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laminating reflective prints?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by signguy54, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. signguy54

    signguy54 Not an artist

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    what lam would I use? Optically clear?
    advice appreciated.

    Randy
     
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  2. eahicks

    eahicks Very Active Member

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    I just use the same thing I use for any other vinyl. Optically clear would be fine (cast).
     
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  3. 2B

    2B Moderator

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    We use 290 Gloss, have never had an issue with a reduction of reflective properties
     
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  4. zillion29

    zillion29 New Member

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    We try to use 8520 Matte as much as possible because of how glossy laminates tend to scratch easily. I'd never use a matte for an important traffic control situation, but it retains enough reflectivity for any other application.
     
  5. signguy54

    signguy54 Not an artist

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    Thank all of you for the insight! for this we will use Ora 290 optically clear.

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  6. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I first dealt with laminating reflective when we had a customer come through, wanting a (slightly) alternative to lit channel letters. We cut some letters out of .090 or .125 aluminum, popped studs, covered with reflective white with their blue printed on it, and trimcapped the letter with some Lords adhesive. The reflectivity seemed to get lost in the glare generated by bright flood lights. Ended up producing two identical ones with gloss laminate and matte, and letting the customer come in and pick his preference. The matte seemed to let the reflective do it's thing that much better.
     
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  7. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

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    Depends on the function. We use gloss for vehicles and luster for signs.
     
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