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Cloudy 3M 8518

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Rooster, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Rooster

    Rooster Very Active Member

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    The last little bit of a roll I just finished left a pretty cloudy appearance when I applied it to a solid black sign face.

    This isn't silvering which I'm familiar with, but instead it's like the actual laminate has a cloudy appearance, which was only on the very end of the roll.

    Has anybody seen this before? Will it go away like silvering does, or do you think it's a permanent thing?
     
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  2. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Active Member

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    Our 8518s have had the same issue the last few feet on a roll as well. Youre not the only one noticing it.
     
  3. Kentucky Wraps

    Kentucky Wraps Kentucky Wraps

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    Yes about 3 times....the last 10 or 15 feet of my 8518 had that look to it. It looks like it was roughed up a bit...and if you look at it from a distance...there's an angled pattern to it.
     
  4. Rooster

    Rooster Very Active Member

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    Seeing as how it's on a solid black signface, do you think that a day in the sun might make it go away?
     
  5. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    Yes the Heat from the sun will get rid of it, but you can also just heat it yourself with a torch.
     
  6. Rooster

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    It was nice out yesterday. It only took about 20 minutes in the sun and it faded away.
     
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    What liner does this have? The coated paper or clear poly? I've noticed rolls I get that have the paper liner have this mottling, but the new clear liner doesn't have this problem. (although it is a bit difficult to get off/setup in the laminator)
     
  8. Rooster

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    It was the clear liner.
     
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