Global Printing Enterprises brings ‘FRIENDS™ Experience’ to life with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150

Global Printing Enterprises brings ‘FRIENDS™ Experience’ to life with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150

The Ontario-based large-format print expert produced a range of eye-catching graphics for a special event based on iconic US TV sitcom FRIENDS™. 

Ontario-based large-format printing company Global Printing Enterprises recently used Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film to produce a series of colourful graphics for the Toronto edition of the ‘FRIENDS™ Experience’ event.

Created by Warner Bros. and Superfly X – A Brand Experience company, the FRIENDS™ Experience is an interactive celebration of the iconic TV show. Thousands of fans of the hit US sitcom are expected to descend on the Yorkdale Shopping Centre to enjoy a number of experiences, including the opportunity to visit replica sets of the main characters’ apartments and view official show memorabilia. 

To help promote the event, Superfly X reached out to Global Printing Enterprises to print a range of graphics and hoardings at Yorkdale Mall, an Oxford Properties managed company. These were installed over the Canada Day Weekend (July 1st– 4th) at the centre square of Yorkdale Shopping Centre to draw the attention of passers-by.

The eye-catching entrance graphics replicated the famous picture frame installed around the door fisheye in one of the apartments on the show. Other graphics installed outside of the event venue included wayfinding signage, large QR codes that fans could scan to book tickets instantly, as well as famous quotes and phrases from the show.

In total, the graphics covered an area of more than 15,000sq ft, but took the team at Global Printing Enterprises, working in partnership with installation specialist Install Nation, just five days to print and install.

Global Printing Enterprises opted for Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 as the material for all of the event graphics. The media not only delivered excellent print quality, but also helped the team to overcome a particularly tricky challenge when it came to installing the graphics.

“The base wall had been painted over vinyl graphics, creating a difficult surface to adhere any type of graphics film to,” Global Printing Enterprises President Carlo Toscano said. “In consultation with Dennis LeBlanc from Drytac, we decided to use an old school multi-layer installation technique.

“When you look at the wall in its entirety, it looks as if we printed the background and graphics at the same time, when in reality, the back black and purple were applied first. 

“Then came the challenge; using laser levels, the team at Install Nation installed with precision all the components you see on top of the already installed panels. It’s a longer process, but when done properly and with highly skilled installers it makes for a clean and symmetrical image.”

Carlo added that the flexibility of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, in particular the ability to install the film quickly and for it to remain affixed with the ability for removability, was essential in the project. 

“This product allows the client to change the message if required, update the marketing and add components to the wall without removal of the entire graphic,” Carlo said. “The science behind the adhesive is genius, and without it we couldn’t have completed this project in the manner we did.”

All of the graphics were printed on an HP Latex 3100, which meant the company was able to utilise dual roll printing for maximum printing speeds. 

“Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 works extremely well with HP inks; consistent bright and vivid printing with all the advantages of an environmentally friendly ink product that meets indoor air quality standards,” Carlo said.

“We believe in using products that are environmentally friendly and, where possible, products that are PVC-free or manufactured using recycled products. Especially for this indoor project, the use of HP inks was essential in providing a safe environment for everyone inside the mall.”

Carlo added: “The client was impressed with not only the quality of print and installation, but also the solution to use multiple layers, as it offered a cost-effective way to introduce new graphics and elements as required.”

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SkinzWraps races ahead with Drytac for Gas Monkey Garage wall graphics project

Drytac SkinzWraps Gas Monkey Garage
Drytac SkinzWraps Gas Monkey Garage

Texas-based SkinzWraps used Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film to create a set of eye-catching wall graphics for the garage made famous by US TV series ‘Fast n Loud’.

Texas-based large-format graphics business SkinzWraps used Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film to produce large-scale wall graphics for the famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas.

The Gas Monkey Garage is best known as the location for ‘Fast n Loud’, the US automotive reality tv series that ran for 16 series between June 2012 and June 2020, in which Richard Rawlings and his team restored tired and run-down cars.

While the TV series ended two years ago, Gas Monkey Garage continues to operate as a working garage, serving both the local community and clients from further afield throughout the US. Richard also runs a hugely successful YouTube channel showcasing the work at Gas Monkey Garage and has accumulated more than 950,000 subscribers from across the world.

When Gas Monkey Garage decided to overhaul the look of the building, the business approached SkinzWraps, tasking the large-format graphics specialist with creating wallcovering that showcased its new logo.

SkinzWraps, which has been working with Drytac products since October 2019 and is familiar with the supplier’s wide range of solutions, selected Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 matte for the job.

The company printed the logo, as well as its own branding at that of Drytac, onto the media using its Epson SureColor SC-S80600. The knowledgeable and experienced SkinzWraps team then installed the graphics on location at the Gas Monkey Garage.

