Avery Dennison Announces New Business Boot Camp for Wrap Professionals – 2018

Mentor, Ohio, March 15, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of a new workshop focused on how to successfully run a business in the vinyl wrap industry. The new Business Boot Camp classes were developed in collaboration with wrap industry pioneers Justin Pate, The Wrap Institute., and John Duever, Vinyl Images and Design. The Boot Camp is ideal for wrap installers who are interested in starting a business and wrap shop owners and team members looking for professional advice on how to improve efficiency and increase profits.

“At Avery Dennison, we are listening to our customers and developing the products and training they need to succeed,” said Bill Podojil, senior business director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “Wrap installers and wrap shop owners have told us they’d like to be more effective and efficient, while learning to upsell and enhance their marketing. Those topics and many more regarding day-to-day business operation are included in the new two-day Business Bootcamp.”

Pate and Duever will lead the classes with added expertise from guest speakers, including Dallas Fowler, Digital EFX, addressing wrap design and production, and Paul Roba, OEM relationship manager at Avery Dennison, teaching attendees about digital printing and lamination. Austin Smith, founder of the Paint Is Dead Network and president of #201WRAP, will speak about branding and marketing a wrap business as well as up-selling services.

The first Business Boot Camp for Wrap Professionals will be held May 18-19, 2018 at Car Wrap City in Dallas, Texas. A full course description and registration information are available at graphics.averydennison.com/bootcamp. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the guest speakers and members of the Avery Dennison Graphics Team during a reception to be held in the evening on the first day of the class. 

For more details on Avery Dennison graphics products and training, installers can visit graphics.averydennison.com or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379.  

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle Graphics installers across the country can now get hands-on training close to home ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 8, 2018) – Industry leader in innovation, 3M Commercial Solutions is thrilled to reveal the latest training center to increase expertise and precision across the graphics industry: the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle. This state-of-the-art Mobile Training Vehicle delivers hands-on installer training to central locations in towns across the country.  It extends the current 3M training capabilities even further, making quality education more accessible. The goal is to help more installers develop the skills and the confidence they need to bolster their reputations and grow their businesses.

The training vehicle is a 40-foot mobile application center fully equipped to provide training on the application of graphics and architectural films. Participants can expect to learn up-to-date and relevant installation techniques, industry best practices and 3M specific solutions.

“With the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, we want to provide a convenient, comprehensive and hands-on education that the students can use every day,” said Kimberly Tostrud, Product Marketer with 3M Commercial Solutions. “One of the greatest benefits of the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is the hands-on experience trainees will receive, with 80 percent of instruction time dedicated to product application by the students. The opportunity to gain application experience under the guidance of authorized trainers, who are expert installers themselves, provides students with a unique experience that goes far beyond watching a demonstration, workshop or listening to a lecture.”

Reece Supply Company in Charlotte, N.C. was one of the first 3M Strategic Authorized Distributors to experience the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle this February. “We had great feedback from those who attended the training class, and it was clear their confidence grew after they received the hands-on instruction,” said Vic Lawrence, Operations Supervisor for Reece Supply Company. “The entire 3M team was very professional, knowledgeable and eager to help in any way. It reminded me of a racecar pit crew at times.”

“The 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is equipped with different application surfaces for students to work with, including partial vehicles for commercial applications, a variety of wall types, fleet panels, floors, windows for glass applications, a classroom and more. Trainees will have the opportunity to practice with 3M products such as 3M™ Print Wrap Films, 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080, 3M™ Knifeless Tapes, 3M™ DI-NOC™ Finishes and
3M™ Fasara™ Glass Finishes,” said Beau Hommes, 3M Application Development Engineer. “The training also offers the attendees an opportunity to utilize industry relevant tools to make their installations more successful.”

3M Commercial Solutions helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks and toners used to create finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. To learn more about the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, contact your 3M sales representative.

For more information about the entirety of 3M’s installer training programs, please visit 3M.com/InstallationPrograms.

