SignMax brings the outside indoors with Drytac ReTac Smooth 75

Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 is used by SignMax for doctor's office in South Africa
Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 is used by SignMax for doctor's office in South Africa

South African sign and display business SignMax used Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 to create a series of nature-inspired interior wall graphics for a local neurosurgeon.

Family-owned sign and display business SignMax used Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film to produce a series of eye-catching interior wall graphics, bringing elements of the natural world into an indoor environment.

The South African company – founded by Theo Vermaak in 1987 and now managed by his son NJ – was tasked with producing a design that created a natural and calming atmosphere for visitors to its client, local neurosurgeon Dr. Francois van Niekerk.

SignMax only started using Drytac shortly before the project, but its success with these materials in other recent pieces of work led it to select Drytac ReTac Smooth 75, which was recommended by the team at Drytac’s exclusive dealer in South Africa, Midcomp.

The company printed the colourful and calming design onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 using its HP Latex 335 printer, before installing the graphics at the facility to give the inside of the building a completely new feel.

“We have only recently started using Drytac materials, but we are very excited to start using Drytac products more on future projects,” SignMax Managing Director NJ Vermaak said.

“ReTac Smooth 75 is a great product and prints come out looking awesome when combined with our HP Latex 335. Our clients are also impressed with the fact that the product can be removed when not needed anymore, with no damage to the applied surface.

Such has been the success of SignMax’s use of Drytac materials that the company is now exploring how the products can help it expand into new areas, in particular the wallpaper segment of the interior design market.

“As with most companies in business during the Covid-19 pandemic and coping with the subsequent lockdowns, we’ve had to be proactive and put new products to market,” NJ Vermaak said. “Using Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 means that we can offer our clients a new product we can trust, giving us confidence to enter a market that we have not yet explored.”

Aside from wallpapers, SignMax has also begun to explore other areas such as floor and counter-top graphics, as well as architectural films.

“The prospects for this market are looking great, we are excited and positive about future projects,” NJ Vermaak said. “By combining Drytac films with our HP Latex printers, we are able to print vivid colours quickly, at a high quality, which is ideal for the decorative and retail market.”

NJ Vermaak also commends the team at Midcomp for their advice and support. He concludes: “Midcomp have been a pleasure to work with from day one. From purchasing printers, to ordering materials, they are a reputable team. Everyone within the team is helpful and friendly and they always offer great customer service.”

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Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge

Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge
Drytac sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge

Globe Print supplied Drytac Polar Grip Matte film for an intense endurance challenge which saw a team of four men row 3,200 miles non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean for over 45 days.

Drytac’s Polar Grip Matte film was put to the ultimate test in the last couple of months when graphics printed on the material were featured on a boat crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an extreme endurance challenge.

A team of four men rowed, non-stop, for 3,200 miles from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, in a challenge dubbed the ‘Atlantic Dash’. Skipper Billy Taylor was joined by Johnny Ward, Matthew Pritchard and Martin Heseltine for the journey, which took 50 days, 5 hours and 12 minutes.

Such was the extreme nature of the challenge that Monkey Fist Adventures, organiser of the event, relied on Drytac materials – once again – for support in decorating the boat with striking graphics that would be able to withstand the harsh environment out on the Atlantic Ocean.

Globe Print, a long-term user of Drytac products, took on the task of printing the graphics, having previously worked with Monkey Fist Adventures on one of its previous challenges. The Marlow-based company used a Roland SolJet EJ-640 large-format printer to print the graphics on Drytac’s Polar Grip film which was then paired with their Interlam Pro Emerytex overlaminate.

Drytac Polar Grip sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge thanks to Globe Print

Polar Grip is a self-adhesive vinyl for digitally printed graphics and signs, designed to look vibrant and remain in place for up to five years, making it the ideal solution for such a testing project.

The graphics, featuring the many sponsors supporting the event, were applied to the boat on location in Lanzarote prior to the team setting off on their journey in early March, with the quartet making land in Antigua on 2nd May 2021.

Barry Hayes, Director of Monkey Fist Adventures, said the decision to work with Drytac and Globe Print again for the Atlantic Dash challenge was an easy one, with the graphics used in a previous event having proved extremely successful.

“We’ve used other companies in the past, but on previous crossing we went to Globe Print, and apart from just being all round nice people, the Drytac products supplied were far superior to anything we’d ever used before,” Barry said.

