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How to use Banner Mesh for In-Ice Graphics

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Jan 01, 2018 05:03pm
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hockeyWe all know that banner mesh is an excellent material choice for banner applications requiring reduced wind resistance, or a certain amount of “transparency” – from construction site and fence graphics to building wraps and even window blinds. But a lesser known application with terrific market potential is in-ice graphics.

In-ice graphics are a high visibility advertising medium that can command a premium from sponsors for local curling, hockey and skating tournament organizers. For some clubs, this may mean a new source of sponsorship revenue. For others, in-ice graphics produced using banner mesh offers distinct advantages over conventional methods. For example: unlike other methods, digitally printed banner mesh is reusable, inexpensive, easy for ice makers to install, and does not create a thermal barrier.

So far, so Good – Right?

Here’s the thing. We’re not experts in ice-making. We’re not even novice ice-makers. In all likelihood, you aren’t either. So, when you’re discussing the idea with your customer, make sure the ice-maker is present at some point.

Only qualified ice makers can determine the safety and suitability of use of, and installation methods for, banner mesh for in-ice graphics in their facility and particular circumstance. Encourage them to test and make their own determination. From what we can gather, the following installation/testing guidelines should help them get started.

Installation/Testing Guidelines:

  1. First, ensure that printed graphics have been allowed to cure for a minimum of 24 hours. For that to happen, remove prints from take up roll, in order to ensure maximum circulation.
  2. Ice makers typically install graphics between their first and second layers of ice.
  3. After first layer of ice is in, shave down slightly the area where the banner mesh will be placed
  4. Place graphics in this area, then use a pressurized sprayer to lay a light mist of water covering the graphic to about 12″ beyond all edges. Allow mist of water to freeze.
  5. Take a clean paint roller and dip in water. Roll this over graphic covering to about 12″ beyond all edges. Allow this coat to freeze.
  6. Next, install a second layer of ice.
  7. Inspect area to ensure ice over the graphics has sufficient integrity, and that graphics are set in at a safe depth, based on intended use(s) of the ice surface
  8. Re-inspect after first use, before and after ice resurfacing

Photo used with permission under Creative Commons “Attribution Generic 2.0” License, with thanks to Kraft Hockeyville Thetford Mines 2009


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