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  1. Styling 2021 interior design trends with furniture films

    Styling 2021 interior design trends with furniture films

    A new year means new interior design trends. In this blog, we will show you the top trends of 2021 and how to implement the different styles with self-adhesive furniture films. With easySTYLE self-adhesive films you can easily redesign any interior like stores, exhibition booths or private living spaces. With the interior design film you can create a new look in no time – a sustainable solution to implement new interior trends.

    Trend 1: Light wood

    Last year, we already saw a lot of light wood, especially in Scandinavian-style interiors. In 2021, we will also see light wood in industrial-design-themed spaces and more luxurious interiors. If you want to follow the trend, opt for light-coloured wood like Acacia wood, bamboo, light oak or light MDF. This trend is perfect not only for floors and wall accents but also for furniture. Do you want to change the decor at the POS or do you have furniture that is still in good condition but out of date? With easySTYLE scratch-resistant interior design films – available in 15 different designs – you can easily transform existing furniture. This film is suitable for applications on almost all smooth surfaces such as plywood and MDF boards, solid wood, plastics, metal and painted surfaces.

    Walls or cabinets and sideboards look great with the easySTYLE designs Ashton, Sonoma Oak or Rovere Gessato. Complete the look by adding an industrial vibe with black steel elements. Ideal for private living spaces, stores or trade show construction. Are you crazy about the Scandinavian style? Combine light woods with white accents such as marble. For this style, you can use easySTYLE White Super Matt and create beautiful combinations.

    Neschen easySTYLE AshtonAshton Neschen easySTYLE Sonoma OakSonoma Oak Neschen easySTYLE Rovere GessatoRovere Gessato
    Neschen easySTYLE White Super Matt
    White Super Matt
    Neschen easySTYLE WhiteboardWhiteboard Neschen easySTYLE White High GlossWhite High Gloss

    Trend 2: Gray as a basic colour for interior design

    Gray is back and we will see a lot of it in 2021. It is perfect as a wall colour instead of using standard white. Walls look more luxurious in a soft shade of gray, and a beautiful painting will stand out better. If you are not convinced yet, incorporate gray on cabinets or sideboards only. Concrete imitations are a nice way to add a gray look to an interior. Concrete is also ideal, if you want to give a rustic look to private living spaces, a retail store, a trade show booth or restaurant in an easy and budget-friendly way. With the perfect concrete imitation of easySTYLE Meton Concrete, a concrete look does not require a costly renovation. Or opt for a gray marble look with easySTYLE Caspio or easySTYLE Haitabu. easySTYLE is also a good choice in terms of sustainability. In addition to the reusability of existing furniture, the material has a certified chemical resistance (DIN68861), is PVC-free and is based on paper.

    Neschen easySTYLE Meton ConcreteMeton Concrete Neschen easySTYLE CasipoCasipo Neschen easySTYLE HaitabuHaitabu

    Trend 3: The Mid-Century Modern Style

    Do you want to decorate a restaurant, your private living room or a store interior in a cool Mid-Century Modern style and are you looking for inspiration? Just turn on the famous TV show Mad Men. The decor and clothes perfectly portray the Mid-Century style. Think dark wood, lots of light, combined with touches of gold, copper or brass and modern details. A hit back then, this style is now coming back. This year, we will see more and more of the characteristic elements of the 60s style. These include kitchens in dark wood, like dark oak or walnut, and cabinets with rounded finishes instead of corners. Oval and round kitchen tables are also on the rise. With easySTYLE Catanio Oak, with its warm, dark wood design, you can transform smooth and flat surfaces in the kitchen quickly and easily.

    And do not forget about the combination with gold or copper. By adding easySTYLE Meton Gold or Meton Copper, you can create great accents.

    Neschen easySTYLE Catania OakCatania Oak Neschen easySTYLE Meton GoldMeton Gold Neschen easySTYLE Meton CopperMeton Copper

    Trend 4: Simple, black interiors with striking details

    Not entirely new, but still a trend: black and minimalistic designs. We have seen this many times in the past years. This year, the minimalist look is combined with dark woods and other dark colours, such as black oak or dark walnut. The easySTYLE Anthracite Super Matt design fits perfectly into this style with its anthracite matte colour.