 

 

2018 Ultimate Wrap Star Competition – Orlando FL

The “Ultimate Wrap Star – powered by 3M” during the ISA Sign-Expo in Orlando, FL is THE major car wrap competition in North America in 2018. The line-up of the sponsors / partners: 3M, Mutoh, MR Clipart, Caldera, DUB Wheels, DUB IR, DUB Wraps, Steinel, IBOW, Blade Cage, CoCut, Proseries, Rolinx, Sign Builder Illustrated, STS and Wrapper Mapper. And all those sponsor donate prizes / vouchers to the contestants. There will be prize packages for all contestants but the winner of this event will get:

  • Vinyl vouchers from our major sponsor 3M. Their material will exclusively used during the contest.
  • Mutoh’s prize will be announced during the contest.
  • Software packages from MR Clipart, Caldera, CoCut.
  • A complete set of DUB Wheels of his own choice!!!
  • The newest heating gun from Steinel.
  • Vouchers from DUB IR, IBOW, Rolinx, STS.
  • Tools from Blade Cage, Proseries and others.
  • And last but not least a 3 year Premium Membership at WrapperMapper.

Our judges are

  • Chad Huhman, CNJ Sign from Lee’s Summit, MO, USA
  • Marcio Oliveira from our major sponsor 3M USA
  • Michael Dassler from Norddekor, Sylt, GER and
  • Mingo Richter from BlackBox Richter, Schardenberg, AUT.

There are still a couple of spots available, but for sure for not for very much longer.

The Entry Form and more details are available at www.wrap-the-world.com

WRAPSCON 2018 – Long Beach CA, USA

WRAPSCON 2018 @ THE NBM SHOW in Long Beach, CA, August 2nd-4th.

 

Once again, the industry’s leading manufacturers, distributors and wrappers converge on the Long Beach Convention Center for three days of education, exhibition and demonstrations highlighting the latest products and techniques in the arena of wall, floor, building and automotive graphics installation.  The exhibition will feature booths by these expected industry powerhouses: Mutoh America, Roland DGA, Oki Data/Color Painter, Mimaki U.S.A., The Wrap Institute, DUBiR, Orafol, KPFM, 3M Commercial Graphics, Hexis, General Formulations, Alltak and Montroy. The best of the best will be on hand to highlight their experience and knowledge in industry panel discussions, competitions, and live demonstrations on the floor.  The show goes beyond the center including multiple after-hours events and VIP invitation-only get-togethers.

 

According to Damon Cincotta, National Sales Manager for the show, “We’re assembling another fantastic group of exhibitors again this year.  It’s going to be a “Who’s who” for the market.  If you are new to wraps, just looking to get started, or you’ve got years of experience, this is the place for you.”

 

“Going into our 4th year, WRAPSCON has cemented itself as the show to attend, if you’re in the wraps market.  Year after year we bring the industry’s leading product manufacturers, install legends, and future influencers.  Each year our goal is to take a step up, in all aspects, for the good of the market. That’s the key in the wraps market, it’s not about one person, or one company.  It’s for the greater good.” – James “Ruggs” Kochevar, Publisher of Sign & Digital Graphics and Wraps Magazines.

 

If you’ve got skin in the wraps game, you are cordially invited to join this lot in Long Beach.  Registration opens April 26th.  www.thenbmshow.com/wrapscon

WrapperMapper on The Wrap Pod!

What a distinct pleasure and honor to do an interview with Mr. Simon Polakof on his podcast “The Wrap Pod”.  Check out the interview here if you are interested in hearing some wrap talk, business talk and some different observations on the wrap life.

Web / Android: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thewrappod/episodes/2018-02-12T22_00_00-08_00

Iphone / iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-wrap-pod/id1321631924?mt=2

Avery Dennison Announces Top 15 Wraps of 2017

Mentor, Ohio, January 30, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the Top 15 vinyl wraps from 2017. The fourth annual list of vehicle and non-vehicle wraps features Avery Dennison vinyl used in unique and creative ways. Ten non-vehicle wraps and five car wraps were installed with Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film, Conform Chrome™ and MPI 1105™ Digital film.

“Avery Dennison innovations in new Supreme Wrapping Film colors and our enhanced digital film, MPI 1105, brought bright colors to the forefront in the graphics projects we chose for the 2017 Avery Dennison Top 15 list,” said Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “The Top 15 Wraps List also highlights our films ability to conform and adhere to a variety of substrates, ranging from hair clippers to a kayak, a playground and concrete walls.”

The Top 10 non-vehicle wraps of 2017 include: 

An escalator wrapped by Jeffrey Chudoff of FASTSIGNS. The United States Sign Council commissioned the install on the escalator at the 2017 Atlantic City Sign Show. Avery Dennison MPI 1105 and DOL 1360 overlaminate were used to complete the project.