“Oceans are harsh on everything, but our sponsors – and their logos – remained solid and steadfast for the entirety of both the Atlantic Dash crossings.

“The Globe Print team went above and beyond to produce the printed graphics exceedingly quickly – as they knew we had very tight timeframes.”

Drytac Polar Grip sets sail with Monkey Fist in Atlantic Dash extreme endurance challenge thanks to Globe Print

The latest Atlantic Dash challenge came about as the Monkey Fist Adventures team sought to restore some sort of normality after Covid-19.  

Alex Mason, co-founder of Monkey Fist Adventures, had not seen her mother in more than a year due to the pandemic, while Billy Taylor, another co-founder who skippered the Atlantic Dash, had to endure his partner contracting Covid-19 while working on the frontline for the NHS. Barry Hayes suffered with mental health issues during the pandemic but was thankfully able to access the right support.

“After having to go through so many challenges and tough times over the past 12 months, we wanted to get back to doing what we do best, so we created an ocean row to try and reset the balance – and the Atlantic Dash was born,” Barry says.

The Atlantic Dash has raised more than £8,000 for two very worthy causes: HUMEN, a movement to improve and maintain men’s mental health; and Dean Farm Trust, an organisation committed to working for a sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free planet. This was less than hoped for, but with the constraints of Covid-19 it became somewhat challenging for fundraising to be as effective.

“However, the major goal of the Atlantic Dash was to get people talking about their mental health and it absolutely worked!” Barry concludes.

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Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations
Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Family-run Links Signs has used Drytac Polar Grip to produce an attention-grabbing range of graphics at London Underground stations to celebrate the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Hastings-based signage and large-format print business Links Signs recently used Drytac Polar Grip to create a series of eye-catching graphics at five London Underground stations to celebrate this year’s Euro 2020 national team football tournament.

Euro 2020 had been due to take place last year but was delayed until this year due to the pandemic. The tournament is a special edition of the quadrennial competition, with matches taking place at locations right across Europe, as opposed to the traditional set-up in one country.

Links Signs and Drytac bring football home with London Underground installations

Wembley Stadium was one of the venues selected to host games, and to mark this special occasion, Transport for London (TfL) approached Links Signs to produce a series of themed graphics to accompany fans as they travelled across London to the stadium.

Graphics were installed at King’s Cross and Paddington – two of London’s busiest terminus stations – as well as Baker Street, London Bridge and Wembley Park, the latter being where fans exit the train to walk down the famous Wembley Way to the stadium.

Links Signs, an accredited printer and installer for TfL, worked with the commercial team at TfL and its agency to create a series of innovative and attention-grabbing graphics that provided unique photo opportunities for fans. Prior to installation, Links Signs met with the graphics agency at the proposed sites to advise on the best fit solution for the extensive, multi-site project.

The project included wall graphics at Kings Cross and Paddington that mimicked the players’ tunnel at Wembley Stadium, as well as football pitch floor graphics and a design that integrated existing seating at the station to give the effect that fans were sat on benches in the stadium. 

All the Euro 2020 graphics were printed on Drytac Polar Grip polymeric self-adhesive vinyl, paired with Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex which is fully approved by TfL and carries all the required fire and slip certifications and ratings for public spaces.

Links Signs used an HP Latex 570, installed 18 months ago, to print the graphics onto the vinyl and carried out installation of all the graphics over a period of five nights, in time for the start of the tournament on June 11.

Paul Cox, Operations Manager at Links Signs, said Drytac Polar Grip was the ideal solution for the job as it is approved for use in projects on the London Underground, adding that the product delivered outstanding results across the series of graphics.

“When working on projects for London Underground, we cannot use any materials that are not approved,” Paul Cox said. “Drytac is not only approved, but also an incredibly stable and reliable product that can be easily applied.

“We really liked working with the Drytac vinyl; it delivered exactly what it promised, and we will be looking to work with it on other projects we produce for TfL.”

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N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK
N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

Bristol-based N3 Display Graphics used Drytac Polar Street FX to produce a series of creative floor graphics encouraging social distancing on streets across the city.

Large-format graphics production and installation company N3 Display Graphics recently used Drytac Polar Street FX aluminium print media to produce a range of eye-catching outdoor floor graphics to promote social distancing across the city of Bristol.

