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Question Vinyl crackle/wrinkle problem

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by PS Reklame, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. PS Reklame

    PS Reklame New Member

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    Hi

    A customer of ours came in with his 2 vans we wrapped about 4 years ago with Avery SWF Orange. The WHOLE van's vinyl is crackled ( looks like a dried-up lake) regardless whether it's the roof, bonnet or wheel arches. See attached.

    Never seen this before. Anyone have any ideas/theories?

    Otherwise the actual wrapping is as it was delivered with no signs of loosening or fading.

    Cheers
    Ian
     

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  2. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    I don't use Avery but maybe it is just nearing the end of its life expectancy. From their datasheet, the solid color SWF films have a 3 to 5 year durability on non-vertical /horizontal surfaces, depending on the climate zone.
    Printed & laminated 3M wrap films here have about the same look when they are starting to fail.
     
  3. signage

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    is this the same van you posted about yesterday? I don't use Avery because of issues many years ago.
     
  4. PS Reklame

    PS Reklame New Member

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    It is the same, yes. Thought I might get more response here.

    We've used Avery a lot and had really good results, but this is something new. Other wraps have lasted a lot longer, but never had the crackle effect before. Could also simply be a bad batch from the factory.
     
  5. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    good luck getting anything from Avery after 4 years!
     
  6. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Tell them they got the Leatherette texture no extra charge....looks like it has reached the end of it's life, maybe a little early but within the stated range. It may be a combination of the color and exposure.
     
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  7. rydods

    rydods Member

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    Possible it could be a cleaning/waxing agent they used that was too harsh. Just the first thought that entered my head...
     
  8. PS Reklame

    PS Reklame New Member

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    That's what I first thought.
     
  9. PS Reklame

    PS Reklame New Member

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    Here in Norway's zone it's 5 years horizontal and 10 years vertical so it's a surprising result after 4 years. Not a great result for our company.
     
  10. MikePatterson

    MikePatterson Head bathroom cleaner.

    We have been seeing problems with Avery's longevity over the last 5 or 6 years. We still use their 1105 but not their lam. I would guess its the UV damage along with cleaning chemicals shortened the life.
     
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