Graphics Products General Frequently Asked Questions

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fold faq What is the MACtac brand of mounting and laminating films?

Permacolor

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fold faq What is the MACtac brand of large format digital media?

IMAGin

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fold faq What is the MACtac brand of computer aided signage vinyl?

MACmark

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fold faq What is the MACtac brand of screen printable media?

REBEL


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fold faq Does MACtac offer a comprehensive warranty system?

Yes, it is called the "Open Image Warranty." To view detailed information on the warranty click here

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fold faq How do I prepare my surface before my graphic application?

Surface preparation depends on the surface you are mounting too. Please click here for a general surface preparation instruction guide for MACtac Graphics products.

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fold faq Does MACtac offer application training programs?

Yes, it is called "Application Nation." To view detailed information on the program click here.

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fold faq Does MACtac offer ICC profiles for IMAGin large format digital media?

Yes, to view the list of available profiles click here.

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fold faq Do you have a MSDS for MACtac Graphic products?

Yes. Click here to download a copy of the standard MSDS for MACtac Graphics products.

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fold faq How do I order MACtac Graphics products?

By calling MACtac Graphics customer service at 800-401-5005 or by choosing a MACtac Authorized Graphics distributor in your area from the map provided.

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Graphics Frequently Asked Questions: Permacolor Mounting & Laminating

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fold faq Does MACtac Permacolor include pressure sensitive and thermal (heat activated) laminating films?

Yes, MACtac offers both pressure sensitive and thermal lamination films. Thermal films are heat activated not heat assisted.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Do MACtac Permacolor laminates have UL classification for flame resistance?

Yes, the IP6000 and IP7000 series products are UL classified. To request a copy of the flame resistance card click here and reference "Permacolor UL Classification Card" in the product of interest field.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminates are recommended for floor graphic applications and are ASTM rated for slip resistance?

The Permacolor line of Rigid Laminates IP6000, IP6100, IP6200, and PF6300 all meet the static coefficient for slip resistance. For detailed instructions on building a floor graphics click here.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminates are recommended for use on a full vehicle wrap?

Permacolor RAYZor LF3640 1.5 mil cast or Permacolor LF3680 2 mil cast.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminate is recommended for short term applications?

Permacolor Intermediate Laminates; ColorGard, PrintCover and Permacolor Digital Laminates LF6500 series.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminate is recommended for high end photographic or museum applications?

Permacolor High Performance Laminates, IP7000, IP7200, and IP7300 series.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor mounting adhesive is recommended for back lit applications?

Permacolor Optically Clear, IP2100 and Intermediate ColorTrans CT2100

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminate is recommended for use over perforated window film?

Permacolor RAYZor, LF3640 1.5 mil cast high gloss or Permacolor, LF3680 2 mil cast high gloss.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Does MACtac offer a mounting adhesive that is permanent on one side and removable on the other?

Yes, our NEW PERMACOLOR® ColorTrans™ CT2200

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq What are the recommended mounting surfaces (substrates) for Permacolor mounting adhesives?

Recommended substrates include but are not limited to: Sintra®, Masonite®, Styrene, Crescent board, Gatorfoam®, and Fome-Cor®.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq Which Permacolor laminates work on images printed with UV ink sets?

Permacolor Intermediate Laminates, ColorGard, PrintCover, and LF6500 series

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq How do I know when it is best to use pressure sensitive or thermal laminates?

Overlaminating printed pressure sensitive digital media (Such as IMAGin) requires the use of pressure sensitive laminates because thermal films require encapsulation. Thermal films are great for non-pressure sensitive printed medias.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq What is the recommended laminator setting for running MACtac Permacolor products?

Recommended settings are product specific. Settings for each product can be found on the product performance guide. Click here to view a list of Permacolor product performance guides.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq How do I properly roll and ship my trade show graphics?

Click here to download rolling and shipping instructions for trade show graphics.

Category: Graphics Permacolor
fold faq How do I prevent outgassing problems (i.e. - a bunch of little bubbles) with laminated graphics?

Click here to download instructions for outgassing prevention.

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fold faq What width rolls are available for Permacolor mounting and laminating films?

Permacolor products are available from 31" to 79" depending on the product.

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fold faq What is the archivability of Permacolor products?

For complete details on the archivability of Permacolor products click here

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Graphics Frequently Asked Questions: IMAGin, large format digital media

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fold faq Does MACtac IMAGin include media for water based, solvent based, and UV inkjet printing?

Yes, IMAGin JT1000 series is for water based and JT5000 series is for solvent and UV based inkjet printing?

