Mactac has announced improvements to their line of PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV overlaminates. Already considered to be some of the best laminating films on the market, the improvements elevates this product into an even highly level of performance. ColorGard LUV films offer protection from abrasion, moisture and other potentially damaging effects in both indoor and outdoor environments. Additionally, as an added benefit these films enhance the vibrancy of the graphic.
Among the new improvements are:
- Increased outdoor durability up to 5 years
- Color shift resistance
- ColorGard LUV films now have unmatched superior adhesion and wet-out over challenging UV inkjet prints
- Photographic prints
- UV screen printed images
- Latex, Solvent, Eco-solvent and Water-based Inkjet AND especially UV inkjet prints
Why Use High-Performance Laminating Films?
Laminating are used to protect printed graphics from light, dirt and moisture both indoors and outdoors. It should also be known that not all laminating films are created equal. Low-grade laminating films can bubble, crack, warp, and cause graphics to fade. A high-performance overlaminate, such as PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV by Mactac offers UV protection, superior flexibility/conformability, superior adhesion, long-term protection, and graphic enhancement.
Learn more about PERMACOLOR LUV Overlaminates
Types of Wall Graphic Media
Type II – Commercial Grade
Type II wall media is considered commercial grade – it’s designed to comply local, state and federal building and fire codes. This media is durable enough to withstand light and medium wear. Common applications include lobbies / waiting rooms, hallways, schools, restaurants, and retail settings. Typical intended application time is long-term.
- HP PVC-free Type II Wallcover – featuring a water activated adhesive-backing
- DaVinci Type II Wallcover – non-adhesive backing
Adhesive-Backed Wall Media
This type of media is ready to be applied to the wall without the need for paste. There are several options when it comes to adhesive. Water-activated adhesive has more room for error during installation because it can be moved or slid into place. Products with a peel away backing and a low-tack adhesive also fall into this category.
- Easy Image Wallcover and EnviroScape Mural – PVC-free wallcoverings with water activated adhesive for easy installation
- ROODLE by Mactac – A repositionable vinyl media for wall decals with similar characteristics to a certain product that begins with Fat and ends with Head.
Non Adhesive-Backed Wall Media
Non adhesive backed wall media is similar to wall paper in that it needs paste to be applied. This type of media is used for applications where typical adhesive-backed media does not cut it or when users prefer a traditional wall-paper-like installation.
DigiScape Smooth 9 mil – a durable, wet-strength media and an excellent alternative to pvc wallcovering materials.
Metallic / Specialty Finishes
RoughRap – for rough deeply textured surfaces such as brick, stucco, and cement.
WallFab Pearlescent – stunning metallic canvas-textured surface.
PanoRama Walk & Wall – one-step solution for indoor floors and walls, no lamination required.
Examples of Unique Wallcovering Textures
Unique textures such as this distinctive exotic faux mayan stone finish by KoroGraphics® can give the appearance of a mural that was painted directly on the wall.
Another option from KoroGraphics® is Trade Route, a finely detailed interpretation of ancient Chinese horizontal “raw” silk. Subtle slubs adorn the face of this fine fabric texture and convey a rich, sophisticated appearance to the finished image, a true upgrade from a standard “Artist Canvas” texture.
WallFab by Presto Tape is a polyester nonwoven wallcovering featuring a natural hand-woven canvas texture. It produces vivid imagery and striking detail – something that has to be seen in person to get the full experience. It comes in a variety of options including WallFab, WallFab Pearlescent, and WallFab Black Metallic (all pictured below).
Easy Image by DaVinci Technologies is a PVC-free wallcovering with a premium fabric-like texture that produces vibrant images on a unique soft to touch surface.
What are Wallcoverings?
Wallcoverings are designed to cover an entire surface as opposed to a smaller section of a wall. Additionally, wallcoverings can serve to cover blemishes or imperfections on dry wall or plaster walls. Typical wallcovering media is also thicker and more durable than standard sign vinyl.
Why Choose a Unique Wallcovering Finish?
It is easy to go with a standard smooth or canvas textured wallcovering. They are mass produced and many times a less expensive option. Standard wallcoverings will always have a place in the market – especially for short term or applications where a big visual impact is not important. So why choose a unique finish?
Unique wallcovering media gives the appearance of a premium surface. Since the textures and finishes are indeed unique, it makes viewers more intrigued about the subject matter – something everyone in the digital printing industry strives for. Surfaces can vary greatly. Some wallcovering surfaces look as though the graphic has been painted directly on the wall. Others have metallic finishes and change appearance in different lighting. Heavily textured finishes create depth and rich images. As you will see in the examples below, the possibilities can open opportunities into new markets and carve a niche for you as you expand into this sector of wide format printing.
Easy Image Wallcover features a patent-pending adhesive system that enables end-users to quickly and easily install wall murals and graphics. As shown in the video, it can reduce installation time by up to 60%.
DaVinci Technologies has announced the release of a brand new product. DaVinci Type II Wallcover is a high-performance digitally printable wallcovering. It features a durable non-adhesive backing and a bright white vinyl face. Available in three unique textures, DaVinci Type II Wallcover is a true commercial grade media. It is designed for high-traffic areas where there is a potential for above average wear. Ideal application areas include public settings such as waiting rooms, classrooms, retail stores, restaurants, public transportation facilities, and more.
All three variations available, which includes Sandstorm, Stubble, and Glazed, produce stunning imagery, vivid colors and can cover slight blemishes on the wall. It can also mask nicks and dings that may happen in the future.
DaVinci’s new line of wallcover media is formulated and tested to meet a variety of fire safety, environmental health, and mold & mildew control certifications. It was specifically developed to comply with local, state and federal building and fire codes. It is available in 54” x 150’ roll sizes and compatible with latex, solvent/eco-solvent, UV Inks
For more information, visit https://davinci-technologies.com/product/davinci-type-ii-wallcover/
DaVinci Technologies is leading provider of solutions for the digital wide format printing industry ranging from equipment and general purpose media to innovative specialty media for unique applications. Their product line ranges from HP Latex Printers, Finishing Equipment and Inkjet Media to cleaning solutions designed specifically for the printing industry.
Architectural wraps utilize space on walls, floors, and windows a create a dramatic visual experience. They can be an especially effective form of advertising and an attention-grabber for retail settings, trade shows, restaurants, museums, exhibits, and residential spaces. The following images provide examples of how architectural wrapped are being used to transform interior spaces.
Voting is open now and will run through February 1, 2016. Readers and subscribers of Wide-Format & Signage (online and in print) and PrintingNews.com have the opportunity to vote for the products that have caused the most excitement in the industry and have been a valuable asset to wide-format print service provider’s businesses over the 15 months. Categories include wide-format flatbed printers and wide-format media, to laminating equipment to inks, RIP software and scanners, Wide-Format & Signage’s Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards will recognize the products that are doing the most for a PSP’s bottom line.
Winners will be announced at the ISA show in Orlando, and featured in the April issue of Wide-Format & Signage magazine.
Recent advancements in print media have allowed installers to wrap virtually any surface including brick, stucco, poured cement, and cinder block. There are several highly conformable print media options on the market and choosing the correct one will depend on several factors including the intended longevity and outside conditions of the wrap. Here are several rough-surface wall wrap examples:
Sony outfitted their space with a mega-sized timeline wall graphic. Days and possibly weeks of work must have gone into the creation and installation of this piece. It’s a wonderful design and brilliant display of typography!