Floors, Walls, and Windows. Oh My!

There’s been a lot of talk about floor, wall, and window graphics lately, so we decided to go to Michael Clementi, LexJet’s in-house solutions expert, to discuss some of the most popular and easiest products to use for floor, wall, and window applications.

Clementi talks about several products in LexJet’s portfolio in the video above. Here are some of the highlights:

Floors –

When it comes to floor graphics, there are two options: a one-step solution or a two-step solution. Clementi suggests the one-step method for short-term graphics, and the two-step application will be down for an extended time.

“A product like LexJet Textured Indoor Floor and Wall has a slip-rated surface so you can print it and put it directly on the floor,” he says. “The two-step process requires you to have a printable product and a laminate. This solution is for medium to longer-term floors graphics.”

Walls –

Wall graphics offer everything from short-term needs (up to two years), to intermediate-term (up to five years), to long-term (7+ years). LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric has been a favorite among LexJet clients for the past few years for many reasons. It images well and will last up to two years, but it is also easy to install for just about anyone, from kids to adults.

“The difference between Solvent Print-N-Stick and a regular calendered wall film is that Print-N-Stick is a fabric so airflow can go right through the product [reducing air bubbles],” says Clementi. “Also, there’s no overstretching it. If adhesive vinyl gets overstretched, it might not match the panel next to it.”

Windows –

For window solutions, there are several options: some visibility, total coverage, or privacy. Simple Low-Tack Clear and White are quick and easy options for minimal or full coverage and are great alternatives to static cling. LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl 60/40 is the perfect “go-to” solution for privacy.

“Low Tack Clear and White have the same adhesive. It’s a very low tack microsphere adhesive that doesn’t have problems sticking to the release liner, and it won’t come up and ribbon on you at the edges when you are contour cutting like static cling can,” says Clementi. “The last alternative is window perf. It has 60% vinyl and 40% perforation, excellent for retail environments. The liner is super thick and holds the product extremely well, all the way through the print process and on to the install.”

For additional solutions, visit The LexJet Experience or contact a LexJet Applications Expert at 800-453-9538. And don’t forget to check out the video above to hear more from solutions expert Michael Clementi.

LexJet Helps You Create Spooky Good Graphics

When it comes to floor, wall, and décor graphics, LexJet has a scary good selection. Whether you’re using aqueous, solvent/latex, or dye-sub technology, you can create images for even the pickiest of monsters!

Frightening Floor Graphics

Every good haunted house needs a creaky and frightening floor. While none of these products will add any creaks, they can certainly add the fright:

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric is a quick and easy way to produce temporary floor graphics on your aqueous or latex printer. Because you want scary floor graphics, not dangerous ones, Print-N-Stick is ANSI certified for slip resistance.

LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl offers a textured surface and a high-tack adhesive that is also removable, which means no residue once you take up those fiendish floor graphics. Safety is always key, and LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl has R10B slip-certification.

Jessup SideWalk™ is a great way to lure people to their terrifying destinations. Ideal for concrete, asphalt, stairs, and other difficult exterior surfaces, SideWalk is ideal for sporting events, parades, sidewalks, and much more.

Wicked Window Solutions

One of the scariest parts of a haunted house is the creepy old windows. With these solutions, there’s no need for hard-to-see-through windows:

LexJet WR Window Graphic Film, compatible with aqueous and latex inks, is perfect for temporary window graphics and has a repositionable and removable adhesive. It’s an excellent choice for a “Keep Out” sign to warn people away from the mysterious mansion. And, once Halloween is over, simply remove the dire warning and leave no residue behind.

General Formulations 270 WindowMark™ Perforated Film 70/30 keeps people from looking in, yet you can keep a watchful eye for any unexpected guests. With 70% coverage, turn your windows into the ultimate hide-in-plain-site solution.

Mactac IMAGin Bfree Window Film, available in Dusted and Frosted finishes, is a translucent film that will illuminate when backlit. Is your house full of candles and jack-o-lanterns? Light up your windows with IMAGin Bfree.

Creepy ChromaLuxe Panels

Just because a house is haunted doesn’t mean there can’t be great décor! With ChromaLuxe Panels, everyone will be dying to see your art.

ChromaLuxe EXT – Gloss White gives a little extra pop to outdoor art and signs. Using dye-sublimation technology, ChromaLuxe EXT can liven up even the dimmest of spirits.

ChromaLuxe Textured Aluminum Photo Panels hides fingerprints from even the best ghost hunters. The texture can’t hide the bright colors, though. Images produced with ChomaLuxe Textured are just as vibrant as the smooth panels.

LexJet InFuze® Rigid Substrate Dye-Sublimation Paper pairs nicely with all the ChromaLuxe panels. They go together like orange and black or witches and black cats.

Looking to liven up your haunted house? Don’t wait for unexpected paranormal activity, give us a call today at 800-4-LEXJET (800-453-9538) or visit us online at LexJet.com.

LexJet Reviews: A Deep Dive into General Formulations’ High-Performance Solutions

For this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker takes a closer look at some of the most popular adhesive vinyl products from General Formulations.

