Marlow High Street gets a safety makeover with Drytac graphics

Globe Park Print Store has completed a project to install temporary safety signage throughout Marlow High Street using Drytac’s combined Polar Grip floor graphics vinyl and Interlam Pro Emerytex laminate solution.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marlow Town Council has adopted an advisory one-way pedestrian system, enabling the local population and visitors to the popular riverside town to socially distance and keep themselves as safe as possible as the lockdown eases. The pedestrian one-way system has the support of Buckinghamshire Council and Marlow’s police and is being funded by Marlow Town Council.

Some 250 stickers have been adhered to the pavements of the town showing pedestrians which direction they are requested to walk. Nick Wintle, Managing Director of Globe Park Print Store explains: “By reminding people to keep their distance, the graphics are playing a key role in maintaining a safe but efficient flow of shoppers throughout the town.”

The temporary graphics were printed on Globe Park Print Store‘s Roland DG SOLJET EJ-640 eco-solvent printer and cut on a Roland CAMM-1 GR-640 large format vinyl cutter.

“The directional pavement stickers were installed by a team of four within a timeframe of two hours, using heat guns for extra adhesion,” adds Nick Wintle. “Safety is paramount. We had to ensure we weren’t creating a trip or slip hazard; that’s where Drytac’s solution came in. When public safety is a priority, it’s not enough to use any self-adhesive graphics media that sticks to the floor – only a product designed specifically for this application should be used.”

Thanks to its superior anti-slip qualities, and its scuff- and UV-light resistance, Drytac Emerytex can be used for laminating floor graphics in a wide variety of environments; it is perfect for applications in public areas that require compliance with strict regulations.

Link to short video showcasing the graphics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J05I8fjmu_8

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Drytac SpotOn helps Pixel Imaging think ‘outside the box’

Pixel Imaging says Drytac SpotOn graphics media has allowed them to think ‘outside the box’ and offer non-traditional exhibition displays to its customers.

Based in Calgary, AB, Pixel Imaging is a leading supplier of event and trade show graphics. Projects range from booth wraps for a music festival’s VIP area to a wall mural for a women’s business conference, to floor graphics for an energy industry trade event. Pixel Imaging needs a specialist product for this type of work, as Owner John Bek explains.

He says: “We discovered Drytac SpotOn through our media vendor, ND Graphics. We were searching for a vinyl that was just as easy to remove as it is to install, without causing damage to walls or furniture surfaces.

“We now use SpotOn vinyl to create custom branding and decor for the event industry. SpotOn is a great product for this application as it allows us to easily vinyl-wrap just about any surface, and remove it when the event is complete without damaging any of the surfaces or spaces. They are ready for something new for the next event.”

Drytac has developed SpotOn specifically to meet this demand. SpotOn is a 100µ (4 mil) ink-receptive printable vinyl combined with Drytac’s unique ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables simple, bubble-free application on smooth interior surfaces such as walls and glass. Perfect for POP and retail signage, trade show and exhibition graphics and office interiors, SpotOn can be installed and repositioned easily, removed cleanly and reused if stored correctly. Even non-professionals can apply this high-quality product (available in clear matte, clear gloss, white matte and white gloss finishes) to create vibrant graphics.

John continues: “Drytac products have helped our business as they have allowed us to go outside of the box and to use printed vinyl wraps in very non-traditional ways. Our clients love seeing the results and we consistently work together with our event partner company in Calgary to come up with new and immersive ways to create stunning visuals.

“We would certainly recommend Drytac products to anyone who is looking to create vinyl graphics that can easily be installed and removed by the end user, without creating any frustrations for them.”

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Minuteman Press gives salon monthly makeover with Drytac Polar

Minuteman Press finds Drytac Polar Premium is perfect for easily applied window graphics in cold environments, relying on the vinyl for a monthly display project.

Material hair salon in Bath has revealed a new look every month, with window graphics printed by Minuteman Press using Drytac Polar Premium. Thanks to Polar’s ease of application, each new window display can be installed in under an hour.

Material is a neighbour of Minuteman Press, which runs three different departments from three sites on Bath’s artistic Walcot Street. Founded by David Ghent in 1998 as a high-street print shop, the business has expanded to include in-house designers, a digital print and finishing department, a large-format studio and sales and marketing teams.

“We see ourselves as a one-stop shop for all things graphic communication,” says Kieran Blacknall, Large Format Manager, Minuteman Press.

