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The Right Material Choice Can Make Removal 3.5 Times Faster

If you're wondering how much your material choice can really impact removal times, consider this: A recent study comparing 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 with 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518 to Avery’s vehicle wrap solution found that graphics printed on the 3M film removed 3.5 times faster.

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In the study, 3M materials (on van at right) removed from an entire Ford brand E-250 in an average of 22 minutes. Avery materials (on van at left) removed from an entire Ford brand E-250 in an average of 76 minutes.

For the study, 3M asked an independent graphic manufacturer to wrap five Ford brand E-250 vans, covering approximately 50 percent with 3M’s materials, and the other 50 percent with Avery™ MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS™ with Avery™ DOL 1060 Gloss. The vans were used in service for nine months, and then returned to the installer for removal of the graphics. It took an average of 22 minutes to remove the 3M materials from a fully wrapped van, versus 76 minutes for the Avery films. The installers found that the Avery printed graphic film tore into small pieces during removal, requiring a significant amount of time to pick it off from the substrate.

Don’t take a chance with your next installation – use the right materials to help removal go 3.5 times faster.

Additional details on the 3M Removability Study can be found on our website. A press release announcing the results of the study is also available.

Removal Study

Side-by-side comparison of the removal of 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 with 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518 versus Avery™ MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS™ with Avery™ DOL 1060 Gloss from the passenger side of a Ford brand E-250 van.


For more information on graphic materials, visit 3Mgraphics.com or locate a 3M distributor.