University of Southern California prepares their campus with Drytac Polar Grip

Classic Litho and Design sticks with Drytac Polar Grip to complete major social distancing project for the University of Southern California.

California-based print service provider Classic Litho and Design deployed Drytac Polar Grip for a large-scale social distancing signage project which helped students safely return to learning at the University of Southern California (USC) last semester.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, USC was required to put in place a range of measures to help protect students and staff, including the installation of floor graphics across its sites to promote social distancing.

The USC contacted local printing company Classic Litho and Design to assist with the project, which – in total – required the production of approximately 11,000 floor decals for installation across the USC campus.

Initially, the company’s large-format department printed 3,000 outdoor floor graphics on Drytac Polar Grip white polymeric self-adhesive vinyl. With a high-bond adhesive, it has been specifically developed for graphic applications where flexibility and strong adhesion are required, and can be permanently applied to almost any surface, including metal, plastic, wood, glass, brick and more.

Ray Rodriguez, Large Format Manager at Classic Litho and Design, explained that the main reason for selecting Drytac Polar Grip was that the material offered the most reliability for outdoor graphics.

“I did a lot of research trying to find the longest-lasting and most durable outdoor vinyl, and it became clear that the solution was Drytac Polar Grip with Interlam Pro Emerytex overlaminating film. As well as being economically priced, it was also the only outdoor solution with a 12-month guarantee.”

The work with Drytac Polar Grip did not stop there though, as Rodriguez explained. After speaking with USC about failing indoor and outdoor floor graphics printed on another vendor’s media, Polar Grip was again deployed.

USC about failing indoor and outdoor floor graphics printed on another vendor’s media, Polar Grip was used to replace these.
The non-Drytac media that failed was not backed with Drytac’s unique adhesive science.

Floor graphics that are damaged can cause a huge health and safety risk and must be replaced immediately.

“I recommended Polar Grip for some replacement indoor carpet signage right away, so that was an easy fix. Then I heard that some of the outdoor floor graphics printed on other vendors’ materials had also failed. To compare, I went to check an outdoor graphic that was still firmly in place and – having aggressively tried and failed to remove it – noted it was printed on Polar Grip.

“On that basis, a second order of floor graphics printed on Polar Grip was almost immediately requested!”

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