Drytac ReTac helps turn Aquaman project around at super-speed

A project promoting the latest superhero blockbuster Aquaman in Canada was turned around in just a few days, using specialist graphics media from Drytac.

Global Printing Enterprises created the 250ft (76m) movie poster hoarding at super-speed: five days from the site visit, to receiving files and creating colour proofs, to the print set-up and printing, to cutting down the panels, labelling and packing, to finally an overnight installation.

As the company posted on Instagram: “Ten hours of printing, ten hours of install, ten out [of] ten quality project.”

Based in Mississauga, ON, Global Printing Enterprises is a large-format print branding specialist working with Fortune 500 companies, supplying work for over 200 events per year including music festivals, sports events and brand promotions. The Aquaman project was scheduled through Rooftop Agency on behalf of Warner Bros Canada, with installation services provided by Sekanskin Media.

“The biggest challenge was coordinating the project with the tight deadline,” explains Carlo Toscano, President, Global Printing Enterprises. “Projects like these should take two weeks to come together. We impressed ourselves in achieving this print and install in just five days.”

To produce the super-sized Aquaman movie artwork, Global Printing Enterprises used an HP 3000 Latex printer running two rolls of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 concurrently. ReTac Smooth 150 is a 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC film coated with Drytac’s innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology to allow easy installation, repositioning and removal. It has excellent compatibility with UV, solvent and eco-solvent ink technologies as well as latex, and has a Class 0 fire rating making it suitable for most indoor surfaces in public areas with strict fire regulations.

“Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 was recommended to us for its concealing abilities, especially on drywall with taped seams, with no lamination required,” says Carlo Toscano. “Installers also commented that they liked using this product as it was easy to use and install.”

A video of the project has been tweeted by Warner Bros Canada that can be viewed here!

Global Printing Enterprises, established in 2005, uses other Drytac products including films from the Polar range, thanks to their performance in outdoor installations in cold climates, and ViziPrint products for retail window applications.

“Drytac offers great products that are competitively priced and perform as advertised,” comments Carlo Toscano. “We also like the ability to custom-make products. We have many approved projects for 2019 in which we will utilise Drytac products, such as interior wall graphics films for the interior decor business – this seems to be once the largest growing market segments in the large-format printing industry.

“The brand also has excellent customer service and knowledgeable reps.”

For more information on Global Printing Enterprises, please visit www.globalprinting.ca.

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K6 Media helps put smiles on children’s faces with help from Drytac ReTac

Brampton, ON, Canada, December 19, 2018: K6 Media has wrapped up a project for the Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign in Ottawa, Canada, with banners, murals and labels printed onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 150.

The Toy Mountain project distributes toys to families throughout the Christmas period, putting smiles on the faces of tens of thousands of children. Property company Morguard donated the use of a business suite in the Canadian capital for the duration of the toy drive, which received a colourful makeover by K6 Media.

A full-service wide-format printing provider with 15 years’ experience and a knowledgeable team including in-house designers, a print production department and a team of installers, K6 Media was ideally suited to deliver the project. This involved installing several 20ft (6m) adhesive banners across painted bulkheads, applying print-and-cut graphics on stainless steel elevators, creating three wall murals measuring approximately 20ft x 9ft (6m x 2.7m) and producing a variety of print-and-cut labels for the donations room to help sort the toys efficiently.

“For this project, we chose to use Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, a matte 6 mil film,” explains Juan Runnells, Production Manager at K6 Media. “As this project is a temporary installation in suites donated to the Salvation Army, the removability of the film was very important – a feature delivered by ReTac.

“Also, ReTac’s 6 mil thickness allowed us to print quickly on our HP Latex 570 printers and not have to take the additional time to laminate the film, yet still have a printed graphic that was easy to install. ReTac also works extremely well as a print-and-cut material for the same reasons.”

Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC is designed to be easy to install, to reposition and to remove thanks to its innovative self-adhesive technology. As well as excellent compatibility with latex ink technology, it can be used with eco-solvent, solvent and UV printers. For these reasons, Juan Runnells says that it ‘is always on hand in our production area’.