Bristol City Council designed a series of 2m x 1.1m (6.36ft x 3.6ft) footprint-style graphics for use in high traffic areas of the city ahead of non-essential shops reopening in mid-April. Shops in England had been closed since early January due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The aim of the graphics was to encourage social distancing among shoppers when they were out and about on the high street, helping to limit any further spread of the virus. As such, Bristol City Council required an attractive design that would stand out under shoppers’ feet.

The printed graphics also had to be safe for use underfoot. The Council specified they should have a proper slip rating, meaning they were safe for use in busy areas that could be exposed to wet weather, including high streets and other retail settings

To meet these challenges, the Council turned to N3 Display Graphics, a Bristol-based company that specialises in large-format graphics for both indoor and outdoor use. As a long-time user of Drytac materials, N3 Display Graphics quickly identified Drytac Polar Street FX as the ideal solution for the project.

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

Polar Street FX is a PVC-free, aluminium print media suitable for both outdoor floor and wall graphics, without the need for lamination. The slip-resistant printable film can be applied to ground or wall surfaces such as brick, concrete, asphalt or any other low energy surfaces. Polar Street FX holds a ‘Low Slip Potential’ 72 PTV according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) only recognises slip ratings based on the Pendulum Test Method.

N3 Display Graphics Director Nigel Walker explains: “The Council specified that we use aluminium-backed slip rated material so Polar Street FX was the ideal choice for the job.”

Polar Street FX is printable with eco-solvent, latex or UV technology, making it a flexible choice. For this project, the giant footprint graphics were printed on two HP Latex 360 printers, resulting in a series of creative graphics that have proved a huge hit with shoppers since being installed at the end of March 2021.

N3 Display Graphics cut the graphics into the curved footprint shape with its Zünd cutter with double edged tungsten blades, which was easily able to handle the strong-wearing nature and toughness of the Polar Street FX aluminium backing.

In terms of working with Drytac, N3’s Nigel Walker adds: “We have a long history of mutual respect with Drytac, and they always have the right products at the right price.”

The Bristol footprint graphics have been a great success. Nigel continues: “After a month out on the streets, the graphics are all standing up well and are helping people to return to shopping safely.

“The client was happy; Drytac was happy, and we were happy!”

N3 Display Graphics stays one step ahead with Drytac Polar Street FX in Bristol, UK

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Lamin-8 spices up Jimmy Guaco’s wall graphics with Drytac

Toronto-based Lamin-8 used Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film for the project at its local branch of Jimmy Guaco’s
Toronto-based Lamin-8 used Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film for the project at its local branch of Jimmy Guaco’s

Toronto-based Lamin-8 used Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film for the project at its local branch of Jimmy Guaco’s

Diversified printing business Lamin-8 Services used Drytac’s ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film to produce stunning wall graphics for Mexican restaurant chain Jimmy Guaco’s.

Toronto-based Lamin-8 was contacted by its local branch of Jimmy Guaco’s to create interior graphics that displayed some of the authentic Mexican dishes on offer at the restaurant.

As many of the featured foods were very bright in colour, Lamin-8 had to ensure that the final print was able to effectively present these vibrant colours in a way that attracted the attention of diners and passers-by.

Lamin-8 selected Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film with matte laminate for the job. ReTac Smooth 75 is a printable self-adhesive vinyl that allows users to install, remove and reposition graphics without leaving residue on the surface underneath.

The film can be printed using eco-solvent, latex and UV technologies and Lamin-8 used its Epson S80670 device to print the graphics – achieving a stunning effect with many tasty-looking dishes.

Michael Isaacs, President of Lamin-8, said the decision to work with Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 on this job was an easy one, with the company having used Drytac materials for over 20 years.

“We have been working with Drytac for more than two decades, using their laminating films and other products on a wide range of printed work,” Isaacs said. “With so much knowledge of Drytac films, we quickly identified that Drytac ReTac Smooth 75 was the best film for this job.”

Having worked with Drytac materials for such a long time, Michael has developed a fantastic relationship with Dennis LeBlanc, Territory Sales Manager for Drytac in Eastern Canada.

“Knowing Dennis for many years and having the ability to discuss each project – if needed – is a huge benefit in deciding which product to use. We can also access a specific material the very next day, if required, which is great!” concludes Michael Isaacs.

