FLOOR GRAPHICS YOUR GUIDE TO
What does the R Slip rating mean?
Which product should I use and when? •Mactac •3M •Kernowjet •Poli-Print •Dtec •iSee2
Application Guidelines •Pre-Installation Assessment •Printing & Artwork •Graphics Installation •Maintenance •Removal
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WHAT DOES THE R SLIP RATING MEAN? The below table summarises a German National Standard test method; DIN51130. This test is a shod foot test where an individual walks on a wet surface wearing cleated safety boots whilst being held by a harness. The angle of the ramp is adjusted and whilst doing so the degree at which the individual slips, generates an R-Value. You should choose the right one part system or Laminate based on the environment it will be fitted in R13 Slip Angle 6-10 deg 10-19 deg 19-27 deg 27-35 deg 35 deg Wet Slip Risk High Risk Moderate Moderate Low Risk Low Risk DIN 51130 R9 R10 R11 R12
Can be occasion- ally wet
Very wet commercial areas
Commercial Wet areas
Dry Areas Areas kept mostly dry
The Pendulum CoF test is designed to replicate the motion of a slipping foot and the laminates response to that motion. The value generated is called the Pendulum Test Value (PTV). It’s a different way of testing the slip resistance; however, its values can be directly compared to the results of the Test above R-Value (Shod Foot) PTV R9 11-18 R10 18-34 R11 34-51 R12 51-70 R13 70+ Skid Resistance for Overlaminate film 3647 has been tested following the principles of BS 7976-2:2002 results are shown below. Overlaminate film 3647 also meets the re- quirements for the skid resistance values (“SRV”), as set forth by the European Union in the proposed European norms prEN1341 and prEN1342 for outdoor pedestrian surfaces. Test Method Results BS 7976-2:2002 Dry Surface Skid reading Wet Surface Skid reading TRRL/4S slider 43 83 4 S type slider 43 56 PrEN 1341 and prEN 1342 Slip resistance value dry Slip resistance value wet (EU test method) 49 40
JT 8300 WM-RT DOT FLOORS JT 8300 WM-RT Dot Floors is a white matt PVC 200 µm with removable dotted adhesive - JT 8300 Dot Floors brings the power of Dots to floor graphic applications, and does not require a laminate for anti-slip properties. Designed for short term promotional campaigns and indoor smooth flat applications.
KEY POINTS: One Part System, Short Term, Removable, Indoor LUV6301 FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE
LUV 6301 is a 100µ clear PVC film with a semi matt sand structure finish that helps eliminate glare and provides a very unique and pleasant finish. LUV 6301 has a high tack adheisve suitable for laminating both UV, SB, ecosolvent and latex digital prints. It does not only provide protection from abrasion and moisture; it also helps retard colour fade caused by ultraviolet light exposure. Specially Designed for decorations or adverts on indoor floors. Shops, shopping centres, airports, work spaces, museums. Floorgraphics in damp environments (swimming pool hall, sauna, sauna rest area, solarium, etc.) KEY POINTS: 3 Month Durability, Indoor, R9 Slip rated Match Component Vinyl: for removable option use Mactac JT8500 Removable. For a more Permanent option use WW300.
LUV6300 FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE Anti-slip laminate LUV 6300 is specially designed to protect indoor and outdoor floors, safeguarding graphics and offering an R9 slip rating (DIN 51130) as well as Pendulum Test approval (BS 7976-2:2002). This 125 µm clear, semi-matt PVC film has a textured lustre finish that helps eliminate glare while providing a sophisticated look for promotions and advertising. As well as protecting against abrasion from pedestrian traffic and moisture, it also helps to retard colour fade caused by UV light exposure. LUV 6300 can be laminated to either one or both sides of photographic prints or transparencies. It offers protection, enhances appearance and provides the rigidity needed to avoid mounting to traditional flat substrates. The material’s flexibility allows images to be used in non-flat applications such as cylindrical displays. A high performance ‘wetting’ adhesive copes easily with surface irregularities from UV printing. LUV 6300 does not affect the pH level of substrates and has an indoor durability of 6 months on floors (3 years on vertical displays). KEY POINTS: 6 Month Durability, Indoor, R9 Slip rated Match Component Vinyl: for removable option use Mactac JT8500 Removable. For a more Permanent option use WW300
STREETRAP FLOOR GRAPHIC VINYL
White matt calendered PVC film specially designed for tarmac applications, 85 µm for pavements and car parks floor graphics.