He says: “We predominately use ReTac Smooth 150 for short-term wall graphics and have also found it to work extremely well for short-term window murals. We have one client that requires us to install window murals throughout the year – spring, summer, winter and fall – and have found that ReTac works very well in many weather conditions, and specifically that it is easily removable even during the cold winter months.”

K6 Media frequently chooses other Drytac products, including Drytac SpotOn white matte PVC film for temporary wall and window projects for the Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons, and Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex UV laminate film to create information panels for animal rescue organization Little Ray’s Nature Centres.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets. Its key product areas include window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels. For more information on this product or Drytac’s services, please visit www.drytac.com.

For more information on K6 Media, please visit www.k6media.ca.

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Anyone for tennis? Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 takes to the court!

Brampton, ON, Canada, November 29, 2018: Space within a shopping mall in Calgary, Canada has been transformed into a tennis court using award-winning specialist floor graphics media from Drytac.

The project, at the Core Shopping Centre, was to promote the first Men’s ATP Tennis event in Calgary, AB, hosted at the Alberta Tennis Center. Called the Calgary National Bank Challenger, the event in October 2018 was part of the ATP Challenger Tour – a series of tournaments considered to be a showcase of tennis’s rising stars.

Using SpotOn® Floor 200, the project to create a public tennis court in the downtown Calgary shopping centre was undertaken by Print Three, which also sponsored the event. Shoppers and their families were invited to take to the court for a few sets of tennis, clearly marked with blue and white lines printed onto the specialist floor media from Drytac.

Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 is 200 micron (8 mil), matte, white monomeric PVC film designed for short-term, indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. It has been awarded a post-printed R-10 anti-slip rating and a ‘low slip potential’ rating according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test, endorsed by the CTIOA. SpotOn Floor 200 has also achieved a global Class B1 Fire Rating, meaning it can be used safely and legally in public areas with strict fire regulations, such as shopping centres.

Furthermore, this material has been designed for easy and tool-free installation and clean removal, thanks to its unique dot-pattern adhesive. Its innovative features earned Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 the top spot in the Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA 2018 Product of the Year competition.

Print Three is a leading design, print and production company in Calgary, providing work at the ‘highest quality standards in Canada’, it says. General Manager Mark Eisan explains why Print Three chose the Drytac product, supplied by ND Graphics, for the project.

“We were testing products and laminates for the tennis court application and an installation partner recommended Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 after hearing about it at a conference,” he says.

“We found the performance of the SpotOn product to be excellent. Our testing was intense, but we had planned to repair or replace areas. However, we did not need to as the product adhered for the ten days it was on the floor, and at the end of the project was removed in 20 minutes with no additional clean-up.”

Mark Eisan says Print Three has received ‘great service’ from Drytac following the tennis court project and is considering other products for future applications.

He adds: “We are planning on creating a new court for next year’s event as we will be sponsoring it again.”

For more information on Print Three, please visit www.printthree.ab.ca.

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DreamWraps creates stunning walls, thanks to Drytac ReTac Textures

DreamWraps, a premier vinyl wrap and graphic design company in Newport News, Virginia, is using Drytac products to deliver beautiful wall coverings to both residential and business customers throughout North America.

As well as delivering customized wall murals, DreamWraps offers signage solutions, full vehicle wraps, commercial fleet graphics, marine/boat & watercraft wraps and decals, event flooring, and much more.  Co-founder Sharita Johnson, explains: “Our aim is to bridge the gap between fine art and the rapidly growing world of vinyl printing. We look to bring our customers’ ideas to life with the endless possibilities that digital printing can deliver.”

DreamWraps’ wall covering vinyl of choice is the range of ReTac® Textures products from Drytac. Johnson says: “We first came across Drytac at the SGIA Conference in New Orleans in 2017. We were really impressed with the quality of the media and the stunning, vibrant colors that we could reproduce on them. We also loved the range of textures on offer and the fact that even after many years, the film can be easily removed from the wall without leaving any residue.”

