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  • Media advice/opinions for an internal booth wrap

    Posted by Myles Brewer on December 14, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    Hi All,

    I’m just looking for some advice/opinions as to what sort of print media would suit this application best.

    Although the customer is calling it a wrap, I don’t think it warrants a wrap vinyl!

    It’s only the large flat grey areas being covered & fed into panel joints as can be seen in the example below.

    Initially when I first saw a small image of the unit & couldn’t really make out the surface finish & thought it might be brushed aluminium so was considering a high tack vinyl, but having now seen it 1st hand & see that it is pretty much just flat smooth gloss surfaces I’m thinking that maybe even a removable vinyl may work?

    Has anyone had experience of “wrapping” similar type units?

    It will need to meet the following specs:

    To be hard-wearing & durable as the booths will be located in special needs schools.

    Potential to remove & replace individual panel graphics if damaged. (Graphics will be split at panel joints) But without risk of lifting/shrinking.

    HP latex printable.

    1520mm width roll

    Robert Lambie replied 2 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • David Hammond

    December 14, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    A decent polymeric air release will suffice. I don’t even think there much need for any special laminates either, a standard Matt or gloss would suffice.

    If they can damage that, they’ll likely damage any other. How they imagine it getting damaged?

    • Myles Brewer

      December 14, 2023 at 5:37 pm

      Hi David,

      Yes that’s what I was thinking as it’s not a wrap in the real sense at all.

      I don’t really know what they expect to be happening to it to be honest!

      Out of interest as I haven’t had much experience with them, do air-release vinyls generally stick as well as non air-release?

  • Robert Lambie

    December 14, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Unfortunately, the term “wrap” is widely used and seldom in the proper context. Customers and even manufacturers and suppliers use it, let’s say, “loosely”, when trying to upsell “some” vinyl. 🧐

    Looking at the photos, this is pretty much flat panel work that will require some trimming and tucking of the vinyl. A decent brand of Polymeric is more than suitable, using an equivalent laminate.

    Air-release Adhesive:
    I would not be concerned in the slightest, with the strength of the adhesion of air-release vinyl on something like this.
    That said, it is NOT a silly question and is valid when it comes to stretching vinyl into concave recessed areas. When doing that, air-release vinyl does NOT have as good a bond as non-air-release adhesive.

    Looking at your photos, I would also have said that it looks like the image has a metallic sheen/finish.
    Be careful that they are not expecting the prints to have this style of finish. I say that because you can print to metallised type finish vinyl that will have this metallic sheen from beneath the print. I am sure it will just be regular print, but it is always worth asking the question.

  • Jeff

    January 11, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    that definitely looks like it has a matt metallic finish below the print, Myles. it might even need a white ink first pass to get the colours sharp or they might look washed out.

  • Myles Brewer

    January 12, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for the comments Rob & Jeff.

    Just a quick update having just received the artwork they want to put on them.

    It’s thankfully not a metallic finish so no problem there & no need for any white ink etc.

    My only issue now that I really should have thought about before. Whilst I can print onto 1520mm wide vinyl it suddenly occurred to me that my laminator is only 1400mm wide!!🤣😭 Dohhh!!

    So I’m back to either using 1370mm rolls & having a large amount of waste or possibly getting a 1520mm roll cut in half & tiling each of the panels where the joints are!!

  • Robert Lambie

    January 17, 2024 at 8:57 am

    Focus on the best finish possible “for the customer” and charge them accordingly.
    Focus on the best finish possible “for the customer” and… add a bit just to cover the cost of the waste.

    Tiling is fine if viewed at a distance or can be hidden in a fold or panel join. But for something that’s viewed up close, it may look fine, but it will irritate the customer, even if they accept it.
    However, you are only doing it to make money, so you must charge accordingly, even if it’s only at cost, to cover the waste.

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