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Mactac Dusted vinyl - color difference?

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by Zendavor Signs, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Zendavor Signs

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    We just installed a large project using this film. Our installer messed up a few stripes that we replaced a few days later. Why is it so different looking? We did not mix the v1 and v2 vinyls - it is from the same roll of material. It is the v2 material.
     

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  2. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

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    was it cut in the same direction?
     
  3. Zendavor Signs

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    We did think about that. They are likely cut in different directions, but internal testing shows no difference, and the manufacturer rep says material is not directional.
     
  4. Gino

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    I tend to think not. Anytime you have some sort of design, whether it be dimples, texture, metallic or anything...... direction means everything. Over the years we've cut out literally thousands of 14" high 3mm red letters. When nesting, they all look the same. Once cut out, they all looked different. It was something the customer complained about in the very beginning. I simply told them, either get usd to it or we can cut all the letters in the same direction, but it's gonna cost a helluva lot more. Funny how that simple statement can make a difference in how people view things...... in more ways than one.
     
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    That is a lot of strips of etch. looks nice. Is that the Mactac Bfree Etch you can install dry?
     
  6. Johnny Best

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    Did you use the same squeegee and pressure as the installer. Give it a couple days.
     
  7. Zendavor Signs

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    It is Mactac B-Free. It is really nice stuff. We have used the Dusted and Frosted on numerous projects. Install technique is exactly the same, same installer, etc. Photo is after a couple of days, but the original was installed several days before. We are going to try cutting from the same direction, although that doesn't look promising. Waiting is out is another option. Mactac is stepping up and trying to help, although it is looking like a total redo at this point. Uggh.
     
  8. Jester1167

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    Metallics tend to be directional. Before you replace it, I would give it a few days or maybe a week to let the adhesive wet out. The color may change as the adhesive flows out.

    Also is this from the same roll/batch. they can vary from roll to roll and batch to batch.
     
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