A Sign Design delivers a lesson in quality with Drytac ViziPrint Deco +

making business A Sign Design utilised Drytac ViziPrint Deco + to create an attractive set of interior window graphics for the Queensland University of Technology.

Australian sign-making business A Sign Design utilised Drytac ViziPrint Deco + to create an attractive set of interior window graphics for the Queensland University of Technology.

Australian sign-maker A Sign Design produced a series of striking interior window graphics with Drytac ViziPrint Deco + optically clear window film for the nearby Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

One of the leading further education facilities in Queensland, QUT contacted A Sign Design to assist on a project that required privacy window graphics for its premises, but without full block out.

A Sign Design came up with an innovative concept, with the planned graphics depicting the bark of the Melaleuca, a species of trees famously native to Australia. The clever design offered a high level of privacy, without completely blocking out the windows.

making business A Sign Design utilised Drytac ViziPrint Deco + to create an attractive set of interior window graphics for the Queensland University of Technology.

Due to the nature of the intricate design, A Sign Design turned to Shann DPM, an exclusive distributor of Drytac films in Australia, to identify the right material to work with on the project. Jamie Lockhart from Shann DPM recommended Drytac ViziPrint Deco , a scratch-resistant window film designed to adhere permanently to smooth surfaces such as glass, plastic and metal.

Drytac ViziPrint Deco + is ideal for high-end architectural and building requirements, as well as a wide variety of custom decorating applications, making it the perfect choice for the QUT job.

“We were looking for a UV-printable, optically-clear window film that wouldn’t be easily scratched or damaged during and after the installation process,” said Anele Christian, Print & Production Technician at A Sign Design.

“Jamie from Shann DPM brought us a sample of ViziPrint Deco + scratch-resistant media. After testing, we sent a job out to be installed and the feedback we received from our team was very positive.”

As Drytac ViziPrint Deco + is printable on Latex and UV printer, A Sign Design was able to print the stunning Melaleuca design onto the film with ease using its Océ ARIZONA 1260 XT UV printer.

“The fact that the media really is scratch resistant and easy to install is a huge benefit to us,” Anele Christian said. “The need for re-prints is massively reduced, making the whole process much more cost effective.”

To find out more about A Sign Design, please click here.

making business A Sign Design utilised Drytac ViziPrint Deco + to create an attractive set of interior window graphics for the Queensland University of Technology.

Read more

WCD uses Drytac Protac AMP film to boost protection for warehouse workers

WCD uses Drytac Protac AMP film to boost protection for warehouse workers

Drytac Protac AMP was applied to surfaces in the kitchen area of WII Projects Calgary warehouse to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 among workers.

Calgary-based on-demand print and information solutions provider WCD used Drytac Protac AMP film with Microban® antimicrobial protection on a specialist project to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 among workers at a local distributor’s warehouse.

WCD was tasked by planning, design and construction business WII Projects Calgary to create a café/kitchen experience for the business, with the aim of not only overhauling the look of the facility, but also ensuring maximum protection for staff using the refreshment area.

The primary challenge for WCD centred around the protection element, with the company having to source a material that would help cut the risk of the virus spread among workers using the facility, while at the same time not impacting the look of the new images or surfaces underneath.

WCD uses Drytac Protac AMP film to boost protection for warehouse workers

WCD opted for Drytac Protac AMP, a unique clear textured polyester surface protection film with Microban antimicrobial protection, which significantly reduces the chance of mould growth and bacterial contamination on higher-risk touch-surfaces such as counters in food preparation areas.

Drytac Protac AMP functioned as a laminate and was applied to surfaces throughout the kitchen area. The clarity of the film meant the graphics design underneath was clearly visible. Additionally, Protac AMP did not impact the performance of the graphics, nor the food preparation surfaces.

WCD Signage Solution Specialist (National) Stacy Underhill explains: “With Drytac Protac AMP, WCD was able to provide added protection against viruses and harmful germs. Thanks to its matte finish, we were able to protect the surface’s graphics – and without light washout to the graphics.

“The antimicrobial qualities of Drytac Protac AMP also means that the area requires less cleaning, which in turn ensures that the vinyl-covered areas are much less susceptible to damage from constant wiping and scrubbing.

