Wrap up for winter: prepare for cold-weather installations

Authored by Dennis Leblanc, Territory Manager, Eastern Canada + GTA; Drytac

It’s that time of year again: here in the northern hemisphere the leaves are falling from the trees, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping. While many of us would like to stay indoors with a warm drink, work goes on – and that means installing graphics in cold conditions.

As well as looking after ourselves in wintry weather, it’s important to keep in mind install temperatures when applying graphics outdoors in order to avoid failures. Typical install temperatures for pressure-sensitive materials rate at 5ºC (41ºF), but it’s essential that your chosen media, and its adhesive, can handle temperatures far below that.

Drytac has several solutions that are cold weather install rated down to -20ºC (-4ºF). In fact, there is an entire range of products, called Polar, designed specifically with low temperatures in mind – during installation, throughout the life of the graphic, and for its clean removal. The Drytac Polar range comprises a full selection of media for almost any graphics project need.

In fact, Polar Transit (available in North America) is even used for NHL rink board advertising across the USA and Canada, demonstrating its durability in low temperatures during action-packed ice hockey games, just as much as for bus graphic applications.

However, as much as winter may seem to drag on, it’s also crucial to bear in mind the highest temperatures your graphics may have to endure; summer is never far away. Drytac has also tested its Polar products for warm-weather performance – including an unofficial but extreme experiment carried out on Polar Chrome by Jerry Hill, Vice President of Business Development at Drytac. In March 2019, Jerry rode from Richmond, VA to in Las Vegas, NV on a motorcycle adorned with specially printed decals on this new reflective film. During the 2,400-mile, 36-hour journey (and back again), Jerry and the decals suffered temperatures of -2ºC (28.5ºF) in the southern Colorado mountains and 44ºC (112ºF) in Death Valley – and all survived.

The success of an application project lies in the ideal combination of film, laminate if necessary, and adhesive. Reach out to your Drytac adhesive science specialist for the right adhesive solution to meet your install needs.

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‘Dream come true’: artist sees illustration come to life with Drytac ReTac Textures

An artist has seen her work come to life in the form of stunning wallpaper, printed by Boylan Imaging on Drytac’s ReTac® large format print media.

Based in Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Boylan Imaging is a professional printing business that provides photography, digital and wide-format printing services to a range of customers, from large commercial clients to smaller personal projects. This summer Boylan Imaging was contacted by artist and graphic designer Hello It’s Matilda, who had recently moved from South Africa to Calgary and had received an order to turn one of her paintings into wallpaper.

As a regular user of Drytac ReTac, Boylan Imaging chose this polymeric removable vinyl to deliver the project for Hello It’s Matilda, with impressive results.

“We use the ReTac for a lot of projects,” comments John Boylan, Owner and Manager of Boylan Imaging. “Anyone can work with this product as it doesn’t have to be professionally installed, and the wallpaper project for Hello It’s Matilda went very smoothly.

“In fact the artist really had no idea how easy it was to print her work large-scale and had never done this in the past, so it has definitely sparked new creativity for her and her client.”

Posting as @hello.itsmatilda, the artist took to Instagram to share photos of her original botanical work, the installation of the wall covering and the colourful finished project – attracting several glowing comments. She said: “Dream come true! My illustration converted to wallpaper for the first time …One of the first and very exciting projects here in Canada! Hand painted illustration converted into a wallpaper design – printed by the amazing @boylanimaging. They print vinyl wallpaper that can be easily applied and removed without losing adhesion and leaving no residue when removed.”

In business for 21 years, Boylan Imaging relies on several Drytac products for its work including Emerytex laminating film and Multitac adhesive for a number of mounting purposes and Printable Eclipse PET film for trade show displays.

“Drytac is a great company that offers a variety of products. Their service is great as well,” says John Boylan.

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Drytac’s Wayne Colbath appointed to SGIA Graphics Production Committee

Drytac’s Vice President of Sales for the USA, Wayne Colbath, has been appointed to the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Graphics Production Committee. Commencing on October 1, 2019, Wayne’s year-long tenure on the committee will officially kick off at PRINTING United 2019 which takes place October 23rd to 25th in Dallas, Texas.

Volunteer leaders from across the industry are a vital part of SGIA. Committees and advisory councils provide insight on a range of initiatives and community-building activities, serve as a source for energy and new ideas, and provide perspectives representative of the industry. Volunteer leaders are relied upon for their industry experience and knowledge, as well as their desire to contribute to the success of others, the printing industry, and SGIA.

On Wayne’s appointment, Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “We’d like to congratulate Wayne; he has consistently proved to be an excellent ambassador for Drytac and his appointment to the SGIA Committee proves how well respected he is within the entire industry.”

Drytac will be showcasing its award-winning adhesive materials on booth 6224 at PRINTING United 2019. The Drytac team – including Wayne Colbath – will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and experience about Drytac’s products throughout the show.

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Turner Signs prepares for new school year with Drytac Polar

A school in Doncaster has had a makeover in time for the new academic year thanks to Turner Signs and products from Drytac®.

Turner Signs was approached by a teacher at Hall Cross Academy – who had seen the Barnsley-based family signage business’s work on Instagram – regarding a large project to transform the building. The secondary school is starting the autumn term with a new headteacher, so a new look was appropriate to a fresh start this September.

Posting on Instagram, Turner Signs (@turnersignslimited) said: “The school went for a bright bold design to brighten up the large empty spaces and rolled this out throughout the school from numerous wall wraps to window graphics to various types of signage.”

While Turner Signs has its own in-house design department, this project was so big it called on the services of Ginger Fox Studio for the artwork – in the school’s colours of red, grey, black and white – so it could concentrate on the printing and application elements of the job. The printing and cutting stage took two days, using a Mimaki CJV150 integrated printer/cutter, with a further two days to complete the installation on-site.

Polar Grip from Drytac – the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage market – was used throughout the project. A polymeric self-adhesive PVC film with a unique high-bond adhesive, Polar Grip offers five years’ durability in both indoor and outdoor conditions, ideal for digitally printed graphics in high-traffic areas such as school corridors.

Curt Turner, Director at Turner Signs, explains why the team chose the product: “We needed strong adhesive for the wall graphics installed on brickwork, so Drytac supplier Sabur Digital recommended Polar Grip. I applied a sample to the wall of our workshop as a test run and it worked really well and was really easy to install. It comes away from the silicone material well and is very forgiving when fixing errors.”

Turner Signs started in 1990 with roots in traditional sign-writing, with most work now covering vinyl signage and vehicle graphics. Curt Turner says the team will use Polar Grip again for other jobs, including potentially more wall graphics in another area of the Hall Cross Academy building.

Furthermore, Curt says he may print his own design for the Turner Signs workshop wall to use as a showcase for the business’s expertise and for Drytac Polar Grip.

“I will definitely use it again and recommend it to Turner Signs customers,” he says.

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