Utilizing the MACtac Floor Graphic System 

The most promising area of promotion may be right under your feet. At MACtac, we have the right combination of base films and overlaminates to produce a high-performance floor graphic system, slip resistant, durable and best of all, eye-catching.

The MACtac Floor Graphic System: As easy as 1- 2 - 3.

Typically found in retail stores and museums, floor graphics can be produced for environments ranging from high to low foot traffic areas and for short to long-term use. The MACtac Floor Graphic System consists of performance-matched overlaminates and base films for all printing methods, as well as installation assistance. Once you have determined the best media for your desired substrate, you can then choose from a number of overlaminates.

The factors to consider when choosing the correct laminate are: What is the intended traffic pattern and how long does the graphic need to be down? Overlaminates are critical to the success of a floor graphic. They protect and seal the image while offering excellent slip resistance. In fact, all five MACtac Permacolor® products offer a slip resistant finish that exceeds the industry standard ASTM C-1028 Static Coefficient of Friction Requirements. These products can be used over UV inkjet and screen printed images. However, extra wet-out time is required to reduce silvering and build bond prior to rolling.

Permacolor Permaflex® IP6200, a 5-mil textured polycarbonate film, has superior abrasion resistance for high foot traffic applications and long-term installations. IP6200 is for indoor use only.

Permacolor PermaflexPF6300, a 5-mil textured vinyl with moderate abrasion resistance, designed for short-term applications (up to 6 months) or light foot traffic areas. This laminate can be used of interior and exterior floor graphics. This laminate is designed for use specifically with StreetRAP on sidewalks.

Permacolor Permaflex F6500, a 5-mil intermediate textured vinyl with moderate abrasion resistance, is designed for short-term applications (up to 3 months) in light foot traffic areas. Pf6500, use in indoor applications only. Permacolor Permaflex PF6400, a 5-mil extremely economical textured polyolefin for short term (up to 30 days) interior floor graphics only.

Permacolor RAYZor® LF3640G, a 1.5-mil cast high gloss vinyl films with up to 1 year indoor durability when used in a floor graphic application.

After you have created your image and laminated with the appropriate overlaminating film, the proper installation steps are necessary. MACtac floor graphics are developed for use on standard tile, vinyl, linoleum and ceramic floors typically found in most commercial stores, they can also be applied to smooth, sealed concrete and sealed hardwood floors. (Not recommended for carpet or rubber mats.) A clean floor is critical to success. Floors must be cleaned first with a commercial cleaner and then washed with isopropyl alcohol to remove any grease, wax or residual cleaner solution residues.

The next step involves Pre-positioning the graphic on the floor to ensure proper placement and apply your graphic to the floor. First, remove one edge of the liner from the graphic and, when carefully positioned, apply onto the floor. Then use a squeegee and work from the center of the graphic out with firm, using even pressure. Remove the remaining liner and use the squeegee to apply the remainder of the graphic to the floor with short, overlapping strokes, again from the center out. Avoid trapping air bubbles between the graphic and the floor. Finally, with firm pressure, re-squeegee all edges to ensure good contact with the floor.

After installation, allow the floor graphic to set for eight to 12 hours before waxing, scrubbing or polishing the floor. We strongly recommend the floor graphic be waxed if a mechanical buffer or industrial strength floor cleaner is used for cleaning. Waxing seals the edges of inkjet prints actually protects the graphic from industrial cleaning chemicals and power floor scrubbers.