    With easySTYLE self-adhesive films, you can quickly achieve a high-quality black matte style, which is great for stores and exhibition stands that need frequent and easy renovation. If black is too dark for you, opt for easySTYLE Kiruna with its dark gray design. For a stylish finish, create combinations with eye-catching accents that stand out. 

    Neschen easySTYLE Anthracite Super MattAnthracite Super Matt Neschen easySTYLE KirunaKiruna

    What trends will you be working with?

    Interior trends are ever-changing. So in case you want to redecorate again in the future, you can easily remove easySTYLE interior films without leaving any adhesive residue. Do you already have an idea of how you want to implement the new interior design trends? Or would you prefer to take a closer look at the easySTYLE designs first? Feel free to contact us to request a sample, before you get started with the beautiful interior trends of 2021.

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  2. Floor graphic films: 10 most frequently asked questions

    Floor graphic films: 10 most frequently asked questions

    Due to the current situation, you can spot floor graphic films almost everywhere. They are a great way to guide people through buildings and reminding them of the distance they should keep from each other. While walking, people have a habit of slightly looking down, making sure that there is nothing in their way that might trip them trip. This makes floor graphics an extremely effective tool for advertising and as orientation aids. However, for many, the use of floor graphics also raises many questions. In this article, we will cover the ten most frequently asked questions when it comes to working with floor graphics

    1. Do I need to use a laminating film?

    Not all floor stickers need to be laminated. Floor stickers that feature a textured surface can be printed on directly without lamination. These 2 in 1 floor graphics are extremely cost and time-efficient. A product example from Neschen's range is the print 'n' walk portfolio. To find out whether you need to laminate your floor graphics, check the material already has an anti-slip certification. Many of the readily available floor stickers consist of a removable PVC in combination with a textured, non-slip laminate. The laminate protects the design from dirt and damage and prevents people from slipping.

    2. When do I choose a 2 in 1 floor sticker and when do I need stickers with an additional laminate?

    This choice greatly depends on the length you are planning to use the sticker for. Protective laminating films are ideal for long-term applications, as they protect the inks from mechanical stress.

    For short-term applications, ranging from a few weeks for up to 3 months 2 in 1 floor stickers can be used. They are a quick and cost-efficient alternative.

    3. Which type of adhesive is suitable for my application?

    Not all floor decals are suitable for every type of substrate. For difficult substrates like asphalt, concrete, wood, carpet or pavement it is best to choose a solution with a high-tack adhesive. This ensures optimal adhesion. Especially on substrates with wide joints, a high-tack adhesive is the best choice. For "regular", smooth surfaces, floor decals with the commonly available, removable adhesive are usually sufficient. If you choose a floor decal with a dot-shaped adhesive, the decals are easy to apply without air getting trapped underneath, making them ideal for large-scale applications.

    4. Can I apply floor graphics outdoors?

    Whether floor decals can be used outdoors depends on the type of adhesive. Most of Neschen's print 'n' walk films are equipped with a water-based adhesive. These films are recommended for indoor use. However, UVprint 'n' walk power-tack has a high-tack adhesive that is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications in dry conditions, e.g. in areas that have a roof.

    In stores or any area where people enter from the outside, the surface of the decal can get wet from rain or snow. To prevent accidents, it is paramount that these decals are equipped with a non-slip surface and have a certified slip resistance. So which type of decal to choose depends on the conditions. In humid environments or areas where people walk barefoot (e.g. swimming pools), there are different requirements in dry areas such as supermarkets

    The commonly used anti-slip R rating makes it easy to decide which floor sticker to choose for what type of application. It is used to grade the slip resistance of all sorts of floor stickers. R9 is the lowest anti-slip rating and material classified with an R13 grade has the highest slip resistance. Material that is not certified will always be less suitable than certified material. The required R-value depends on the type of environment the sticker will be used in.

    5. Overview of R values

    R - Value Suited for
    R9 R9 is the lowest slip resistance and is only suited for areas where there is a low chance that the graphics are subjected to damp or wet conditions.  Examples include offices or staircases.
    R10 R10 is suited for areas like entrances; stores; hospitals; classrooms; public restrooms; garages and basements...
    R11 The high slip resistance of R11 materials makes them ideal for kitchens in restaurants or environments where they are subjected to wet conditions, such as laboratories and laundromats...
    R12 R12 materials are suited for production facilities where fatty foods are being handled, large catering kitchens and industrial production facilities, where oil is being handled.
    R13 Suited for production facilities where large quantities of fatty and oily substances are being handled.