Commenting on the project, he says: “Material wanted to add some colour to the street by having monthly window graphics that tie in with a theme. Every month it’s something different so we look forward to seeing what their designer has come up with – we’ve had bunnies at Easter, lollipops in the summer, fireworks in November. We like to guess what will come next month.”

For its regular appointment with Material, Minuteman Press relies on Drytac Polar Premium, an 80 micron (3.2mil) polymeric printable self-adhesive vinyl designed to withstand extreme temperatures and conditions. It is available with a removable adhesive for short-term graphics applications that ensures a smooth, bubble-free finish on application and easy removal without residue when removed.

Kieran explains that Drytac Polar Premium – which is printed on its HP Latex 360 and cut on either its Summa vinyl cutter or Valiani flatbed cutter – was recommended by Drytac distributor Antalis.

“It turned out to be one of the best recommendations we’ve had,” he says. “For the Material project we needed a strong and durable product that performs all year round and can be applied quickly: the window graphics are removed and installed within an hour. The salon is on a busy road and is exposed to the elements so it was important for us to use something strong. We tried using low-tac solutions but as the weather got colder the adhesives started to fail, which is not an issue with Drytac Polar.

“We find it so easy to install with a water solution, and removing it is easy with the right tools. The fact that it’s a polymeric vinyl really helps with removability. We’ve found that monomeric equivalents tend to break during removing, particularly in cold weather, so I’m happy to use a premium product as it does save us time in the long term.

“We now use Drytac Polar Premium for the majority of our vinyl work, even for simple things like kiss-cut labels and wrapped boards, because it’s so reliable and versatile. Using Polar for more jobs has highlighted issues with our previous vinyl media choices; production times and overall product quality have benefited. We also use Drytac SpotOn for floor graphics and we’re always looking for ways we can use other Drytac products in the future.”

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FD Signs puts safety first for massive TfL social distancing project with Drytac

FD Signs has completed a mammoth project to help Transport for London (TfL) passengers abide by social distancing guidelines, using Drytac media to ensure maximum safety.

Based in West London, FD Signs has over 20 years’ experience in delivering high-quality sign and graphics projects. TfL is a regular customer for the business but the social distancing project was on a scale never seen before, as Fintan Delaney, Founder and Director of FD Signs, explains.

“TfL needed to prepare for more customers using its services while adhering to social distancing, at a very quick turnaround,” he says. “Over a period of ten consecutive, 18-hour days FD Signs delivered 6,000 graphics a day for overnight installation in London Underground stations, by 30 different installation teams. At the same time, we produced other graphics for the Croydon Tramlink, Arriva Trains and Network Rail. In all we delivered in the region of 100,000 social distancing floor graphics.”

As well as displaying messages effectively, it was essential that the floor graphics were safe for their environment. Fintan specified a product that is R11-certified for slip resistance, meaning it has been approved for exterior applications and transitional areas that can get wet – ideal for stations on the London Underground network. The media also had to hold relevant fire safety certifications for use in a public space.

The ideal solution was Drytac Polar Grip overlaminated with Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex, delivered to FD Signs as quickly as the team could print it, says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager for Drytac.

“Fast and efficient turnaround was key as the time frame FD Signs was working to was very small,” he says. “We were making daily deliveries to Fintan to keep up with his 24-hour production.”

Drytac Polar Grip is a white polymeric self-adhesive vinyl that adheres securely to any surface, including floors, metal, plastic, wood, glass and brick, for up to five years. As well as providing the fire safety certification (EN 13501-1) required by TfL, this 80 micron (3.2mil) PVC film is compatible with all major printing technologies – including the Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 UV printer and the Roland XR640 printer used by FD Signs – to deliver sharp, attention-grabbing graphics.

Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex is a pressure-sensitive overlaminating film that protects graphics from abrasions, UV light, weather and temperature changes to increase durability and longevity. This film has been officially tested and certified for fire safety and holds the R11 slip rating necessary for this project.

Shaun Holdom comments: “We worked closely with Fintan and the FD Signs team to ensure all of the products complied to the strict requirements of the customer, including providing all of the technical information.

“It’s an ongoing project and we expect to see more transport operators, retailers and other businesses following suit. Floor graphics have become incredibly important for social distancing but it is absolutely essential that they are safe. Drytac is the market leader and our experts can provide all the advice and support our customers need.”