 

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Brodie Matthews of DeCo Tint installed Avery Dennison MPI 1105 and Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Films on a children’s splash park in Colorado. Over 650 square feet of film was installed around the water park’s play area, to bring color and art to the park.

 

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Ken Mahlschnee, owner and installer at Bullitt Auto Detail and Vinyl Wraps, got on the fidget spinner trend of 2017 and wrapped a few in Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film and Avery Dennison Conform Chrome. The fidget spinners were a fun at-home project for him and his sons.

 

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A prosthetic arm was wrapped in Avery Dennison MPI 1105 in a camouflage print by Stephen Boyer of Laser Wraps.

 

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Russell Westbrook’s barber’s hair clippers got the star treatment using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film. Charlie Trujillo of Lettering Express wrapped the clippers in a custom design that featured the basketball player’s clothing line logo.

 

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To enhance the Skyspace LA attraction at the US Bank Building experience, Jennifer Solar of Solar Art transformed the elevators that take visitors up to the top floor. The glass elevator and mirrors were wrapped in Avery Dennison Conform Chrome, Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film, and Avery Dennison Gold SF100-604-S.

 

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Martin Turecek of WrapStyle turned a kayak into a piece of art. The kayak is wrapped in Avery Dennison MPI 1005.

 

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 Avery Dennison MPI 1105 was used to wrap two SS Tanks and epoxy sealed concrete walls. The large format wraps, installed 40 feet up in the air, were completed by James Laber of IDEA! Printing & Graphics Inc. The digital film was printed on an HP 26500 Latex printer and laminated with Avery Dennison DOL 6460 on the tanks and DOL 1060 on the wall.

 

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A “mini museum” was installed on the plant floor of the GM assembly plant in Arlington, Texas. The internal display was created and installed for plant workers to learn the history of the company and the plant where they work. Duston Noble of Wrap Experts used Avery Dennison MPI 1105 and DOL 1380 for the project.

 

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Installer, Justin Pate, and artist, Mark Dean Veca, teamed up to transform the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Avery Dennison MPI 1105 was used on the walls and the floor of the exhibit, featuring a design from Veca. 

 

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The Top 5 vehicle wraps of 2017 include:

“Lei’d Low,” a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, was the winner of the 2017 Wrap Like a King Challenge. Nick Caminiti of Exotic Graphix took home the grand prize and title of “King of the Wrap World,” for his wrap featuring Avery Dennison 900 Supercast Black and Avery Dennison MPI 1105 Easy Apply RS™ laminated with DOL 6460.

 

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A pink, double-articulated bus in Reno, Nevada, was wrapped in Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film. The bus raised awareness for breast cancer and early detection for the Renown Reno Hospital. The install was completed by Leslie Groblewski of Grafics Unlimited Inc.

 

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Vasiliy Dankanich of Fitment4, wrapped a 1968 Volkswagen Transporter in Avery Dennison Conform Chrome Gold. Dankanich said, “The Conform Chrome worked much better than any chrome I’ve ever laid. It went on smooth and didn’t scratch as easy as most chrome vinyl!”

 

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A Ferrari 488 was wrapped in a PacMan design for a challenge rally in Saint Tropez. Joffery Van Der Jagt of ProWrap used Avery Dennison MPI 1105 for the digitally printed design. 

 

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Michael Morris of Fresh Layers took Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film™ ColorFlow™ Satin Fresh Spring to a whole new level in 2017. He faded the color wrap into Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film Satin Black on a Nissan 350z.

 

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To see more more wraps throughout 2018, follow Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AveryDennisonGraphics, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ADGraphics_NA. To be considered for the 2018 Top 15 list, installers can submit their projects to http://avydn.co/GraphicsSubmission.

Avery Dennison Showcases New Window and Car Wrap Films at 2017 SEMA Show

Avery Dennison Showcases New Window and Car Wrap Films at 2017 SEMA Show

Booth #12173 Will Host Several New Product Demonstrations

Mentor, Ohio, October 25, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that it will showcase new products from its expanding portfolio for the automotive restyling market at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 – November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Under the theme of True Grit, Booth #12173 will focus on the determination and drive of vinyl film installers with product demonstrations featuring innovative new films, including four new colors of Supreme Wrapping™ Film, automotive window films and switchable window films.