    6. What is the easiest way to apply floor graphics

    • Make sure that the substrate is undamaged, clean and free of dust and grease.
    • If there are any signs of oil on the surface, you can use alcohol or a soft solvent for cleaning. Ensure that all types of residues are removed before proceeding with other cleaning methods.
    • Proceed with a mild cleaning agent that is free of any enzymes.  Make sure that the entire surface is cleaned properly and that the cleaning agent is removed without leaving any residue.
    • The cleaned area should be at least 20cm larger (in all directions) than the actual area the graphic will be applied to.
    • Make sure that the floor is dry and clean.  When wiping the surface dry, use lint-free cloths only.
    • Partially remove the film from its liner and press one part onto the application surface.  Then slowly and evenly remove the remaining material from its liner while pressing the graphic onto the application surface.  For best results, try to avoid that the edges of the sticker overlap over gaps and joints in the flooring.  Use a squeegee or roller to evenly apply the sticker from the center towards the edges.  Watch out for trapped air and make sure that the entire sticker has full contact with the substrate.
    • If possible, use a design with rounded corners such as circles, as sharp corners and edges easily peel off and curl.

    7. What is the best way to remove floor stickers?

    Correct removal of your floor graphics ensures that no adhesive residue is left behind.  If you slowly peel off the decal at an angle (usually between 90 degrees and 135 degrees) it usually does not leave any residue behind.

    8. How long do your floor graphics last?

    How long can you use floor stickers for greatly depends on the type of application, the amount of foot traffic they are subjected to, and the type of environment they are used in.  Recommendations in terms of durability can be found in the technical data sheet of each material. During a one-year test phase, Neschen tested various floor graphics media in a supermarket. The graphics were applied at the cash registers and subjected to around 12,000 pedestrians and 30 cleaning cycles of a heavy-duty cleaning machine. After the test phase a team of experts evaluated each material a full report of this is available upon request.

    9. Which type of ink should I use?

    The type of ink you use affects the durability of your floor graphics.  Not all inks are equally scratch resistant.  If you choose to combine PVC with an anti-slip laminate, the ink layer is already protected against scratches or abrasion.  However, if you choose a 2 in 1 floor sticker material, it is important to consider the type of ink you will be using.  These materials are best printed with UV inks, the durability is then about 3 months depending on the circumstances.

    10.  Can I test your materials?

    The type of application you are planning usually determines the choice of material.  Since it is impossible to test every material on every possible substrate and under all conditions, we advise our customers to test the material they are planning to use please feel free to contact PSW Paper & Print for a free sample.

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  3. Neschen introduces one-step solution to transform furniture

    Neschen introduces one-step solution to transform furniture

    Keeping up with interior design trends and shorter advertising cycles:  Neschen's easySTYLE is a new way to transform interiors in one simple step.  The self-adhesive furniture film comes in a large array of colours and designs.

    EasySTYLE is a paper-based self-adhesive film with a variety of decorative styles.  The film creates high-quality results with minimal effort and has been developed for fast and easy application on furniture.   Neschen EasySTYLE is an ideal solution for keeping up with shorter advertising cycles, changing interior trends and seasonal promotions.  From woodgrain to concrete to marble - the innovative product transforms furniture into a whole new look.

    It is suited for applications on nearly all flat and smooth surfaces like Plywood and MDF boards, solid wood, plastics, metal and lacquered surfaces. Neschen easySTYLE's textured surfaced stand out with their perfect imitation of the materials they are inspired by. After applications, the self-adhesive film is easy to remove without residue. Besides its selection of 15 designs easySTYLE also proves to be a great choice in terms of durability. The product is not only scratch-resistant but has a certified chemical resistance (DIN68861). In line with the Neschen's continuous effort to expand the portfolio of sustainable products, easySTYLE is PVC-free and paper-based.