“Products such as Drytac Protac AMP enable us to address any interior decor or signage antimicrobial protection needs.”

To find out more about Drytac Protac AMP, please click here.

WCD uses Drytac Protac AMP film to boost protection for warehouse workers
Read more

morphmy uses Drytac Polar PET 170 to spread Christmas cheer for charity

morphmy uses Drytac Polar PET 170 to spread Christmas cheer for charity
morphmy uses Drytac Polar PET 170 to spread Christmas cheer for charity

Kent-based morphmy produced a series of festive floor graphics to help raise awareness of a special Christmas charity initiative at a local restaurant.

Kent-based custom print business morphmy used Drytac Polar PET 170 film to create a ‘River of Christmas’ floor graphic to help raise awareness for a charity drive at local Indian restaurant Spice Fusion.

The charity drive encouraged visitors to the restaurant during the festive season to donate presents to less fortunate children. Customers could leave their gifts under the ‘Giving Tree’ in the bar area of the restaurant, with the restaurant then passing them on to a local charity.

Just before launching this year’s initiative, Spice Fusion contacted morphmy to produce a special floor graphic that would help guide visitors to the Giving Tree, as well as mark the area where they could leave their donated gifts.

“I only had one day to create a design and print ahead of laying the graphics, so we selected a fairly straight forward scheme,” morphmy owner Rob Oldland said. “I designed it in such a way that I could make a final decision for cut and placement on site to reduce the amount of design time and back and forth with the customer.”

This tight turnaround time meant Rob Oldland had to select a material that was both flexible and easy to work with. Having worked with a number of Drytac materials in the past, Rob Oldland selected Drytac Polar PET 170, a scuff- and tear-resistant material for short-term indoor applications where the printed graphics need to remain both visible and vibrant, while meeting slip-resistance certifications.

morphmy uses Drytac Polar PET 170 to spread Christmas cheer for charity

A colourful, festive-themed design featuring baubles, candy canes, holly and wrapped presents was printed on the film using a Roland VG2-540.

“I have found this film to be great all-rounder for floor or wall projects I have worked on in the past and it was the only suitable media on hand that would meet the requirements for this job,” Rob Oldland.

morphmy only launched in September this year, with Rob Oldland currently operating the business from his home in Gillingham in Kent. However, plans are in place to relocate the business to its own premises in 2022 as part of wider growth plans, in which Drytac will also play a major role.

“I have a background in design and have worked with cut vinyl for a number of years as a hobbyist,” Rob Oldland said.

“I’ve done a lot of other work since launching a few months ago. I use Drytac Polar Premium clear and white AR for race car decals, as well as Drytac SpotOn for create flower walls and other huge feature walls.

“We’ve purchased the Drytac media through Signmaster Systems. Their team have been invaluable helping me to select the right media for the right job.”

Read more

Rapid Displays goes big with Drytac Polar Premium and Weathershield for paw-some lorry wrap

Rapid Displays goes big with Drytac Polar Premium and Weathershield for paw-some lorry wrap

Brisbane-based Rapid Displays used Drytac Polar Premium and Drytac Weathershield to complete an impactful, large-scale wrap of a lorry trailer for long-term customer Big Dog Pet Foods.

Rapid Displays goes big with Drytac Polar Premium and Weathershield for paw-some lorry wrap

Brisbane-based signage and visual displays company Rapid Displays recently used Drytac Polar Premium Air White self-adhesive vinyl paired with Drytac Weathershield Gloss polymeric PVC laminate to produce an impressive and eye-catching wrap for a huge lorry trailer.

Big Dog Pet Foods, a long-term customer of Rapid Displays, contacted the company to wrap the 4m-long refrigerated truck, which travels around the Australian state of Queensland delivering quality raw pet food products.

Being subject to constant travel, as well as the extreme-high temperatures that are common in Queensland, meant Rapid Displays required a film that not only printed well, but would hold up against these intense challenges.

Having worked with Drytac on several other projects over the past year, Rapid Displays opted for Drytac Polar Premium Air White polymeric, paired with Drytac Weathershield Gloss polymeric PVC overlaminate film for additional protection, both of which were supplied by Shann Group.

