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Discover the form and function of reflective materials.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material products offer unsurpassed versatility thanks to their diverse properties and numerous applications. The following descriptions explain 3M’s retroreflective product offering and how they are converted by 3M’s global network of manufacturers into reflective products that you can use:

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Transfer Films are composed of retroreflective lenses bonded to a variety of heat-activated adhesives. They are ideal for conversion into emblems, patches, logos and labels in a variety of shapes, sizes, numbers and letters, and are often used to make continuous laminated trims and piping. Transfer films may be die-cut, hand-cut or guillotined. They may be heat laminated to fabrics or backings using a heat press, roll-to-roll laminator, heat fusing machine or radio/high frequency (RF or HF) welding equipment. Transfer films may also be screen printed (usually after lamination).

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Fabrics are composed of retroreflective lenses bonded to a variety of fabric backings. They sew easily onto other fabrics and can be embroidered or screen printed for patches and emblems. Fabrics may be hand-cut, die-cut, slit or guillotined.

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High gloss materials are composed of microprisms bonded to a flexible, glossy, UV-stabilized polymeric film. They are available either sealed to a vinyl backing or unsealed for custom converting. They may be sewn or radio/high frequency (RF or HF) welded to compatible abrics. High gloss films may also be screen printed, embossed or used as piping.

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Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) films are composed of retroreflective lenses bonded to a variety of PSA. They are easy to apply to rigid substrates - simply peel and stick. PSA films may be hand-cut, die-cut or kiss-cut, and may be screen printed. Permanent adhesion to washable garments, however, is not recommended.

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Graphic Transfers are made by screen printing an adhesive in reverse print onto the back side of a sheet of retroreflective lenses. The printed transfer is then heat laminated directly to fabric. Non-reflective colors can also be combined with the transfer for added design capabilities.

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Inks  are composed of a water-based (latex) ink base combined with retroreflective lenses. They are used for direct screen printing onto fabric for decorative, reflective images.

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SOLAS grade products  are composed of an encapsulated incorporated onto two types of backing: sewable and PSA. They perform well whether wet or dry and enhance the visibility of life support equipment such as life vests, jackets, rafts and other fabrics.

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Trims are composed of retroreflective lenses bonded to fabric backings. They sew easily onto other fabrics and may be hand-cut, die-cut, slit or guillotined.

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