Pop-up project gives trainee chance to try Drytac SpotOn

Still Creek Press has completed an extremely short-term project in Vancouver using Drytac® SpotOn® – a product so easy to apply that the business used the time-sensitive project as an opportunity to train a new employee.

Still Creek Press, based in Vancouver, BC, has provided full-service commercial and wide-format print, business forms and ticket printing for almost 25 years. Currently employing over 70 people in a 36,000 sq ft fully integrated printing plant, with a skilled and dedicated team of creative and technical professionals, the company also regularly sponsors and supports organizations and events in the local community that bring people together.

In early June, Still Creek Press worked with natural health retailer WithinUs to create and install wall, window and floor graphics for a charitable pop-up to celebrate WithinUs’ five years in business. As this was a one-day event, the decorative and eye-catching graphics had to be easy to both apply and remove – key features of Drytac SpotOn.

SpotOn – supplied to Still Creek Press by ND Graphics Vancouver – is a 100µ (4 mil) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl, compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inkjet printing technology. It is ideal for short-term indoor graphics applications such as wall decals, and can be applied with no special tools, not even a squeegee, meaning it is suitable for use by non-professionals and trainees – as Bruce Lee, Wide Format Manager at Still Creek Press, explains.

“We chose Drytac SpotOn for a number of reasons,” he says. “It was super-easy to apply and it could be easily removed by anyone. In fact I used the event as on-site training for one of my staff members to teach her the ins and outs of an install. We had her apply some of the decals which she did with ease.

“As for the floor decals, it’s great we didn’t have to use an overlaminate with it because of the built-in anti-slip surface – and, like the wall version, it is easy to apply.”

The WithinUs pop-up was in support of Covenant House, which works to support young homeless people in Vancouver. Commenting on Instagram, WithinUs (@withinusnatural) said ‘the wall, window and floor graphics looked incredible’, adding ‘it was a very successful event’.

Still Creek Press uses Drytac SpotOn for a range of projects, with Bruce Lee stating that Peter Bourgeois from Drytac and Ryan Sherriff from ND Graphics ‘have been a great help with introducing us to this product’.

Bruce Lee adds: “After doing numerous tests with this product and other removable vinyls we settled on Drytac SpotOn. Time and time again it outperformed other vinyls and just the feedback from our clients was enough for us. It is, hands down, one of the best removable short-term vinyls out there.”

He adds that the Still Creek Press team is currently testing other Drytac products in the field, including ArmourGrab and ArmourPrint, Polar Transit Matte and ReTac Smooth 75.

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.

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Drytac Polar scores at Liverpool vs Barcelona match

It’s been called one of the greatest comebacks in football history: Liverpool FC’s home win against Barcelona, overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League competition. And while Barça may not have been the stars of the show this time, the team’s bus – wrapped using materials from Drytac® – certainly grabbed fans’ attention.

Covering the entire team bus including the windows, the vehicle wrap – featuring FC Barcelona’s colours and crest – was printed by Astra Signs onto an innovative PVC material from Drytac’s Polar range, using an HP Latex 570 printer. Based in central Manchester, Astra Signs creates, supplies and installs the highest quality signage for businesses all over the UK and internationally.

Steve Broad, European & Asia Sales Director for Drytac Europe, is a self-proclaimed ‘big Liverpool fan’ and was lucky enough to be in Liverpool on May 7th for the stunning second-leg match, as well as in Barcelona for the semi-final first leg.

“The actual bus drove past us on Tuesday and we spotted it outside the hotel in Liverpool where the Barcelona players were staying,” he says. “It’s always great to see Drytac products used for world-class applications – and even more so when it’s at a spectacular event like this match.”

David Derbyshire, Managing Director at Astra Signs, explains why the company chose the Drytac Polar product: “It was important to use a product that we could print quickly due to the nature of this application, with consistent strong spot colours to match the brand. Installation of this material worked really well within the time constraints provided and, equally, the material was easy to remove leaving no marks or residue. The client was very happy with the end result.”

The Drytac Polar range comprises a series of printable media designed for eye-catching applications in even the most extreme conditions, such as window displays in low temperatures or the environmental conditions endured by vehicle graphics.

In addition to vehicle, window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, Drytac’s key product areas include high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels. For more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

For more information on Astra Signs, please visit www.astrasigns.com.

