SSRP satin coated 5-mil polyester with a repositionable, pressure-sensitive adhesive. 130SSRP provides higher impact, full-bleed graphics and is ideal for non-curling signage on smooth surfaces, such as glass, painted walls, wood, metal, and Sintra.
ORAFOL Americas offers a full line of splice-free ORAJET digital media and matching ORAGUARD laminating films for applications from simple signage to complex vehicle wraps. All ORAFOL products are manufactured in advanced, automated facilities to ensure consistency, reliability, and exceptional value. New to the ORAFOL family of films is ORAJET 3954 Brick Stone Film. Series 3954 is the ideal short-term advertising film with unique stretching capabilities ideal for challenging, unsealed textured surfaces like brick, concrete block, and poured concrete. The film is recommended for use with ORAGUARD Series 290 laminating film.
Plastiprint Sales Company offers a variety of pressure-sensitive products. These are used for window signs, wall graphics, floor graphics, decals, labels, and a range of other applications. The company combines a large variety of face stocks, adhesives, liners, and print topcoats to make a diverse array of pressure-sensitive products for all types of printing processes.
Roland’s Glossy Calendered Vinyl with Permanent Adhesive (ESM-GCVP) is a premium-quality, pressure-sensitive, 3-mil calendered vinyl with a glossy finish. Outstanding durability and water resistance, along with excellent white point and a relatively high gloss level, make GCVP ideal for a variety of graphic applications that require extended indoor or outdoor life. Available in 20” x 50’, 30” x 150’, 54” x 75’, and 54” x 150’ rolls.
Top Value Fabrics is a leading media supplier with a complete line of quality products from vinyl and mesh to specialty textiles and pressure-sensitive media. Polypropylene is stocked in several configurations for the most common applications, including an adhesive option that is popular for retail signage that is affixed to windows and cooler doors. Its 4 oz. PVC-Free Self-Adhesive Wall Covering is a polyester woven fabric engineered with a superior inkjet receptive layer. It is FR, water resistant, dries quickly and doesn’t wrinkle or tear. It may be applied and reapplied without leaving residue, making for stress-free installation.
Ultraflex Systems offers FabriTac, a removable adhesive fabric that can be mounted to any surface and repositioned countless times. FabriTac has a unique coating that is both quick drying and water resistant. The product also is designed with exceptional opaque properties that prevent translucency problems. Ultraflex’s FabriTac features superb image quality, color gamut, and resolution with solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex inks.
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