Graphics were printed on a Roland TrueVis VG-640 printer/cutter before being applied to the lorry trailer, delivering a completely new look and helping to promote Big Dog Pet Foods while the lorry is out on the road.

“We needed a film that printed well and didn’t have a strong immediate tack,” Rapid Displays owner Tim Bateman said. “We were recommended this product and found that it worked perfectly.

“The print quality of Polar Premium Air is second to none. For sharp, striking truck-side graphics, Polar Premium simply could not be overlooked in terms of white point, gloss level, and longevity.

“The quality of Drytac’s Polar Premium Air’s egress and clean removing adhesive made the installation much easier compared to other competing brands, while Drytac Weathershield Gloss is a dedicated matched component and protective UV overlaminate for 7-year protection.

“Both films combined really created the ‘wow’ factor on this project!”

Rapid Displays has been using Drytac products on projects for just over a year and Tim Bateman said the company has really felt the benefit the materials offer in terms of flexibility and reliability.

“We have also been using the Drytac SpotOn products for Big Dog Pet Foods, wrapping their freezers for point-of-sale graphics inside shops,” Tim Bateman said. “We love both of the products and would have no reason to use anything else.”

Read more

Creative Silhouettes works with local artist and brightens up community with Drytac Polar Grip

nspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.
nspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.

Inspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.

Creative large-format print company Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip white polymeric self-adhesive vinyl to produce an eye-catching series of outdoor installations, based on the work of a local artist at a location in Toronto.

Creative Silhouettes, which is also based in the Canadian city, was tasked with transferring the work of artist Hello Kirsten onto 12 solid marble benches at the busy Yonge/Dundas intersection of Toronto. The aim of the project was to brighten up what are usually dull-coloured structures and bring a colourful and more cheerful look to the area.

nspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.nspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.

Creative Silhouettes quickly identified that printing onto vinyl would be the best option and selected Drytac Polar Grip for the job. Drytac Polar Grip easily applies to a wide range of surfaces and its five-year durability meant it was an ideal choice for the outdoor installation.

“We have been working with Drytac materials for more than two years now and have used Drytac Polar Grip on a number of jobs, so we were very comfortable using it again on this new venture,” explains Creative Silhouettes’ Project Manager and Business Development, Giovani Pereira.

“We like to keep a number of rolls of the media in stock during the summer to make it easier to meet tight turnarounds.”

Hello Kirsten’s design was printed onto Drytac Polar Grip using a HP Latex R1000 printer, with the graphics installed on the marble benches located across the intersection. The benches were wrapped on all sides and the top to ensure the entire surface was covered with the colourful design.

Creative Silhouettes printed the project in just one day, while two workers were able to install the graphics in six hours. Giovani Pereira said this fast delivery was in line with the company’s aim of producing quality work for customers at a very quick turnaround.

“We pride ourselves with a very fast turnaround high quality print and flexible team to work with,” Giovani Pereira concludes.

nspired by the work of a local artist Hello Kirsten, Toronto-based Creative Silhouettes used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of colourful installations in the Yonge/Dundas area of the city.
Read more

Premier Graphics uses Drytac films to bridge the gap on innovative art installation

Canadian design and graphics business Premier Graphics used Drytac Polar Grip print media and Interlam Pro laminates to produce a series of eye-catching graphics for a futuristic augmented reality art installation on the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver.

Canadian full-service graphics production and installation company Premier Graphics recently used a range of films and laminates from Drytac supplied by ND Graphics to produce a series of stunning and colourful graphics for an innovative project at the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver.

The project brought to life a vision by artist Jessica Angel, who came up with the clever idea of mixing colourful graphics with augmented reality (AR) to “extend” the Cambie Street Bridge into a 19,000sq ft public art installation for the Vancouver Biennale exhibition.

Premier Graphics uses Drytac films to bridge the gap on innovative art installation

Installed in June 2021, Angel’s design featured a huge, two-dimensional vinyl mural that wrapped the pedestrian walkway, supporting columns and underside of the bridge, turning what is usually a relatively dull structure into an eye-catching piece of art.

However, AR took this a step further, with passers-by encouraged to download the Vancouver Biennale app for free and hold up their phone while walking through the walkway. Doing this opened up a whole new dimension, transforming parts of the installation.

