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Wall vinyl

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by GVP, May 8, 2013.

  1. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Greetings!

    We are producing a digitally printed wall graphic on Oracal 3628 with 210 matte laminate. It will consist of four vertical panels. My question is, would you put an overlap between the panels, and if so, by how much? The graphic is going on to semi-gloss painted drywall.

    Thanks!
    Graham
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    usually 1/2" here :thumb:

    (unless using phototex -- then 1/2" overlap, cut through, remove for a butt seam)
     
  3. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    1". And it's going to pull at the seams and around the edges FYI. If it's not too late I'd highly recommend using Phototex over the vinyl, the seams/edges won't pull or shrink over time, and you can double-cut the seams and strip them so there's no overlap left.
     
  4. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Appreciate the info. Does anyone know who distributes Phototex in Canada?
     
  5. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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  6. MikePro

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    +1 phototex. I also use graphitex from General Formulations. great stuff.
    there's also a few other brands that carry the same wall graphic media. Optima Optisolve Wall Tex (advantage sign supply), MacTac DecoArt, JarHead, etc.

    just drop those names to whatever supplier you already have in Canada and I'm sure they have options for you.
     
  7. petesign

    petesign Very Active Member

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    Went and looked at the Graphitex, and it fits the bill for a project I am working on. Question for those who have tried it. The produt bulletin says its for short term applications, and that it's removable up to 6 months. How long would it stay up inside and look goodif it was meant for a longer term, (a year or two?)

    I'm amazed how hard it is to find an economical film to use for wall graphics...
     
  8. bigben

    bigben Very Active Member

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    I've tried the phototex copy made by ultraflex named fabritac. For me, it's the same product for 0.20$/sf cheaper.
     
  9. MikePro

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    same question I had for all the booths at the ISA show. Concensus was that it is 6months clean-removeability, adhesive hardens after that and is more difficult to remove. Graphic should hold up as long as you want, the woven polyester won't shrink/curl.

    I've had my sample print of phototex on my wall here at the shop for over a year now, no issues. sample print of graphictex for even longer, with no issues. looking like both of these are the real deal.

    I just installed a 60" x 12'6" mural for a client today, 30min seamless install, I'll be sure to post if there's any issues over the next few years :)
     
  10. PhotoTex Group Inc.

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    Photo Tex

    Photo Tex separates itself form the alternatives with a US Patented adhesive. A simple test is to rub with your thumb 10 times on the adhesive and see if the alternatives ball up. Photo Tex does not :rock-n-roll: Reason they do, is the adhesive is not cured with the same process we use. Also the Photo Tex adhesive is 100% cured and therefore you do not need to remove after 6 months and worry about residue or damage to a wall. Read everyone's technical bulletin and compare. I am happy to send anyone a free sample to compare and if price is an issue, simply ask me. walterjr@phototexgroup.com - Entering our 10th year - thank you Walter Gierlach Jr., President
     
  11. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    +1 phototex....good stuff
     
  12. knucklehead

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    +2 PhotoTex Everything else is just an imitation, in my humble opinion.
     
  13. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    phototex

    Call Todd at All Square for PhotoTex.....he'll fix you up.
     
  14. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    We have the GF GraphiTEX in 54" x 100' rolls. PM for pricing including ground shipping.
     
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