    Overview of easySTYLE designs

    Neschen easySTYLE White Super Matt
    White Super Matt
    Neschen easySTYLE WhiteboardWhiteboard Neschen easySTYLE White High GlossWhite High Gloss
    Neschen easySTYLE Sonoma OakSonoma Oak Neschen easySTYLE Rovere GessatoRovere Gessato Neschen easySTYLE Meton GoldMeton Gold
    Neschen easySTYLE Meton CopperMeton Copper Neschen easySTYLE Meton ConcreteMeton Concrete Neschen easySTYLE KirunaKiruna
    Neschen easySTYLE CasipoCasipo Neschen easySTYLE HaitabuHaitabu Neschen easySTYLE Catania OakCatania Oak
    Neschen easySTYLE CanyonCanyon Neschen easySTYLE AshtonAshton Neschen easySTYLE Anthracite Super MattAnthracite Super Matt

    Get the free swatchbook for inspiration

    Creativity without limits: Discover a wide range of styles - ideal for creative looks in shopfitting, interior design, exhibition booth construction and private homes claim your free swatchbook for inspiration call PSW Paper and Print today.

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  4. Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Durables from SiHL are characterised by their special quality: They are tear-resistant, robust, and offers the best printability.  With ENDURO Inkjet 110 Classic 2s, the latest product in the ENDURO range, SiHL presents a durable composite material consisting of a PP film core and surface-treated inkjet papers:  Its high folding strength makes it ideal for maps, technical drawings, and similar applications.  Its high wet strength and tear resistance makes it a reliable partner for demanding cartography.

    The special paper surfaces on both sides provide the best results in water-based inkjet printing, it is also suitable for offset and flexo printing and can therefore be used versatile.  It is also easy to write on by hand and a pencil marking can be erased perfectly without any loss of the print.

    Thanks to its quilt-layer product structure, the material offers a durable solution and at the same an affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to fully synthetic media.  It is PVC-free and FSC certified and the paper fibers are recoverable through standard paper-recycling processes.   Hence the end-user may dispose of the material along with household paper waste.

    About SiHL  SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  5. Hahnemühle Natural Line Wins "Best Inkjet Photo Paper" in TIPA World Awards 2020

    Hahnemühle Natural Line Wins "Best Inkjet Photo Paper" in TIPA World Awards 2020

    Hahnemühle is delighted that this year not only one FineArt inkjet paper from its collection has won a TIPA World Award, But three!   With the Hahnemühle Natural Line and the paper grades, Hahnemühle Bamboo, Hahnemühle Hemp, and Hahnemühle Agave the inventor of Digital FineArt Inkjet papers has once again succeeded in convincing the Technical Press Imaging Association - in short: TIPA.  All three papers of the Hahnemühle Natural Line are awarded the TIPA World Award 2020 in the category "Best Inkjet Photo Paper".  The editors and publishers of 30 photo and imaging magazines from all over the world are excited about the papers from Hahnemühle's Natural Line:

    "The Hahnemühle Natural Line appeals in both their sustainable manufacture and their unique surface characteristics.  The cellulose in these papers is supplied by raw materials that require minimal maintenance and do not need any pesticides.  Each 290gsm paper has a unique look and feel.  Bamboo is a warm tone paper with a lightly textured surface;  Hemp is a bright wide matte paper with a slight textural surface, and Agave has a more textural surface with a bright white base."

    The Natural Line has a special place in the Hahnemühle Digital FIneArt Collection.  It focuses on FineArt inkjet papers made from unique raw materials: Bamboo, Hemp and Agave.  The plants that provide the cellulose require minimal maintenance, grow quickly, and don't need any pesticides.  Their rapid growth means that more cellulose can be produced on the same cropland than with other raw materials, and they also require much less water, helping to save valuable resources and protect the environment.   The new FineArt inkjet papers from the Natural Line are the next step in our continuous pursuit of sustainability and careful use of our resources.  The Natural Line complements the Digital FineArt Collection with special fine art inkjet papers made from unique raw materials and supports under the Green Rooster initiative environmental projects on a regional and international level.

    Additionally, all three paper grades do not require optical brighteners, are acid and lignin-free, and are completely vegan - like all our Digital FineArt Collection papers.  

