1. How to Choose the Right Window Film for your Glass Applications

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    How to Choose the Right Window Film for your Glass Applications


    Decorative window films are a fantastic way to enhance any glass application. Whether you’re looking to capture the look of cut or textured glass, change colour, or block natural light transmission, there's a window film available to suit your application.

    Before beginning, it’s important to take into consideration what window film you will need and what will work best for you.

     

    What application method will you use?

    To properly apply window graphics you can use either a wet or dry application method.

    Most window graphics use a wet application method, and this can be used regardless of the graphic size. Using a wet application method will ensure you position the graphic accurately without it sticking to itself and without causing air bubbles, making it a lot easier to handle. This application method takes slightly longer before it’s properly adhered to its surface, as the application fluid needs to dry out. Consideration needs to be given to the type of adhesive on the films when wet applied, and water-based acrylic adhesives can cloud up or go milky when they come into contact with water.

     

    Dry application

    A dry application method typically uses transfer tape to transfer a graphic from its backing paper onto glass. There is little room for error in this application method, as moving or repositioning the graphic is much more difficult, and can damage the film. When applying graphics with this method, there is a greater chance of trapping air bubbles.

     

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  2. 9 Tips to Successfully Install your Wall Graphics

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    9 Tips to Successfully Install your Wall Graphics


    Applying graphics, paper or coverings to your walls is a great way to enhance your space or to transform a room. To ensure you get the best performance from your interior wall graphics and to deliver a successful installation, we’ve compiled a few of our eays-to-follow application tips:

     

    Pre-Installation Assessment

    A pre-installation assessment is the first thing to do before applying any wall graphics. Ensure all your walls and surfaces are clean and smooth prior to installation.

     

    Paints

    Satin eggshell is usually the most preferred type of paint for wall applications, as matt paint can generally mean your surface is coarser and can reduce the bond of your adhesive. Try to avoid applying graphics to easy-clean or stain resistant paints, or paints with low VOC or low latex properties. For any doubts over the type of paint used, ensure to prime your walls or trial a piece of media to your surface and leave for 48-72 hours, to ensure it properly bonds to your wall.

     

    Freshly Plastered Walls

    To ensure there is no moisture present in the walls we recommend waiting 4 weeks after plastering. We then recommend sealing your walls with a water-based primer and two coats of satin eggshell paint.

     

    Freshly Painted Walls

    For freshly painted walls, follow the manufacture’s guidelines on how long it takes to fully cure. If this isn’t available, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before installing your graphics.

     

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  3. Monomeric, Polymeric or Cast Vinyl? Which is best for me?

    Monomeric, Polymeric or Cast Vinyl? Which is best for me?

    Monomeric, Polymeric or Cast Vinyl? Which is best for me?


    Before you get started with your next application, it’s important to give careful consideration to the type of vinyl you’re going to need. Deciding on what you’re sticking to it, whether it’s in or outdoors and how long you need it for are key factors to consider when choosing the most suitable vinyl. While vinyl is a versatile material, some are better suited to certain types of applications, so read our simple guide to find which works best for you.

     

    The difference between Calendared and Cast Vinyl

    The terms ‘calendared’ and ‘cast’ refer to the type of process used to manufacture the vinyl. The calendaring process is usually used for monomeric and polymeric vinyl’s and the casting process is used to produce conformable cast vinyl.

     

    Cast Vinyl’s

    When creating cast vinyl’s, liquid PVC is poured onto a casting sheet and baked in an oven, producing the cast face film. Cast vinyl is considerably thinner than calendered vinyl and is more conformable, used for complex applications such as vehicle wrapping. Thinner than calendared vinyl, cast vinyl is softer, more flexible and typically has a 10 year life span, compared with a 3-7 year lifespan of a calendared. Overall, cast vinyl brings more benefits than a calendared, but does come with a higher price tag.

     

    Calendared Vinyl’s

    When creating calendared vinyl, PVC is melted alongside colorant and plasticiser, in order to soften

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  4. 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19

    5 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19

    5 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety during COVID 19


    During something as unexpected as the Corona virus pandemic, its unsurprising the amount of people suffering with stress and anxiety. Social distancing, self-isolating and fear of the unknown are all major factors that can subject people to feeling lonely and isolated.

    It’s so important to address these feelings without pushing them to the back of your mind, so we have put together 5 essential tips to manage your feelings, look after your mental health and give you back a sense of control.

     

    Maintain a structure and routine

    If you’ve gotten used to working from home, been furloughed or have unfortunately been made redundant, it’s so important to keep your days structured and to stick to a routine. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day is a great way to improve your health and your sleeping pattern. Eating well and exercising is also an effective way to keep active and maintain a healthy routine.

     

    Seek accurate information from legitimate sources

    While it’s important to keep up to date on the latest updates and government advice, try to limit the amount of time you spend watching or reading the news. Consuming too much information especially from misleading sources, can cause you to feel overwhelmed or confused. Only check official sources as and when you need to, such as the Gov.uk, the 

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  5. Canon's UVgel Technology - Explained

    Canon's UVgel Technology - Explained

    Canon's UVgel Technology - Explained


    The roll to roll printing market has seen significant changes in recent years, with the market expected to rise to 18.3 billion by 2025, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets.com. Currently worth around 7.2 billion, key market drivers continue to increase volumes of roll to roll printing across the globe, predicting the market to grow by 20.5%, from 2020 to 2025.

     

    Market drivers

    When looking at the roll to roll printing market as a whole, there are several market drivers significantly pushing it forward. These include: OLED lighting, smart labels, printed sensors and interior decoration.

    Applications such as signs, banners and posters have also increased throughout recent years, with the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly increasing volumes of signage and floor graphics. New technologies, an expanding range of applications and more efficient workflow solutions are also playing a big part when analysing the markets growth.

     

    Market need

    When analysing the market need in the roll to roll printing market, we notice two undeniable trends: volumes are growing and pressure on turnaround times are rising. 60% of customers are now expecting large format printing jobs to be turned around within 24 hours, according Key Point Intelligence Workplace.

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