useful technical information
Decisions decisions… not really, there are basically
4 types of finish that you need consider:
Scratch resistant, non-gloss finish with a slight texture
designed for the hardest wearing areas, ideal for floor
graphics, scuffable areas where traffic his constant
(like walkways in shopping centres)
In techo terms: An embossed PVC laminating film with
a permanent pressure sensitive adhesive. Contains a
UV absorber to help protect against fading due to UV
Non-reflective matt finish. Suitable for conditions
where small text conditions are important, easy to read:
eg architect’s drawings, medical posters and trade
show images where spotlights will flare up poster surfaces.
UV inhibited for ultimate protection from the ravages
Reflective finish suitable for photographic images.
Gloss brings out exceptional qualities to what may be
a rather ordinary image. Graphic designers choose this
to bring a third dimension to their prints. Photographers
love the finish for retaining the photographic integrity
of photographic media. Again, full of UV inhibitors
for maximum protection.
Very close to Jupiter, but meanwhile back on Earth:
this is highly suitable for merging easy to read with
enhancing of photographic imagery. If you can’t
make up your mind between Gloss or Matt, you will love
Satin. You will love the UV inhibitor in our laminate
of mounting substrates:
there are many types of mount boards available, in fact
you could mount to a wooden plank if desired…
we have simplified the decision to the following brilliant
list of substrates:
2mm thick suitable for heavier weight paper and photos,
ideal for smaller images than need that extra weight.
available in 5mm and 10mm thicknesses. Superb for lightweight
displays where a larger print requires hanging with
either velcro or double-sided tape.
We suggest 10 mm thickness for sizes greater than A1.
The M is Medium, the D is Density, the F is for Fibre
but it is heavy and with that is very strong. MDF is
available in 5mm, 9mm and 12mm in thickness (for those
that remember the ½ an inch). The use is suitable
for permanent display projects which need extreme accuracy
in critical alignment. And it’s less likely to
ding when knocked by some careless burger.
There are cheaper boards around but they are not as
consistent in thickness. What is it? It’s an expanded
PVC sheet (don’t ask “what’s that?”
we need another website for that). It’s one of
the most popular boards used. 90% of our customers prefer
mounting on this surface: it’s thinner, lighter
and extremely smooth. 1mm Forex curves around weird
architectural walls like a figure ice skater at the
3mm Forex is available up to a huge single sheet size
of 3000mm x 1400mm (needs a van to transport).
This board is reinforced foam board with firmer front
and backing sheets. We stock black Gata as a norm for
the sexy shadow line it crates when hanging on a wall.
The white version is a brilliant white (not that you
see it when hung up) but gives a sharper edge than foam.
Available in 5mm and 10mm, it’s fantastically
flat, it will hang flatter and longer when ordinary
foam gives in.
Lamination as a mount board:
Why use it? It’s incredibly cheap as an option.
Whilst keeping the image flat, it wraps around curved
surfaces like a silk stocking. It’s durable and
it’s light. It transports rolled up as opposed
to a flat sheet.
*One piece mounting is limited
to certain sizing (approximately 1200 x 2400mm) but
smaller or larger mounting is available in certain materials.
Please call us for the best solution for you and your