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Matte Lamin on Perf

Discussion in 'Materials' started by jc1cell, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. jc1cell

    jc1cell Active Member

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    Hey Guys,

    Working on a quote for a project that will get perf on some windows and regular vinyl on others. I would like to reduce the sun glare by using matte vinyl for the all graphics but don't know how regular matte laminate would interact with the perf.

    How much will it affect the visibility from the inside it not being optically clear?

    Thanks
    jc
     
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  2. PressPrintGraphics

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    Very significantly. Even gloss non optically clear laminate is hard enough, so I can just imagine matte.
     
  3. sfr table hockey

    sfr table hockey Very Active Member

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    The main reason the use window perf would be to enable you to see through from the inside and not notice that the window has anything on it. With anything but optically clear you would have a blurred view and I would think with a matte finish it would be worse.

    There might be a matte finish spray that you could coat the window perf with instead of laminate. I have used frog juice (was not a matte finish) on some small perf jobs and have held up. Not sure if it would make much difference on glare from the sun.

    Also if it's on a store front window you may not need to laminate. Others may know better on this.

    If it is on a vehicle window then it must be optically clear.
     
  4. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

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    Don't even bother with lam. If you use matte, it will be totally blurred from the inside.
     
  5. jc1cell

    jc1cell Active Member

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    I was afraid of that, just wanted some backup.

    As far as not laminating, how would you deal with any dust plugging up the holes. Soft spraying water hose? Soft scrubbing of the installed vinyl?

    That's a concern for the client, keeping it clear. And knowing that eco-sol inks aren't as resistant as true solvent I would hate to have them spray or wipe the graphic and have it mess up on them.

    Cheers,
    jc
     
  6. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

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    We've never had an issue. We have LOTS of perf installed, and see it all the time. Still looks good. Ages range from brand new to about three years old.
     
  7. jasonx

    jasonx Very Active Member

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    Just make sure the client isn't washing with any citrus based or solvent based cleaners etc if its unlaminated.
     
  8. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    yep agree with cdiesel, no lam, no problem...cept when it rains
     
  9. Firefox

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    Chris,

    Do you use Solvent or Eco-Sol ink... both?
     
  10. Sticky Signs

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    I do believe that oracal makes an optically cleat matt lam.
     
  11. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

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    We use a "mild solvent" ink. MLD from Triangle. Very similar to EcoSol.
     
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