ReTac Textures has been developed to add depth and visual appeal to static, flat images thanks to its choice of various embossed finishes. The media range is perfect for customers wanting to create eye-catching graphics in home, business, retail and display environments. Drytac ReTac Textures has an ultra-removable adhesive backing, meaning that the graphics can be easily removed and repositioned time and time again and – thanks to its Class 0 fire rating – it is ideal for applications in public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations.

Jerry Hill, Vice President of New Business Development for Drytac, adds: “We really value the relationship we have with DreamWraps. They are precisely the type of dynamic, creative and friendly organisation that we want to work with. They can see the possibilities that our media can offer and they produce fantastic output with it that their clients love.”

As well as providing customizable wallcoverings for residential customers, DreamWraps is growing in the commercial sector, especially within the hotel and hospitality industry. Sharita continues: “Hotels tend to change their decor every few years, so they really appreciate the Drytac solution which makes changing the wallpaper a breeze. The Drytac media is much easier is to put up than traditional wallpaper. You can also peel it off again with no fuss and with no residue left behind. It’s an ideal solution for hotels!”

“Digital printing onto vinyl technology has made creating incredible individually-designed rooms a real possibility for more and more people and businesses. It is definitely easier to print and apply Drytac wall covering than it is to paint a wall – and the finished job looks amazing. Drytac’s range of products and textures allow us to deliver a huge range of solutions for our customers,” she concludes.

To learn more about DreamWraps, please visit www.dreamwraps757.net

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Poppy Signs blooms with Drytac Protac Anti-Scratch Laminate

Bristol, UK; June 25, 2018: Chorley-based Poppy Signs has been converted to Drytac’s Protac Anti-Scratch laminate, following its installation at the offices of theidol.com, a web-based insurance provider based in Penrith, Cumbria.

Dave McDonald, Managing Director of Poppy Signs, explains: “We recently carried out a job on an internal glass partition for theidol.com that was finished with a regular clear laminate. Unfortunately, the surface scuff marks left by the squeegees looked really obvious, unsightly and didn’t fade out as we would normally expect after a few days. We are fully focused on customer service and do everything we can to ensure our customers have the best possible graphics solution, so clearly this wasn’t good enough.”

Poppy Signs decided to trial Drytac’s Protac Anti-Scratch laminate instead. David McDonald continues: “In our tests at the workshop it was hard to make any marks whatsoever – whatever we tried attacking it with!”

Following the successful testing of the Drytac film, Poppy Signs returned to the customer to replace the graphics. “We stripped the glass partition and reapplied the whole graphic, this time finishing it with Drytac Protac Anti-Scratch laminate. The end result was stunning – and didn’t leave the slightest application mark on the material surface. The customer is extremely happy with the new graphics.”

Drytac Protac Anti-Scratch PVC laminate is suitable for indoor and outdoor displays in high-traffic areas and for graphics displayed under direct lighting. The high coat-weight and strength of the adhesive makes Protac ideal for laminating over UV inks, as well as solvent, eco-solvent and latex prints.

Available in 75µ and 100µ coat weights and a crystal-clear gloss finish or a non-glare matte finish, Drytac’s Protac Anti-Scratch has a non-marking, anti-scratch surface to prevent damage and blemishes, whilst at the same time offering UV protection when used for outdoor applications.

Since first using Drytac Protac Anti-Scratch, Poppy Signs is now using it for all graphics applications that require a durable scratch-resistant finish. David McDonald concludes: “Poppy Signs is now a convert to Drytac laminates. The laminate is very durable and we have full confidence in its scratch-resistance – even for more demanding installations. This product really does do what it says on the tin!”

For more information on Poppy Signs, please visit: www.poppysigns.co.uk

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Drytac ViziPrint adds vibrancy to highlight Courageous heARTS’ charitable cause

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has donated its ViziPrint Impress media to help Courageous heARTS, a Minneapolis based charity, to create a stunning window display for its youth workshop.

Courageous heARTS is a non-profit organization in the USA with a vision to offer a safe space for young people to co-create art, build community and develop into leaders. Founded by Lindsay Walz in 2013 – after surviving the devastating 2007 35W Bridge collapse and finding art therapy in her own journey to healing – Courageous HeARTS’ vision is to provide a safe space for young people to express themselves through art.

