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Sticky Business
By Denise Nathan

When choosing the right self-adhesive product for graphic applications, many aspects need to be considered. Typically the focus tends to be on the material’s top sheet, aspects such as colour, print receptivity, durability, and conformability.  Another consideration, one that is often overlooked, is the performance of the adhesive.

Applying vehicle graphics differently
By Denise Nathan

Today, self adhesive vinyl technology offers so many new opportunities for decoration. Applications that were not possible years ago are now becoming the norm thanks to advances in top sheet and adhesive technology.

Cast vs. Calendered..Which is the best film?
By Denise Nathan

Many purchasing decisions today are still made on the basis of whether a film is cast or calendered without other properties of the film being considered.

Laminating Tips
By Denise Nathan

Why Overlaminate?
Do you need to over laminate your digital print? Lamination is beneficial for four main reasons.

Avoiding Vinyl Failure Part 2: Identifying your Application Surface
By Denise Nathan

Many vinyl failures are caused due to a mishandling of, or failure to identify the application surface. The previous tips and tricks looked at the impact of surface contamination and how this impacts on vinyl and adhesive performance. The next thing to consider to ensure graphic performance is the surface composition and how some popular substrates require special consideration and preparation before application.

Avoiding Vinyl Failure Part 1: Surface Contimination
By Denise Nathan

Self adhesive failure on any campaign is a costly exercise and can put unnecessary strain on client relations. Today there is a myriad of vinyls to choose from for all types of applications. The sign professional can easily choose the right vinyl and adhesive for the job based on his knowledge and experience and with the help of a sign material supplier, however one factor that is often not determined or controlled by the sign professional is the surface being applied to.

Choosing the right media for digital printing
By Denise Nathan 

To achieve the best print results and performance throughout a campaign there are a number of variables to consider. Firstly one of the most important aspects is choosing the right media. It sounds obvious, but surprisingly vinyl failures still occur because the film used did not meet the criteria of the application.

To Bubble Free or not to Bubble Free 
By Denise Nathan 

The latest advance in adhesive technology has been the development of bubble free films. These films have a special adhesive structure with channels that enable air to escape during application. This allows for easy and fast application as the applicator need not be concerned about trapped air bubbles during application or spending time post application piercing air bubbles. These films offer good initial repositionability and wrinkles can easily be pushed out. The end result is a significant reduction in labour time.

Drying solvent digital prints
By Denise Nathan

Machine technology has improved leading to faster print output capabilities. There is significant pressure from some customers to have their prints “yesterday” to meet campaign deadlines .While you may strive to provide your customers with a fast efficient service it should never be at the expense of cutting down on  post production procedures that can ultimately  affect the performance of the graphic. The most critical is drying time.

Glass decoration films
By Denise Nathan 

When deciding which film to use, the visual appeal of the top sheet to the client is usually regarded as the most important factor in the decision making process. Some films offer more sparkle, others are more subtle in appearance, however, to ensure the ultimate long term satisfaction for the client and also to make things easier and faster for the installer, here are a few other features to consider.