“Avery Dennison, much like a customer who uses our products, is creative, confident and resilient, and our displays at this year’s SEMA Show are a reflection of these characteristics,” says Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “We are proud to show that we’re innovating within our current product lines while adding exciting technology that has a lot of potential impact.”

The new Supreme Wrapping Film colors, which feature special effects and are named Spark, Magnetic Burst, Radioactive and Eclipse, will be available to end users on October 31. The new colors will be used in demonstrations by Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute, Jim Miller of Miller Decals and Joffrey Van der Jagt of Prowrap Professional Carwrapping, which will take place twice a day on a lowrider pickup truck. Fans of vehicle wraps can also experience the announcement of the global “Wrap Like a King” winner in the booth, or on Facebook Live and Instagram Stories, on November 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (PST).

Professional installers will also demonstrate the new portfolio of Avery Dennison automotive window films on freestanding windshields and will retrofit switchable film technology on a car door window. The switchable films use cutting-edge Avery Dennison Liquid Crystal Technology to “switch” from transparent to opaque for comfort, privacy and content projection with just a touch of a hand.

SEMA attendees can interact with the Avery Dennison booth by sharing their pictures from a vinyl wrapped selfie wall on social media with #ADTrueGrit. Those interested in seeing new products or the Wrap Like a King announcement can follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AveryDennisonGraphics, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ADGraphics_NA.

12 REGIONAL WRAP KINGS NAMED IN AVERY DENNISON “WRAP LIKE A KING” CHALLENGE

Mentor, Ohio, October 9, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that 12 vehicle graphics installers from around the world were named the Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Films, Conform Chrome and digital Supercast vinyl wrap films.

The following vehicle graphics installers were named Regional Wrap Kings:

  • North America East – Cosmic Norma by Designer Wraps
  • North America Midwest – Saleen Mustang “The Peacemaker” by Graphix Gurus
  • North America Central – Because ‘Merica! by PG NOLA
  • North America South – DUAIV Masterpiece by MetroWrapz
  • North America West – Sauce C10 by UnderWraps
  • North America Canada – Embossed Flex by Graphiki Inc.
  • Europe North – Polizei Rusty Design by WrapStyle Denmark
  • Europe Central – Sturmtochter by stoerwerk: designwerkstatt
  • Europe South – Crazy GTR Liberty Walk by DC Covering
  • Eastern Europe & MENA – Seat Cupra Bloody Design by Wrapstyle Zlín, s.r.o.
  • North Asia – Camo Flage the ROOCAT by Type B Custom Decal
  • Australia & New Zealand – Lei’d Low by Exotic Graphix

“I’m really proud to take home a regional crown for the third year in a row, especially with the way installers have raised the bar every single year,” said Kevin Kempf, owner of PG NOLA. “If I’m able to bring the title of Continent Winner and King of the Wrap World back to my shop against this incredible field, it will be a truly special achievement.”

“I’ve been honored to be one of the judges for the Wrap Like a King Contest since it began and, without a question, this year was the hardest to choose a regional winner. There are so many unique and out of the box wraps that push car wraps to new levels,” said Justin Pate, world-renowned vehicle wrap installer. “I can’t imagine how hard it will be to cast my vote for the winner. It’s super exciting to be part of this.”

A panel of international industry judges chose 12 Wrap Kings from North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia/New Zealand out of 159 total entries. The 2017 Challenge judges include Justin Pate, co-owner of The Wrap Institute; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison; Myles Kovacs, co-founder of DUB Magazine; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison; Jun Kinoshita, sales manager, Avery Dennison; Stefan Ude, owner of Ude FolierungsKonzepte; Anders Prates, co-owner of WTP Dekor; and Jurriaan de Vries, technical services and support manager, Avery Dennison. The regional winners will go on to compete for the title of Continental Wrap King, to be awarded October 16, 2017. Continent winners will then be judged for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 – November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“For our fifth year of the Challenge, we were blown away by the planning and technique that went into creating each of the region-winning vehicle wraps,” says Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “All of the entries are a great reminder of the dedication and creativity of wrap installers around the globe. The judges will have a difficult decision picking the overall king.”

