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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