“We were approached by Richard Rawlings and Gas Monkey Garage to produce a set of striking and impactful graphics to show off the garage’s logo alongside its new sponsors Gorilla Pro and Drytac,” SkinzWraps’ President C.J. Reichwein said. “Working with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 matte film and our Epson printer allowed us to achieve exactly this.

“They were absolutely thrilled with the final application!”

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Minoh gets creative with Drytac ReTac Textures Linen in eye-catching wall graphics project

Minoh gets creative with Drytac ReTac Textures Linen in eye-catching wall graphics project
Minoh gets creative with Drytac ReTac Textures Linen in eye-catching wall graphics project

Toronto-based Minoh used Drytac ReTac Textures Linen to produce striking wall graphics that were integrated as part of a video wall display.

Toronto-based sign-maker Minoh Inc used Drytac ReTac Textures Linen embossed film to create a series of striking wall graphics that were integrated as part of a wider interior video wall display.

Marlin Spring, an integrated real estate company that acquires, develops, constructs, and repositions assets throughout North America, tasked Minoh with producing graphics featuring inspirational wording that portrayed its core principles and aims as a business.

The project included an innovative set of graphics to be placed in and around three video screens installed on an interior wall at Marlin Spring, with the screens overlapping the wording without completely blocking the oversized text.

Other aspects of the job included a graphic that listed all the key amenities in the area local to Marlin Spring’s latest real estate project in Toronto, with the aim of capturing the attention of consumers and showcasing the benefits of living in the region.

The nature of the project led Minoh, a long-term user of Drytac materials, to select Drytac ReTac Textures Linen – supplied by ND Graphics – for the project. Ideal to produce eye-catching graphics in business, retail, display and home environments, the polymeric self-adhesive vinyl has an ultra-removable adhesive backing, meaning it can be easily repositioned and removed time and time again, without leaving any residue on the surface – even years later.

Graphics were printed by Minoh on an HP Latex 365 printer and installed on-site by Minoh’s expert and knowledgeable team.

“The customer was absolutely over the moon with the look of the graphics after they were installed on the walls,” Minoh Sales Manager Steven Mayers said. “Such was the success of the job that the client will be looking to use this method again on other projects and we look forward to supporting them with future jobs.

“The Minoh team was also incredibly impressed with Drytac ReTac Textures Linen as a product, and we will most certainly be using the material again in the future. It was incredibly easy to install and was great to work with from start to finish.”

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Imageco helps Dr. Martens take a sustainable step forward, with support from Drytac and HP

Leeds-based Imageco linked up with footwear brand Dr. Martens to create a range of indoor and outdoor graphics for its new test and learn concept store in London.

Leeds-based wide-format printing and signage specialist Imageco recently used Drytac SpotOn SynTac and ViziPrint Deco + to produce a range of striking POS and window graphics for world-famous footwear brand Dr. Martens at its new test and learn concept store on Carnaby Street in London. All of the graphics were printed using Imageco’s HP Latex 800W printer, with its eco-friendly water-based inks.

Imageco was introduced to Dr. Martens by Syn Retail, a local design agency and existing client of Imageco that works with a host of global brands across retail and activations. Syn Retail had been working with Dr. Martens for some time, so when the shoe brand was seeking to create a new test and learn store, Syn Retail recommended Imageco to produce the graphics.

Imageco, which holds the key ISO 14001 environmental standard, leapt at the chance to work with Dr. Martens on the sustainable brief. Armed with its deep knowledge of eco-friendly print solutions, Imageco identified two Drytac products as the best solutions for the project.

SpotOn SynTac, a PVC-free polypropylene wall graphic media, was used to produce exterior graphics for the front of the store to cover up work during its refurbishment. As SpotOn SynTac does not require any lamination and is easy to both apply and remove after use, it was ideal for the short-term graphics.

Imageco also selected ViziPrint Deco +, a high-quality clear window film, for the production of interior graphics for the store windows. ViziPrint Deco + delivered a high-quality print and allowed natural light to pass through into the store, while the product also met the strict sustainable criteria for the job.

On the usability of the Drytac solutions, Imageco Managing Director Nathan Swinson-Bullough says:

“We have been working with Drytac products for some time now. Following the success of this project – and in particular the quality of the final prints and how easy we found the media to work with – this amount of use is about to be elevated,”

Imageco deployed its HP Latex 800W printer, supplied by Perfect Colours, to produce all the graphics for the project. This, Nathan said, allowed the company to deliver an even more sustainable service to Dr. Martens. Imageco was one of the first UK customers to install the HP Latex 800W printer, back in January 2021. The printer offers a suite of features including the whitest white ink that does not yellow over time, enabling print businesses to produce neater outlines and add more contrast.

