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  • does anyone use polyester foils 5-7?

    Posted by michael gray on August 19, 2002 at 7:44 pm

    Have just completed five mercedes trucks using a combination of polyester foils and 5-7 year life vinyl. In the past the only problems I have had with foils have been on freshly sprayed vehicles (solvent popping) however I know that the manufacturers dont recommend it for this kind of use. On factory finished paintwork it has always far exceeded my expectations for durability and weathering.
    The foil used was fasson 710c Chrome double sided.
    Does anybody else have good or bad experiences with it.
    and yes! I know the gold film bleaches to chrome very quickly! [/quote]

    Steve Broughton replied 21 years, 11 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Phill Fenton

    August 19, 2002 at 8:55 pm

    Interesting subject Michael.

    I personally have never used these foils but have seen them on vans and have often wondered about the pros- and cons of using these. I will be interested to read yours and others advice on these materials

  • Martin Pearson

    August 19, 2002 at 9:06 pm

    Like you Phill I have never used the foils, I was always under the impression they were for internal use only and not suitable for external use. What sort of life span do these films have when used externally?

  • Mike Brown

    August 19, 2002 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve used foils a few times – outside too!

    I know what it says in the manufacturers guidleines about not using it outside for long term signage…but…if you don’t try – you don’t know!

    Used it on my own car once – lasted about three years. Fabulous effect, just simple text but in chrome – boy did it make people look!

    I did use gold foil on a sign for a social club in our village. It was used for the main block text together with a red shadow on a black painted sign about 4′ x 1′ in size. That was back in about 1995 and it’s still there – in one piece! The entire sign is on the shaded side of the building, tucked-up tight under the eaves and guttering, partially overgrown with ivy. I suppose being almost covered up like it is, the UV, rain and everything else has just never got to it!

    I’ve noticed that the foils I’ve used prefer a totally flat surface and a good one at that – like a car panel or other vinyl below. When it does start to ‘go’ it begins to dimple all over – which in itself is a nice effect as it looks a little like a hammered metal finish. Then, finally it begins to edge-lift and seperate from its backing.

    The foil for the social club sign would have come from Victory Design and the foil for my car was from Metamark…anyway, it can last outside – I think it just depends on the application and a bit of luck too.

    more soon

  • Steve Broughton

    August 20, 2002 at 7:15 am

    I’ve used it on several occasions too but never directly onto the substrate, always stuck it onto vinyl shadows or outlines, it can look really good and when I have used it the customers always loved it.

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