Drytac has published a series of blogs throughout 2022 covering some of the most talked-about subjects in the industry. From the importance of mounting adhesives at the start of the year, to preparing for cold-weather installations ahead of the busy festive period, there was plenty for Drytac’s specialist staff to explore.
Other articles this year included removable adhesives and their potential to help print businesses with their growth plans, while the core challenges in application installation and the issue of grey versus clear adhesives was also explored.
Michael Morano, North American Sales Support Specialist at Drytac, investigated the importance of testing and approving materials to save on time and costs in March, while Dennis Leblanc, Drytac’s Senior Business Development Manager for North America, looked at transitioning from ‘Just in Time’ to ‘Just in Case’ in a thought-provoking blog in September.
All these blogs are available below, so if you have some spare time over the Christmas period and want to expand your knowledge of self-adhesive materials, these articles offer plenty of advice and guidance on how Drytac’s products can help your business grow.
Winter is coming, so how do you prepare for cold-weather installations?
Blog authored by Dennis Leblanc, Senior Business Development Manager – North America at Drytac. With the chill of winter now very much in […]
The large-format print business used Drytac Polar Premium Air with Interlam Pro Emerytex laminate to produce a series of interior graphics to brighten up a stairway with colourful images of the local area.
Blog authored by Dennis Leblanc, Senior Business Development Manager – North America at Drytac.
With the chill of winter now very much in the air, the minds of print service providers, sign-makers and specialist installers begin to turn to how they are going to cope with installing graphics in cold conditions.
While keeping themselves warm in often-sub-zero temperatures is one thing, ensuring that graphics are installed properly and do not fail is a different matter altogether. After all, the last thing you want is a graphic installation failure that could have been avoided with proper research.
Traditionally, pressure-sensitive print media has a minimum application temperature of 5˚C (41˚F), which in cooler climates only allows for graphic installation for half of the year. When choosing a print media, it is important to select one that has an application temperature to match your climate.
Drytac has several solutions that are cold weather install rated down to as cold as -20˚C (-4˚F). In fact, the aptly named Polar range features products that are all designed with low temperatures in mind, from installation, throughout the life of the graphic, and its removal.
The Drytac Polar range comprises a full selection of media for almost any graphics project need including:
Polar Transit, for example, is often used for NHL rink board advertising across the US and Canada, demonstrating its durability in low temperatures during action-packed ice hockey games, just as much as for bus graphic applications.
The entire Polar range is extremely versatile; Polar Smooth 150, Polar Smooth 150 Air, and Polar Grip also fit the bill for the lifespan required and ease of application for rink boards, as well as multiple other cold weather applications.
Then there is the Drytac Air range of products – Polar Premium Air P, Polar Smooth 150 Air and Polar Transit Air – all of which have an air egress release liner with bubble-free technology allowing for easy-to-apply graphics without the need for wet installation. This is absolutely key in cold weather environments as it eliminates the need for messy or frozen wet graphic installations, making the whole process much easier for installers.
Crucial to the success of a cold weather application projects is selecting the perfect combination of film, laminate (if necessary), and adhesive. If you’ve got any queries, Drytac’s knowledgeable experts are able to advise which products will best suit the application you are working on.
Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to produce a colourful, large-format piece of print to brighten up buildings at a busy intersection.
Canadian large-format print company Creative Silhouettes recently used Drytac Polar Grip white polymeric self-adhesive vinyl to create a striking application at a busy intersection in its home city of Toronto.
Creative Silhouettes was approached by the City of Toronto and real estate company Brookfield Properties to produce an eye-catching piece of print that would brighten up a large space at the outdoor location.
The aim of the project was not to advertise or promote a product or service, but instead introduce a splash of colour to the otherwise dull, beige colour of the building space.
As a long-term user of Drytac products – purchasing through ND Graphics, Creative Silhouettes was familiar with the many benefits of working with Drytac’s high-quality materials. The company had no hesitation in returning to Drytac for this latest project, opting for Drytac Polar Grip to produce the print.
