The firm also features the robust PermaFlex line, which is a rigid, pressure-sensitive overlaminate film ideally suited for counter tops and wall graphics. “Our PermaFlex films last 30 to 90 days outdoor and up to three years indoor,” Yard notes.
LexJet has added an 11-mil Blockout PolyGloss media that is resistant to water. The lay-flat polypropylene material includes a gray back coat for added opacity so that less light shines through the back of the graphics. It can be used as an alternative to typical polyester inkjet material for trade show and retail displays as well as for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor banners, the firm says. It also offers a 5.5 mil gloss polyester film with block-out layer for 100 percent opacity. The water-based specialty film is intended for non-water-sensitive ink and media and “can be used with thermal laminates,” Metnick explains.
Next month at the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association SGIA annual show in Orlando (October 23-25), MACtac will relaunch its PermaGuard intermediate laminate with enhanced matte, luster, and gloss finishes, Yard reports. The firm also will showcase face-stock improvements in durability and appearance.
In the spring of 2014, the ISA international sign expo also will be in Orlando (April 23-26). For Arlon, “finish and durability are the keys” at both these wide-format trade shows, Russell concludes. “We will show thicker laminates and adhesives with laminates,” he shares, including its heavy-gauge Series 3590 overlaminate, introduced in late 2012. The 12-mil (305 micron) film features a clear, permanent, pressure-sensitive adhesive that is popular in racing and dirt bike/motocross circuits. “It is solvent- and chemical-resistant, so it works on industrial and high-traffic applications too,” he notes.
Avery Dennison Graphics will show ISA and SGIA show-goers its chrome line of products, which are available in multiple colors. “Silver, blue, and charcoal black are coming,” reports Paul Roba, North American technical manager. Color replacement films for cars and refrigerators, used in lieu of paint, also will be featured. “They [represent] a low front-end investment,” Roba says, “for which we see a market.”
Russell concludes, “Many shops overlook lamination because it is a relatively simple process, but it is a very important step. Mess-ups are expensive because it means starting over,” incurring extra media, ink, and film costs, not to mention associated time and labor. “The challenge with laminating is doing it right—without hurting the graphic,” he said.