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Optically Clear Laminate

Discussion in 'Materials' started by njshorts, May 18, 2011.

  1. njshorts

    njshorts Active Member

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    Looking for some opinions on OC lam- we matched clearfocus oc lam and perf with disastrous results- fingers everywhere on 7 vehicles that we now have to re-install. Can anyone help cut through the learning curve here? I've been told I'm not the only one with a bad CF experience.
     
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  2. fmg

    fmg Very Active Member

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    Wash your hands next time!!! Either that or you must have some anal customers!
     
  3. njshorts

    njshorts Active Member

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    hahaha, nice one :) fingers as in ripples.
     
  4. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

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    We've been using 3M's 8518 and have had good results.
     
  5. Molenbeek

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    Clear Focus makes two optically clear laminates. one is a polyester that cannot have any curves or it will wrinkle and all. the other is a cast vinyl that can go around curves.

    Most likely you purchased the ClearLam which won't work with any slight curve. You want to get the CurvaLam.

    Or - Oracal makes their 290 in an optically Clear laminate as well.

    www.advantagesignsupply.com
     
  6. thesignexpert

    thesignexpert Active Member

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    We stick with the 3M 8171 perf and the component matched 3M 8914 Optically Clear lam with excellent results.

    Tim

    "Sign Shop Forms, Marketing Packets and Clipart for the Sign Professional"
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    Vehicle Wraps, Fleet Graphics, Wide Format Printing, Electrical Signs and Message Centers
    Pro Sign and Graphics - Columbus, OH
     
  7. WrapYourCar

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    Ripples in OC laminate

    Hey i think this is what happened to me!! exactly "ripples" can you explain what's caused this? is it the cast vs polyster? would curvalam fix this?.
     
  8. Kwiksigns

    Kwiksigns wookie

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    we just bought a cheap gun from home depot and started spraying ours with clearshield. We used to not lam at all.
     
  9. laserman70

    laserman70 Very Active Member

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    +1
     
  10. WrapYourCar

    WrapYourCar Member

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  11. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    We spray all our perf with automotive clear.
     
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