This high performance comes at a very high cost to the PSP. The trade show market has changed over the years and many are finding that graphics only need to last for a single show, so many PSP’s question the need for such a high performance laminate.
There are many other textured products in the market that are less expensive and will do the job. We recommend our Print Shield Floor Guard, which is a durable, scratch resistant PVC product.
Pierce: Polycarbonate films offer the most durable finish for tradeshow graphics and other POP type signage.
Polycarbonate film is a cold laminating film and there are various thickness available. GBC offers a 5 mil polycarbonate cold laminating film, which is specified to provide the maximum amount of protection to the graphic while meeting the most desired price point in the market.
8. Are there any tips/tricks to using polycarbonate laminates for durable tradeshow graphics?
Caruso: The most common mistake I come across is with retractable banner stands. When laminating the image, using a 5mil film and rolling the image facing out will greatly reduce the chance of the graphic de-laminating. A textured vinyl film is a great alternative because vinyl will have greater flexibility than polycarbonate.
Corey: Buy both print media and laminate from same source. Always allow print media to outgas (especially solvent or eco-solvent media) overnight before laminating. Allow laminated graphics a few hours before installing, just in case. Most say to roll the image out.
Mohni: The main thing with trade show graphics laminated with any film is to make sure you store them with the image wound out. This puts less stress on the bond between the media and the laminates and virtually eliminates the chance of tunneling in the image.
Pierce: Choose a high quality product with a strong cross linked adhesive and then make sure to roll the final product image out to prevent tunneling.