KEY POINTS: 3-6 Month Durability, Outdoor, use with Mactac StreetLam & FloorGrip
STREETLAM FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE Anti-slip laminate - Clear satin clear 385 µm highly structured PVC film - Specially de- signed for outdoor floor applications - Rated R12 according to DIN 51130 SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR Short-term promotional outdoor floorgraphics applications. Footpaths, parking spaces, public transport, exhibitions, events, signage, safety.
KEY POINTS: 6 Month Durability, Outdoor, R12 Slip rated, use with Mactac StreetRap
FLOORGRIP FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE
Anti-slip laminate - Clear matt 150 µm structured PVC film - Specially designed for indoor and Outdoor floor applications - Rated R11 according to DIN 51130,
KEY POINTS: 3-12 Month Durability, indoor (12) or Outdoor (3), R11 Slip rated use with Mactac StreetRap
Mactac Sealer is a colorless edge sealant that adheres on different surfaces. It does not drip, even on steep vertical surfaces. It is durable over time, when exposed to UV. The use of Mactac Sealer is recommend- ed to strengthen the adhesion of film and prevent edge lifting in these de- manding applications. It can be used for a variety of graphics products and on different substrate. However, a pre-test is always recommended. Key Points: Strengthens the adhesion of film, Prevents edge lifting
LUV 6400 FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE PERMAFLEX LUV 6400 − is a 125 µm clear matt Polypropylene film with a textured lustre finish that eliminates some glare and provides a very pleasing finish. − does not influence the pH level of the substrate to which it is applied. − is recommended as an overlaminate for indoor applications. KEY POINTS: 3 Month Durability, Indoor, R9 Slip rated, PVC Free Match Component Vinyl: For a PVC Free complete solution use JT5425 PUV (UV PRINT ONLY)
3662-10 PAVEMENT FILM
Scotchcal Film 3662-10 is a durable, removable film that when protected by 3M™ Scotchcal™ Overlaminate Film 3647 makes Scotchprint® Graphics for Pavements. This graphic system is warranted by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. For use in exterior applications. For use in areas of pedestrians. For use on unsealed surfaces such as concrete, tarmac, and pavements.
KEY POINTS: 3 Month Durability, Outdoor, Use with 3M 3647 Anti Slip Laminate
3647 PAVEMENT LAMINATE 3M™ Scotchcal™ Overlaminate Film 3647 is intended only for use with 3M Scotchcal™ film 3662-10 in the making of Scotchprint® Graphics for Pavements. This graphic system is warranted by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. Scuff-resistant, slip-resistant. Excellent resistance to wear from high foot traffic , Exterior, short term durability KEY POINTS: 3 Month Durability, Outdoor, Use with 3M 3662-10 Pavement Film Overlaminate film 3647 meets the requirements for the skid resistance values (“SRV”), as set forth by the European Union in the proposed European norms prEN1341 and prEN1342 for outdoor pedestrian surfaces. See the slip rating for further information.
