GENERAL CONVERSION RULES FOR INDICATIVE DURABILITIES ACCORDING TO GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
PLOTTER, WRAPPING, DIGITAL PRINTING AND PROTECTION FILMS*
The indicative durabilities(1) indicated on the technical data sheets of the PLOTTER, WRAPPING, DIGITAL PRINTING and PROTECTION FILM* ranges are given for unmodified and unprocessed HEXIS films, for a vertical exposure (± 10°) in a central European climate (i.e. geographical area 1). The conditions for the durability are inherent to this exposure up to a few degrees. Any other positions will accentuate the climatic impact and an alteration of gloss, colour, even a slight powdering effect may appear. An application on a vehicle engine hood is particularly harsh because of the horizontal exposure and the heat coming from the engine.
The chart below presents the conversion factors that allow estimating the durability (1) for other exposures and/or other geographical areas.
|Area 1||Area 2||Area 3|
|Vertical||Non vertical||Horizontal||Vertical||Non vertical||Horizontal||Vertical||Non vertical||Horizontal|
|Calculation of indicative durabilities (1)||Indicative durabilities as on technical data sheets (Di1)||Di1 * 0,50||Di1 * 0,35||Di1 * 0,65||Di1 * 0,35||Di1 * 0,15||Di1 * 0,35||Di1 * 0,15||Di1 * 0,10|
DEFINITION OF CLIMATIC AREAS:
Geographical area 1:
Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Baltic States, Belorussia, Belgium, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, metropolitan France, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Island, Ireland, Italy (north of Rome), Kazakhstan, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Moldavia, Montenegro, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA (except states listed in area 2)
Geographical area 2:
Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia (southern States), Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cap-Vert, Caribbean islands, Chile, Chine, Cuba, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Crete, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French West Indies, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy (south of Rome), Jamaica, Japan, Kampuchea, Kirghizstan, Korea, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Papua-New-Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Polynesia, Porto Rico, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Sardinia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, East Timor, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, USA (Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah), Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Indies.
Geographical area 3:
Algeria, Angola, Australia (northern and desert states), Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Uganda, Qatar, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
All desert areas.
Areas in altitudes above 1000m (3300ft).
DEFINITION OF EXPOSURE ANGLES:
- Vertical exposure: ± 10° from vertical
- Non-vertical exposure: 11 to 79° from vertical
- Horizontal exposure: 80 to 90° from vertical
- The real durability of a product depends on a large number of parameters including, among others, the quality and preparation of the substrate, exposure (environment, climate and angle), graphics maintenance, degree of pollution, printing technology and quality of the inks used for the digital printing films.
- Recommendation (as far as possible): sunrays and prolonged exposure to bad weather and pollution may result in ageing of the film (2). A vehicle wrapped with film must be protected from the sun and bad weather (rain, dew…) whenever possible: during the day park in the shade; during the night park the vehicle in a closed garage (otherwise, cover the vehicle with protective sheeting).
(1) The durabilities indicated in this document do not constitute a guarantee. They are an estimate of the duration during which the film keeps a correct appearance at the usual observation distance.The degradation of the materials (such as a slight and progressive change of the colour and the gloss) is a natural and unavoidable phenomenon.
(2) If an important degradation of the film (due to prolonged exposure to sunlight, weather, polluting agents) appears (discoloration, powdering, tanning…), it must be Immediately removed from the vehicle in order to avoid any damage to the underlying paint.
Because of the great variety of substrates and possible application methods the installer must examine the suitability of the media for each application.The methods of measuring for the standards quoted above are the basis for the development of our own measuring methods which are available on request (partial application). You are invited to enquire for the latest instructions in force.All published data are based on measurements carried out regularly under laboratory conditions. They do, however, not constitute a warranty, representation or promise, express or implied as to the condition, quality, merchantability, fitness for a product, or that such product will satisfy any requirement for a specific property or capacity or special methods, all such warranties being hereby expressly disclaimed. The seller assumes no liability for claims beyond the replacement value of any product proven to be defective in material or workmanship and is in no way liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental damages or consequential loss including without limitation lost profits or loss of use, whether based on contract, tort or any other legal theory. Product specifications may change without prior notice. Our website is automatically updated: www.hexis-graphics.com.