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A plethora of choice

A plethora of choice

A prolific supplier of high-quality branded solutions to the vehicle wrapping and vehicle graphics sector, William Smith has made a huge contribution to the success of some notable projects involving the use of materials from 3M, Arlon and iSee2.

3M’s IJ180Cv3 and 1080 series of films were the preferred materials of Norfolk-based CIM Signs & Graphics when engaged in major fleet branding projects. These have included half-wraps using IJ180Cv3 for a fleet of 160 vehicles on behalf of RFT and a fleet of 48 vehicles for a leading housing association for which 3M’s 1080 series in gloss Hotrod Red was specified.

The company’s Managing Director, Mark Baker said: “These were the first major fleet projects that we had done for these clients and they were won on the strength of previous work we had done for them on smaller van projects and signage, and their confidence in us doing the job right first time. When it came to materials selection, our choice is based on quality rather than price, so we can guarantee that the materials will stay in position when applied.”

He added: “The print finish on IJ180Cv3 is excellent, and we complete our work with the correct 3M overlaminates, which are pliable and flexible to use.”

Ease of application has also enabled CIM Signs to achieve timesavings in production, enabling a faster turnaround.

3M IJ1080 and the flagship IJ380 films are used extensively by West Midlands-based vehicle wrapping specialist Wrap Kings. Director Will Hamblin commented: “We have had issues in the past with other materials but have always opted for the quality and reputation of 3M films supplied by William Smith, with customers specifically asking for these.”

He continued:  “We especially like the satin finish and choice of colours in the 1080 Series and the print quality on IJ380 is the best by far, as it takes the ink, holds its colours, and we get a perfect job every time. In addition, the Controltac adhesive on both materials facilitates easy bubble-free positioning, which has enabled us to speed up our install time as we can lay the film down much faster.”

Product, performance and price are making Arlon’s DPF 6000 series of cast graphic films a popular choice with William Smith’s customers for a variety of vehicle wrapping applications.

Andy Sykes of DeSigns Signage Solutions reported: “We chose DPF 6000 Series to replace the material we had previously been using. It prints well and our fitters are very happy with it and, what’s more the price is also very favourable.”

Dexie Hartis, Manager at Radecal Signs, confirmed: “We use Arlon DPF 6000XRP for both full and part wraps and the cost was what initially attracted us, especially as we had won a big contract that required a large volume of materials and were thus looking for best value. However, we’ve since found that it outperforms other materials that we have tried. The XRP bubble-release adhesive makes it virtually impossible to crease or bubble, as the bubbles can be pushed out easily by hand.”

Andean Signs uses the Arlon DPF 6000 Series for full or part wraps, with the company’s Andy Gosling confiding that he found the material’s print quality to be exceptional when used in combination with an HP Latex L26500 printer. He said: “We use it mainly for vehicles with soft curves, such as Vivaro’s, Renault Traffics and other light vans – in fact we’ve even used it on our own Andean Signs vehicle!

Arlon DPF 6000 is available in gloss, transparent and translucent finishes, while DPF 6000RP and DPF 6000XRP both come in gloss white. The films have been specifically designed for large format graphics and are ideal for fleet and vehicle liveries. They can be applied to flat, riveted, contoured and complex surfaces where good conformity is required.

A special lay-flat liner and permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive make Arlon DPF 6000RP easy to apply and give excellent opacity. DPF 6000XRP features X-Scape air release adhesive, which ensures a bubble-free finish.

iSee2 Total Wrap from William Smith offers a wide choice of gloss, matt and carbon effect colours, together with a selection of specialist effects enable sign companies to achieve distinctive and individual looking liveries for their customers.

A hybrid and modified PVC film that is easy to apply, iSee2 Total Wrap comes with a five-year durability and is designed to conform easily around compound curves, rivets and corrugations. It can also be used for general graphics and striping.

KBS Signs & Design recently completed full colour change wraps on three VW Jettas using the eye-popping Mandarin Orange.  KBS’s Mark Wray explained: “We needed a self-coloured wrap film and this was the closest to the client’s colour reference and, since the price was also favourable, it ‘ticked all the boxes’ for us.” He added: “We find the material’s adhesive has a fairly strong initial stick and is considerably thicker when compared to most cast products, so we applied on an individual panel basis as it was not so easily repositionable.”

Gregory Chmielwewski at Prestige Customs has used several different colours and particularly likes the finish of Super Black: He said: “We have found it good to work with and easily repositionable. It’s very good quality, much better than we had anticipated, and the Super Black is the best on the market – it has a good shine and looks just like a paint finish.”

Jeff Cowler at Total Tinting NE, who has used iSee2 Total Wrap for all types of vehicles, declared: “It’s a good product! We had previously used cast materials and found iSee2 easy to use and manipulate. It was very easy to fit, which meant that we achieved a good speed of application.”

 All of the above materials are available ex-stock from William Smith and same day despatch is offered on orders received up to 6.000pm.

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