From windows to cars to hard-to-stick surfaces, there’s something in the General Formulations family that can help you create colorful, vibrant displays and graphics:

General Formulations 270 WindowMark™ Perforated Film 70/30 – For privacy and pop, 270 WindowMark is the way to go. Offering 70% coverage, this flexible film provides one-way viewing and vibrant window advertising. It is cleanly removable for up to a year, allowing you to change your images seasonally or yearly. For added protection, pair it with General Formulations 242 Clear Cast Vinyl.

General Formulations 230 AutoMark™ Wrap Vinyl and 333 AutoMark™ DRIFT® PW Wrap Vinyl – For fleet and vehicle graphics and decals, these two solutions are high-performance calendered vinyls with an air-egress liner for easy installation. GF 230 AutoMark is the more conformable of the two and the best alternative to cast vinyl. It can handle moderate curves and does well over rivets.

The slideable adhesive and liner system on GF 333 gives DRIFT its name, allowing the installer to position and reposition the media until it’s time to engage the adhesive on the PSA film.

General Formulations WallMark® HTR – Designed to be both high-tack and removable, the WallMark HTR products are perfect for difficult surfaces like zero-VOC paints, and it’s still cleanly removable for up to a year.

Available in five different textures – Matte, Canvas, Leather, Stucco, and Sand – WallMark HTR is perfect for retail and general signage, wall graphics, and window graphics.

General Formulations 285 RoughMark™ – For tricky surfaces, 285 RoughMark offers an opaque film with a high-tack removable adhesive. It’s an excellent choice for brick, concrete, cinder block, and low-energy surfaces. The high-tack adhesive is cleanly removable for up to six months, while the vinyl is durable for up to five years for outdoor graphics.

General Formulations 255 OptiMark™ Clear Gloss Vinyl – This optically clear vinyl is perfect for graphics with less than 100% ink coverage or for printers with white ink capabilities, like the new HP Latex 700W and 800W Series. Create eye-catching retail and window graphics with this 3-mil clear calendered vinyl.

To learn more about these General Formulations solutions, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

Introducing LexJet Blockout Paper

LexJet is excited to announce the availability of 100% opaque print media for two-sided window graphics or hanging retail signs: LexJet Blockout Paper 240g and LexJet Blockout Paper 300g.

This blockout paper offers a smooth, semi-gloss finish that is coated on both sides and easy to install, making it an economical – and ideal – media for double-sided graphics. It is compatible with latex industrial printers or the new Latex 700 & 800 Series printers as well as UV-curable printers.

Partner with available display accessories, graphics tape, or thermal laminates to create simple and easy eye-popping graphics:

This versatile media is recyclable and biodegradable, helping LexJet with its ongoing effort to offer products that increase sustainability.

So, if you’re a commercial printer looking for a low-volume product to match high-volume press work, or for an economical display option for short-term graphics, you’ll want to add LexJet Blockout Paper to your offering.

The new LexJet Blockout Paper is featured on LexJet Reviews as one of the year’s hottest products. If you have additional questions, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

LexJet brandUP: Cool Community Projects Powered by Print

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next office remodel, retail upgrade or community event, head over to LexJet’s brandUP video page to discover some of the projects we’ve helped bring to life through the power of print.

Over the last few years, we’ve worked with community organizations, businesses, non-profits and event planners to enhance their messaging efforts with printed graphics – from windows to walls and from stickers to signage.

On our brandUP page, you’ll find stories about:

  • How we used a variety of print technologies and applications to help with traffic flow and event messaging at the Suncoast Jeep Festival
  • How students from Ringling College of Art + Design used print to promote a virtual reality game at a SXSW exhibit, featuring branded water bottles, banners, vehicle decals and other eye-catching prints
  • How some clever graphic ideas spruced up a new dog grooming business with window graphics, wall murals, paw prints on the floor and so much more

Check back to the brandUP page to see what we’re dreaming up next!

Do you have a community print project that you’d like to share with our readers? Tell us in the comments below or email us.

Best Practices for Printing an Overlaminate with Timothy Mitchell

HP Latex application specialist Timothy Mitchell explores uses and best practices for the versatile HP Gloss Polymeric Overlaminate. This product not only works as a typical overlaminate used to protect prints, it can also be printed and used as a clear media that works with the HP Latex Print & Cut Solution.

Mitchell suggests using the product for a project like a decorative border around the edges of a window. The clear media works well on windows and can be custom cut using the Print & Cut system.

For optimal results, Mitchell suggests raising the ink load to 200%. “If you were to build this at 110%, and you were to put it in a store window with strong lighting coming through it, it’s going to look washed out … because you have what is a translucent material in a window, and that light cuts the color back,” he says. “If you were to switch that same print to 200% and you put it in there, the colors are going to pop.”

He suggests building the ink signature the same way as a backlit. In the video above, he walks through the steps to do that, and shows how the printer color calibrates and then can create a customized or standard ICC profile, based on the type of Latex machine.

Mitchell also discusses other advantages of the product and how to get the best results. Watch the video above for all of his insider tips and tricks.