    Clean water, natural fibres, first-rate expertise in paper production and absolute commitment to the production site in Germany have been the foundation of Hahnemühle's success for more than 435 years.  Hahnemühle treats its natural environment with respect and is socially responsible - after all, it wouldn't be able to create high-quality paper without this kind of uncompromising dedication.  Hahnemühle is proud of all it has achieved so far and is constantly working to improve sustainability and conserve resources.  Sustainability plays a key role at its production site as Hahnemühle is located close to a nature reserve.    Thus, environmentally paper production is a high priority.  Careful and responsible use of valuable resources such as water, fibers, and energy is a matter of course.

    The Hahnemühle Natural Line papers are therefore the result of Hahnemühle's willingness to innovate, it's a commitment to sustainability and its sense of responsibility.

    All three sustainable premium inkjet papers of the Hahnemühle Natural Line celebrated their worldwide premiere at the Photo Plus Expo in New York in Autumn 2019.  The world innovation was to make its debut in Germany at Photokina 2020 this year to demonstrate that perfect FineArt printing can be taken to a new level with sustainable papers.  Unfortunately, this is being postponed until 2021.  The outstanding artist papers from the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt collection are and will remain unique to the market.

    About Hahnemühle
    Hahnemühle is regarded as the inventor of Digital FineArt paper for inkjet printers. For more than 20 years, the oldest German paper manufacturer has been leading the way in producing true artist papers for photography and art reproductions. The papers – made with over 435 years of manufacturing experience – all receive a special coating that does not affect the exquisite feel of the papers. The inkjet coating produces prints with razor-sharp details, bold colours and deep blacks. All papers have an excellent resistance to ageing. The Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Collection offers more than 20 different types of paper, and the Hahnemühle Photo range includes eight types of media. Awarded ‘Brand of the Century’, Hahnemühle enjoys an esteemed reputation worldwide among artists, photographers, museums, galleries and collectors.

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  6. Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floor stickers are real eye-catchers. Most people look down slightly when they walk and a floor sticker is, therefore, a great advertising medium. For store owners or exhibitors, the floor is a perfect stage for conveying a message. But floor graphic films are not only ideal as advertising media. They are also an excellent and cost-effective orientation aid in public areas.

    Navigating customers through supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores has become extremely important in times of “social distancing”

    Besides advertisements, floor stickers have become a favoured medium for another reason - they are used to navigate people through public locations in times of “social distancing”.

    Currently, many supermarkets across UK and Europe use floor graphics to remind people to keep the distance amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation. But not just supermarkets, in any place where customers have to line up and wait their turn, floor minders are a great way to remind them of the distance they should keep. But not only in challenging times like these, but floor minders are also in general an excellent medium to provide assistance to customers in many locations. Doctor surgeries, pharmacies or banks, and any place where private matters are handled, keeping the distance is polite but often forgotten. Floor minders are a great way to kindly remind customers to be discrete.

    In shopping centres or during trade shows, they can help shoppers and visitors to find restrooms, the food court or exits more easily. So besides just advertising - anywhere, where people need to find their way, floor graphics are a cost-efficient tool.

    Things to keep in mind when using floor graphics

    Slip resistance

    A certified slip resistance is paramount in public spaces. There are strict guidelines regarding slip resistance and products that have been certified by an official agency should be used in all cases. Some films require extra lamination to achieve mandatory slip resistance for public spaces. R9 is the lowest anti-slip certification but suffices in many areas. It is used, for example, in areas where people come from outside, such as shops, restaurants and entrance halls. R13 is the highest class of slip resistance and is mandatory for greasy. Wet areas.

    Most floor stickers consist of two layers: a self-adhesive film on which the message is printed and a non-slip laminating film, protecting the sticker and providing slip resistance. The production of such stickers is time-consuming and labour intensive. After printing, the ink has to dry, the laminating machine has to be adjusted and the laminating itself also takes a lot of time. In addition, if the quality of the floor stickers is low, there is a risk of shrinkage between the lamination film and the sticker. Additionally, loosening of both layers can occur. Neschen’s print ’n’ walk films are a great choice. These films have an R9-certified surface, even after printing with latex and uv-curable inks, so extra lamination is no longer necessary. The films are ideal for short-term applications.