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Signmob gallery project hailed as a work of art thanks to Drytac Polar Grip

Signmob uses Drytac Polar Grip at the Bendigo Art Gallery for brick wall wrap for Mary Quant exhibit
Signmob uses Drytac Polar Grip at the Bendigo Art Gallery for brick wall wrap for Mary Quant exhibit
Image Credit: Bendigo Art Gallery

Australian sign-maker Signmob used Drytac Polar Grip to produce eye-catching exterior graphics for a special exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Victoria, Australia-based sign-making specialist Signmob used Drytac’s Polar Grip white polymeric PVC vinyl film to produce stunning exterior graphics for an exhibition at the nearby Bendigo Art Gallery.

The gallery is currently playing host to an exhibition by renowned British designer and fashion icon Mary Quant, and enlisted the help of Signmob to help promote the event.

Signmob faced a number of key challenges during the project, including selecting a film that would stand the test of time on the outside of the building in all weathers. They also had to ensure that the film would accurately reflect Quant’s work and style, with the final print required to match Quant’s artistic qualities and incredible talent across a huge area spanning 11m x 11m (36ft x 36ft).

As such, Signmob opted to work with Drytac Polar Grip, a white polymeric self-adhesive PVC vinyl film that is the ideal choice for digitally printed signs or graphics on any surface, including metal, plastic, wood, glass and brick.

Drytac Polar Grip is also guaranteed to remain in place for up to five years in all conditions, and with the exhibition running throughout the summer from March 21 until July 21, this fit the bill perfectly for Signmob.

Signmob uses Drytac Polar Grip at the Bendigo Art Gallery for brick wall wrap for Mary Quant exhibit

“We chose Drytac for this project based on the recommendation of our rep Liam Simmons from Drytac’s distributor The Shann Group; he provided us with samples for testing a few months prior to the start of the project and they were everything he promised,” Signmob Expert Sign-Maker and Sign-Writer Bill May said.

Signmob covered the entire façade of the gallery with 750mm-wide rolls of Drytac Polar Grip white matte, replicating some of the world-famous designs by Quant, and also printed text of the artist’s name using a Roland SOLJET PRO III XC-540 54″ Printer/Cutter with eco-solvent Inks.

As Drytac Polar Grip is compatible with eco-solvent, Latex and UV printing, this meant that Signmob was able to produce an incredibly clever design that was unique to the exhibition.

“The benefits of the product were not only the excellent adhesion, but the confidence it will perform for the duration of the project,” Bill May said. “It allowed us to provide something not usually seen in the Bendigo Art Gallery. We have already had very positive feedback.

“Drytac Polar Grip was easy to work with, conforms well – so much so that people assumed it was paint – and is also cost effective.”

Signmob uses Drytac Polar Grip at the Bendigo Art Gallery for brick wall wrap for Mary Quant exhibit.

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Premier Graphics serves up a treat at The Very Good Food Company with Drytac SpotOn

Drytac SpotOn used by Premier Graphics for The Very Good Butcher
Premier Graphics used Drytac SpotOn White Matte to complete a window graphics job for plant-based vegan food business The Very Good Food Company.

Vancouver-based Premier Graphics opted for Drytac SpotOn White Matte to carry out an impactful window graphics project for vegan food business The Very Good Food Company.

Premier Graphics was approached by The Very Good Food Company and construction firm Pacific Solutions Contracting in late 2020 to produce window graphics to cover up building work taking place at a retail location in Mount Pleasant, a neighborhood in Vancouver BC.

The project challenged Premier Graphics to create graphics that offered a high impact and high contrast design, but also allowed adequate ambient light to pass into the building to assist with ongoing construction work inside. The graphics also needed to cover window panels measuring 21ft tall.

Premier Graphics selected Drytac SpotOn White Matte monomeric PVC film, a solution that is specifically designed for short-term applications such as point-of-purchase retail signage. The film features a ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application on a wide variety of smooth interior surfaces, windows, glass and more.

“As our vertical panels of material were so tall, having a material with minimal stretch and good adhesion during cold temperatures on our December install day was crucial for a great final product with minimal seams,” Premier Graphics’ General Manager Taylor Sellinger says.

“The film met all the challenges we needed it to, and our panel registration was completely accurate, even while working with such long individual panels.”

The graphics – which were printed using an HP Latex 365 device – will only remain in place for six months. As such, Sellinger said it was also important that the material could be easily removed without leaving any residue on the windows.

