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motteling on my 3m expensive vinyl

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by gabagoo, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    I received a 10 yard roll of 24" 3m 220 black and the entire roll is modettled. There was even a split in the roll about 3 yards in and since that spot every 12" or so you can see the impression of the masking tape.

    My question is even though I am 99% sure it will go away, why do I as a reseller of their product have to deal with a possible customer complaint over it.
    Can not product like this be considered a second?

    I need to process the work so I have no time to re-order.
  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    It's happened to us on occasion. The way to prevent this is to order well enough in advance, so there is time to make an exchange.

    We just had one last week where we were lettering 5 police cruisers [2 for one borough and 3 for another].... all using a lot of black reflective. Thought I had more than enough black reflective in stock. Turned out, one roll was pretty well spent, but it didn't show up until too late. Ordered another roll and could still meet the deadline. Supplier [who will remain nameless] sends me a frickin' white reflective roll. Call them, they say sorry, it will be there Monday. The chief was a little upset with me. I'm the guy that didn't get their last car done on time, not the supplier. I take full heat for someone else's F*ck Up. It's okay, I have broad shoulders, but this happens all the time.

    Suppliers, manufacturers and whoever else are either getting lazy or their 'Quality Control' really sucks big time. I'm always the one explaining to customers what happened to make something go south. It wasn't near this bad 10 years ago.
  3. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    here's a pic, hard to see but you can see the awful motteling and the tape marks as well.

    I always say to customers that 3m 220 is the best 2ml you can have, but hard to say that when it looks like this.

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  4. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

    Sep 10, 2010
    most likely that was from the end of a roll. I'd ask for a new piece.
  5. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    I hate when that happens!
  6. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    Funny that you know who I got it from.... I had to cut it all up, no time.
  7. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    Canada.....3M/Gerber material....... I figured it out!
    - FTFY

    The reason i don't buy 3M.
  8. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

    Apr 11, 2012
    Had this happen to a roll of 3M 180C... hit it quickly with a heat gun. Mottling will go away and you'll be back to gloss again.

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