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PhotoTex high tack vs. regular

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by MikePro, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    has anyone used the high tack phototex for regular drywall surfaces?
    is the material repositionable without ripping paint off the wall?
    removability is unimportant, as permanence is, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot here :)

    Walter @ PhotoTex has been great, and is sending me samples, but I might not have as much time as I would like before diving-in and ordering. 3 Projects, out-of-state install, so survey is impossible. Trying to plan-ahead, as I don't want to walk into a situation with an overly textured paint finish, where the regular phototex might not hold-up as well over time.

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    Lone Star State
    Have not tried the High-Tack, yet, can confirm that the regular does NOT like over textured surfaces.

    We have tested of SEVERAL surfaces the the smoother the paint the better the adhesion with the regular.
    For the textured walls you can not post heat and get it to adhere better.
  3. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

    Apr 17, 2012
    Yep, regular tack is horrible. Have to redo a whole wall this week because it's all lifting on the edges, and not really even stuck anywhere else.
  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    kind of what I was expecting to hear, although I'm still hoping someone can vouch for high tack on painted drywall without pulling paint when repositioning during initial application.

    i just might go for it, as it is only a 36" tall mural that spans 200' (well, THREE murals, at the same dimensions)... doubtful that I will have to reposition it very much anyways.
  5. KaranGrewal

    KaranGrewal Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Try Mactac wallnoodle, its 6 mil thick media, heard good things abt it. I m going to try it myself today. comes in 2 different choices , 1 yr and 3 yr products.
  6. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    +1 Walter @ PhotoTex
    I have used regular tack prints for gallery walls that are changed monthly. They remove the panels and put them back on the carry paper and reuse as needed. They have had no problems. I did provide wider backing paper for easier repositioning. They love the solution for their art exhibits. They use the panels for color and value contrast behind the object.

    "is the material repositionable without ripping paint off the wall?" Yes it is.
  7. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    @Jack,well i already trust the regular tack for removal/repositionable but thanks for the confirmation :)
    I'm mainly just hoping to stir-up any gripes of the high tack being too tacky to install on regular walls.
  8. PhotoTex Group Inc.

    PhotoTex Group Inc. President

    Mar 25, 2011
    boardman, OH
    Photo Tex High Tack

    Ok let me please chime in , So the High Tack (we call it EX), is 50% stronger than the normal Photo Tex version. It is intended for textured surfaces and especially when orange peel/eggshell paint is used. But it is bit to strong for painted drywall with any other paint then eggshell if your planning on removing it. The EX is also great for apparel stickers, suite case luggage identification stickers, and out door venues (painted brick) and permanent installs. I have good news - I just ordered a 1000 rolls of the NEW Solvent OPAQUE/Block Out and have sample rolls if your interested in testing some for the SOLVENT printers. We already have Opaque/block-out for water-base in stock and also happy to send a sample. PLEASE PLEASE call me anytime 330-360-0019 or e-mail with any questions or concerns, I WILL take care of you. Also please read the technical bulletins on all alternative Knock-Offs or e-mail me and I will explain why you should stick (sorry could not resist) with Photo Tex.

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