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‘Tried and tested’: supercars get perfect finish with Drytac Spray Booth Liners

 

Lloyds Autobody, a specialist in body and paintwork repairs for premium and luxury cars, says it has relied on a Spray Booth Liner from Drytac® for the past five years.

Lloyds Autobody was established in Liverpool, UK in 1987, specialising in accident repairs for luxury vehicle brands. It opened a second branch in Manchester in 2000 and across the two sites handles cars from McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, the Volkswagen Group and more. Lloyds Autobody is accredited and approved by these brands, so customers know that the service they receive will be of the same quality as from the manufacturer.

To help achieve the exceptional finish required on these high-end cars, Lloyds Autobody uses a Drytac Spray Booth Liner in its two sites’ total of four bays. This white PET carrier film has a double-sided adhesive, with a low-tack side that adheres to spray booth wall panels – designed to peel off easily in one piece – and a high-tack side that faces towards the booth to capture overspray and dust particles. As such, the Spray Booth Liner shields against harmful contaminants in spray booths, reduces static electricity – making spray-painting easier – and increases the luminescence level of the space.

It can be applied like wallpaper, with installation and removal quick and easy to achieve thanks to its non-stretchable PET carrier, with no protective clothing or equipment required. Spray booths can be used immediately following installation of the Spray Booth Liner – there is no need to spray, pressure-wash clean or wait for walls to dry.

Andrew Johnson, Project Manager at Lloyds Autobody, explains that the Spray Booth Liner has been used at the two sites for the past five years, and is replaced every three months.

“We’re open six days a week, with bays full every day with premium cars like Mclarens, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys,” he says. “The Drytac Spray Booth Liner is a tried and tested product that is well worth the investment. It’s easy to remove and replace – you just can just take it off and change it, protecting what’s underneath.”

Andrew Johnson adds that there are similar products on the market but Drytac’s Spray Booth Liner is both more malleable and less expensive than its competitors.

“It’s the best,” he says.

The self-adhesive liner is one of Drytac’s specialty products designed to meet a specific need. The company creates unique adhesive products tailored to customer specifications, alongside its key product areas including window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets. For more information on this product or Drytac’s services, please visit www.drytac.com.

For more information on Lloyds Autobody, please visit www.lloyds-autobody.com.

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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.”

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 utilize 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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WHAAM! N3 Display Graphics Makes an Impact with Drytac Wall Art

N3 Display Graphics printed the wall graphics onto Drytac ReTac Textures Linen

Bristol, UK, September 18, 2018: Large-format print specialist N3 Display Graphics has produced an incredibly high-impact wall graphic using ReTac Textures Linen media from Drytac.

N3 Display Graphics Ltd (launched in 2000) produced a super-sized version of Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic pop art painting Whaam! for its building in Bristol, UK. These purpose-built premises accommodate around 20 employees including on-site fittings teams.

The company – a specialist in large-scale display work such as exhibition graphics – has been a customer of fellow Bristol brand Drytac from the beginning. It uses the Linen material from the Drytac ReTac Textures range for all its wall art, including its own homage to Lichtenstein.

“ReTac Textures Linen is simply what we call ‘wallpaper’ at N3,” says Robin Campbell, Projects Manager at N3 Display Graphics. “We use it for the majority of our wall graphics. It has a slight texture which provides a realistic feel of the wall underneath and holds colour well, producing really vibrant graphics.

“We have tried other brands’ products but have always had problems with adhesion. In one case a wall graphic peeled off as soon as the air conditioning was switched on, while another product described as ‘repositionable’ couldn’t be removed from the wall at all. Drytac’s ReTac fits the bill.”

ReTac Textures Linen is a 150μ (6 mil) printable, matte white phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with an embossed linen-like finish to add depth to flat graphics – perfect for home, business and retail environments and more. Its ReTac ultra-removable adhesive makes it easy to apply and reposition without loss of adhesion, and removal without surface damage. ReTac Textures Linen is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing technologies.

The version of Whaam! produced by N3 Display Graphics is around 15m long by 4m tall at its highest point – somewhat larger than Roy Lichtenstein’s original 1963 diptych on display at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Using its Océ Arizona 460 XT UV flatbed printer, N3 Display Graphics also added its own stamp to the image with fresh colours and extra movement in the background.

As it is a copyright-protected image, N3 Display Graphics can only print Whaam! for its own use. Other clients include shopping centres, museums and galleries, and tourist attractions such as Bristol Aquarium and many more. For more information on N3 Display Graphics, please visit www.n3display.co.uk.

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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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