Drytac SpotOn used on Emmerdale bus at Leeds Pride

The Leeds Pride parade featured an open-top double-decker bus wrapped for the occasion by the team behind Emmerdale‘s on-screen graphics – using Drytac® easily removable graphics materials.

The Scenic Design Department within the Yorkshire-based soap, part of ITV Studios, installed a new Roland TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutter in summer 2019. The device was bought from Sabur Inks, who also supplied a quantity of Drytac SpotOn for use with the new system. This 4 mil (100µ) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl is enhanced with Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables simple, bubble-free application and, crucially, easy and clean removal.

These features are ideally suited to the work done by the Emmerdale in-house graphics team, who work with both the Art Director and Production Director to design and produce all printed work that is seen on-screen – including sets, retail signage, advertising posters, vehicle graphics, menus and paperwork handled by the actors, and beer pumps in The Woolpack pub. This work has to be of high quality – it will be seen by millions of viewers – but completed quickly, and is typically very short term.

Ian Sykes, Graphic Artist at ITV Studios, explains that he visited Sign and Digital UK in April 2019 to see samples of suitable products.

“Our graphics may only be in place for a day – a week at most – and are often applied over existing signage or vehicle graphics that must remain intact after ours are removed,” he explains. “We went to Sign UK in search of a low-tac and removable product, and several people recommended Drytac SpotOn. When we bought the new Roland printer it was an opportunity to try it out.”

The ITV team’s first project using SpotOn was not an on-screen display but the Emmerdale-sponsored Pride bus, which took to the streets of Leeds on August 4th 2019 in temperatures up to 28ºC. As this was a sightseeing bus hired for the event, its existing graphics had to remain undamaged after the temporary graphics – the LGBT+ rainbow flag with the Emmerdale and ITV logos – were removed afterwards.

“We used 3m x 1,300mm sheets of Drytac SpotOn to cover virtually the entire bus with graphics,” says Ian Sykes.

“The best thing was the SpotOn product left the existing graphics underneath intact.”

To learn more about Sabur Inks, visit https://www.sublimationinks.com/.

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The Diablo is in the detail: Drytac ReTac appears at The Mirage in Las Vegas

A new restaurant at The Mirage hotel and casino complex in Las Vegas is to open soon, featuring dramatic wall murals printed on Drytac ReTac Textures.

Opened in 1989, the 3,044-room Mirage is a staple of the Las Vegas Strip, featured in dozens of movies including 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven. Its latest attraction is Diablo’s Cantina restaurant, newly open, which is decorated in vibrant wall murals with a Mexican-inspired fiery skeleton design.

Las Vegas grand format print and installation company Screaming Images printed and fitted the murals, drawing on 18 years’ experience working on projects from the worlds of sport, retail and entertainment. It counts MGM, the Raiders, NFL, NBA, Kawasaki and Shoe Palace amongst its customers.

To achieve the depth and visual appeal required for the incredible Diablo’s wall coverings, Screaming Images chose Drytac ReTac Textures in Canvas, a matte white phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with an embossed textured finish. In addition to Canvas, ReTac Textures is available in Sand, Linen and Woodgrain, all offering a textured finish that gives an extra visual and touchable element to high-quality artwork.

ReTac Textures polymeric self-adhesive vinyl features an ultra-removable adhesive backing that can be easily and repeatedly removed and repositioned with no damage to the surface underneath. With up to five years’ durability in indoor environments, ReTac Textures is also an ideal choice for long-term graphics projects – such as at The Mirage.

James Swanson, Principal and Owner, Screaming Images, says Diablo’s was a ‘super cool’ project to work on.

“We chose ReTac Textures because of its compatibility with a long-term display in a high-end restaurant,” he comments.

“We love the Drytac ReTac Textures product and Drytac’s service.”

ReTac Textures is available in a thickness of 150μ (6 mil) and roll widths of up to 1,370mm (54″). It is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing technologies and can also be used for exterior graphics projects.