Each Regional Wrap King won an initial prize package valued at close to $2,000. The prize pack includes passes to the SEMA show, a Regional Wrap King trophy and, a large banner stand display, two free rolls of Supreme Wrapping Film and social media exposure. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners includes personalized Wrap Like a King swag, $500 in gift vouchers, a 67” Race Ramp and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop.

The 2017 King of the Wrap World grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 1 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000.

The eight professional judges evaluated the 159 total submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.

Wrap installers can learn more about Supreme Wrapping Film, digital Supercast films, official rules, judges and prize information via www.wraplikeaking.com.

Avery Dennison® Launches Ultra-Conformable PVC-Free Film for Use on Textured Surfaces

Mentor, Ohio, July 18, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America today launched a new PVC-free film, MPI 1405. The new MPI 1405 is an ultra-conformable film with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive. Its reliable and superior print quality and instant adaptability make it suitable for a broad range of applications, from car wraps and outdoor graphic needs, to textured surfaces like brick walls or cinderblock.

“MPI 1405 maintains color saturation and graphic integrity, even with a greater degree of film stretch, which is especially important for textured surfaces,” says Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “The film can be reliably printed across all leading printing platforms: latex, UV, EcoSol and solvent. With MPI 1405, we are answering our customers’ need for a PVC-free digital film that can be used on an array of surfaces.”

The new film is warranted for cement, brick and concrete surfaces, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor architectural applications. It also requires less heat during installation, due to its high conformability. Fleet and vehicle wraps, which require an eco-friendly solution, can also benefit from MPI 1405, which is pending GREENGUARD Certification.

MPI 1405 is available with Easy Apply RS™ technology to provide quick and easy application and long-term removability. Easy Apply™ air egress technology helps eliminate wrinkles and bubbles while Easy Apply RS™ provides repositionability and slideability, allowing the film to be moved easily before pressure is applied.

Key features of Avery Dennison MPI 1405 include:

  • Reliable print performance across all digital platforms – latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV
  • Quick and easy installation over complex curves and deep recesses with Easy Apply RS technology
  • Long-term removable adhesive for easy removal at end of life

“I’ve recommended MPI 1405 to FASTSIGNS franchisees looking for a durable film that can handle heavy textures and rough surfaces,” says Ross Cartwright, training manager, FASTSIGNS. “If the product is installed and post heated properly, it will maintain that painted on look that customers are looking for.”

MPI 1405 joins the “Next Generation Collection” of digital films from Avery Dennison that includes MPI 2105 and MPI 1105. MPI 2105 is a newly updated calendered film that offers significantly better dimensional stability and exceptional value for applications requiring premium calendered film durability. MPI 1105 is an ultra-conformable supercast film that merges premium PVC facestock with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive, ideal for vehicle and outdoor graphics needs.

This product launch is another example of a continued focus by Avery Dennison on delivering market-leading products that push the company toward a product portfolio that is 70 percent sustainable by 2025. The company’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through its 2025 sustainability goals.

For more information on MPI 1405 visit graphics.averydennison.com/mpi1405. For general information about Avery Dennison vinyl films, visit graphics.averydennison.com.

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR installs fast, changes out in a flash

 

St. Paul, Minn. – (May 4, 2017) – In a world where trends seem to change every day, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not. 3M is excited to introduce a new product that makes it nearly impossible to fall out of fashion. The new 3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR is an ultra-removable print wrap film that comes off quickly and cleanly. Truly the best of both worlds, this innovative film combines 3M’s trusted quality and durability with the ability to remove or replace graphics at a moment’s notice.

 

“For consumers concerned about committing to a more permanent print wrap, this an excellent option,” said Kimberly Tostrud, product marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “IJ180mC-10UR gives installers the freedom to make changes very easily, because it is removed without heat or chemicals. This new film allows graphics professionals to focus on what’s most important – letting their imaginations run wild.”

 

The advantages of IJ180mC-10UR go beyond its ultra-removability. They include:

  • Fine-tuned slideability
  • Initial tack optimized for wrap
  • A smooth finish, courtesy of Comply™ Adhesive with micro technology

 

This ultra-removable print wrap is the latest addition to the IJ180mC family, which has earned the approval of graphic manufacturers and installers for its high-performance products for unique applications. Available in 54” x 50 yard rolls, IJ180mC-10UR is also backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving installers peace-of-mind that graphics will last and maintain their vibrant aesthetic.

 

For more information, visit www.3M.com/IJ180mC.