New Drytac ReTac Textures Woodgrain finish gives depth and texture

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, has announced that a stunning new award-winning ReTac® Textures finish is now available globally.

New ReTac® Textures Woodgrain has been designed to add depth and texture to static, flat graphics, giving them incredible visual appeal. The embossed woodgrain-effect finish really makes images stand out, making it perfect for eye-catching interior promotions, wall graphics, custom wall murals, interior décor, retail displays, trade show graphics and signage. It is also an ideal material for textured labels, decals and stickers.

Like the other products in the popular ReTac range, ReTac® Textures Woodgrain features the innovative ReTac ultra removable and repositionable adhesive, making it easy to apply and reposition multiple times without leaving residue behind or reducing its adhesion. It’s also simple and clean to remove without damaging the surface. ReTac® Textures Woodgrain is also fire-rated making it ideal for public spaces.

ReTac® Textures Woodgrain is a 6 mil (150-micron) phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with an embossed wood textured matte finish. Available in widths up to 54 inches (1370mm), this white printable media is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technologies and offers five years’ interior and exterior durability and two years’ removability outdoors.

“Drytac is delighted to add the new Woodgrain finish to the ReTac Textures range globally,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac. “It’s embossed-effect surface adds a richness and depth to images, making it perfect for graphics displayed on flat surfaces like walls and exhibition boards.

“Every product in the ReTac range is designed for ease of use so we expect to see some exciting applications for it across the globe.”

 

 

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Panopus meets demands of fast-moving music world with Drytac SpotOn

Panopus Printing has created two poster projects for The Garage in London – but the fast-moving music world means the colourful ads were only on show for a few days. To meet this demand the local print specialist relied on Drytac SpotOn, a printable media designed specifically for easy removal after even the shortest-term installations.

Panopus Printing PRS Ltd was founded in 1997 as a reprographics supplier for the building sector. While it still works with architects and engineers, Panopus felt the effects of the recession and in 2010 decided to meet increasing customer demand and diversify into large-format vinyl printing, using its HP Latex 315 printer to produce vinyl signs, stickers and lettering. It also provides very high-resolution reproduction services to fine art, fashion, graphic design, interior design and architecture students at London institutions including Central Saint Martins.

With such strong links to arts and entertainment, Panopus often works with agencies and promoters, and recently completed two projects advertising new material from Dylan and Dorian Electra. These posters were on display at live music venue The Garage and its sister pub The Grace in Highbury, north London, and by nature were very short-term.

“We received a request for vinyl posters that could be removed after two to three days,” Rayvin Portelli, Managing Director, Panopus Printing PRS Ltd, comments. “We had previously experimented with Drytac SpotOn using some samples supplied by Antalis and found them ideal for the job – the material was both put up and taken down easily.”

SpotOn printable vinyl film is designed for this purpose. It features Drytac’s unique ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application onto a wide variety of smooth surfaces, even by non-professionals, and clean removal at the end of its use. It can also be repositioned and reused if stored correctly. The 100µ (4 mil) film, available in clear matte, white matte and white gloss versions, is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inkjet printing technologies.

Panopus has also used the media for a sound and art installation at Lloyds Banking Group’s London Wall building. Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories commemorates and celebrates the lives of twelve pioneers from the Windrush Generation, and features a life-size replica of a shopfront created by Panopus on Drytac SpotOn.

Rayvin Portelli has plans for other Drytac products. He says: “I’m looking forward to using ReTac Textures for more projects. It’s beautiful stuff to apply, remove and reuse, which makes it great for POS.”

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Cakes and PVC: What do they have in common?

Authored by Steve Broad, Drytac’s European & Asia Sales Director

Vinyl is a standard sign and graphics material, with great results for a whole range of applications. But there is more than one type, and it’s important to choose the correct media for your project.

There are three categories of display vinyl: monomeric, polymeric and cast. Each are polyvinyl chloride – better known as PVC – of different sorts. To understand the difference between these three types, simply compare the PVC to baking a cake. The three types of PVC have very similar ingredients in their build; it’s just their quality and manufacturing processes which differentiate them.

Monomeric film is one of the cheapest forms of PVC available. It has the lowest cost of ingredients and it is stretched or rolled out to make it thin and printable – a little like using a rolling pin to roll out pie crust – in a process called calendering. All calendered PVC has a memory and wants to shrink back to its original state, but the additives in the chemical formulation prevent it from doing so. Typically, monomeric PVC will have an application lifespan of around three years, making it very cost effective for many short-term display projects.

Polymeric film is typically more expensive than monomeric. Its production uses the same kind of raw materials and calendering process as monomeric, but the ingredients of polymeric PVC are of a higher quality – hence this PVC has a longer life, of around five to seven years. It also can be used on a greater variety of surfaces than monomeric vinyl, such as those which are not flat or regular. In terms of cakes, polymeric films have higher quality ingredients than monomeric films.

The third type of PVC is called cast. Again, this uses the same type of raw materials as monomeric and polymeric, but the manufacture of cast uses the highest quality ingredients available. Additionally, the production process of cast PVC is not calendered; instead the PVC is poured into a casting tray where it is made flat from the beginning. Back to the analogy of baking: making cast PVC is like making a cake or brownies where you pour the ingredients into a cake tin, bake it, and it comes out the shape and size of the tin. This is the same way cast PVC is produced, so thanks to the high-quality ingredients and casting process, the PVC has no memory and will not shrink, allowing it to be formed or wrapped into many different shapes. The life of the product can therefore be in excess of seven years and is ideal for high-end applications such as vehicle wrapping for the auto industry. Think of it as a beautifully decorated cake for a special occasion.

While monomeric and polymeric PVC media are engineered with lower grades of ingredients, that’s not to say they aren’t ideal for a range of applications, such as  simple, short-term displays. All types of PVC vinyl are available in gloss and matte finishes and with white and clear face films, offering a multitude of options to create the perfect project. Get in touch with your Drytac representative to discover the best product for you.

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Drytac supplier Sabur supports Help for Heroes with van wraps

The media was printed at Sabur HQ using Drytac Polar Premium Media each van was then individually wrapped by a team of experts from 5 local Sign and Digital print companies who each offered their services completely free of charge.

Sabur Digital, a UK supplier of Drytac products, has raised over £2,500 for the Help for Heroes charity by bringing together printers, vehicle wrappers, manufacturers and local business sponsors.

The Thornton family tragically lost their son Private Matthew Thornton in combat in November 2011, and have a target to raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes in his memory. To support the cause, Sabur approached local businesses to sponsor graphics on its own vans, and local digital sign companies to complete the wraps. The wraps were printed on Drytac Polar Premium media.

In total over £2,500 was raised for Help for Heroes.

Sponsors: Bapp – Drytac – Newman & Bond – Sliders Wardrobes – Storm Commercials – Seaman Herbert

Vehicle Wrappers: Alligator Signs – SignsXtra – Sign House – Totty Signs – Turner Signs      

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