The HP Latex 800W can print at speeds of up to 36 m2/hr (388 ft2/hr) and delivers vivid colours and finer image details. It also operates using water-based inks delivered in HP Eco Cartons, made from cardboard material, reducing the amount of plastic used by 80%.

“HP Latex inks are water-based, which means they met the job criteria really well. The fact that the ink is also vegan fitted in perfectly with Dr. Martens’ range of vegan boot products,” Nathan said. “Add in that the inks also deliver the sharp quality needed for short run POS and internal graphics, and are GOLD GUARD certified and free of VOCs, they proved to be the perfect solution.

“Dr. Martens loved the work and were really appreciative of our efforts. The company is leading by example in how the future of more sustainable retail should look.”

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Steward Safety Supplies Ltd. pairs Drytac products for French’s Fish Shop van

Steward Safety Supplies Ltd. pairs Drytac products for French’s Fish Shop van
Steward Safety Supplies Ltd. pairs Drytac products for French’s Fish Shop van

Steward Safety Supplies used Drytac Polar Premium Air White Gloss and Drytac Weathershield Matte UV to create the professional mobile fish and chip van.

Norfolk-based signs service provider Steward Safety Supplies combined Drytac Polar Premium Air White Gloss print media and Drytac Weathershield Matte UV laminate to produce a set of bold and impactful vehicle graphics for long-term customer French’s Fish Shop of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Local to Steward Safety Supplies’ facility in Fakenham, French’s Fish Shop has been a client of the signage specialist for more than 10 years, partnering for projects such as menu boards and adverts.

Steward Safety Supplies Ltd. pairs Drytac products for French’s Fish Shop van

After securing a new contract for a local holiday park, French’s Fish Shop purchased a van to cater for customers at the location. French’s Fish Shop approached the team at Steward Safety Supplies to produce graphics to match the traditional branding at its shop.

Steward Safety Supplies quickly identified two solutions from Drytac that would allow it to deliver an on-brand, high-quality solution. The sign-maker selected Drytac Polar Premium Air White Gloss combined with Drytac Weathershield Matte UV, supplied by UK reseller Perfect Colours,for the project. The graphics, which were installed in March 2022, were designed using CorelDraw software, before being printed on an HP Latex 310 printer.

“We printed the van graphics in sections and applied it like wallpaper, neatly trimming around all the fixtures and fittings on the van,” Steward Safety Supplies’ Sign Department Manager Ben Steward said. “The white lettering was then cut and applied on top.”

“We also made some menu A-boards to place outside the van and used some left-over media to cover the tabletop used for the accompanying sauces and cutlery, adding even more value for money. Those additional touches are what makes us who we are.”

“The customer was so impressed with the transformation of their plain white vehicle into this classy fish and chip van. As its planned location is a high-end seaside holiday park, the ‘less is more’, clean cut, on-brand professional look was exactly what they wanted.”

Steward Safety Supplies only began using Drytac products in January this year, but such has been the success of its use of Polar Premium Air and Drytac Weathershield Matte that this combination has now become the pairing of choice for 95% of the company’s work.

“The ease of application due to the air escape technology, the forgivingness of the polymeric when fitting to more awkward places, the quality of the matte finish, and how magically – no matter how hard you need to apply it – it doesn’t show a scratch; we just love it,” Ben concludes.

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Drytac refreshes Ricoh’s Customer Experience Centre with new look

Drytac collaborated with Ricoh to overhaul the look of the facility to provide an inspirational and thought-provoking experience for customers.

Drytac recently partnered with Ricoh to revamp the Ricoh Customer Experience Centre in Telford, UK. The major transformation project saw the two businesses work closely together to overhaul the look of the facility.

The Ricoh Customer Experience Centre allows visitors to explore the latest innovations in Ricoh’s printing solutions and speak with experts about how they can utilise this technology to grow their business. The venue also serves as a proof of concept and test centre for software workflows and digital front ends, ensuring visitors are getting the most out of their Ricoh machines.

Drytac and Ricoh collaborated to bring a fresh look to the facility, with the aim of offering customers an even more inspirational and stimulating experience during their visits, allowing them to go away with a whole range of new application and business ideas.

The two companies have been working together for several years and have established a close relationship, with Drytac listed as a supplier on the Ricoh eshop. This understanding allowed Ricoh and Drytac to jointly develop ideas and produce graphics that would truly highlight the power of Ricoh printing technology and Drytac’s self-adhesive solutions.

The revamped facility in Shropshire features a host of bright and eye-catching graphics, all of which were printed on Drytac material using a Ricoh Pro L5160 at the Drytac Academy in Bristol.

More than 40 new graphics applications were installed throughout the Customer Experience Centre, the largest of which measured more than 11.5m wide. When printing the graphics, Drytac utilised three of its core products: ReTac Smooth 150, ReTac Textures Canvas and ReTac Texture Linen.

