MAGIC® TECHNICAL BULLETIN
WALLCOVERING
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A variety of Magic® ink jet products can be used to produce digitally printed custom decorative wall murals for both residential and commercial applications. The DMiBOP10 & Mural-Pro products are available for use in aqueous wide format ink jet printers. The GFIOP140, GFIOP212, and GFTRP products are available for solvent ink jet printers. These products have unique physical properties, which make printing and installing custom wallcovering easy. Mural-Pro, GFIOP140, & GFIOP212 latex-saturated wet strength media are lower in cost but not lower in quality. Most wallcovering applications do not need high tear strength properties. For those applications where higher tear strength is needed, use DMiBOP10 or GFTRP because they are latex-saturated papers with nylon-reinforcement. All the wallcovering products are compatible with a variety of printing systems and common wallpaper pastes. All product base sheets meet the flame spread requirements according to the ASTM E84 tunnel test procedure. All products with a protective coating, such as Magic® Fluorex® Transfer Protection product (DMFTP), meet the surface durability characteristics for wallcoverings (ASTM F-793).


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Properties
DMiBOP10
MuralPro
GFIOP140
GFIOP212
GFTRP
Basis Weight (oz/yd²)
Basis Weight (g/m²)
Caliper (mils)
Caliper (microns)
% Opacity
Whiteness
% Wet Expansion
Tensile Strength (#/in) (MD/CD)
Tear Strength (g) (MD/CD)
% Elongation (MD/CD)
6.6
225
11.3
288
97
104
3
52/33
115/110
30/60
6.7
228
12.1
309
97
105
2.5
65/52
143/173
7/13
4.1
140
6
153
95
83
2
50/37
115/110
9.3/16
6.2
212
9.9
253
95
83
2.07
60/48
200/185
8/14
6.1
209
9.7
247
94.5
83
2.67
50/31
365/382
9.3/16
Indoor Life Expectancy: 1 year+ when pigmented inks are used. Over lamination will increase product life.

PRINTING GUIDELINES
Printer & Ink Compatibility:
It is recommended to use DMiBOP10 & Mural-Pro media in Hewlett-Packard DesignJet® series printers with UV inks, Encad NovaJet®/Pro/Proe printers with GO inks, ColorSpan® Displaymakers with PermaChrome inks, Epson 9500 and other piezo waterbased pigmented printer systems. Ink saturation levels up to 250% can be used. Higher ink saturation can affect waterfast properties and show ink bleed in heavy saturation areas. It is recommended to print with pigmented inks when performing wallcovering applications. Pigmented inks provide light and waterfastness. GFIOP140, GFIOP212, & GFTRP products can be used in solvent ink printing systems such as: Vutek, Nur/Salsa, and Idanit/Scitex printers.

Printing Guidelines:
Wallcovering jobs are usually performed in panels. Panels should contain a 1″ overlap. This will help to match the pattern across panel seams. Be sure to number the panels and provide a map indicating panel segments to the installer. Due to the heavy gauge of these material, they can feed through the printers at different rates, which can cause print alignment issues. Check the printer manual for alignment options. HP printers have a page accuracy option in their software. Use the optimize setting to aid in panel alignment.

SURFACE PROTECTION RECOMMENDATIONS
Magic® Fluorex® Transfer Protection (DMFTP)
provides the easiest, most effective surface protection and is the primary finishing option. DMFTP consists of a thin, flexible Fluorex® coating that provides excellent surface protection against stain, weather, UV light, graffiti, abrasion, and chemicals. It is easily applied using heat roll laminators similar to Electrographic Dry Transfer Paper. DMFTP is an excellent solution for wallcoverings because it does not interfere with hanging procedures. The wallcovering materials maintain their flexibility and feel. Refer to the DMFTP Product Application Guide for lamination guidelines.

A liquid laminate
can also be used to protect the surface against dirt and stains. There are several manufacturers of liquid laminates. Magic® wallcovering products have been tested with Clearstar liquid laminate products. Clearshield is recommended when printing with UV inks. Clearjet is recommended when printing with dye inks. Potential air bubble issues may occur if liquid laminates are applied via liquid laminator. Some outgassing (bubbles) can occur when media is submerged in the laminator bath. Hand or aerosol applications do not have air or outgassing issues. Liquid laminates provides water, stain, abrasion, chemical, graffiti, and UV resistance. Liquid laminates are applied prior to installation. Product with liquid laminates meet surface durability requirements for wallcovering (ASTM F-793). Always pretest the material prior to use.

Vinyl and polyester laminates are not recommended for wallcovering applications.
The added weight could cause installation, delamination, and wall adhesion issues. If hot or cold laminates are used, it is recommended to use double sided adhesive to adher product to the wall instead of paste.



INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
CONSULT WITH AND USE A PROFESSIONAL PAPERHANGER TO PERFORM THE INSTALLATION.

Wall Preparation:

Paste Information:

Hanging information:



PRODUCT LIFE EXPECTANCY

Magic® wallcovering products have a 1 year+ indoor life expectancy. Product life will increase if surface protection such as Magic® DMFTP (Fluorex® Transfer Protection) or a liquid laminate is applied. The use of pigmented inks will provide light and waterfastness. Protected digital wallpaper should last as long if not longer than traditional wallcovering.

FLAMMABILITY DATA

Magic® wallcovering products were fire tested and rated following ASTM E84 test method. The purpose is to ensure the materials used inside buildings are not highly flammable or cause poisonous smoke. The desired classification for wallcovering is class A. All of Magic® ink jet wallcovering products fall under class A. Additional flammability information can be found on our website. Refer to the technicalbbulletin: Fire Test Data on Magic® Wallcovering Display Media.