    The right adhesion

    On slightly structured and more challenging surfaces, such as concrete, wood, or tiles, you need high-tack films that provide a strong adhesive strength. Otherwise, your floor graphics will be ruined quickly. High-tack films such as Neschen UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides strong adhesive strength and adheres excellently to uneven surfaces without curling or loosening at the corners. The UV print ’n’ walk power-tack films are not only suitable for indoor use, but under dry conditions, you can also use them outside.

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  7. New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    The Australian Wool Testing Authority Limited (AWTA Product Testing) awarded two non-woven wallpapers from SiHL after extensive tests with their flame protection certificate.  These products are now not only tested according to European standards, but also according to Australian and New Zealand standards.

    Non-woven design2wall FR210 (2517) and pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 2430 (2515) are high-quality non-woven wallpapers for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and are characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability.  The tough, scratch-resistant surface permits its long-term use in busy areas.  In addition, both wallpapers are PVC free, FSC certified and environmentally friendly.

    Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, the printed wallpaper pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 230 (2515) can be stuck to the wall immediately after soaking in water.  The pre-dose of paste adheres to many different surfaces remaining easy to remove.

    Both products are already certified as flame retardant according to the European Standard EN13501-1.  Now AWTA product testing has also tested both products for heat and smoke release rates according to the methods ISO 5660.1-2015 and AS / NZS 3837-1998.  Both non-woven wallpapers were able to meet the requirements and are now certified as flame-retardant according to Australian and New Zealand standards.

    About SiHL 
    SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  8. Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    For many years, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk portfolio has a solution for any application. While standard floor graphics media on the market need to be laminated for slip resistance after printing, print ’n’ walk products are immediately ready for use - a time and cost-saving solution.

    Getting a workout in Bondi Beach, Australia

    Could there be anything better than getting a nice workout in a location that is known for its beautiful beach and sunny weather? The customer project provided by Starleaton, Australia, takes us to Bondi Beach, Where Neschen’s print ’n’ walk took part in transforming the waterfront into an outdoor gym. For this project, print ’n’ walk was used on the workout stage, where the coaches will perform their workout routines.

    In no time, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk gave the workout stage a decorative wooden look. The durable anti-slip surface is an excellent choice for this purpose because it provides a secure workout surface for the coaches while giving the stage an eye-catching design.

    Images courtesy of Starleaton, Australia:

    As this example shows. Some of Neschen’s print ’n’ walk media's are perfectly suited for outdoor use. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack for example is a true all-rounder when it comes to applications on difficult surfaces: From concrete, wood, and pavement this high-tack film is a top choice. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack is excellent for eye-catching advertising at the point of sale, trade shows, showrooms or large-scale promotional campaigns. After printing with UV-curable inks, UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides a R9-certified anti-slip surface. The film is perfectly suited for outdoor use under dry conditions.

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  9. Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing can be a challenge when presented with a variety of materials:  Valuable original artworks or historical documents require a different approach than photographs.  Nevertheless, every project deserves reliable solutions.  Discover our overview of picture framing essentials, ideal for the professional picture framer.

    Framing of original artworks, reproductions and photographs

    Decorative Aspect
    By framing a picture, its decorative effect is emphasised and the picture transforms into a focal point on the wall.  For best results, the material, size and colour of the frame should match the creative vision of its creator or the customer and should therefore be chosen carefully.  When selecting a frame, the whole interior design should be taken into consideration including the colour scheme and the layout of the room.

    Securing the artworks value long term
    The material of the frame should match the value of the picture.  A high-quality picture deserves a high-quality frame.  Secure the value of the artwork by professionally framing it with reliable materials.

    Protecting the picture again environmental factors
    To ensure that a picture is preserved over many decades, protection against natural and mechanical environmental influences should always be the main focus of picture framing.  Professional framing protects the artwork from moisture, dirt, dust and fingerprints.

    Picture framing with mats

    Enhancing the look of a framed piece
    The material, colour and thickness of mat/passe-parout gives the picture an individual note.  The choice of the mat's material and colour depends on personal taste, the colour scheme of the picture as well as the frame.  Mats are available with varying degrees of thickness and thus create different visual effects and varying degrees of depth.