Premier Graphics, based in Richmond, British Columbia, was selected to produce and install the graphics for the project. As a long-term customer of Drytac, the company chose to work with the adhesive science expert’s materials throughout the project.

The company selected Drytac Polar Grip white polymeric self-adhesive film for the printed film parts of the installation, as well as Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex PVC overlaminating film for the floor graphics and Drytac Interlam Pro Matte pressure sensitive overlaminating film for the pillars and ceiling. All the graphics were printed on the company’s HP Latex R1000 Plus

“The process consisted of the testing of many materials, and of course balancing a budget that was already stretched thin,” said Taylor Sellinger, Partner and General Manager of Premier Graphics. “We needed to fit the client’s budget with a material that was likely to last 18-24 months and meet the slip-resistance requirements for the safety of the public.”

Premier Graphics uses Drytac films to bridge the gap on innovative art installation

Taylor Sellinger said Premier Graphics selected Drytac materials as they were familiar with the products, having worked with the company’s films for several years. Moreover, the Drytac solutions also performed best in preliminary tests. 

“We find Drytac films to be consistent in quality and the variety of adhesive types and styles make them a very diverse material,” Taylor Sellinger says. “Since the majority of this installation surface was relatively flat, we didn’t require a cast film to conform, but the nature of the adhesive on the Polar Grip film made it an ideal choice for great adhesion to a rough and unfinished concrete.

“While we’ve been working with Drytac films for the last four years, we were honestly surprised at how well they seemed to perform compared to much more expensive cast films.”

On the art project itself, Taylor Sellinger concludes: “The virtual reality experience developed is amazing when paired with the graphics. It’s certainly the most impressive piece I’ve been involved with so far.”

Premier Graphics uses Drytac films to bridge the gap on innovative art installation
Read more

SignMax brings the outside indoors with Drytac ReTac Smooth 75

Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 is used by SignMax for doctor's office in South Africa
Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 is used by SignMax for doctor's office in South Africa

South African sign and display business SignMax used Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 to create a series of nature-inspired interior wall graphics for a local neurosurgeon.

Family-owned sign and display business SignMax used Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film to produce a series of eye-catching interior wall graphics, bringing elements of the natural world into an indoor environment.

The South African company – founded by Theo Vermaak in 1987 and now managed by his son NJ – was tasked with producing a design that created a natural and calming atmosphere for visitors to its client, local neurosurgeon Dr. Francois van Niekerk.

SignMax only started using Drytac shortly before the project, but its success with these materials in other recent pieces of work led it to select Drytac ReTac Smooth 75, which was recommended by the team at Drytac’s exclusive dealer in South Africa, Midcomp.

The company printed the colourful and calming design onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 using its HP Latex 335 printer, before installing the graphics at the facility to give the inside of the building a completely new feel.

“We have only recently started using Drytac materials, but we are very excited to start using Drytac products more on future projects,” SignMax Managing Director NJ Vermaak said.

“ReTac Smooth 75 is a great product and prints come out looking awesome when combined with our HP Latex 335. Our clients are also impressed with the fact that the product can be removed when not needed anymore, with no damage to the applied surface.

Such has been the success of SignMax’s use of Drytac materials that the company is now exploring how the products can help it expand into new areas, in particular the wallpaper segment of the interior design market.

“As with most companies in business during the Covid-19 pandemic and coping with the subsequent lockdowns, we’ve had to be proactive and put new products to market,” NJ Vermaak said. “Using Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 means that we can offer our clients a new product we can trust, giving us confidence to enter a market that we have not yet explored.”

Aside from wallpapers, SignMax has also begun to explore other areas such as floor and counter-top graphics, as well as architectural films.

“The prospects for this market are looking great, we are excited and positive about future projects,” NJ Vermaak said. “By combining Drytac films with our HP Latex printers, we are able to print vivid colours quickly, at a high quality, which is ideal for the decorative and retail market.”

NJ Vermaak also commends the team at Midcomp for their advice and support. He concludes: “Midcomp have been a pleasure to work with from day one. From purchasing printers, to ordering materials, they are a reputable team. Everyone within the team is helpful and friendly and they always offer great customer service.”

To find out more about Drytac ReTac Smooth 75, please click here.

