MAGIC® APPLICATION GUIDE
TSG-12 POLYCARBONATE FILM FOR TRADE SHOW GRAPHICS
magic
MAGIC® TSG-12 is a 12 mil polycarbonate film specifically designed to be used in trade show graphic applications. When TSG-12 is combined with Magic® DMWVA10, an aggressive bond is formed, resulting in durable trade show graphics, even after being rolled and unrolled for transport. TSG-12 can be used in most thermal and water-based piezo wide format ink jet printers with both dye and pigmented inks. Images with maximum densities, vivid color, and reduced image fade with pigmented inks are significant benefits of the TSG-12 polycarbonate film.


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
32%
1 year+ (uv-inks)
70°F (20-70% RH)
% Opacity
Indoor Life Expectancy
Optimum Printing Environment
12 mils (306 microns)
2.5
8.5
Caliper
60° Gloss level of print surface
60° Gloss level of view surface



APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Printer and Ink Compatibility:
TSG-12 is compatible with most Hewlett-Packard®, Encad, ColorSpan® thermal printers and with some water-based piezo printers, with both dye and pigmented inks. Dry times will vary depending on printing environment and ink-type used.

Printer Settings & Guidelines:
Print in reverse image ″mirror image″ on the non-textured side of the film and view through the polycarbonate film side. When loading the material, printer cutters should be removed or turned off, as the heavy gauge of the material may cause cutter and print head jams during the cutting process. To optimize print quality, printers should be set for highest print quality mode. Recommended settings include: (1) Hewlett-Packard DesignJet® 5000 series with dye inks is ″Photo Imaging Gloss″; UV inks is ″Durable Gloss UV″ (2) Hewlett-Packard DesignJet® 2000/3000 series with dye ink is ″Semi Gloss Photo″; UV ink is ″Heavy Coated Paper″. Use 1440dpi or photo modes in water-based piezo printer systems. The recommended maximum ink saturation levels are 250% on Encad, ColorSpan®, and HP2000/3000 series with UV inks, and 350% on HP2000/3000 series with dye inks, HP5000, and water-based piezo printers. Ink saturation limits can vary due to ink types, ink drop volume and humidity, so ink saturation levels should be optimized for specific printer, ink and software combinations. Due to the heavy gauge of the material, this product can feed through the printer at different rates causing print size to vary from print to print. TSG-12 print quality may not be acceptable with some printers/inks for backlit applications. Trade show graphics is the primary product application.

Light Stability:
Pigmented inks offer an image less subject to light fade.

Material Handling:
After printing, the ink should be completely dried before handling printed material. The remaining portion of the unprinted material should be stored at 72°F (+/- 5°) and 70% relative humidity.


FINISHING RECOMMENDATIONS
Mounting & Laminating:
See the TSG-12 Tips & Tricks Technical Bulletin. Prints should be completely dried before mounting. It is recommended to wait 24 hours before mounting to allow for adequate dry time. It is recommended to only use the Magic® DMWVA10 mounting film so pretest all other backers for compatibility. Applying the backer with minimal heat (90-110°F) will allow the adhesive to flow and will produce a more consistent bond. It is recommended not to roll laminated prints into smaller than a 12″ diameter tube, as this can stress the lamination bond. Always roll with the polycarbonate film facing outward (vinyl facing in). The opposite wind applies too much stress on the bond and can result in delamination. Wait at least 4 hours before rolling or trimming laminated material. Adhesion to the backer becomes more aggressive with time. When trimming material, use a sharp blade and cut without an angle, as dull blades and angular cuts can stress the lamination interface causing edge delamination.

Image protection:
Imaging is performed in reverse so that the image is protected by the white vinyl backer on one side and the polycarbonate on the other. Pigmented inks offer an image less subject to light fade.
MAGIC® APPLICATION GUIDE
TIPS & TRICKS WHEN MOUNTING TRADE SHOW GRAPHICS
magic
This guide is designed to provide you with helpful information to build a durable trade show graphic. Partnering MAGIC® DMWVA10 with MAGIC® TSG-12 will result in a durable, finished trade show graphic, able to sustain being rolled and unrolled for transport.


POST-PRINTING GUIDELINES
Printer & Ink Compatibility:
TSG-12 is compatible with most Hewlett-Packard®, Encad, and ColorSpan® thermal printers and with some water-based piezo printers with, both dye and pigmented inks. Print in reverse image ″mirror image″ on the non-textured side of the film and view through the polycarbonate film side. The recommended maximum ink saturation levels are 250% on Encad, ColorSpan®, and HP2000/3000 series with UV inks, and 350% on HP2000/3000 series with dye inks, HP5000, and water-based piezo printers. Ink saturation limits can vary due to ink types, ink drop volume and humidity, so ink saturation levels should be optimized for specific printer, ink and software combinations. It is important to not exceed the ink saturation limits, because poor vinyl backer adhesion can result. It is important to allow the inks to dry before laminating. Dry times will vary depending on printing environment and ink-type. Waiting 24 hours is recommended. Make sure the inks are dry to the touch. Allow more time to dry if inks are still tacky.

Image Durability:
One of the main features of TSG-12 is its pigment compatibility which results in long-lasting graphics. Pigmented inks offer an image less subject to light fade. Color rich images can be achieved with TSG-12 when pigmented inks are used. Other polycarbonates lack color ″pop″ with pigmented inks.


MOUNTING GUIDELINES
Laminate Compatiblity:
It is recommended to mount TSG-12 to DMWVA10 white backing film. Pretest all other backing films for compatibility. Internal testing resulted in good adhesion to other common vinyl backers.

Laminator Settings:
It is not necessary to use heat when applying pressure-sensitive backers. However, applying the backer with minimal heat will allow adhesive to flow and will produce a more consistent bond to the TSG-12 print. Apply the backer at the following laminator conditions: 90-120°F, 80-100 psi, and 2-3 fpm.

Controlling Curl:
To reduce curl when applying the white vinyl backers, use low tension on your pull rollers and slow down the speed of your take-up reel. This will lessen the amount of tension created when the release liner is being pulled from the roll. If still experiencing curl, reduce the pressure on your laminator rolls.

Use of Sleds:
Using a sled during lamination will aid in transport and reduce the chance of wrinkles. You can either purchase easy-peel release boards or apply a release liner onto the board to prevent adhesive buildup.

Trimming Mounted Graphics:
It is recommended to allow the laminated graphic to cure for at least 4 hours prior to trimming. The adhesive will fully cure after 24 hours. The optimum solution for trimming is a rotary cutter. When hand trimming, the knife must be kept absolutely straight. Any angle may cause delamination. Do not use a cutting matte. This soft underbody makes it more difficult to hold the blade straight. Cutting into a hard surface like glass requires that you change the blade quite often. A sharp blade is critical. When hand trimming, it is best to cut from the softer (back) side.


TRANSPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
Rolling for Transport:
It is not recommended to roll your graphics smaller than a 12″ diameter. Wait at least 4 hours prior to rolling the graphics. Adhesive bond becomes stronger over time. A smaller diameter can result in excessive stress, which may result in delamination. If delamination occurs, TSG-12 will fail between the imaging and vinyl adhesive layers. Layers can be re-adhered together without ruining the graphic. Always roll your graphic with the polycarbonate film facing outward (vinyl side in).
www.ppmsupplies.nl