In March 2018, Drytac reseller Standard Dynamics and local print business Image360 teamed up to sponsor a storefront makeover to highlight the Courageous heARTS charitable cause and its mission to ‘Create, Connect, Lead’. The formerly anonymous storefront space has now been transformed with dazzling, bright graphics.

The window graphics are printed on Drytac ViziPrint Impress PET film using an OKI ColorPainter M-64s and incorporated collaborative artwork created by Courageous heARTS members. The film is easy to apply and easy to remove and is suitable for application onto glass, acrylic and other non-porous surfaces. It is ideal for creating high quality graphics for retail storefronts, POP and backlit displays, privacy and decorative glass applications, and much more

Courageous heARTS founder, Lindsay Walz, is ‘thrilled’ with the new window front. She comments: “We have already experienced a surge in foot traffic since the new signs went up and the name recognition we have developed within the community is now connected to our physical space.

“The storefront now expresses the same vibrant energy that everyone experiences inside the colorful studio space.”

 

 

 

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Drytac products ‘breathe vividness into color’ for Canadian artist

Since founding his company Render DC in 2007, Canadian artist Robert Ryan has been combining his print knowledge, passion for the outdoors, and artistic skills to create one-of-a-kind images which he sells to a diverse clientele including professionals and commercial establishments as well as other artists and photographers.

With a background in screen printing, large format printing, photography and graphic design, Robert sells his finished images in galleries across Canada, as well as online. He also offers private showings in his Calgary, Alberta-based workshop, and his work can be seen throughout the country in many high-end restaurants, salons and offices. Robert also creates photo reproductions and reprints of other people’s work and helps prepare fellow artists for art shows by producing and finishing their artwork for them.

Robert is a keen fan of Drytac’s products. He explains: “I first came across Drytac in 1998 when I was in the silkscreen and sign businesses. I then rediscovered the products when I worked in a photo studio which did its own processing, mounting and printing. I quickly realized that Drytac products were of very good quality compared to sign-grade material and have sought it out for my own personal prints and creative projects ever since.”

Robert has a very specific approach to creating his art. He continues: “Once taken, each photograph is printed onto different media to make the images stand out and glow. Some look great on metal, others look better on a rough cotton paper or canvas with resin.”

Once the print work is complete, Robert chooses and builds frames to create stunning, unique artworks. Drytac’s Protac overlaminate film and its double-sided mounting adhesive are critical in the finishing of Robert’s artworks.

He explains: “Print permanence, color, detail and feeling are the end objectives in a print. Drytac’s overlaminate film is outstanding as it breathes vividness into color, especially when mixed with metallic print media. I use it as a base for my epoxy work as it acts as a very thin piece of plexiglass that can be sanded and even coated with clear epoxy. Without this product my gallery work would not be the same. It has helped me sell my work – and often – at an increased price.”

Robert continues: “Additionally, the double-sided Drytac mounting adhesive is incredibly strong, yet flexible which enables me to enhance the creative options in my work. I use it to laminate a multitude of substrates. It allows for bending of substrate without separation and is suitable for use in a wide range of temperatures – ensuring greater stability and longevity of my prints.”

On his use of Drytac products, Robert concludes: “I would definitely recommend Drytac products as there is a wide gamut of product offerings to suit many types of mountings and laminations. Drytac has put a lot of effort into its research and development to establish a solid product line which meets the needs of artists such as myself.”

For more information on Render DC, please visit www.renderdc.com

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Drytac delivers sweet signage for Sucrerie des Plaines

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced its Polar Grip and Interlam products have been used to deliver bright new signage for Sucrerie des Plaines, a Canadian maple syrup producer. The signs were designed and installed by the owners’ uncle, Andre Bergeron, who is the general manager of TAS Films, a specialist graphics company.

