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Anyone Used Alumigraphics? - Foil Based Printed Wall Graphic Media

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by Wposters, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Wposters

    Wposters New Member

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    Has anyone tried this? It is for Brick, Asphalt and Concrete. Floor or wall printed graphics. It says "foil based media" I'm guessing it sticks like vinyl but with more of a aluminum foil type feel. They have a website www.AlumiGraphics.com with videos. I was thinking about ordering some, but curious of opinions if anyone has used it. They make it look easy on videos...
    We have a Roland - EcoSolvent inks

    Any advice appreciated!
     
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    The stuff is awesome IMO. I tested Allumagraphics and a glassbead type of street graphic, The Alumagraphics lasted about 3-4 years and the glass bead stuff was easily removed by the leasing company after we moved out of the building.
     
  3. bigben

    bigben Moderator Staff Member

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    I've tried the product. Very awesome stuff, but also very pricey.
     
  4. Wposters

    Wposters New Member

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    Did you all happen to install it on a brick wall? That is what we are going to be using it on. We usually use Arlon 8000 for this type of project, but the Arlon 8000 seems to come unstuck from the "grout" lines after some time. I say "grout" lines as a lack of a better term... it's not really grout, these are cinderblock walls, completely painted with just indentions in between the cinderblocks. The vinyl's " memory" I guess pulls it away from the indentions.
    This will be inside a gynasium
     
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    ColoPrinthead Swollen Member

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    I tested min on concrete steps. The aluminum collapses into the texture of the surface, no memory what so ever.
     
  6. FatCat

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    We have used the Alumagraphics stuff on a few projects, but the downside is it is very expensive. Typically we stick with 3M IJ8624 - have used it on some very textured walls with deep recesses and grout lines and it has always held up well. We have our logo made with 8624 on the side of our block wall building baking in the sun/weather and after 1 year, no peeling or cracking or anything. So very happy with it and indoors I would expect it to last a long time...
     
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  7. eahicks

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    We tried it, installed a large graphic in front of our front door. Also made some address numbers for my house street curb (looks like the old painted numbers). But they didn't last long.
    Also, now that we have gotten into the roll, it holds its curl so bad we can't run it through our printer any more without head strikes. Kinda frustrating. Maybe on a printer that you can raise the head carriage it will work, but won't work on our Latex printers.
     
  8. BigfishDM

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    That material is not good in Latex, Asphalt Art is the compatible version if your using latex.
     
  9. Kentucky Wraps

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    Yes, you have to handle it very carefully. You cannot get ANY wrinkles or bends in it.
     
  10. MNeel

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    AlumiGraphics Smooth is perfect for brick and cinder black walls. It has no memory and will conform and hold to the wall without heat; just use a roller.
     
  11. MNeel

    MNeel New Member

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    Actually, AlumiGraphics is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inks plus it costs less than Asphalt Art. Download printer profiles from AlumiGraphics.com
     
  12. MNeel

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    It is easy and very reliable. There are Roland printer profiles on the website.
     
  13. FlexiEure

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    I've used it several times. Printed it using the Mimaki JV33. It works extremely well. We have used it on asphalt and concrete walkways as well concrete light poles. I would highly recommend it. It is also easy to install and remove.
     
  14. NicKiehl

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    I've used it at the Cleveland Zoo for a summer promotion. Put a dozen or so 24" circles on main pathways. With that heavy of foot traffic and utility trucks/golf carts running over them, they completely impregnated themselves into the concrete. No possible way to grab an edge to remove them. That was 3 years ago. There are now a dozen faint circles still imbedded into the roadways.
    I also had issues with it printing on my Mimaki jv3. The foil makes the material remember any hump in the roll, so I was getting a number of headstrikes as the carriage passed over the print. And with the grit in the material for anti-slip, it made me cringe with every pass. It installed well, but I am nervous to use it with my HP L360... Don't want to destroy the heads again.
     
  15. BigfishDM

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    You should use the Asphalt Art Line for your latex printer, that's what we run and it works great in the 365.
     
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