Creative Silhouettes used an HP R1000 Latex printer to produce the final print, which measured 60ft high and 35ft wide. Installed in early September 2022, it now colourfully towers over passers-by in Toronto.
“We chose Drytac Polar Grip as we have used the product a number of times in the past, so our team is highly familiar with its properties and qualities,” said Giovani Pereira, Project and Business Development Manager at Creative Silhouettes. “We have been using this material for the past three years in a wide range of applications.
“Drytac Polar Grip was the ideal solution for this job in particular as it is able to hold well in both hot and cold weather on rough surfaces, such as the building at the intersection, meaning it will stand up to the elements.
“The customers were incredibly happy with the look of the final project, as are we as a team.”
Wide format is regarded as one of the most exciting areas of the print industry, with one of the main reasons for this being that every day is varied. Each customer you deal with will want something different; every project will have unique specifications; and, to some extent, every surface has distinctive properties that will affect how a graphic film can adhere.
One of the main, stand-out trends in the current market is short-term branding for special events, pop-up stores and other promotional activities. This has led to a spike in demand for films with removable adhesives – products that adhere well to most surfaces, but are only required to do so temporarily.
While traditional removable adhesive technologies are proving popular with printers, once these materials are applied to a substrate, they don’t always offer a good option for repositioning or re-use if desired, thus limiting their use.
Then throw in the fact that the removable adhesive will provide an increased bond over time and can turn permanent after six months. This may result in difficulty removing the product, excess adhesive residue that needs to be cleaned up, or even worse, damage to the substrate, which might be a display window, painted wall surface or high-end flooring.
For situations like this, Drytac ReTac repositionable adhesive technology offers the perfect solution for printers, providing excellent adhesive qualities, with the ability to both reposition and reuse the graphics.
So, what is ReTac adhesive technology? What makes such a unique process possible? When Drytac formulates the ReTac adhesive, it uses larger spherical particles which, although individually invisible, together they have a noticeable effect.
When dried, these spherical particles will break up the continuity of the surface of the adhesive since contact is limited to the tangent point of the sphere. As such, this limited contact results in low peel adhesion levels, as well as removability and stable peel adhesion over time.
Comparing these products with typical removable adhesive technologies, the more traditional materials are produced using smaller adhesive particles, which, when dry, form a continuous film. These products create a larger surface area over which an adhesive bond can form, so peel strength will be initially higher and will increase over time.
While these products may indeed be removable, they are not intended for continual re-adherence, and as a result will limit the user to what they can achieve with their printed graphics.
So, what are the benefits of Drytac’s ‘microsphere’ adhesive technology over traditional options? First and foremost, Drytac ReTac is low peel and offers high removability with no residue. The fact it can be repositioned and reused means less waste over time.
As these materials are suitable for use across a wide range of substrates and surfaces, they make an ideal choice for use in short-term graphics projects such as wall graphics, temporary signage and repositionable notes.
Add in that they are friendly to the environment since they are water-based, and it is easy to see why ReTac is fast becoming the product of choice for many print service providers.
To further support customers with their choice of product when applying wall graphics and similar applications, Drytac has produced a dedicated Wall Surfaces Guide. This easy-to-digest guide sets out how the type of surface will have an impact on the adhesive bond of materials, and offers expert advice on the different types of surfaces and how these may impact performance.
To access Drytac’s Wall Surfaces Guide, please click here.
ViziPrint Impress Clear features Drytac’s low-tack hybrid adhesive technology, which creates a strong bond and easy-removability in both high and low temperatures.
Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce the global availability of its improved ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL film.
ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL is an optically clear gloss PET printable film designed for trouble-free installation of graphics onto glass and other smooth, flat surfaces. It incorporates Drytac’s low tack hybrid adhesive technology, creating a strong bond in both high and low temperatures without leaving residue behind when removed.
