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Need Help Photo Tex

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by TammieH, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

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    We have a wall graphic for interior drywall, I was wondering if anyone has used Photo Tex and how well does it stick? The wall I believe has been painted for some time, at least a month.

    We do not print in house

    I was looking at a Youtube Video on installation ...it appears that its not too tacky, easy to reposition

    Thanks for your help and knowledge
     
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  2. dypinc

    dypinc Very Active Member

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    Be safe and get some and test. There are two different version one is higher tac which is probably best for painted drywall.
     
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  3. tbullo

    tbullo Superunknown

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    Walter at phototex will send you a sample. It works great. Keep in mind that phototex is not opaque. Your overlaps will need to be cut like a carpet joint for best results.
     
  4. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    I tend to go with the EX version. Better longevity.
     
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  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    their "hi-tack"(EXS) version is my use-all-phototex as it still has that easy-apply/repositionable characteristic but sticks/holds that much better. their blockout version (OPA/OPASolvent) is also worth consideration, as it also has a slightly higher-tack than the original, but would be ideal if you intend to use overlaps, as phototex is almost like a milkjug-white transparant material on its own.
     
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  6. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    It's easy to install. As others have said the opaque version is best otherwise you'll have to double cut the seams.
     
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  7. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I go with what WYLD uses, since he makes them for me. It is pretty easy to use and removes cleanly. We have done both trimmed seams and overlap seams, depends on the graphic
     
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  8. Hollywoodsigns

    Hollywoodsigns Designer, printer

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    We use the Photo Tex opaque/Blockout all the time, We just recently switched form the General Formulations GraphTex. Not because anything was wrong with it, it is just what the local supplier carries. But, just make sure the wall was not painted with a Low VOC paint. Even the high tack failed on us. Once the wall was repainted the regular adhesive worked like a champ.
     
  9. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I once did a set of 4 murals in an office with photex opaque. After the holiday weekend, they had issues with 3 out of the 4 starting to peel up. I went back down and reapplied it, and all was good. I also took the opportunity to ask if the heater was on over the thanksgiving break. It did not like the temperature dip, humidity spike and reheating of the walls. As far as I know they stopped turning down the temp, and all has been fine.
     
  10. RaymondLoewy

    RaymondLoewy Pretty fly for a Sign Guy

    I ordered a roll of the opaque PhotoTex for a wall I'll be doing at a local college and am looking forward to finally using it for a project after testing the normal PhotoTex years ago. I wanted the higher tac, but was glad to see the opaque is still higher tac than the original. I this project gives me issues sticking I plan on using spray adhesive to solve it. I used the Sihl knock off for a 8x18ft mural and it has been disappointing, partially because I didn't clean the wall before hand but bad enough that that can't be the only issue. The Sihl knock off was something that I had in shop and is regularly used for items of low importance (10,000 of them a year).
     
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  11. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

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    Thank you everyone!! You have been of great help!!!
     
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  12. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Thought someone wanted a picture of me...
     
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  13. PhotoTex Group Inc.

    PhotoTex Group Inc. President

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    I am happy to send anyone a FREE sample roll - just e-mail me at walterjr@phototexgroup.com and I will give you all the option on versions.
     
  14. PhotoTex Group Inc.

    PhotoTex Group Inc. President

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    We do now offer a Opaque/Block-out - e-mail me at walterjr@phototexgroup.com and I will send you a free sample.
     
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