“For the six months the graphics will be installed for, we’re confident they will look great the entire time, and remove completely trouble-free when that day comes.

“Our team of six full-time installers are ready to meet any challenge, but SpotOn makes those challenges so much easier to tackle.”

Established in 2006, Premier Graphics re-invented itself in 2020 and is now established as a full service graphics production and installation company. The business has plans to expand further in 2021, with a new HP R1000 printer due to be installed at its new production site.

“2020 taught us not to rely too heavily on how things used to be done,” adds Sellinger. “In 2021, we’ve moved into a facility more than twice our previous space and shortly we’ll be receiving our new HP R1000 printer, which will open up capabilities never previously available to our in-house production.”

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Globe Print relies on Drytac films for support with NHS Covid-19 vaccination roll-out

No fewer than five Drytac products deployed by Buckinghamshire-based Globe Print for social distancing markers and directional graphics at new vaccination centre.

Drytac Protac AMP used for NHS vaccination centers
Image: Protac AMP antimicrobial film paired with Polar Grip

Drytac’s self-adhesive films continue to play a key role in the battle against Covid-19, with print service provider Globe Print having recently used no fewer than five Drytac products to create graphics, free-of-charge, for a new vaccination centre in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Image: SpotOn Floor 200

After plans to open the vaccination hub at one location fell through, local business Newdays Pharmacy was asked to locate an alternative site, and – following an appeal on local social media platforms – was offered some ground floor space at IT infrastructure and services provider Softcat’s HQ offices in Globe Business Park.

However, the challenges did not end there, with Newdays Pharmacy required to also source a series of printed graphics for the facility to ensure the safety of both the public and the vaccination team. These included social distancing markers, one-way system directional signage and informative posters about the vaccines and Covid-19.

Image: ReTac Smooth 150

Newdays Pharmacy contacted Globe Print, a preferred supplier to the NHS that has been working with Drytac materials on a wide range of projects throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nick Wintle, Managing Director at Globe Print, explains: “Key to the installation was the tight turnaround time. The vaccination centre was opening on January 23rd and Newdays didn’t have sign-off for the graphics until January 20th.

“We wanted to do our bit as well; as this was for a vaccination centre, we did the whole project free of charge – from design and print through to installation of the graphics.

Image: Polar Choice

“Having worked with Drytac’s films for a long time and on a number of other similar jobs, we were confident that they would perform well.”

Globe Print used Drytac Polar Choice Matte, a printable monomeric PVC film, to produce a range of wall graphics and internal signage and the vaccination centre, while internal floor graphics were printed on Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 monomeric PVC non-slip film.

For outdoor floor graphics, Globe Print opted for Drytac Polar StreetFX, a PVC-free, aluminium print media that does not require lamination, while ViziPrint Impress was used for producing graphics for the clear internal wall partitions inside the centre.

Image: Polar Street FX

Finally, Globe Print used Drytac Protac AMP Film for graphics at ‘touch-points’ throughout the facility, including doors and handles. Protac AMP is a 150µ textured polyester film that incorporates Microban® Antimicrobial Protection, which provides protection against the spread of microbial contamination.

Globe Print produced all the graphics at its 10,000sq. ft. print room in Marlow, utilising its Roland VG-640, Mimaki UCJV-300 and Agfa M2000 printers.

Olivier Picard, the owner of Newdays Pharmacy, also had high praise for the graphics that were printed on Drytac materials. He said: “Everything is in place now and the printed materials look clean, professional and official.”

Globe Print has used Drytac films on a whole host of other jobs related to Covid-19. These include producing an advisory one-way pedestrian system in its home town – a project that comprised 250 temporary outdoor floor decals printed on Drytac Polar Grip graphics vinyl combined with Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex laminate.

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SkinzWraps diversifies into profitable new markets thanks to Drytac

Dallas-based SkinzWraps has used a range of products from Drytac to expand outside of its core vehicle graphics market into a number of other sectors.

Dallas-based wrapping expert SkinzWraps has revealed how the use of Drytac films has allowed it to expand business beyond its core vehicle wrapping services into a number of other profitable markets.

Established in 1998, SkinzWraps is regarded as one of the leading vehicle wrap specialists Based in Texas, but services nationwide, marketing itself as a full-service vehicle wrapping company that works with customers across the US. Its traditional customer base spans commercial vehicles and personal car wraps, to fleet vehicles, buses and even boats, but – thanks to Drytac solutions – the company has more recently expanded into new areas.