Drytac has now incorporated a new thinner face film, which makes the media easier to work with. Compatible with UV and Latex printing, ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL uses a mechanical bond to gently adhere images to surfaces and can be repositioned and reapplied multiple times. Drytac’s unique adhesion technology eliminates bubbling and ensures the product is unaffected by moisture.
PVC-free, 100% recyclable and resistant to both wear and tear and water, ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL can be used to create vibrant and stunning prints for both indoor and outdoor use, including graphics for window advertisements and screen displays, as well as eye-catching stickers on white goods.
“We are delighted to be offering ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL to our customers around the world,” says Amanda Lowe, Global Marketing Director at Drytac. “This is one of our most flexible film products as it allows users to take on all sorts of work.
“Add in the fact that the film can be easily removed without leaving any residue, and ViziPrint Impress Clear UVL is the ideal solution for use in all manner of creative applications.”
Amanda Lowe joined Drytac in March of 2017 and has served in a number of key marketing roles within the business.
Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce the promotion of Amanda Lowe (formerly Amanda Brown) to the position of Global Marketing Director.
Amanda takes on the new role having served as Drytac’s Global Marketing Manager since January 2019, having joined the company in 2017 as Marketing Coordinator. During her time at Drytac, she has played a major role in the full re-branding of the business, working closely on Drytac’s new website, data sheets, literature, videos, guides and social media channels.
Amanda also launched the popular Drytac Blog, posting informative and educational articles every month, as well as the Case Study program, with more than 70 pages of case studies now being available to view on the Drytac website.
In addition, Amanda manages and executes Drytac’s participation at trade shows around the world, while she also works with the sales team to run other events and open houses, offering customers greater insight into Drytac and its range of market leading solutions.
Prior to joining Drytac, Amanda worked full time in merchandising within the retail sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design, from Virginia Tech.
“I’m delighted to take on this new role and very much look forward to the opportunity of working with our marketing team to drive further awareness of Drytac and its leading products in regions worldwide,” Amanda said.
“Having been with Drytac since early 2017, I am incredibly passionate about the business and the high-quality products we offer to customers, while I am also very proud to be part of a team of knowledgeable staff that share my desire for the business to continue to grow.”
Drytac materials will be showcased on Hybrid Services, Soyang Europe, Perfect Colours and Colyer Repro stands, as well as being used for wayfinding, directional and sponsored advert floor graphics throughout the event.
Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce its products will be showcased on a number of stands at The Print Show 2022.
Taking place from 20-22 September at the NEC Birmingham, The Print Show 2022 is the only event dedicated to the UK print industry covering all areas of the market from commercial and wide-format print to specialist finishing and 3D technology.
Drytac’s products are suitable for use across a wide range of areas within the industry and visitors to the show this year will be able to learn about the benefits of working with these market leading materials.
Hybrid Services, the exclusive distributor of Mimaki printing equipment in the UK and Ireland, will be running Drytac media on its stand (P59) at the show, as will leading print service provider Colyer Repro (stand D02).
Drytac partner companies Soyang Europe (D50) and Perfect Colours (E10) will be showcasing Drytac’s products and marketing materials on their stands throughout the event, while Drytac representatives will also be on hand at the show for product and application questions.
In addition, visitors walking around Hall 17 of the NEC will be able to view Drytac’s products in action, with Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 and Polar PET 170 being used for wayfinding, directional and sponsored advert floor graphics throughout the event.
“Drytac is a long-term supporter of The Print Show, and we are delighted to have a presence at the event again this year in partnership with a number of companies and suppliers,” Steve Broad, EMEA & APAC Sales Director at Drytac said. “Our specialist staff will be on hand to speak with visitors about the many types of applications they can produce using our materials, while Drytac products will feature across the show floor, serving as directional signage to help improve the experience for all attendees.”