The ReTac products were quickly identified as the perfect solution for the project as they are ‘permanently peelable’ and will not damage the surface when it is time to remove or update the graphics, even years after application.

The graphics took just one week to install, with the end result being a revamped facility that offers Ricoh customers the inspiration and motivation to expand into exciting new areas and develop their businesses.

On the project, Simon Isaacs, National Director Ricoh Graphic Communications group, at Ricoh UK comments: “We’re delighted to announce that our newly revamped Customer Experience Centre is now open to visitors. Due to the restrictions posed by Covid – and the subsequent reopening of facilities for in-person visits – we felt now was a fantastic opportunity to update and improve the centre.

“Our objective for the new space is to provide print organisations with a fresh look at our purpose and technology, inspire their innovative thinking and generate collaborations for future business growth.”

On working with Drytac, Simon Isaacs adds: “We’ve worked with Drytac for many years and have always found their solutions to be of the highest quality.”

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, concludes: “This was an exciting project for us to work on. Combining Ricoh print technology with our proven adhesive science solutions has enabled us to create a vibrant new look for the Ricoh facility.”

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Turner Signs serves up a tasty treat with Drytac Polar Street FX

The Barnsley-based sign-maker used Drytac Polar Street FX to produce eye-catching outdoor wall graphics for nearby Mexican restaurant ICO.

Barnsley-based family-run sign-making business Turner Signs used Drytac Polar Street FX outdoor PVC-free aluminium print media, supplied by Signmaster Systems, to create striking exterior wall graphics for new local Mexican restaurant ICO.

ICO recently opened its doors at a unique location in the city of Wakefield, with the restaurant based underground in a former bank vault.

Having worked with Turner Signs on several print and signage projects for its other restaurants, ICO once again approached the sign-maker to help raise awareness of its new location and promote its food to the people of Wakefield.

ICO tasked Turner Signs with filling an unusual brick wall space with its Mexican-inspired artwork, but with the additional challenge for the installation to have an authentic Mexican style.

Turner Signs first considered printed aluminium composite board for the job, but after seeing Drytac Polar Street FX on the Drytac Instagram page, it quickly became clear that the Drytac media would be a much better fit for the appearance that ICO desired.

Turner Signs, a long-term user of Drytac products across a wide range of jobs, used its Mimaki CJV-150 to print the unique design onto Drytac Polar Street FX, before applying this to the wall space.

“The customer was absolutely blown away with the final result,” Turner Signs Director Curt Turner said. “We have been working with Drytac media for about four years and know how flexible their products are for jobs like this.

Drytac Polar Street FX is a PVC-free, aluminium media suitable for outdoor floor and wall graphics, without the need for lamination. Boasting several slip-ratings, Polar Street FX has been specifically developed for rough ground or wall surfaces such as brick, concrete, asphalt, or any other low energy surfaces.

Coated on one side with a clear, high tack adhesive, Drytac Polar Street FX is compatible with latex, UV and eco solvent printing.

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SpeedPro picks a winner with Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate for Hollywood Casino project

SpeedPro picks a winner with Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate for Hollywood Casino project
SpeedPro picks a winner with Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate for Hollywood Casino project

Pennsylvania-based SpeedPro used Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate to produce a range of colourful graphics to celebrate the New Year at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse.

Pennsylvania-based large-format print business SpeedPro used Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate translucent matte PET film to create a series of eye-catching window graphics to help patrons at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse celebrate the New Year.

The brief for the project was to produce graphics that would stand out on large windows overlooking the horse racing track at the famous venue – which first opened in August 1972 and is also home to a leading casino – but not obstruct the view of the racing action.

The project was picked up by a local print company, Triangle Press, which then reached out to SpeedPro to take on production due to its expertise in large-format print and graphics work.

SpeedPro quickly identified Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate, purchased through Digital Color Ink, as the best product for the job, owing to the fact that the film is not only translucent, but also delivers an unrivalled window graphics experience during the day sunlight and at night.

The graphics printed flawlessly on SpeedPro’s EFI Pro 16h LED UV hybrid machine and were installed at the venue in just one day.

SpeedPro picks a winner with Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate for Hollywood Casino project

“Our contact at Triangle Press, Tammy Shelley, wanted to use a material that could be easily installed, performed well both in the light and dark, and was suitable for use on windows,” SpeedPro President Dave Higgins said. “The client was also worried about blocking the view out the large windows, so we had to ensure that the material we selected satisfied their demands.

“For these reasons, Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate was deemed the ideal solution for the job. The film met all the criteria and looked outstanding when printed. The client absolutely loved it.

“I am hoping that due to the quality of the product, the brightness of the print and ease of install, they will start doing these projects on a more regular basis.”

SpeedPro picks a winner with Drytac ViziPrint Illuminate for Hollywood Casino project
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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.

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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
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