Looking for Cast Vinyl? LexJet and Avery Dennison Have You Covered

When it comes to vehicle graphics, Avery Dennison is one of the most recognizable brands on the market, and LexJet offers one of the most diverse products in the Avery Dennison line: MPI1105 SuperCast

The MPI1105 series — designed for use with latex, solvent and UV-curable printers — is ideal for irregular surfaces, including compound curves and corrugations, meaning it can be used for full or partial wraps on vehicles, fleet branding or for boat wraps and graphics (Easy Apply, only). The SuperCast products must be partnered with Avery Dennison’s line of cast vinyl laminates to provide the highest level of protection from the elements.

Depending on your application, you can choose from DOL1000Z Series, DOL1300Z Series or DOL1400Z Series laminates:

While the MPI1105 products are great for vehicles, you can also use them for outdoor signage or tradeshow graphics.

For more information about the Avery Dennison portfolio of products, call 800-453-9538 and one of LexJet’s sales specialists can help you choose the right product for your needs.

Let’s Take It Outside with Avery Dennison Films and Laminates

Ever-evolving printer technology allows print service providers to find ways to capture the attention of customers who want to take their advertising outside with exterior, transit or décor graphics. Now, PSPs have even more options for long-term outdoor signage; vehicle, transit and marine graphics; and floor, wall and window advertising, thanks to the addition of Avery Dennison films and laminates to the LexJet portfolio.

“When you need additional longevity or the ability to do vehicle wraps, the Avery Dennison family is the place to find solutions,” says LexJet Sales Rep Dave Grotkiewicz.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the products to help you create long-term exterior solutions for your customers:

  • Avery Dennison MPI 2105 is an easy-to-use product for producing graphics for anything from fleet vehicles to outdoor signage and trade shows. It features the Easy Apply feature, which helps reduce mistakes during application.
  • Avery Dennison MPI 2050 is a translucent, calendered option that works well for illuminated signs or other backlit applications and offers great image quality.

Both MPI 2105 and MPI 2050 can be used with the Avery Dennison DOL 2000 series of laminates. These 3.1 mil calendered vinyl laminates are available in Gloss (DOL 2060), Luster (DOL 2070) or Matte (DOL 2080) to ensure you get the right finish for your graphics.

One of the best sellers in the Avery Dennison repertoire is the MPI 1105 super cast vinyl. It is designed to be paired with DOL 1060Z High Gloss, DOL 1080Z Matte, DOL 1380Z Matte or DOL 1460Z Gloss for optimal durability and protection. This family of products can be used in wide-ranging applications from fleet and transit to marine and watercraft.

Outside of transportation, the 1105 family can be used in POP/tradeshow applications as well as general outdoor signage. The conformability of this product allows you to tackle rivets, compound or simple curves, and corrugation.  This is one of the most versatile products currently available from LexJet.

When you are ready to unleash your exterior creativity, LexJet has something to help you shine. And don’t forget, fan favorites like LexJet Simple Adhesive Vinyl SUV or LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl are still readily available.

Show off Your Best Work in SGIA’s Golden Image Awards Competition

SGIA Golden Image AwardsThere’s a lot to be said for winning an award for your work, particularly in an international competition. It’s great for PR and lends additional credibility when you give a pitch to prospects.

Therefore, it would be wise to consider entering SGIA’s Golden Image Awards, especially if you used LexJet products to achieve your masterpiece (hint). There are lots of chances to be recognized with about 50 categories available in which to enter.

Many of the categories are specific to screen printing, but many of them include digital inkjet applications, like Transit Advertising, Vehicle Wraps, Wallpaper, Posters, Plastic Products, Fine Art, Carpets/Rugs, Banners, Back-lighted Signs/Displays, and even Greeting Cards.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 11, and all submissions will be displayed in the Golden Image Gallery at the SGIA Expo in Orlando, Oct. 23-25. According to SGIA, winners gain international acclaim and every entrant is considered for the Best of Show (digital and screen printing categories) and Best in Creativity (digital printing).

Judges, who were chosen based on their technical skills, experience and knowledge in the categories, will evaluate the contenders on specific criteria, including: image definition, job complexity, registration and overall impression.

“This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s vice president of technical services.