To learn more about Screaming Images, please visit https://www.screamingimages.net/

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Cartoon Network Hotel comes to life with The Powerpuff Girls, Finn and Jake – and Drytac

The much-anticipated Cartoon Network Hotel has recently opened, decorated with colorful floor-to-ceiling graphics printed on Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 media. Animation fans can now eat, sleep, play and swim surrounded by their favorite characters from Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, Johnny Bravo and more in the hotel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.

Local signage business Graphik Masters worked with Cartoon Network and amusement park brand Dutch Wonderland to produce colorful, accurate and durable graphics for walls and windows, both indoors and out. In total, the project spans 155 standard hotel rooms and four master suites, plus retail, dining and lobby areas.

To create the graphics, Graphik Masters chose Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 on the recommendation of Carew Alley, Owner of supplier Digital Color Ink. A 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC film, ReTac Smooth 150 features Drytac’s innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology that maintains its adhesive strength over time. This allows graphics to be repositioned and removed without damaging or leaving residue on the surface underneath.

“From among the samples Digital Color Ink provided, both Graphik Masters and our clients Cartoon Network and Dutch Wonderland agreed that ReTac 150 Smooth would be best for ease of installation along with its smooth, matte appearance,” says Craig Swartz, Co-Owner of family business Graphik Masters. “In addition, the media is phthalate-free and ultra-removable which we hold as commendable characteristics of the media.

“The Drytac product prints very well and provides a high-quality presentation of graphics when installed.”

The graphics were fitted by Cassel, also based in Pennsylvania, following an on-site installation demonstration by a Drytac representative – which Craig Swartz describes as ‘going the extra mile’.

He continues: “The wall graphics, printed as panels, needed to be seamed. We are pleased with the low visibility of seams where the panels overlap. We have heard many positive comments from Cartoon Network and Dutch Wonderland regarding the high-quality presentation and feel of the ReTac graphics.”

The Cartoon Network Hotel recently opened early January 2020 with attractions including the Bearista Café hosted by Ice Bear from We Bare Bears, a Ben 10 Omnicade and an outdoor movie screen on the face of Finn from Adventure Time.

 

For further information on Digital Color Ink, the supplier of the Drytac media for this project,

please visit  www.digitalcolorink.com.

 

For further information on Graphik Masters, the local signage/print company,

please visit www.graphikmasters.com.

 

For further information on Cassel, the installation company of the wall graphics,

please visit www.casselteam.com.

 

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Globe Park Print Store has a Perfect Moment with Drytac – for one night only

Globe Park Print Store completed a multi-application project for skiwear brand Perfect Moment using Drytac media, in place for just one day.

Perfect Moment contacted United Kingdom-based print business Globe Park Print Store to print and install the hundreds of graphics required for a festive pop-up shop showcasing its winter sportswear ahead of Christmas. The turnaround was short but the list of applications was long, as Globe Park Print Store explained.

Globe Park Print Store said: “For one night only! When a client asks you to do a print and install project, for one night and you need to install and place 475 printed graphics, in 3 hours, what do you say? We like a challenge, yes!

“This was such a great (if brief!) project to work on. We used Drytac media to print the graphics on for Perfect Moment. We think this is pretty special – especially for getting into the festive spirit!”

Globe Park Print Store used a number of products from Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – supplied by CSL Digital.

In total, the project comprised of sixty star-shaped wall graphics on Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 Gloss, sixty star-shaped graphicson ReTac Textures Sand, sixty table stickers on ReTac Smooth 150 Matte, a 12m panoramic wall graphic printed on ReTac Smooth 150 Gloss, ten 4m rink graphics and four 2m wall graphics printed on ReTac Smooth 150 Gloss, seven backlit displays on Revel Backlit, several large hanging signs printed on Polar Grip Matte and several window graphics printed on ViziPrint Impress Clear.

All of the above solutions are designed with Drytac’s innovative adhesive technology. The Drytac ReTac range has been developed specifically for easy application, removal and repositioning, making it the perfect choice for very short-term projects like exhibitions, retail campaigns and the Perfect Moment pop-up.

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Branded Wraps makes an entrance at ‘mecca for the sports enthusiast’ with Drytac media

Fans heading to a winter sports complex are set to receive a warm welcome thanks to a new ceiling mural, printed and installed by Branded Wraps using Drytac® products.

