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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Graphicomm Digital scores a strike with Drytac Polar vinyl

Graphicomm Digital completed a project just in time for the UK summer holidays: a massive 200sqm of wall graphics printed on Polar Premium vinyl from Drytac®.

Founded in 2000 by Commercial Director John Hardaker and his wife Janet Hardaker, and Production Director Paul Sharpe and his wife Colleen Sharpe, Graphicomm Digital moved from providing less lithographic work towards more digital wide-format graphics printing 13 years ago and, according to John, ‘haven’t looked back’.

“Signage is far and away the biggest part of our business,” he says.

Over this time, Graphicomm Digital has done numerous projects for a family-owned amusement park in its home city of Plymouth. When the same family business was undertaking a major renovation of another of its attractions, the New York Thunderbowl bowling alley and entertainment complex in Kettering, it called the Graphicomm Digital team to discuss its interior graphics needs.

Working with the client, Graphicomm Digital’s in-house graphic designer created an eye-catching wall graphic concept for the bowling alley: an underwater scene complete with coral and tropical fish, complementing images from the film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. With such a large space to work with, Graphicomm Digital considered the material options for the job.

“We use vinyl every day so were more comfortable using vinyl again for the New York Thunderbowl project than, say, a wallpaper material,” explains John Hardaker.

Antalis, a supplier of Drytac products, recommended Drytac’s Polar Premium with a matte finish – a polymeric self-adhesive PVC film ideal for a range of applications including wall graphics, POS displays and general signage – plus a second Drytac product for laminate work.

The installation, which took place in early August, included applying the marine scene to two side walls measuring around 17m long, and across the front of the bowling alley area – a 21m-long space. In the cafe area Graphicomm Digital installed the biggest drop: a 5m-tall image of Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow.

Printing and laminating the graphics – using a Roland VersaCAMM VS-540 inkjet printer/cutter – took four days. The Graphicomm Digital team also undertook two full-day site visits ahead of the eight-day installation, a two-person job.

While Graphicomm Digital had used other Drytac products in the past, the bowling alley project was its first time using Drytac Polar.

“It’s a great product,” says John. “It prints well and is a lovely material to apply. The matte laminate finish looks and feels nice. We have already used Drytac Polar in two more projects as a result of the Thunderbowl job.

“This was a one-off, major overhaul of the entertainment complex so the graphics will be in place for a good many years.”

Check out more images from the project!
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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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