PREPARATION & INSTALLATION
Concrete, Masonry and Tile. The surface should be entirely dust free: high pressure TSP/water wash is the easiest method. The surface must be sealed with a complete coat of paint or concrete sealer and allowed to dry. If the surface is not sealed there must be no loose paint, grit or chalk present. All surfaces must be completely dry allowing 48 hours from surface cleaning or sealing, or 1 week from painting.
Sealing porous surfaces creates three benefits:
• Moisture cannot wick to the adhesive surface from within the matrix of the wall.
• Dust, due to ablation, cannot develop under the vinyl.
• Removal steps are much easier as the adhesive will remove more cleanly, and if any adhesive remains, the surface will
be cleaned of residue more easily. The surface temperature must be above 50°F. To assure highest adhesion the graphics will benefit from a final installation pass using a soft roller and heat source in combination. The film should be heated to a point of softening. Wait until the vinyl becomes “tack-free” and then roll the film tightly into the texture of the wall.
Addition of heat during removal will make the process much cleaner and faster. Where possible allow the surface to reach 80°F/27°C or more before removing the film. Where ambient temperature is not that high use either a very “soft” flame type torch or heat gun to bring the temperature up. Arlon recommends getting the film and under laying adhesive above 100°F/38°C. Remove the film in a continuous smooth motion at a shallow angle for the fastest separation. Where it is practical, two people on the removal make the job go far faster than using just one. With one person working the heating unit in front of the second person who is peeling film, the job proceeds at a uniform and consistent pace. Where only one person is working there will be constant starting and stopping in addition to the problems of the heat being very inconsistent.
Because of the porous nature of all masonry and its general roughness Arlon does expect water, snow or ice to seep between the film and wall and collect on the upper edges of the applied graphic. For this reason applications to very rough surfaces do not carry the standard warranties. Those regions where extreme temperatures are experienced (freeze/thaw cycles); The warranty is reduced by 50%. Standard warranty applies to vertical applications only. Vertical is defined as +/- 10° from the vertical. Non-vertical applications are not warranted for this product.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
The following is made in lieu of all warranties expressed or implied: All statements, technical information and recommendations published by Arlon relating to Arlon products are based on tests believed to be reliable and within the accuracy of the equipment used to obtain the specific values. Their accuracy or completeness is not guaranteed and Arlon makes no warranty with regard thereto. Seller’s and manufacturer’s only responsibility shall be to replace any quantity of the product proved defective. Seller and manufacturer shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of use or the inability to use the product. Nor shall seller or manufacturer be liable for any costs or expenses incurred in the processing or printing on the product. Before using, user shall determine the suitability of the product for its intended use. User assumes all risk and liability of every nature in connection therewith. No statements or recommendations other than those contained in the technical information published by Arlon shall have force or effect unless contained in an agreement manually signed by the officers of seller and manufacturer.
When constructed and used as described in this Bulletin, these types of graphics and end
uses may be eligible for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty or the 3M Performance Guarantee.
Please read the entire Bulletin for more details.
• Indoor and outdoor graphics and signs, including pointofpurchase and displays
• Small format original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) decorative and identification
graphics, cautionary and safety labeling
• Smooth and textured walls graphics
– Graphics applied to indoor smooth wall surfaces
– Graphics applied to indoor or outdoor moderately textured surfaces when protected
with overlaminate 8548G or 8549L
C. Performance Overview 3M tests the performance of both individual products and finished graphic constructions.
This table shows the best performance expected from this product without a Warranty
Period and with a Warranty Period.
For detailed graphic construction and application options along with specific Warranty
Periods, please see the Warranty Information Section 5 on page 7.
Expected Performance Life. This is the estimated period of time the product should perform satisfactorily.
Unprinted film with no graphic protection, applied to a flat, smooth, vertical outdoor surface. 11 years
3M™ MCS™ Warranty. This is the maximum period of time 3M will warrant the finished graphic performance.
Printed film with the best 3M ink and graphic protection option, applied to a flat, vertical, vehicle surface. 7 years
3M Performance Guarantee. This is the maximum period of time 3M will warrant the performance of the 3M materials used.
Printed film with the best ink and graphic protection option, applied to a flat, vertical, vehicle surface. 4 years
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