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  • Fluorescent Yellow Vinyl, views and opinions please?

     Robert Lambie updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago 6 Members · 13 Posts
  • Dan Evans

    Member
    November 4, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Morning all

    Does anyone use the Oracal 7510 fluorescent material?

    I’ve had a customer come back after 9 months and its faded quite a lot on the sides. I agree with him in all honesty so I said I would replace it but using 7510 again isn’t an option for me.

    What brand of fluorescent yellow do you use?
    Have you noticed how bad the 7510 fades within a year?
    I know fluorescent material does fade but I would expect to get 2 years.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    November 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Maybe 2 years life from the vinyl & adhesive but certainly not the colour, I always try & talk the client out of this unless its for a very short term application. UV kills this stuff in no time. 9 months outside & they’ve had their moneys worth I reckon

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    November 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    We’re the same, we try to steer clients away from fluorescent material. Even when we used to screenprint, fluoro ink always had fading issues.

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    November 4, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I did a pavement board a couple of years ago using Metamark MM-FL-54, still looks ok today. I think they said it had a 3 year lifespan.

  • Dan Evans

    Member
    November 4, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks guys

    Its a security firm, I’ve done a few now so I have no choice but to continue. I don’t recall the other vans fading this fast but I will take note for the future.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 4, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    I’m very surprised at this Dan, It would definitely annoy me!
    I use Oracal for all my cut vinyl graphics and particularly the fluorescent yellow for chapter8 chevron kits. I can honestly say I have never once had someone complain to me about fading, nor have I ever noticed any fading other than what I would expect after x-amount of years installed.
    I am sure there are two Oracal fluorescents, one that has a gloss face, which has a longer life than the satin finish one. It might be worth checking this but even at that, I would say 9 months is far too fast for this type of thing to be happening.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 4, 2021 at 5:53 pm

  • Martin Cole

    Member
    November 5, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I use this a fair bit for a specific customer and have a van literally waiting to be done with a an order I put in Monday and still not arrived.

    ( what the hell has happened to the courrier system lately😱. another topic maybe)

    I changed to this due to previous make fading so quick.

    I haven’t checked how they are performing but will after reading this.

    4 years service life if fitted correctly I think may be pushing it… if you only drive indoors maybe

    9 months seems a bit harsh, I normally advise around a year but never been a great fan as once the colour begins to go it looks naff

    • Dan Evans

      Member
      November 5, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Martin

      I tend to advise customers that fading will start around 12 months + but even so I still wouldn’t expect it to fade as much as it has.

      I’ve gone back to the supplier with the spec sheet the Rob posted and challenged their response but I don’t expect anything good back. I will note that this was the satin version that Rob mentioned and not the gloss version, perhaps I should look at that.

      • Martin Cole

        Member
        November 5, 2021 at 1:44 pm

        I’ve been using the gloss version Dan, so may possibly be better,

        Since my last post my delivery turned up and they have sent me 6510 not 7510 which I ordered.

        I’ve had to fit it as customer cant wait, ( spec says short term outdoor life 😠, so will be interesting to see the outcome of this)

        • Dan Evans

          Member
          November 9, 2021 at 12:11 pm

          Thanks, going too try the gloss version.

          Dan

          • Dan Evans

            Member
            November 9, 2021 at 12:13 pm

            Just went to the film and it is gloss 7510 lol. I could have sworn it was matt.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 9, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Does it say 7510 on the rear, Dan?
    Just asking because from memory, even the matt version is kind of a satin finish, mate.

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