Read more

Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge

Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge
Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge

Globe Print supplied Drytac Polar Grip Matte film for an intense endurance challenge which saw a team of four men row 3,200 miles non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean for over 45 days.

Drytac’s Polar Grip Matte film was put to the ultimate test in the last couple of months when graphics printed on the material were featured on a boat crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an extreme endurance challenge.

A team of four men rowed, non-stop, for 3,200 miles from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, in a challenge dubbed the ‘Atlantic Dash’. Skipper Billy Taylor was joined by Johnny Ward, Matthew Pritchard and Martin Heseltine for the journey, which took 50 days, 5 hours and 12 minutes.

Such was the extreme nature of the challenge that Monkey Fist Adventures, organiser of the event, relied on Drytac materials – once again – for support in decorating the boat with striking graphics that would be able to withstand the harsh environment out on the Atlantic Ocean.

Globe Print, a long-term user of Drytac products, took on the task of printing the graphics, having previously worked with Monkey Fist Adventures on one of its previous challenges. The Marlow-based company used a Roland SolJet EJ-640 large-format printer to print the graphics on Drytac’s Polar Grip film which was then paired with their Interlam Pro Emerytex overlaminate.

Drytac Polar Grip sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge thanks to Globe Print

Polar Grip is a self-adhesive vinyl for digitally printed graphics and signs, designed to look vibrant and remain in place for up to five years, making it the ideal solution for such a testing project.

The graphics, featuring the many sponsors supporting the event, were applied to the boat on location in Lanzarote prior to the team setting off on their journey in early March, with the quartet making land in Antigua on 2nd May 2021.

Barry Hayes, Director of Monkey Fist Adventures, said the decision to work with Drytac and Globe Print again for the Atlantic Dash challenge was an easy one, with the graphics used in a previous event having proved extremely successful.

“We’ve used other companies in the past, but on previous crossing we went to Globe Print, and apart from just being all round nice people, the Drytac products supplied were far superior to anything we’d ever used before,” Barry said.

“Oceans are harsh on everything, but our sponsors – and their logos – remained solid and steadfast for the entirety of both the Atlantic Dash crossings.

“The Globe Print team went above and beyond to produce the printed graphics exceedingly quickly – as they knew we had very tight timeframes.”

Drytac Polar Grip sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge thanks to Globe Print

The latest Atlantic Dash challenge came about as the Monkey Fist Adventures team sought to restore some sort of normality after Covid-19.  

Alex Mason, co-founder of Monkey Fist Adventures, had not seen her mother in more than a year due to the pandemic, while Billy Taylor, another co-founder who skippered the Atlantic Dash, had to endure his partner contracting Covid-19 while working on the frontline for the NHS. Barry Hayes suffered with mental health issues during the pandemic but was thankfully able to access the right support.

“After having to go through so many challenges and tough times over the past 12 months, we wanted to get back to doing what we do best, so we created an ocean row to try and reset the balance – and the Atlantic Dash was born,” Barry says.

The Atlantic Dash has raised more than £8,000 for two very worthy causes: HUMEN, a movement to improve and maintain men’s mental health; and Dean Farm Trust, an organisation committed to working for a sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free planet. This was less than hoped for, but with the constraints of Covid-19 it became somewhat challenging for fundraising to be as effective.

“However, the major goal of the Atlantic Dash was to get people talking about their mental health and it absolutely worked!” Barry concludes.

If you would like to donate to the above charities, please click here.

Read more

Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations
Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Family-run Links Signs has used Drytac Polar Grip to produce an attention-grabbing range of graphics at London Underground stations to celebrate the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Hastings-based signage and large-format print business Links Signs recently used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of eye-catching graphics at five London Underground stations to celebrate this year’s Euro 2020 national team football tournament.

Euro 2020 had been due to take place last year but was delayed until this year due to the pandemic. The tournament is a special edition of the quadrennial competition, with matches taking place at locations right across Europe, as opposed to the traditional set-up in one country.

Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Wembley Stadium was one of the venues selected to host games, and to mark this special occasion, Transport for London (TfL) approached Links Signs to produce a series of themed graphics to accompany fans as they travelled across London to the stadium.

