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Is there a cheaper alternative to phototex?

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by depps74, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. depps74

    depps74 Member

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    I like phototex, but its pretty expensive compared to a straight vinyl like 3M Ij35, Anyone know of some cheaper alternatives?
     
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    3M IJ35 is a basic temp material. I wouldn't use it for anything that needs to last over six months. I wouldn't even compare it with Phototex in any way shape or form other than it has an adhesive.
     
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  3. SignMeUpGraphics

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    General Forumulations 234 GraphiTex?
     
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  4. toomeycustoms

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    We used to use graphitex, but it just isn't the same as Phototex. With graphitex the adhesive tends to become permanent over time. We were running into issues with removal of the graphitex damaging walls and residual adhesive left behind. There is one other solution similar to Phototex called Prestotex, but the cost is nearly the same, so why not stick with the proven product.
     
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  5. BigfishDM

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    Their thicker versions are killer!
     
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  6. klingsdesigns

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    I like wall frog.
     
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  7. klingsdesigns

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    What are you trying to use it for. We do a lot of print cut things with the wall frog and it cut really nice. I had problems with the phototex doing that and it will start to come off the backing when going through the printer and i would get head strikes.
     
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    I also run a lot of concept 250 wallfrog for the shops I print for. I had a sample on my own wall for 4 years and peeled it right off. Put it on some backing paper when I moved and right back up on another wall and it looks like new now after almost 2 more years.
     
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    If you use the Photo Tex Opaque versions you will see they cut very easy
     
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  10. clarizeyale

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    I really wanted to like wallfrog but for some reason, I always had trouble cutting it? or printing it. I forget which (it's been a while) so we just stick with phototex.. it cuts on the plotter very nice and my prints are always vibrant with the right profile.
     
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  11. RISEgraphics

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    I'm looking for some other alternatives, too. We use Phototex religiously, but the cost is getting intense for how often we need it. I found that Sihl came out with QuickStick recently, but can't find many reviews. Anyone have any experience using Sihl's QuickStick?
     
  12. BigfishDM

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    I have a branch in SLC and I have a great alternative that is under $0.70 sq.ft.
     
  13. RISEgraphics

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    No offense, but I'm still waiting on the sample of window vinyl we discussed back in July.
     
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  14. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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    Oh crap, which one was that? Sorry, sometimes stuff falls through the cracks with samples. I will make sure though it gets fixed.
     
  15. ShineOn

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    Rad Grafix from Grimco works great!
     
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  16. klingsdesigns

    klingsdesigns Very Active Member

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    For printing never had an issue on our vp-540. Cutting we have a separate newer blade 60 degree just for wall frog and nothing else.
     
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  17. LarryB

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    We use General Formulations 234 Wall Fabric and love it. It's just as good as PhotoTex and save $75/roll
     
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  18. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    Do you use liquid laminate on this material? Thanks.
     
  19. LarryB

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    No liquid laminate. We print on the HP Flatbed with UV inks. Install with hands and foam squeegee.
     
  20. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    Good to know, thanks.
     
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