BACKLIT FILM/PRINTABLE FILM
When displaying a graphic of any kind, whether it is text-heavy or makes use of images, customers strive for the best representation of their signage or display. A simple poster may not be the best choice for every scenario and every advertisement on display.
Backlit film is a material upon which graphics or text can be printed so that when light shines through from behind the design lights up.
Many customers assume that the process is expensive and tedious for converting a design into signage that can function in a light box and that allows it to be seen at night as well as during the day. What they do not know is that backlit film can be an incredibly cost-effective strategy for advertisement and an aesthetically pleasing design element for decorative signage.
Shop owners or businesses with a lightbox display utilize backlit film to display their messages more prominently during both day and night. Restaurants utilize backlit film to display menu options outside or inside the building, bus stops display map features on a backlit film placed on a light source, and even museums find use in the properties of backlit signage.
Its semi-translucency is a unique quality that allows for the materials to catch and distribute any light that appears behind the film, no matter how faint or distant. Whatever type of design, if printed on high resolution backlit film it will appear crisp and clear to all possible viewers regardless of distance. The vibrancy of the colours is also a detail to note when considering backlit signage options.
Midcomp Consumables’ backlit film is a 200micron High-resolution Matt film of 1.3m x 50m for light box applications. The high-resolution coating gives a vibrancy to colours and designs that makes it an extremely eye-catching and impressive display. The high-resolution properties also offer an impressive grading and smoothness of colour tones that gives you a display of very high quality.
When it comes to extremely high-quality and technologically advanced film substrates, Drytac offers a range of products that are in a class of their own. Midcomp Consumables have partnered with Drytac and as the appointed distributor for Drytac in Southern Africa have access to a range of some of the most innovative sign and display products on the market.
For window and glass applications, you can consider Drytac’s ViziPrint® Impress Clear 1.3m x 30m that can be re-positioned and re-applied multiple times and removes cleanly up to 3 years after installation. This optically clear printable window film is designed for trouble-free installation of graphics on glass surfaces. ViziPrint® Impress Clear utilises proprietary adhesion technology that creates a strong bond in both high and low temperatures without leaving residue behind. This adhesion technology also eliminates bubbling and is unaffected by moisture. Since it uses a mechanical bond to gently adhere images to windows, the glass stays clear and graphics stay bright whenever ViziPrint® Impress Clear is repositioned and re-applied. The film is ideal for high quality decals, signage and retail window advertising, applications on glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, interior and short-term outdoor promotions and it can even be used on electronic equipment, such as tv screens, ipad/tablet displays and computer monitors, as well as refrigerators and glass display cases.
An alternative window film product is Contra Vision’s 40% perforated window film with greyliner available in 1.3m x 50m for specifically one-way window graphic applications. As the appointed distributor for Contra Vision in Southern Africa, Midcomp Consumables have access to this high tech and exceptional quality window film product.
Contra Vision Campaign 40% is a White-on-Black perforated self-adhesive film with 40% transparency and a removable, pressure-sensitive adhesive, featuring a Universal Liner with Grayliner™ technology. This film allows an image to be seen on the outside of a window while allowing viewing through from the inside. This promotional film features a part-perforated paper liner and is intended for UV-cure, solvent, ‘eco-solvent’ and latex inkjet printing, as well as screenprinting. You also benefit from a 2-year durability on static applications. Contra Vision window film applications include retail and business doors and windows that are street-facing, windows, glass partitions and doors inside offices as well as vehicle windows. Contra Vision is easy-to-apply and easy-to-remove and the different transparency options are a big plus when you are working with different spaces that require different transparencies.
For floor applications Midcomp Consumables supplies another innovative film from Drytac, their Polar® Floor PET 170micron 1.5m x 25m which is a PVC-free print media for indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. It boasts several post-printed anti-slip ratings and certifications, which allows for vibrant, slip-resistant floor graphics that can be applied with confidence. Polar® Floor PET 170 has been specifically developed to be tear-resistant and can even withstand high-heel shoes and pallet jacks. Thanks to its uniquely developed adhesive, Polar® Floor PET 170 is easy to apply, dimensionally stable and can be repositioned while installing. It has an optimised adhesive for floor graphics to give easy application and removal and you have no need for overlaminate. Another important factor is that Polar floor pet contains up to 40% internal industrial recycled content and is Fire rated to en 13501-1. Applications are varied even for a floor graphic and includes ceramic tiles, sealed wood, concrete, waxed vinyl and even short pile carpets.
Midcomp Consumables have partnered with a South African textile manufacturer to bring to market a range of locally manufactured, high-quality textiles for the large format sign and display market.
The product list includes a 205gsm 1.8m wide textile for gazebos and umbrellas. It is certified for 2-year outdoor durability with Latex ink and is water-repellent. You can expect high quality colour without having to worry about fading and discolouration.
There is also a 240gsm 1.5m wide textile for gazebos and umbrellas that has an optical whitener built-in, offers a double-sided coating and is also water-repellent. Both products are compatible with Solvent, UV and Latex ink.
When considering gazebo and umbrella textiles, you need a product that is durable, that can withstand different weather conditions such as high winds and heavy rains, as well as high temperatures and UV exposure. The water-repellency and UV protection offered on the gazebo and umbrella fabric is extremely important for the user experience and it adds to the longevity of the product.
The Silver Block-out textile is 80gsm 1.5m wide and used for double sided printing where its block-out properties ensure no light shines through the print from behind causing a faded and mismatched final product. It is ideal for sharkfin and teardrop banners, pop-up frames, sun visors, TD and bunting.
For roll-up banners, X-banners and hanging banners, there is a 260gsm Grey Block-out textile of 1.8m wide which is compatible with Solvent, UV and Latex ink technologies.
The grey block-out properties provide a light barrier from behind which means your print does not appear faded, and it also creates a denser print. Textile banners are an alternative to PVC when you are looking for a more high-end, high-definition look and feel compared to classic PVC.
For those looking for a premium Canvas product there is a 380gsm High Resolution Artist Canvas made from 100% cotton. Available sizes range from 610mm and 914mm to 1.3m and 1.5m. As a 100% cotton Canvas it is supple and therefore more pliable. It is also a particularly resistant material that will not easily get damaged when it is being handled or mounted.
Canvas is known for its excellent quality. Add to that the high-resolution coating and you can expect exceptional renderings and intensity of rich colours and depth of black. The coating ensures that the image displays the full spectrum of colours and sub-tones without bleeding or smearing and that the ink adheres well to the surface of the textile.