Sean Jeffreys, Owner and President of Branded Wraps, has been in the graphics sector since he was a 16-year-old in 1990. He recalls that the first car he ever wrapped was a brand new 1996 Ford F-150, giving him the initial experience required to set up his business – now a specialist in vehicle wraps and lettering. In addition, Branded Wraps has expanded its service portfolio to include interior murals, wallpaper and window graphics.

Based in Ancaster, ON, Branded Wraps has completed several projects for the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in the nearby city of Oakville, an arena which hosts major hockey tournaments, ice skating competitions, sledge hockey contests and a variety of other events throughout the year. Recently, this has included printing and installing graphics in its main arena entrance.

“It is a mecca for the sports enthusiast and deserved an entrance that showed it,” says Sean. “We had already wrapped some of the exterior windows for the arena itself and for one of their tenants, Skate Oakville, who also have the walls surrounding their customer service desk wrapped. Our clients have seen the results from having their interior walls wrapped – how it draws attention to their business even in a busy arena like this one – and they continue to call Branded Wraps to have this work cared for.

“Sixteen Mile Sports Complex wanted a durable indoor product which would bring the entrance to a whole new level. We immediately thought of Drytac as we love their interior wallpaper products but we were looking for a more permanent adhesive. Our supplier recommended Drytac Polar Premium with matte laminate and it was a done deal.”

To create the ceiling graphic, Branded Wraps combined Drytac Polar Premium, an 80μ (3.2 mil) polymeric PVC film with a high-quality, solvent acrylic adhesive, with Drytac Interlam Pro overlaminate film with matte finish. Pairing these two products enables easy installation with excellent durability against UV light, weather and temperature changes.

Sean Jeffreys comments: “Installing a large ceiling mural is not something you want to be doing every day, especially with an overly aggressive adhesive or super-soft or floppy vinyl! The Drytac combination we used worked amazingly well. It was a challenging project but a definite success. Our client emailed us to say, ‘Thanks Sean, it looks great!'”

Sean claims that Branded Wraps is Drytac’s ‘number one fan’, having used Drytac Polar for exterior installs in cold temperatures, Drytac Polar Grip for low-energy plastics on vehicle and Ski-Doo wraps, and Drytac ReTac Textures with linen finish for interior walls.

“My wife loves ReTac Textures too since I can wallpaper the rooms in the house for her now!” he says.

Sean adds: “We love that Drytac truly specialises in the adhesive side of the product. The right adhesive makes all the difference when it comes to longevity or ease of removal. We also really love the quality of print; we use an HP 560 Latex printer and the quality of the final print is amazing. Drytac provides awesome print profiles as well, and the service is second to none.”

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Drytac transforms Bath concept store window into Christmas wonderland

The Christmas spirit has arrived in Bath with shoppers treated to a magical snowy window display at The Loft, printed and installed by Drytac.

Located in the historic city’s creative Bartlett Street Quarter, The Loft is a contemporary concept store that houses independent women’s fashion and homeware retailer Blue. To match Blue’s individual style, it needed an eye-catching yet minimalist window display to prepare for the Christmas shopping season.

Located in nearby Bristol, the Drytac Academy got involved to provide a stunning window graphic, printed on a Fujifilm Acuity printer on Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear UV. As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, Drytac has developed a range of products specifically for window displays.

ViziPrint Impress Clear is an optically clear, recyclable PET film designed for self-adhesive applications on glass and other smooth, flat surfaces. It is durable and water resistant, and can be reverse-printed using UV, latex, solvent and eco-solvent ink technologies. Importantly, it is manufactured with Drytac’s innovative adhesive that enables simple, installation, repositioning and clean, residue-free removal.

The window graphic – featuring a predominantly white design of a snow-covered festive town with Santa’s sleigh flying overhead – was installed by Drytac Academy Manager Gareth Newman himself.

He comments: “ViziPrint Impress Clear is the perfect product for dramatic window displays thanks to its clarity, its ease of application and its mechanical bond that gently adheres images to ensure window graphics stay bright.”

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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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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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‘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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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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