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Are IMAGin digital media vinyls top coated?

IMAGin JT1000 series is top coated to help absorb the water in the inks. IMAGin JT5000 series products are not top coated.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Can IMAGin JT1000 Series for water based inkjet media be used for a vehicle wrap application?

It is not recommended. The vinyl is 3.5 mils thick and is not conformable. Also, water based inks, even when pigmented will not withstand the abuse a vehicle graphic takes.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Are MACtac IMAGin products CBS/Viacom approved for use in outdoor advertising and transit applications?

Yes. For a list of approved products please refer to your CBS/Viacom manual or contact your MACtac sales Representative.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Which IMAGin media is recommended for full vehicle wrap applications?

IMAGin JT5529BFD (B-free) is the approved product for full vehicle wrap applications. IMAGin JT5929BFD (B-free) can be used for partial wraps and flat surfaces.

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fold faq Do I need to register my vehicle wrap applications for warranty purposes?

Yes. To download the registration form click here.

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fold faq Which IMAGin products can be used in window graphic applications?

IMAGin JT5916P 50% perforated window film, JT5817P 45% perforated window film, and JT5999R, clear vinyl.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Which IMAGin product is recommended for wall graphic applications?

IMAGin NEW "wallNOODLE" is the perfect product for wall graphics. Please note the importance of surface preparation when doing a wall graphic application. Please click here for detailed instructions on preparing drywall for installation.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq Which IMAGin product is recommended for floor graphic applications?

When building a floor graphic it is important you use removable adhesive. MACtac recommendeds JT5828R and JT5829R from the IMAGin line of solvent/UV based inkjet media. If you would rather solvent/UV screen print you may also choose to use MACscreen 8129R. MACtac does not recommend using IMAGin JT1858R from our line of water based inkjet media because even when laminated the image could be damaged by the water used when cleaning the floor. For detailed instructions on building a floor graphic click here.

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fold faq Which IMAGin product is recommended for fleet marking applications?

IMAGin JT5529BFD or JT5629PD. If you would prefer to use cut vinyl you can also use MACmark 6600 Cast or 9800Pro High Performance.

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fold faq Does MACtac offer ICC profiles for the IMAGin line of digital media?

Yes. To view and download available profiles please click here. MACtac also offers technical support for profiling issues. Call customer service at 800-401-5005 and ask for the Digital OEM Specialist.

Category: Graphics Imagin
fold faq What are the available widths for IMAGin digital media products?

Depending on the product we offer sizes from 30" to 79". Special sizes are available for special order with extended lead times and minimum orders.

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Graphics Frequently Asked Questions: MACmark, signage vinyl

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fold faq Does MACtac offer custom color matching to Pantone (PMS) colors?

Yes. Please provide a sample swatch of the color and/or a color number to your sales Representative. Please allow 5-10 days for color matching.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Is there a minimum order and extended lead time for custom colors?

Yes. The following items have a 6000 sq. ft. minimum order and a 7-10 day lead time: MACmark 6300, 6400, 6600, 6700, and 6800 series.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Do MACtac MACmark 9700 translucent films have thermal form capabilities?

Yes, if you heat them to at least 270°F.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Does MACtac offer a light stop product in the MACmark line?

Yes, MACmark 9700 series offers a product called Light Stop (9700-00) as well as a 60% (9700-60) and 30% (9700-30) light diffusers.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Can MACmark vinyl films be printed?

Because of the ultra-smooth, glossy face MACmark vinyls are the best product on the market for thermal transfer printing. MACmark vinyls can also be screen printed as long as no more than 3 ink colors and a clear coat is used. MACtac does not recommend inkjet printing on MACmark vinyls.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Which application tape is recommended for use with MACmark cut vinyl?

MACtac MACtransfer 210, medium tack application tape is recommended for moderate to large size graphics. MACtransfer 220, high tack is recommended for small letters.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Does MACtac offer a line of metallic vinyls films?

Yes, MACmark 6700 series is a line of metallic vinyl and if the color you need it not available you can have it custom color matched.

Category: Graphics Macmark
fold faq Does MACtac offer a line of reflective vinyl films?

Yes, MACmark 5700 series is a line of Engineering Grade Reflective vinyl films.

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Frequently Asked Questions: MACscreen, screen printable media

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fold faq Can REBEL products be solvent and UV screen printed?

Yes

Category: Graphics Macscreen
fold faq Does MACtac provide custom sheeting quotes for REBEL products?

Yes, minimum orders and extended lead times will apply.

Category: Graphics Macscreen

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