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Creative Silhouettes wraps ten stores in seven days with multi-surface Drytac Polar Grip

Creative print company Creative Silhouettes has completed an attention-grabbing project for Hobo, printing and installing graphics in ten new stores in just seven days. To ensure consistent results across a range of environments, Drytac Polar Grip was used across the whole campaign.

Established in Vaughan, ON seven years ago, Creative Silhouettes specialises in wall graphics and decals. Seventy per cent of its business is large self-adhesive vinyl for offices and retail stores, 80 per cent of which is also installed by the team. Apple, Ubisoft, TMX and Oxford Properties are among its big-name clients.

In April 2020, Creative Silhouettes completed a major project for Hobo Cannabis Company, which was opening ten new stores in the Greater Toronto Area as part of a 30-branch expansion across Canada. As each retail space was different, Creative Silhouettes needed a vinyl product that could meet every demand.

Giovani Pereira, Project Manager and Business Development at Creative Silhouettes, comments on the project: “Our deal with Hobo was to wrap ten entire stores regardless of the surface of the walls – and every one had different surfaces, such as brick, stucco, painted wood and rusted metal.

ND Graphics are our primary supplier of vinyl and equipment so we went to our contact Dwayne Burton for advice. He recommended Drytac Polar Grip and we undertook several print and install tests on all rough surfaces, including floor, and they all worked well.”

Creative Silhouettes printed the black-and-white wall graphics with photographic details on its HP Latex R1000.

“Using Drytac Polar Grip we took care of all Hobo’s stores across Toronto, printing and installing graphics in ten stores in seven days.”

Drytac Polar Grip is an 80 micron (3.2mm) white polymeric self-adhesive PVC vinyl designed for interior and exterior wall graphics, offering durability of up to five years. Its high-bond adhesive is compatible with a wide range of surfaces including metal, plastic, wood, glass and brick and has been rated for fire safety to meet the requirements of public spaces. It performs brilliantly with latex, UV, solvent and eco-solvent printing technologies and is available in White Matte and Gloss finishes.

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ArtSoft weathers temperature challenges to collect award with Drytac Polar Premium

ArtSoft Expo Solutions has completed an eye-catching project for the Grocery Innovations Canada conference in challenging weather conditions, thanks to Drytac Polar Premium printable vinyl. 

Founded over 20 years ago, ArtSoft provides complete trade show display solutions to customers across North America, offering services from project management all the way through design, manufacturing, logistics, on-site installation and dismantling to storage.

For three consecutive years ArtSoft has worked with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers on its Grocery Innovations Canada event. Most recently, this project included a building wrap design inspired by virtual reality – an application recognized by Big Picture magazine’s Best of Wide Format Awards.

On such a large-scale design, it was essential for ArtSoft’s in-house designer to carefully cross-check elements to enable application with minimal issues, for the production team to ensure the final product’s print consistency to make it appear as if one seamless piece of work, and for the installation team to apply the design quickly and without problems.

Every step of the process depended on using the right printable media. Joe Chan, President, ArtSoft Expo Solutions, comments: “We tested over ten different types of adhesive vinyl to find the best to install onto glass and aluminium trim. At the end we picked Drytac Polar Premium as when we were installing the wrap in October we faced a big challenge of temperature changes: in the morning it could be 10ºC (50ºF) and at noon it might get up to 30ºC (86ºF).

“With Polar Premium, our installers managed to work very well during the installation process. Furthermore, there is no residue left on the glass or aluminium frame surfaces after removal.”

Drytac developed its Polar range specifically to deliver exceptional quality performance in extreme temperature ranges. Compatible with all standard digital printing technologies, Polar Premium is an ideal choice for stunning graphics on flat surfaces such as external walls and windows.

ArtSoft sourced Polar Premium from ND Graphics, who also supplies Drytac FloorTac for floor graphics – currently used by ArtSoft for social distancing floor stickers.

“I enjoy working with Drytac products and services,” Joe adds. “Before the start of the Grocery Innovations Canada project I was shown several types of Drytac materials and received all the samples that I needed for testing. Thanks to ND Graphics and Drytac this was a very successful project.”

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Warwick Printing builds excitement for new store with striking Drytac graphics

Warwick Printing has installed a huge storefront wall graphic using Drytac ReTac, building excitement for a new beauty store.

