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Old 05-18-2011, 09:19 AM
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Post this over on Rennlist especially on the 928 page you will sell some over there

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:46 AM
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thanks for the suggestion...I'm not familar with that site so i'll have to go check it out.

Hey Mark....yeah there are a ton on uses for it..when we launch it i'll give you a heads up...see you out on the big pond
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:44 PM
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There are many manufacturers that make this material. There are schools that teach installers how to properly install this very specialized material. I know you want to sell it to the general public, so let me give everyone some info on the product.
Two-mil removable graphic films designed for solvent piezo inkjet or electrostatic printing. When heated and applied with 3M's application tools and techniques, the film conforms to moderately textured surfaces, both flat and curved, including concrete block, brick, industrial stucco and tile like surfaces commonly found in arenas, stadiums, restaurants, retail and other public venues.
The material can be printed with any high res image and looks awsome and the top laminate is slip resistant. It was originally developed for foot traffic at trade shows or special events and is removable without leaving a residue. The adhesive is very sticky and will take some skill to apply it to a smooth surface such as a sealed garage floor. It is much easier to apply it to a rough surface such as brick. It requires 1000 deg from a heat gun to soften the material for the special roller tool to push it into the crevases of the surface you are applying it to.
In a garage or driveway driving straight over the material will not harm it, but one turn of the steering wheel while on the material can damage it. This is also considered a short term material for short term promotions and will not live up to the elements is used outdoors.

Expected Performance Life
• Indoor: greater than 2 years in most applications
• Outdoor: 3−6 months when not used in the freezing and thawing cycles described below;
graphics perform much longer in dry, temperate environments
Key Factors That Influence Performance Life
• Installation techniques. Improper installation techniques result in edge curling, lifting
and/or poor adhesion.
• Adhesion for outdoor graphics. When testing film adhesion, the film is unlikely to be
durable in outdoor applications if it can be easily removed from a textured surface (using
a force of <2 pound/lineal inch).
• Outdoor graphics exposed to water from rain or irrigation systems. Water can be
trapped behind graphics applied outdoors, leading to lifting as well as the creation of
• Surface temperature. Textured substrates that reach temperatures in excess of 135°F
may exhibit lifting, especially in mortar joints.
• Texture variation. More than 1/8 inch variation in high and low spots of substrate texture
and mortar joints, as well as square cut or undercut mortar joints, may exhibit lifting.
• Freezing and thawing cycles. For a textured masonry wall that has both an indoor
facing side and an outdoor facing side and no effective moisture barrier, moisture vapor
transmission occurs naturally when the indoor surface has a room environment that is
warmer and moister than the outdoor surface. When a graphic is applied to the outdoor
wall and there are cycles of outdoor freezing and thawing, moisture can be trapped
between the wall and result in graphic lifting, as well as in spalling both within the wall
and on the outdoor facing wall. Such damage can be unsightly and costly to repair.
• Removal. Unsound substrates, paint, texture−finished wallboard and textured wallpaper
may be damaged upon graphic removal.

• Application of this film requires the use of high heat, 3M’s textured surface applicator
tools and unique application techniques. To help ensure a successful application,
please view the 3M DVD, Textured Walls Application, or arrange for a training class.
Contact your local 3M sales representative to assist you with either of these options.
• Salt passing through masonry may become trapped behind films. Salt collection on the
masonry surface for extended periods of time may cause staining or discoloration.

Tips for Successful
Textured Wall
On textured surfaces, the film and adhesive must conform to irregular high and low spots,
which often includes mortar joints. This film is designed to be effective on many of the most
common moderate textures found in public stadiums, arenas and similar environments.
However, due to the wide variation in substrate texture, you should verify that the film and
3M techniques described in this Bulletin and Instruction Bulletin 5.37 are suitable for each
of your applications.
• Use an installer trained in 3M’s techniques and with access to the required 3M tools.
• Test each different textured surface you are considering at each location. See the instructions
in the following section.
• Film is more susceptible to lifting from deep or undercut mortar joints than shallow ones
(about 1/8" deep). Instruction Bulletin 5.37 discusses the various types of mortar joints.
• In most cases, minor lifting does not detract from the impact of your customer’s message,
nor from the overall durability of the graphic. Edge lifting, which is usually most
noticeable at mortar joints, may be susceptible to picking and tearing if the graphic is at
pedestrian level and within reach.
• Avoid extremes in temperatures.
- Freeze/thaw cycles that trap moisture behind graphics can cause lifting.
- Water may accumulate behind graphics applied to unsealed substrates, resulting in
water bubbles that cause lifting.
- Intense direct sunlight may cause lifting.

Tools 3M testing shows that the following test, which uses a small piece of film, is adequate for
judging good adhesion to and appearance on textured surfaces. One of the following applicator
tools will be needed for this test.
• 3M Power Grip Magic Pad Rivet Applicator CMP−1
• 3M Textured Surface Applicator TSA−1
• 3M Textured Surface Applicator TSA−3
Note: Do not attempt this test using a standard squeegee. You will not be successful.
Note: Some uses of these 3M tools are described and claimed in 3M Patents and pending
Patent applications.
• Industrial heat gun with an electronic readout, capable of achieving and sustaining
1000°F (537°C). See Instruction Bulletin 5.37 for examples of suitable guns.
• Heat and burn−resistant gloves.

1. Application technique
a. Perform the test in an inconspicuous place on each type of substrate you plan to
use for each of the larger graphics.
b. Set the gun to 1000°F (537°C).
c. Work at a speed that allows the film to be heated enough to make it conformable.
Overheating damages the film; under−heating does not permit conformability.
Detailed troubleshooting is provided in the most current version of Instruction
Bulletin 5.37.
2. Wear a heat−resistant glove on the hand that holds the applicator tool (TSA−1, TSA−3 or
3. If you are using the TSA−1 or TSA−3 roller:
a. Hold the heat gun about 1 inch above and immediately in front of the TSA−1 or
TSA−3 roller.
b. Start at an outside top corner and work straight across to the other side using this
technique: Heat the film directly in front of the roller for about 1 second and then
begin following closely with the roller, pushing firmly. Move at a slow, steady pace.
c. Roll all the way to the edge.
d. Move the roller down about 2 inches and repeat Step 3 until the film is fully applied.
Note: The 1−inch width of the TSA−3 roller will prevent you from moving down 2 inches.

This is 3M product bulletin. The other makers of this film have theirs as well and they follow closely with their instructions.

If you buy this product have it prfessionally installed and know you are spending a lot of money for something that is temporary. We have installed a lot of this material at Great America and it has to get done every year.
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