FLOORSHARK 170TFG Unique sharkskin coating absorbs the ink & dries tough. Eliminates the need to laminate. Sharkskin structure gives great color gamut and high grip; R10 certified. Easy to apply & easy to remove, does not tear into small pieces when removing. No shrinkage – no risk of a rim of dirty adhe- sive forming around the print. Ultra-tough polyester base, resists tearing, resists pallet trucks & stiletto heels. Certified fire rating BFL-s1 KEY POINTS: Indoor, One Part system, No Lamination Required, R10 Slip Rating
FLOOR – IN – ONE 225 STFG Suitable for almost all indoor floors and walls like carpets, vinyl, ceramic, tiles, wood laminate flooring, smooth-polished concret. Also suitable short term outdoor on smooth floors. No lamination required. Easy to apply, reposition and remove. R12 (slip resistance) and B1 (fire rating) certified KEY POINTS: Short Term Outdoor, One Part system, No Lamination Required, R12 Slip Rating
POLI-LUX FLOOR 101
Embossed monomeric PVC film (120 μ) with a clear solvent acrylic adhesive. The PVC offers an excellent dimensional stability. Especially designed for floorgraphic applications with anti-slip character (certified according DIN 51130 Class R9) and scratch resistant surface for mid-term floor decoration and advertising (airports, railway stations, shopping centers). KEY POINTS: Indoor, 3-6 Month, R9 Slip Rating Match Component Vinyl: for removable option use Poli-Print 800 series removable. `For a more permanent solution use Poli-Print 902 High Tack
DTEC FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE
High-grade, structured, special PVC film with UV protection for the surface protection of floor advertising. Complies with the anti-slip specification DIN 51130 (R9). B1 Fire-rated DIN 4102 (German Fire Prevention Norm, Class B1) KEY POINTS: Indoor, 3 Month, R9 Slip Rating, B1 Fire Rating Match Component Vinyl: for removable option use Dtec 4 Year Removable. For a more Permanent option use Dtec 2 Year High Tack
DTEC FLOOR ONE PART GRAPHIC FILM Dtec Floor is a high quality textured 150mic, self-adhesive white PVC faced printable material which is coated with a removable clear adhesive and laminated with a 140gsm high quality PE coated silicon kraft paper. Predominantly suitable for use as a digitally printable floor and wall covering. Because of its very good grab and good opacity, it can be adhered to most smooth clean dry floors and walls which have low contamination / soiling. Please be careful to test for suitability before use as some ‘eggshell’ type paints and flooring containing additives like silicones and this can cause post de-lamination
KEY POINTS: Indoor, Short-Term, R10 Slip Rating, One Part System
ISEE2 SLIPSTOP 21.00 PP FLOOR GRAPHIC LAMINATE
21.000N | SlipStop 100 is a clear matt textured polypropylene lm suitable for indoor use. This product is developed as a short term (anti-slip) overlamination for oor decals, roll-ups, table and counter top applications. Being a polypropylene, it is an economical and environmental friendly alternative to PVC lms. The SlipStop 100 offers a permanent acrylic adhesive, formulated to give exceptional clarity and bond strength. The adhesive will perform impeccably on most common printing inks.
Key Points: Indoor, Short term, R9 Slip Rating, PVC Free Greener alternative.
51.101N | STRONGTOUCH TOTAL MARK | HIGH TACK PRINTABLE MEDIA
51.101N | StrongTouch is a 90 micron polymeric vinyl, printable with a broad range of printing methods: (eco)solvent, UV and latex inks. This product boosts a very high performance acrylic adhesive which allows removing the film for up to 6 months whilst maintaining the ability to stick for longer periods of time. This makes it an ideal solution for temporary floor signs and decals, or point of purchase adver- tising on walls and counter tops. StrongTouch will also stick to carpets with a low pile and tight pattern. If used as a floorgraphic, we recommend to combine the 51.101N StrongTouch with our anti-slip 21.000N SlipStop 100 overlaminating film.
Key Points: Polymeric, Sticks to Floor Tiles, Works with SlipStop 100
Pre-Installation Assessment •To get the best performance from your floor graphics, it is essential that you assess all surfaces prior to applying your graphics to them. •Graphics must be applied to clean floors in a good condition. Generally floor graphics are applied to ceramic/commercial tiles, sealed wood, and sealed concrete. The floor should be sealed and sufficiently smooth. •The floor coating (wax, varnish, paint, etc.) must be firmly attached to subfloor. Floor coatings that do not have a sufficient bond to the subfloor may start to separate from the subfloor, subsequently causing the floor graphic to lift and fail prematurely. This could also result in damage to the floor during the removal stage. •Waxed surfaces containing silicone should be avoided. •Uneven surfaces will result in premature wearing of the graphic and should also be avoided. •Due to the variability of floor paints and coatings, we recommend applying a trail piece of the floor graphic substrate to the floor, prior to full installation, to satisfy yourself the coating is sound. Note that the trial pieces you put down could damage the surface/ paint or leave residue behind after removal, so it’s recommended that you apply this to a more discreet area on the floor. •The floor must be cleaned with suitable cleaning products, and allowed sufficient time to dry, prior to installation. Printing & Artwork •Generally floor graphic media is certified for use with solvent, eco-solvent, UV curable and latex digital printers. It is always worth double checking this prior to printing though. •We would always recommend using the correct ICC profile and heater settings for your printer & print media combination. If the correct ICC profile isn’t available, find an ICC profile for a media type closest to matching the properties of the media type you are using. Excessive ink can affect the dimensional stability of the media. Allow the print media to reach room temperature prior to loading it on to the printer. Prints must be outgassed/cured in accordance to the guidelines specified by your ink/printer manufacturer. Failure to follow this may result in the media lifting at the edges and delaminating from the floor. For solvent/eco solvent prints, we recommend 24-48 hours, depending on ink cover age.