Graphics were installed at King’s Cross and Paddington – two of London’s busiest terminus stations – as well as Baker Street, London Bridge and Wembley Park, the latter being where fans exit the train to walk down the famous Wembley Way to the stadium.

Links Signs, an accredited printer and installer for TfL, worked with the commercial team at TfL and its agency to create a series of innovative and attention-grabbing graphics that provided unique photo opportunities for fans. Prior to installation, Links Signs met with the graphics agency at the proposed sites to advise on the best fit solution for the extensive, multi-site project.

The project included wall graphics at Kings Cross and Paddington that mimicked the players’ tunnel at Wembley Stadium, as well as football pitch floor graphics and a design that integrated existing seating at the station to give the effect that fans were sat on benches in the stadium. 

All the Euro 2020 graphics were printed on Drytac Polar Grip polymeric self-adhesive vinyl, paired with Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex which is fully approved by TfL and carries all the required fire and slip certifications and ratings for public spaces.

Links Signs used an HP Latex 570, installed 18 months ago, to print the graphics onto the vinyl and carried out installation of all the graphics over a period of five nights, in time for the start of the tournament on June 11.

Paul Cox, Operations Manager at Links Signs, said Drytac Polar Grip was the ideal solution for the job as it is approved for use in projects on the London Underground, adding that the product delivered outstanding results across the series of graphics.

“When working on projects for London Underground, we cannot use any materials that are not approved,” Paul Cox said. “Drytac is not only approved, but also an incredibly stable and reliable product that can be easily applied.

“We really liked working with the Drytac vinyl; it delivered exactly what it promised, and we will be looking to work with it on other projects we produce for TfL.”

Read more

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK
N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

Bristol-based N3 Display Graphics used Drytac Polar Street FX to produce a series of creative floor graphics encouraging social distancing on streets across the city.

Large-format graphics production and installation company N3 Display Graphics recently used Drytac Polar Street FX aluminium print media to produce a range of eye-catching outdoor floor graphics to promote social distancing across the city of Bristol.

Bristol City Council designed a series of 2m x 1.1m (6.36ft x 3.6ft) footprint-style graphics for use in high traffic areas of the city ahead of non-essential shops reopening in mid-April. Shops in England had been closed since early January due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The aim of the graphics was to encourage social distancing among shoppers when they were out and about on the high street, helping to limit any further spread of the virus. As such, Bristol City Council required an attractive design that would stand out under shoppers’ feet.

The printed graphics also had to be safe for use underfoot. The Council specified they should have a proper slip rating, meaning they were safe for use in busy areas that could be exposed to wet weather, including high streets and other retail settings

To meet these challenges, the Council turned to N3 Display Graphics, a Bristol-based company that specialises in large-format graphics for both indoor and outdoor use. As a long-time user of Drytac materials, N3 Display Graphics quickly identified Drytac Polar Street FX as the ideal solution for the project.

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

Polar Street FX is a PVC-free, aluminium print media suitable for both outdoor floor and wall graphics, without the need for lamination. The slip-resistant printable film can be applied to ground or wall surfaces such as brick, concrete, asphalt or any other low energy surfaces. Polar Street FX holds a ‘Low Slip Potential’ 72 PTV according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) only recognises slip ratings based on the Pendulum Test Method.

N3 Display Graphics Director Nigel Walker explains: “The Council specified that we use aluminium-backed slip rated material so Polar Street FX was the ideal choice for the job.”

Polar Street FX is printable with eco-solvent, latex or UV technology, making it a flexible choice. For this project, the giant footprint graphics were printed on two HP Latex 360 printers, resulting in a series of creative graphics that have proved a huge hit with shoppers since being installed at the end of March 2021.

N3 Display Graphics cut the graphics into the curved footprint shape with its Zünd cutter with double edged tungsten blades, which was easily able to handle the strong-wearing nature and toughness of the Polar Street FX aluminium backing.

In terms of working with Drytac, N3’s Nigel Walker adds: “We have a long history of mutual respect with Drytac, and they always have the right products at the right price.”

The Bristol footprint graphics have been a great success. Nigel continues: “After a month out on the streets, the graphics are all standing up well and are helping people to return to shopping safely.

“The client was happy; Drytac was happy, and we were happy!”

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

Have you used Drytac media for a recent project? We would love to feature your work!

Read more