Outdoor durable media needs to look as good on the last day of installation as it did on the first. To endure weather, sun and day-to-day handling requires critical choices of materials and coatings. But often times, the finishing and installation can play the most significant roll in the lifespan of an outdoor graphic.
Adhesive backed signage includes window, wall, and floor graphics and a million and one other applications that we may never think of ourselves. While much of the industry relies on vinyl for this application; Sihl manufactures a wide variety of durable, adhesive print media, including wet strength paper, polypropylene, scrim banner and yes, self adhesive vinyl.
Let’s admit it; we are all a little lazy at heart. Blueback or blockout papers and films allow you to “post” a new graphic directly on top of an old one or directly on top of a dark surface, without any show through of the graphic or surface below. They also allow you to display a sign or graphic in any lighting environment, without worrying about the image being washed out from light showing through.
Not all outdoor graphics hang hundreds of feet in the air. When outdoor graphics are going to be viewed at a closer distance, a premium coating is required to produce photo-like results while maintaining the durability required for outdoor use.
If you have a clear surface like a window, a door, or a wall panel, it is usually there for some aesthetic or functional purpose. You probably don’t want to cover it with an opaque graphic. So why would you settle for a clear graphic film that is not as clear as your glass surface?
Many backlit display boxes are either fully exposed to the elements outdoors or they are contained within a larger frame, but will still get exposed to moisture, sun, etc. Long term, outdoor durability with aqueous inks is not something you can achieve with an over laminate and an edge sealer. So if you want the speed and quality of aqueous, with the durability of solvent, Sihl has you covered.
When pennies count, finding a lower cost print media that still has the print quality and durability of its more expensive cousins is not always easy. Maybe you are flexible on certain factors like print density or dot gain because of the intended viewing distance or the type of images you print. Maybe you are knowledgeable enough about your printer and the ink (maybe you run a custom profile) to know what factors are important to your production and what factors you can be more flexible on.