Founded in 1995 as an offset press commercial printer, Warwick Printing has increasingly moved into digital printing and adopted wide format technologies in the last two years. This has helped the Lethbridge, AB business to increase its client base and to offer new services to its existing customers.

In March 2020 Warwick Printing undertook a substantial wall graphics project to promote a new Sephora store in Park Place Mall in Lethbridge. Sephora sells cosmetics and beauty products from over 2,600 stores in 34 countries around the world, attracting loyal customers and a significant following online.

Lee Weighill, Owner of Warwick Printing, says that it ‘seems many people are excited about this store judging by the comments heard during the install’.

He explains that his team worked with a USA-based design firm on the hoarding, which measured 54′ wide by 12′ high (16.5m x 3.7m).

“We did a site survey, sent the updated specs to their design team, and had the files back printed and installed within four to five days. The actual install took about six hours,” says Lee.

“We chose Drytac ReTac because we have used it previously and know the properties of it, what to expect when printing and installing. Because the panels were very wide (52″) and were over 12 feet tall we wanted a fairly thick, stable vinyl and also one that would be easy to remove in a couple of months.”

Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 is a polymeric printable PVC film coated with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology. This enables easy installation, repositioning and removal of indoor wall graphics, even on curved, textured or angled surfaces. ReTac Smooth 150 has several fire ratings, making it suitable for public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations such as malls and retail stores. This 150 micron (6 mil) product is available in matte and gloss finishes and is compatible with latex, UV, solvent and eco-solvent printing technologies for stunning wall graphics.

“We use Drytac products whenever possible because they perform excellently for us, both printing and installing,” says Lee. “We use on a regular basis ReTac Smooth and Textures in the Canvas finish, SpotOn, Printable Eclipse for banners, Polar polymeric films and Polar Premium, Interlam Pro textured laminate and have recently done a few projects with Polar Chrome Silver Satin which is really cool stuff. We love all the Drytac products we have used so far, all are excellent.”

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AutoTrim & Signs’s Drytac window graphics promise warm treats in cold weather

AutoTrim & Signs of Niagara has created a window display using Drytac SpotOn media, an ideal product for quick and simple installation.

Founded in 1989 near the famous Niagara Falls in Ontario – AutoTrim & Signs designs, produces and installs a wide variety of graphics such as trade show displays, wall and floor graphics, vehicle wraps, raised-letter signs, interior displays and window signage. Its clients range from independent businesses to large corporate customers, including hotels, city authorities, retailers, tourist attractions, colleges and individual homeowners.

This winter AutoTrim & Signs completed a window display project for chocolate brand Hershey’s for the Falls Avenue Holiday Market, an event featuring pop-up stores, live entertainment, seasonal food and drinks, and a walk-through gingerbread house. The window graphics advertised s’mores, the popular cold-weather treat made from marshmallow, chocolate and cookies.

For the graphics AutoTrim & Signs used Drytac SpotOn, a 100µ (4 mil) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl featuring Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application and repositioning on window panes and other smooth interior surfaces. It is available in matte and gloss finishes and offers durability of up to three years indoors and six months outside, with clean, residue-free removal at the end of its use.

Rick Knapp, President of AutoTrim & Signs, comments: “For the Hershey’s application we chose Drytac SpotOn because of its ease of application, the short time we had to install it in colder weather and the fact that it will remove cleanly when we want it to. It also has a lighter adhesive making it stand out in the evening when it is darker outside but the lights are on inside.”

For other projects in low temperatures, Drytac has created the Polar range. Comprising PVC films and vinyl, there is an ideal product for any signage, exhibition display or window graphic application destined for cold environments – even decals for motorcycle helmets.

Rick Knapp adds that AutoTrim & Signs uses several Drytac products for this type of low-temperature work, such as ice rink boards, hoarding wraps at construction sites, wall graphics and decals.

Please visit http://autotrimniagara.ca/ to learn more about AutoTrim & Signs Niagara.

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Grant Graphics celebrates building’s history with Drytac newspaper graphics

Grant Graphics has completed a wall graphics project for a new cafe and craft brewery using Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, in an appropriately newspaper-themed design.

In late 2019, Walt & Whitman Brewing took over an historical building in Saratoga Springs, NY that formerly housed the offices for the Saratogian newspaper. The new brewery and coffee house – inspired by American poet Walt Whitman – wanted to recognise this history so called on Grant Graphics to create an eye-catching mural.