•Floor graphics should be applied by experienced fitters and/or in conjunction with these application guidelines. •Most self-adhesive floor coverings need to be applied at a temperature between 10- 25˚C, in order to get the optimal performance from the adhesive. •Ensure the surface is clean, free of dust and contamination prior to installing the graphic. •Always use a felt edge squeegee to prevent any damage to the graphic. When applying the graphic to the floor, it’s important to apply consistent pressure to your squeegee across the media, to avoid any potential stretch and alignment issues. •For smaller graphics, dry apply these, starting at the centre of the graphic, and work ing your squeegee strokes out towards the edges of the media, until the media is fully applied to the floor. Ensure all edges and corners are completely attached. •For larger applications, you may want to wet apply the graphic. (INDOOR APPLICATION ONLY. EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FITTED BONE DRY) Peel away the release liner from the graphic, and spray a small amount of clean water on to the adhesive. Position the graphic on to the floor as required. Squeegee out the water and any trapped air, starting at the centre of the graphic, and working your squeegee strokes out to wards the edges of the media. Ensure the media is fully applied to the floor and all edges and corners are completely attached. •For very large applications, where multiple sections are needed to make up the graphic, ensure all edges are butt joined. Do not overlap. It’s best to assume that all polyester and PVC based print media will experience shrinking over time, to a greater or lesser extent, so be mindful of this, as the butt joins will eventually separate to leave gaps in the graphic. •Where a 2 part vinyl & laminate are used, we recommend that the overlaminate overlaps the vinyl base, generally by around 15-20mm the whole way round. This is not essential, but it gives a more gradual edge thickness, reduces scuffing of the edges, and giving better overall edge adhesion. •The floor graphic should be left to cure for 24 hours prior to cleaning, waxing or polishing the floor.
•Waxing the floor graphic 24 hours after installation, can help seal the edges and protect the graphic from industrial floor scrubbers and cleaning chemicals. •The end user should satisfy themselves that any cleaning agents or liquids likely to come in to contact with the floor graphic after application, are suitable and not likely to contaminate the substrate or affect the bond. •Avoid dragging or driving heavy machinery such as forklifts, pallet trucks, and vehicles over the floor graphic. •Whilst some edge chipping can be expected over time, if any edges start to separate and lift from the floor, the entire graphic must be removed and/or replaced immediately to prevent this being a trip hazard. Removal •To begin removal of the floor graphic, start by peeling back one edge/corner of the graphic. Continue to peel back the remainder of the graphic using smooth and consistent force. For larger graphics, it may be easier to remove in stages. Again, start by peeling back one edge/corner of the graphic. Continue to peel the graphic back until a manageable size has been lifted. Use a knife to gently slit an edge, and as you continue to pull the graphic back, this slit should continue to tear, allowing you to remove the graphic in smaller sections. Continue to do the same for the remaining sections. •Removing the graphics may pull up the paint, varnish or wax from the floor’s surface, even when substrates with removable adhesives are used. It is up to the supplier of the graphics to test the substrate for suitability. No liability is given for damage the floor surface, as this is out of our control. •Should any adhesive residue be left behind on the floor following the removal of the graphic, this must be removed with an appropriate adhesive remover. See manufacturer’s guidelines of any such adhesive removing agent to check compatibility with the floor’s surface.
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