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  • Arlon UPP Wrapping Film – Quick Product Test

    Posted by Robert Lambie on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I acquired some small samples of Arlon’s UPP Wrapping Cast Film [ Arlon’s UPP Wrapping Film ] with and air escape adhesive system. So whilst in the UKSG Wrap Training Unit, I decided to do some tests for myself, just purely out of curiosity as its not a film I have used.

    The picture I have attached is of a piece of the Arlon film stretched into what I would think the deepest van panel on the roads in the UK today. I have chosen the “corner” as that is actually the deepest and “widest” section of the recess on the panel. You will also notice the small ridge panel join at the base of the recess too. all very demanding of the film to conform to this shape.

    Application:
    Like any U or L shape recess, the application method of stretching in these type of areas is paramount.
    Initial tack of the film was low and expelling the air from below the film was effortless due to the air release adhesive system.
    I found the vinyl to be very soft and supple and conformed very nicely without allot of heat applied.
    once in place i proceeded to post heat the film and i was done.
    You can clearly see from the picture where the film has lost its colour due to stretching thinner, which would be expected with any wrapping film.
    this was a matt green wrap and seems to show a little more white due to transparency than i think you would get from a regular solid colour film. Keep in mind though, this isnt just your regular Recess typically found on your transit or sprinter style vans.

    The film was left for around 8-10 days from memory. The picture Shown is of the film AFTER the that period of time. Which i was especially surprised with due to its adhesive system being air release.

    I would have liked to tested it over a longer period of time and on an actual vehicle out in the day to day weather elements. Also being pressure washed etc…
    I try doing that though a follow up this post at some point.

    Thanks for reading! 😀

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  • josh morris

    Member
    March 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    hi Robert, where is the best place to get this from and what is the price on it? i am interested in the hornet metallic they do for my own vehicle

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    March 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Josh, you will get Arlon vinyl’s from Wm. Smiths mate…
    http://www.williamsmith.co.uk

  • Ghais Din

    Member
    March 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    great testing,

    just finished a wrap using arlons candy purple, was very easy to work with, seemed to go on really easy too, i was impressed

  • Chris Foster

    Member
    March 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I too have recently wrapped a 370Z roadster using their metallic white colour. It laid very nicely and was very easy to do. I did find though that after a slight amount of stretching (not as much as a deep recess above) I noticed very faint lines on the vinyl, only visible very close up but never seen this with other brand of vinyls…. Does anyone know what this could be?

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    March 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    please remember guys, that this test was carried out in the ideal working environment, using a specific method of application. same method in which Arlon stipulates must be carried out by the book. so please do not just assume vinyl can be stretched any old way for it to perform as it should.
    ive also mentioned above i will carry out follow-up tests on vehicles used daily. again just for my own curiosity of using their film. which so far i have liked. 😀

    with regards to the lines. without seeing first hand and how it was applied, I cannot comment. however, "it may be" the lines in the air channels of the adhesive, but that’s just my "guess work" as I have seen it in other wrapping films.

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