The Golden Image Awards are open only to SGIA printer members, who get one free entry; each additional entry is $30.

For more information, and to enter and manage your entries, click here.

For a list of categories, click here.

For competition entry rules, click here.

Advanced Signs & Graphics Sticks with Versatile Wrap Vinyl

Vinyl for vehicle wraps
That's more like it... Nancy Tipton of Advanced Signs & Graphics says they can knock out a vehicle wrap in four to five hours with LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl.

Nancy Tipton, owner of Advanced Signs & Graphics in Lancaster, Pa., recently had a vehicle graphics project where the client specified a certain type of vinyl. The problem was that the vinyl wasn’t LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl (it was a lot thinner, for one, says Tipton).

Wrapping a vehicle with graphics“We were wrapping the front hood and tried to heat and stretch it as we normally would and there was a huge color shift right off the bat: the green panel became light green. With Simple Flo you can pull it back up and heat it again if necessary, and you don’t get any color shift,” explains Tipton. “When we tried that with the other vinyl it tore, and our squeegee tore it too. We were frustrated with it and it made our install time twice as long because we had to be very careful with it. Also, we installed outside in a protected area, but as soon as the temp got up to 80 or higher the material really stretched. We’ve worked with Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl in 90-degree heat before and there were no issues with it stretching in the heat.”

Based on her experience, Tipton recommends factoring in the additional time it may take to get used to working with a vinyl that’s been specified that you haven’t worked with before.

“We have those installs down to four or five hours with Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, and with the other vinyl it took about three days. Plus, Simple Flo is priced right,” says Tipton. Tipton estimates that Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl is about 40 percent less expensive than the vinyl that was specified.

Printing signs on vinylAdvanced Signs & Graphics first started using Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl as a sign vinyl and then started doing vehicle graphics with it as demand for those types of projects rose. An example of a sign-type project that was a perfect fit for Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl is shown here.

This project needed to be wrapped over the board, over the top and sides and around the back, “kind of like you would wrap canvas over stretcher bars,” says Tipton. The board shown here was one of several sample boards used by sales reps to show different types of cabinetry knobs.

Get International Recognition for Your Best Work in SGIA’s Golden Image Competition

Graphics and imaging competitionThere’s a lot to be said for winning an award for your work, particularly in an international competition. It’s great for PR and lends additional credibility when you give a pitch to prospects.

Therefore, it would be wise to consider entering SGIA’s Golden Image Awards, especially if you used LexJet products to achieve your masterpiece (hint). There are lots of chances to be recognized with about 50 categories available in which to enter.

Many of the categories are specific to screen printing, but many of them include digital inkjet applications, like Transit Advertising, Vehicle Wraps, Wallpaper, Posters, Plastic Products, Fine Art, Carpets/Rugs, Banners, Back-lighted Signs/Displays, and even Greeting Cards.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 5, and all submissions will be displayed in the Golden Image Gallery at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20. According to SGIA, winners gain international acclaim and every entrant is considered for the Best of Show (digital and screen printing categories) and Best in Creativity (digital printing).

Judges, who were chosen based on their technical skills, experience and knowledge in the categories, will evaluate the contenders on specific criteria, including: image definition, job complexity, registration and overall impression.

“This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s vice president of technical services.

The Golden Image Awards are open only to SGIA printer members, who get one free entry; each additional entry is $30.

For more information, to enter and manager your entries, click here.

For a list of categories, click here.

For competition entry rules, click here.

LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Conformability Demonstration

LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl is an ultra-conformable calendared adhesive-backed vinyl with an air-egress liner used for wrapping vehicles, trucks, buses, and walls with graphics. It can be partnered with LexJet’s Simple Flo Wrap Gloss UV Laminate for a durable wrap that is removable for up to one year and permanent for up to seven years.

Using vinyl for vehicle wraps, walls and other signs

“We use LexJet’s Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl for different applications, including vehicles, and we know what it’s going to do and how it will perform,” says Greg Van Houten, owner of GVH Studio, Bennington, Vt.

Unlike other calendared vinyls, Simple Flo Wrap performs like a cast vinyl over rivets, corrugations, slight to moderate curves and flat surfaces. See just how conformable the combination of Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl and Gloss UV Laminate is in the video embedded below…