Picture 1: ReTac Smooth 150 mural.

Since discovering Drytac products in October 2019, SkinzWraps has used the company’s solutions to fulfil a stunning array of printed graphics. The company has built on its extensive wrapping experience and used Drytac products, such as Polar Grip self-adhesive vinyl and the ReTac range of adhesive films, to complete many different projects.

CJ Reichwein, vice president of sales at SkinzWraps, explains: “Our typical work would include the wrapping of commercial and passenger vehicles for advertising or custom colour changes,” Reichwein says. “However, Drytac solutions have enabled us to channel our wrapping expertise into the creation of stunning floor and wall graphics too.”

Picture 2: Polar Grip used to wrap a store front for social media purposes.

Among some of the more recent projects, SkinzWraps printed a vintage Le Mans wall mural on Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 for a private client (see pic 1); as well as a storefront wrapping project for a social media destination in Dallas using Drytac Polar Grip (see pic 2).

Other work has included producing and installing wall graphics for seafood restaurant chain Shell Shack, which has locations across Texas and expanding. With a new venue opening in Florida, SkinzWraps printed and installed graphics on 13 walls around the interior of the building over a period of a day-and-a-half using ReTac Smooth 150 (see pic 3).

Picture 3: ReTac Smooth 150 used for Shell Shack.

In fact, SkinzWraps likes Drytac materials so much that it also used the films to renovate its own front lobby and hallways at its facility in Dallas (see pic 4).

Picture 4: ReTac Smooth 150 used for the lobby of Skinzwraps.

“Thanks to Drytac solutions, our clientele is no longer limited to vehicle owners,” continues CJ. “We now have a wide variety of clients, and we help them fulfil projects from conception to installation.

“Drytac materials are all we use for walls, floors and all speciality flat surface wraps. The Drytac team are always there for me; whenever I need samples or have any queries, I get a response in minutes.”

CJ concludes: “Most importantly, our clients love our work; whether it is promoting a business or personalising a vehicle, we are ready and eager to help!”

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University of Southern California prepares their campus with Drytac Polar Grip

Classic Litho and Design sticks with Drytac Polar Grip to complete major social distancing project for the University of Southern California.

California-based print service provider Classic Litho and Design deployed Drytac Polar Grip for a large-scale social distancing signage project which helped students safely return to learning at the University of Southern California (USC) last semester.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, USC was required to put in place a range of measures to help protect students and staff, including the installation of floor graphics across its sites to promote social distancing.

The USC contacted local printing company Classic Litho and Design to assist with the project, which – in total – required the production of approximately 11,000 floor decals for installation across the USC campus.

Initially, the company’s large-format department printed 3,000 outdoor floor graphics on Drytac Polar Grip white polymeric self-adhesive vinyl. With a high-bond adhesive, it has been specifically developed for graphic applications where flexibility and strong adhesion are required, and can be permanently applied to almost any surface, including metal, plastic, wood, glass, brick and more.

Ray Rodriguez, Large Format Manager at Classic Litho and Design, explained that the main reason for selecting Drytac Polar Grip was that the material offered the most reliability for outdoor graphics.

“I did a lot of research trying to find the longest-lasting and most durable outdoor vinyl, and it became clear that the solution was Drytac Polar Grip with Interlam Pro Emerytex overlaminating film. As well as being economically priced, it was also the only outdoor solution with a 12-month guarantee.”

The work with Drytac Polar Grip did not stop there though, as Rodriguez explained. After speaking with USC about failing indoor and outdoor floor graphics printed on another vendor’s media, Polar Grip was again deployed.

USC about failing indoor and outdoor floor graphics printed on another vendor’s media, Polar Grip was used to replace these.
The non-Drytac media that failed was not backed with Drytac’s unique adhesive science.

Floor graphics that are damaged can cause a huge health and safety risk and must be replaced immediately.

“I recommended Polar Grip for some replacement indoor carpet signage right away, so that was an easy fix. Then I heard that some of the outdoor floor graphics printed on other vendors’ materials had also failed. To compare, I went to check an outdoor graphic that was still firmly in place and – having aggressively tried and failed to remove it – noted it was printed on Polar Grip.

“On that basis, a second order of floor graphics printed on Polar Grip was almost immediately requested!”

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