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Cast or Calendared?

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by Goatshaver, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Goatshaver

    Goatshaver Member

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    I often do stickers with RTapes vinylEFX metallic material. It's a royal pain in the a** but a lot of people love the shiny stuff. However I find it does curl up a bit and I know it has limitations for solvent printing, like leaving 6mm clear of any cuts to prevent curling.

    Now even with doing that I still stuff that will curl eventually but I think it's just the laminate shrinking up a little.

    Would a cast overlam possibly mitigate this? and if so what is a decent cheaper cast overlam that I can look into trying?
     
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  2. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Yes, it would. The Cast laminate will have little to no shrink, where calendared would. You can even look into 3M 8048 non-PVC for an even lower price and better than cast performance in the realm you are working in.
     
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  3. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    Ping Bigfish and see what laminate he has to offer.
     
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  4. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    Arlon has good cast laminates.
     
  5. Hero Signs

    Hero Signs If they let me make it, they will come

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    we leave .25in of white around the edges so they do not curl on calandered vinyl
     
  6. Goatshaver

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    What brand of overlaminate are you using?
     
  7. ProColorGraphics

    ProColorGraphics Very Active Member

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    I use cast laminate on everything. Almost every shrinking issue I have experienced appeared to be the calendared laminate shrinking. I have pretty much eliminated that since I switched to using all cast laminates.
     
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  8. Hero Signs

    Hero Signs If they let me make it, they will come

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    We use Arlon for all digital prints.
    3m for most cut vinyl since everyone specs it
     
  9. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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    Cast will help for sure and I have a deal on cast lam if you are interested.
     
  10. icedhot

    icedhot New Member

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    what suppliers do you use to get 3M 8048 non-PVC?
     
  11. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Fellers or Montroy
     
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