With over 30 years’ experience Grant Graphics is a leading distributor for large-format inkjet printers, ink and media – including Drytac products – in the north-east US region, as well as a producer of graphics work. For the Saratogian pink-sheet newspaper project for Walt & Whitman, the team printed onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 with a Mimaki CJV300 solvent printer/cutter.

Garrison Grant, Digital Marketing Manager at Grant Graphics, explains, “We wanted a matte vinyl that was easy to apply and handle. ReTac Smooth 150 is our best vinyl for wall applications – it has the ability to be stretched, removed and repositioned well without leaving residue on the surface. It prints and takes in ink at a very high quality and the ink lays very nicely. In total, the Walt & Whitman project was roughly a day of file set-up, a day of printing and a day of install.”

ReTac Smooth 150 (6 mil/150μ) and ReTac Smooth 75 (3 mil/75μ) are white polymeric printable PVC films compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV ink chemistries and offering up to five years’ durability. The key to the products’ simple installation, repositioning and removal is Drytac’s ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology, developed with decades of expertise in this subject. ReTac Smooth 150 and 75 have achieved several fire ratings, making them ideal for use in public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations – such as coffee shops and bars.

Garrison Grant says Grant Graphics is a ‘relatively new’ user of Drytac products, but has already picked some favorites from the range.

“We use Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear for window applications because it is optically clear for negative spaces and leaves no residue on windows for easy removal,” he says. “We’ve used it for the Grant Graphics front window – it looks great and the colours really pop.

Drytac ReTac Textures with Sand finish gives a rich appeal to wall applications along with stickers. We also supply Drytac SpotOn products to many university, school and museum customers, for floor and window applications.”

Garrison adds: “Drytac’s customer service, along with our representative, are always available with quick response times to any questions we have.”

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MK Dons kick off new year with ‘amazing’ new Drytac graphics

The box office at Stadium MK – the home of MK Dons football club – is now almost unrecognisable with eye-catching wall graphics printed on Drytac® ReTac Textures media, after the decision was made to bring printing in-house.

Comprising a 30,500 all-seater stadium, an on-site 304-room hotel and events spaces for conferences, meetings and parties, the Milton Keynes stadium caters for more than just football fans. When a project to add graphics to doors in the hotel was more expensive than expected, the Stadium MK team looked at options for investing in its own printing equipment and producing its own graphics for the complex.

Sue Stead, at Hotel MK, describes herself as a ‘print geek’ so was excited by the prospect of researching print options and operating the new systems once they were installed. Together with two directors, Sue decided to invest in a Roland TrueVIS VG2-640 printer/cutter and an Easymount laminator.

“The print room was set up in September and by October we had started to print wall graphics for our box office,” Sue explains. “We’d received some samples of Drytac ReTac Textures and chose the Linen finish for the wall graphics.”

Drytac ReTac Textures is a 150μ (6 mil) printable, matte white phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with a choice of embossed finishes – Linen, Sand, Canvas and Woodgrain – which add depth and visual appeal to static, flat images as well as a touchable quality. The product includes the ReTac ultra-removable adhesive backing which enables easy application, multiple repositioning, and clean removal.

In the case of the MK Dons box office project, the ReTac Textures wall graphics were installed by a professional decorator who specialises in wallpaper – and was unfamiliar with the Drytac self-adhesive product – but Sue Stead expects to handle application in-house from now on owing to its ease of use.

“I love the whole ReTac range and ReTac Textures Linen is absolutely wonderful,” she says. “It’s easier to put up than other products we have used and looks great.

“The new wall murals have made such a difference to the space. Seeing them go from a design on paper, by our in-house designer Dave Corley, to the walls is amazing. We are blown away by the potential – we’ve been putting pictures on everything!”

The next projects for Sue and Dave were to add graphics to the directors’ boardroom featuring the logos of MK Dons and sponsor Suzuki, and FestiveL, a New York City-themed Christmas event. Drytac ReTac Textures is ideal for a variety of applications including interior décor, retail displays, trade show graphics and labels as well as custom wall murals, which gives Stadium MK potential to expand its service offering: the team intends to start selling graphics, printed in-house, to conferences and events held at the complex.

ReTac Textures is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing technologies and is available in widths up to 1,370mm (54″). It offers exterior and interior durability of up to five years.

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