With the continuous rising in demand for protective film markets, with the high product protection desire by many, you have to select the correct one that caters to you. Adhesive plastic films, one of the most popular plastic films in the market, are mainly used for protecting various plastic boards’ surfaces.
Such plastic surfaces may include tables and desks boards, bathtub screens, photo-frame panels, and showers, among other appliances. Before you select the right protective film for the adhesive film, you need to have some considerations. Below are tips you should consider before you select the film that will satisfy your needs.
1. Identify your surface area which should be protected
When you are looking for a protection material, you should identify the type of surface you want to protect. The surfaces that may be protected with the protective adhesive plastic film include plastic, metal, glass, carpeting, stone or granite, and painting surfaces. Also, such painting surfaces may be of various textures which include coated, smooth, or embossed.
One should clearly understand the surface nature of their materials which should be protected when he selects a protection film. The reason is that there are better-suited films for adhesive plastic films surfaces and others are not. If you chose a film that is not proper to a certain surface, then bond failure can arise.
2. Understand well the nature of the application field
You need to know the way the protective film might behave when applied to a certain surface. There are applications which entail temperature extremes, different pressures, or various humidity levels. It can also require protection over the surface for some days only or even until some years are over. Also, there are protected films which may be versatile in that they can be applied in different places like bending and stretching.
When you have perfect identification and understanding of the application field, then you will be in a position to know if the type of protection you have selected will maintain well the level of performance in all of the life-cycle with reduction or no failure at all.
3. Know the types of properties you desire
Despite protective films all being designed with the main aim of protecting surfaces, they also have distinct properties from each other. Such properties include; optical-grade clarity, color tint, and the capability a protection film has to protect against the electrostatic discharges.
You are on the right track when you assess the types of properties that the protective film you have needs so that you can get the selection in advance. When you follow this process, then you will be sure that the film you have will offer you the best quality hence achieving the required end-use results.
When you are looking for the abilities of various films to perform, adhesives should be highly considered too. You should select the best adhesive film that fits the application needs of various end-users. Smart adhesive plastic films are always designed well that offer reseal-ability, perfect weather ability, and great water resistance.
Common problems that occur with the surface protection film
When the surface protection film is being used, one can face various challenges. Such challenges should be avoided at some point to have an efficient protection adhesive plastic film.
Although the surface protection film offers great help to the consumers, they always have got some problems that one needs to avoid when using on their surfaces. Such problems are listed below.
1. Poor Adhesion Surface
In case there is faster peeling off of the film, then the adhesive surface is not in good condition, and this could have been caused by:
• The surface was contaminated with moisture or dust, or it is just not perfectly clean.
• There was the usage of incorrect project film, which definitely it may have led to the insufficient adhesive amount, or it may be very low in that it could not perfectly track the climatic conditions.
• When the installation process was ongoing, there was no uniform stretching of the film, which created some distortions which led to an ineffectual seal.
When the film has separated itself from the attached adhesive film, some residue is left on the surface. It is good to remove adhesive film using a clean piece of cloth that has been dipped in some enough organic solvents like the acetate or ethanol. The clear process will leave on any residue on surfaces. You need to carefully remove that adhesive film to avoid additional cosmetic problems on the protected surfaces when you remove the adhesion.
Edge lift is realized at the point when the protective films end start to wrap off the surfaces. They commonly occur in some metal protections that uses the composite protective film; they mostly happen when the metal used is aluminum as opposed to when steel is used. Also, when you do the job using the correct film, the difference will be realized.
What makes the film not be able to be removed mostly is the poor quality of adhesives when it comes to their pressure sensitivity. You should know some manufacturers don't know the whole production process of the specialized adhesive plastic film technology. Some manufacturers only tweak the ordinary adhesives and make some repairs on them hence making very disastrous consequences. You need to select the most trusted manufacturers for the entire process.
You may also experience some difficulties in removing those films if they are extremely exposed to sunlight. Therefore, before installing the film, always determine the period the film should adhere to the surface and also detect the film’s UV rating.
The basic goals of almost all construction projects are always to make the filming process become a seamless transition in that; there are no traces on the process. When there are visual blemishes on the surface that was for protection purposes, then ghosting could appear because of the build-up residue that was left behind by the cleaners, markers, and some solvents which were used previously in cleaning the surface. Only diluted solvents and great care can remove such ghosting.
When looking for a perfect adhesive plastic film, always put the challenges above on your mind as well as the considerations so that you can get the best protection film for your surface.