    Visual staging
    Mats underline the look of the frame and draw the eye to the framed piece even more.  By Incorporating at mat, an image can be staged in a whole new way.

    Protecting the artwork
    A passe-partout creates a space between the picture and the glass of the frame.  The surface of the picture has no direct contact with the glass and is therefore better protected.  In addition, a passe-partout regulates the level of moisture within the framing by absorbing it and thus minimising its damaging impact on the picture.

    Products for the picture framer

    Self-adhesive takes and the passe-partout
    Filmoplast tapes are a high-quality adhesive solution that meets the high demands of museums and archives.  The product range includes a variety of self-adhesive tapes that meet the most diverse requirements in picture framing.  For example the product Filmoplast P and P90, with their slightly alkaline adhesive, are ideal for mounting pictures behind the mat with so-called t-hinge.  Filmoplast SH is excellent for creating a reliable hinge to mount the passe-partout to the mountboard.  Filmoplast T creates a dust-proof seal in the back of the frame.  To repair and restore paper, Filmoplast R is an excellent choice.

    Reasons for using Filmoplast tapes

    • Acid, solvent and phthalate-free
    • Resistant to ageing
    • Permanently elastic
    • Non-yellowing
    • No breakthrough after bonding to the substrate
    • Practical adhesive tape format in a handy dispenser box (including cutting knife)
    • No water required to activate the adhesive

    example of T-hinge

    T-hinge made easy with self-adhesive tapes: When choosing tapes, it is important that the products do not damage the picture.  Products such as Filmoplast P and Filmoplast P 90 therefore have a slightly alkaline adhesive.

    example of Filmoplast P / P90 usage

    Gudy® films for mounting onboard materials

    To frame a picture professionally, there are a variety of useful products and materials available. These also include the double-sided adhesive and paper-based products Gudy® 831 Fine Art smooth and Gudy® 832 Fine Art textured. In addition to framing pictures, they are also suitable for mounting on a variety of board materials. Coated with a solvent-free, ageing-resistant and permanently elastic acrylic adhesive, both products are excellent for mounting art prints, photos and art reproductions of nearly all kinds. While Gudy® 831 fine art textured is used for smooth, not heavily textured papers up to 300 g/m2, Gudy® 832 fine art textured creates a secure bond even when working with strongly textured papers.

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  10. High-tack films as wall covering - An all-round solution for interior walls

    High-tack films as wall covering - An all-round solution for interior walls

    So many different interiors, so many different surfaces. As an interior decorator, shopfitter or sign maker, you regularly face challenges when it comes to walls. Not every surface needs the same adhesion performance. In some cases, you have to deal with several types of surfaces within a single project – for example for the design of numerous shops of a retail chain. In this case, the application surfaces of the various shop interiors can vary widely and it may not always be possible to choose one and the same film. Not all films are suited for materials like structured walls (e.g. with a spack-spraying structure), concrete, chipboard or painted walls.

    When you have to deal with various substrates in single a project, it is always wise to test a small piece of film for its adhesive strength on the designated surface. If you want more certainty regarding the adhesion of your film, choose a film with a high-tack adhesion, such as solvoprint® performance wall-grip. This film features a high-tack adhesive that is suitable for various challenging surfaces, such as rough interior walls, smooth and dry concrete, chipboard, polypropylene or other difficult surfaces

    High-tack adhesive suitable for difficult surfaces

    The StickerCompany in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, regularly faces projects with challenging surfaces. Customers often ask whether their wall finish is suitable for applying stickers. This was also the case with a client, who wanted to add new signage to their business interior. The building featured many different surfaces, varying from varnished wood to structured walls with a spack-spraying finish. In order to get a clear picture of the situation, the StickerCompany asked for photos to be sent.

    This allowed Tinus Kouwenberg, owner of the company, to make a decision as to which film would be suitable. Because of their good experience with solvoprint® performance wall-grip, this choice was easily made. The material has a high-tack adhesive that offers an ideal grip on difficult to adhere to substrates, such as concrete, chipboard or structured walls.

    The design of the decals consists of fine details and line work, which was no problem for this film either. After the design was printed with a Canon Colorado, the signage was effortlessly cut into shape and then applied to various places in the building. Simply applying the film with the pressure of a squeegee sufficed to get a good adhesion.

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