GENERAL CONVERSION RULES FOR INDICATIVE DURABILITIES ACCORDING TO GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

PLOTTER, WRAPPING, DIGITAL PRINTING AND PROTECTION FILMS*

FTP.DAO.076D 05.18

INDICATIVE DURABILITIES:

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 climate zones:

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 inclinations:

  • Vertical exposure: ± 10° from vertical
  • Non-vertical exposure: 11 to 79° from vertical
  • Horizontal exposure: 80 to 90° from vertical

orientations possibles

  • 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 (whenever possible): Sunlight and prolonged exposure to weathering and pollution may provoke ageing of the film(2). A wrapped vehicle must be protected from the
    sun and weather (rain, dew…) as often as possible: during the day, park in the shade; at night, park the car in a closed garage (otherwise, cover the vehicle with a loose protective cover).

NOTES:

(1) The indications of durability noted in this document do not constitute a binding guarantee. They are an estimate of the time during which the film retains a correctsurface finish, from a conventional viewing distance.
A slight and gradual change in colour and gloss is an unavoidable and a natural phenomenon inherent to the natural breakdown of the materials.

(2) If an important degradation of the film (due to prolonged exposure to sunlight, weathering, polluting agents) appears (discolouration, powdering, tanning…), it must
be immediately removed from the vehicle in order to avoid any damage to the underlying paintwork.

Due to the great variety of substrates and the growing number of new applications, the installer must check the suitability of the medium for each application.
All the published information is based on measurements regularly performed in the laboratory. It does not however constitute a binding guarantee. The seller cannot be held liable for indirectly related damages and assumes no liability for claims that are higher than the replacement value of the purchased product. All specifications are subject to potential changes without prior notice. Our specifications are automatically updated on our website www.hexis-graphics.com.

* Except BODYFENCE