Sucrerie des Plaines is a family-run business based in Saint-Charles-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The company produces maple syrup and a variety of maple syrup-based products using traditional processes. It was recently taken over by the sons of the founder of the business who wished to update the overall look of the company, with a big emphasis on signage. Andre was keen to help where he could and he designed, produced and installed a range of signage across the site using Drytac Polar Grip self-adhesive media, matched with Interlam PVC laminating film from Drytac for UV protection.

Andre says: “The signs look great. The Drytac products really are excellent and have allowed us to create the high impact signage we were looking for. People are now stopping at the business not just to buy maple syrup, but to comment on how good the signs are!”

Drytac Polar Grip has an aggressive clear acrylic adhesive that allows user to stick the media to just about any material. The film’s unique high bond adhesive makes it ideal for applications where flexibility and high bond adhesion are desired.

“The extra grip provided by the Drytac Polar Grip media was exactly what we wanted,” says Andre. “We needed to put signage onto a broad range of surfaces, including wood, metal, glass and corrugated plastic. The media adhered to each of those surfaces incredibly well and even in the extreme weather conditions this area is known for, the signs still look as bright and clear as the day they were installed.”

All the signs were printed and cut on a Mutoh machine and finished using a laminator. “The signs very quickly helped to drive more business to the company. People passing through our village are now able to see the signs from a kilometre away and are stopping to check it out. You can’t ask for more than that from new signage!” concludes Andre Bergeron.

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Service Graphics and Drytac® Score at Wembley with Rugby World Cup Work

Service Graphics, the St Ives Group-owned large format printer, has selected Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 150 permanently peelable film for wall graphics applications for a prestigious Rugby World Cup 2015 branding project at Wembley Stadium.

The extensive work – which totalled 3,500 sq m of graphics – was printed and installed in nine days. The resulting graphics will remain in place throughout the tournament, which ends on October 31. 

John Dooley, Account Director at Service Graphics, explained: “As the incumbent graphics supplier to Wembley Stadium, we were invited to pitch for the project to rebrand the exterior of the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2015. We won the contract and were responsible for printing and installing all exterior graphics, while ensuring that all non-tournament branding was covered up.”

“To meet the requirements set out by Wembley Stadium – and given the high-profile nature of the project – we needed a printable film that would stay in position, have no show through, could guarantee a clean removal and carried a Class 0 Fire Rating.”

This 150µ matte white polymeric PVC is coated on one side with a pressure-sensitive permanently peelable adhesive and has been specifically designed for high vibrant print quality graphics. The film is printable by solvent, eco-solvent, HP Latex, and UV inkjet techniques, and is easy to apply and easy to remove or move.

The thickness of the ReTac Smooth 150 material lends itself perfectly to rigid print applications and – with its Class 0 Fire Rating – is ideal for applications in public areas requiring compliance with strict fire regulations.

Dooley added: “We received samples of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 for testing. The results confirmed that ReTac Smooth 150 was the right product to meet our requirements.”

Once printed, the giant graphics were applied by Service Graphics’ installation team using a mechanical platform. Dooley said: “The installation of Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 150 film was incredibly straightforward and ultimately the decision-makers at Wembley Stadium were thrilled with the results.”

Steve Broad, Sales Director for Drytac Europe, commented: “We’re delighted that ourReTac Smooth 150 film was selected for such a prestigious and high-profile project. It has been designed to meet the precision needs of companies such as Service Graphics and is becoming ever-more popular among our customer base. This high-quality film is easy to apply, easy to remove and – crucially – leaves zero residue.”

 

About Service Graphics

As the UK’s largest provider of high-impact visual communications, we have a long and proven track record of producing and installing work to the highest possible standard. We operate across a wide variety of sectors and, whatever the size or scale of the project, we have the solution. Established in 1961, our goal is to provide professional streamlined visual solutions for all communication executions. We bring technical knowledge, innovative thinking and a dynamic approach to every project, bringing ideas to life and delivering them with maximum impact. With four sites across the UK, we have the scope and infrastructure to develop, produce, deliver, and install visual projects. Service Graphics is part of the Marketing Activation Division of St Ives Group, the UK’s leading provider of marketing and communications solutions renowned for its strategic vision and insight.

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