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PVC-Free Print Media … It’s more than just a trend!

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Dec 01, 2016 02:31pm
Posted in: Green Solutions

IMG_7790The requirement for PVC-free print media is one of the fastest moving trends going into 2017. Luckily, manufacturers are meeting demand by producing innovative pressure sensitive medias that can be used alone, or in combination with a PVC-free laminate to create stunning results with no VOCs when printed with Latex or UV-cure inks!

PVC-Free Print Media:

DigiScape Stick-R – 9mil, PVC-free, pressure sensitive, latex-saturated paper material with synthetic fibres for strength, and a removable adhesive for easy peel and stick. This FR-rate product can be cut into decals, installed as a wall covering and used for many other retail POP applications. It offers a slight weave texture and matte finish to help cover surface imperfections.

3M Envision 48C – 4.3mil non-PVC polymer with a grey removable adhesive that is LEED qualified! You now can get the versatility of 3M Controltac Print Film 40C in an affordable, eco-friendlier non-PVC version. This film is ideal for multiple indoor and outdoor applications including windows, walls and floors. 3M Envision 48C is the only non-PVC intermediate film on the market with 3M Controltac and Comply Adhesive, making installation quick and easy!

Textilebrite PSA PVC-Free –  a 4oz woven 100% polyester, pressure sensitive fabric that offers a 150 X 150 denier base with an inkjet receptive layer. The adhesive on the back is repositionable and removable, meaning you can apply and reapply without leaving behind any adhesive residue. Ideal for windows and walls.

3M Envision SV and LX 480 – 2-mil non-PVC film versatile enough to wrap everything from vehicles to trailers to boats to textured surfaces on the outside of buildings! It is LEED qualified and offers a smooth lustre finish with excellent print quality, slideability and Comply Adhesive air release channels. It is highly conformable with excellent lifting resistance. LX480Cv3 is for use Latex/UV inkjet inks and SV480Cv3 is for use with Solvent/UV inkjet inks.

Drytac Viziprint Illuminate – a translucent PET film with proprietary adhesion technology for trouble-free, installation of graphics on glass surfaces. It is easy to apply and leaves no residue behind during removal. The film’s bright white base colour and ability to diffuse light creates brighter, more vivid Latex or UV printed backlit images that have a wider colour gamut. It can even be used in it’s unprinted state as a privacy film! Also available in optically clear Viziprint Clear & White SEL or Viziprint Clear UV

PVC-Free Laminates:

3M 8048G – 2 mil, gloss laminate designed for use with the 3M Envision 48C print film. It provides superior UV and water protection, as well as scratch resistance to dramatically improve the lifespan of printed graphics.

3M Envision 8548 – 2 mil, gloss or lustre laminate with outstanding clarity and better scratch resistance during installation than gloss cast vinyl overlaminates. Designed for use with 480Cv3 Envision print films.

Clearshield Wall Armor Liquid Laminate – a specially formulated liquid laminate for digitally printed wall applications. Wall Armor not only offers unbeatable protection, it also has the added benefit of being a Type II Certified Solution for commercial applications. Wall Armor can be applied by roller, spray or liquid laminator, and offers stain, scratch and abrasion resistance as well as fire retardancy. It is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV-curable printed materials.


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