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
KHDA of United Arab Emirates, (Dubai) wanted to transform their conference room into an underwater aquarium theme. So they called upon E-Walls Studio to tackle the job. Using Mactac Printvinyl 899 R (only available to Mactac’s European market) the studio did an incredible job of transforming the space into a life-sized aquarium.
The transparent film used for this application allows for the graphic to be viewed from both sides of the glass. It is a nice example of high contrast and vivid imagery – traits that are sometimes difficult to achieve with clear film. The product is similar to Mactac JT5999R, a 3.1 mil clear gloss PVC film with a removable adhesive- which is available in the United States.
This project proves that wide format media has found a place in the world of interior décor.
Silver Vinyl Window Graphics Image Gallery
Silver lettering and graphics on windows provide an elegant and classic touch if executed the right way. Silver and gold lettering/graphics have a timeless look, once achieved only by hand-painting directly onto the window. Thanks to current-day vinyl plotters, this look can now be achieved with far less effort. We have compiled a short list of some creative examples of silver vinyl applied to windows.
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In this video brought to you by MACtac, we will take a look at how to install MACtac IMAGin Verde window graphics. MACtac IMAGin Verde is a line of greener alternative vinyls for wide and grand format digital printing. The environmentally friendly MACtac IMAGin Verde window graphics is ideal for window advertisements and upscale decor. The product allows you to apply window graphics with no visible border and can be cleanly removed for up to two years, even in high traffic areas. Installation is easy, and any novice can do it with a little practice.
Tools Needed: Isopropyl Alcohol, Soft Felt Squeegee
Step 1 Prep the surface using Isopropyl Alcohol. Be sure to dry the surface after prep
Step 2 Using the wet application saturate the surface and the graphic
Step 3 Remove liner and apply the graphic to the saturated surface, float into place
Step 4 Once in place, use a soft felt squeegee to smooth the graphic
Step 5 Dry the area
The MACtac IMAGin Verde window graphics are perfect for Point-of-Purchase, small businesses, restaurants, commercial decor and more. While you have choices for window graphics, MACtac IMAGin Verde can offer optimum clarity, sustainability and competitive pricing.
The unlimited possibilities of frosted window vinyl for plotters – Application Spotlight
Until recently, the only way to achieve an etched window effect was to dish out thousands of dollars to have it engraved. Now, frosted window film made for plotters has given designers in the large format printing industry a relatively easy medium for replicating that expensive etched glass look.
The following images demonstrate intricately cut designs that resembles etched glass
Window Film Application Spotlight for the Large Format Graphics and Printing Industry
Take a moment to browse these creative window film applications and let your mind wander as you become inspired for your next project.
In this tutorial you will learn how to easily install perforated window vinyl – just like the experts. Installing a perforated window graphic is similar to installing other adhesive-backed large format printed graphics, yet very different in ways and it will take several practice runs before mastering the art.
1. Gather the following materials:
- Felt Squeegee
- Paper Towers (For Cleanup)
- Isopropyl Alcohol or Presaturated wipes to prep window
- Masking tape
- Razor blade or x-acto knife
- Tape measure and level
2. Clean the window surface and remove all dust particles – always start with a freshly cleaned window.
3. Position the graphic – When the graphic is aligned to your liking use your masking and apply it to the top of your graphic so creates a hinge. *If you are installing a full window graphic, use your tape measure or ruler to make sure the edges and corners are evenly spread throughout the window.
4. Peel off adhesive backing from a top portion of the graphic (see video). Using a felt squeegee (to avoid scratching the surface of the graphic) press firmly and product a back and forth (left to right) movement, beginning at the top slowly working your way to the bottom.
5. For Wet Application Only – Once complete, make sure all liquid is removed from the area (and behind the graphic). Wipe down the surrounding area with a cloth.
6. For graphics touching the edge of the window seal, trim the excess away.
The United States Postal Service enlisted Lowen Color Graphics to provide fleet graphics as part of a multi-channel marketing campaign promoting Priority Mail and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Lowen is producing and installing vehicle wraps on USPS trucks in major urban centers. Each driver side vehicle graphic features a dynamic image of Spider-Man with corresponding vehicle markings.
“Lowen Color Graphics proudly serves the USPS fleet. We were excited when USPS approached us with this significant task.” said Roger Borth, General Manager. “Our high efficiency/large capacity manufacturing unit is working seamlessly in conjunction with our national installation network to execute this sizable project in record time. We are always eager to undertake very large projects with expedited lead times.”
The high-profile marketing campaign in partnership with Sony Pictures began the week of March 17 and continues through the end of May. The fleet graphics are produced on a specialized 3M material that will allow easy removal returning each vehicle to their original appearance after the campaign concludes.