Printing and installing hoardings is something we do on a daily basis at Fisherprint TLC - in this blog we give you a step-by-step guide to the process involved.
A hoarding is essentially a public space used to display advertisements and they often appear in shopping centres all over the UK.
1. When we are asked to install a hoarding the first stage is to survey the site to determine the structure needed, the fixings required and the size of the space.
2. A timber frame is then built to fit snugly in the aperture of the vacant unit in question.
3. Once secure, plywood panels are fixed to the frame to form a support for the heavier alupanels (polyethylene core sandwiched between two 0.3mm aluminium skins). At this point a door can be added to the hoarding to allow the workforce access through the front of the unit whilst works are being carried out.
4. Graphics do not adhere to plywood hence the need for an alupanel finish to be added.
5. Artwork is then sized to suit the final finished surface.
6. Once we have received the print-ready artwork this is then rendered to suit our Agfa Anapurna printer and printed in panels onto a class 0 fire retardant vinyl.
The specific inks we use are specially formulated for Agfa Graphics multi-pass, wide-format Agfa Anapurna printers. They provide a large colour gamut, high colour vibrancy and, thanks to good ink adhesion, high image longevity and outdoor resistance.
Thanks to UV-curing the media dries instantly and will retain its pristine shine for years.
7. The panels are then laminated using a fire retardant laminate.
Lamination is an important thing to consider for any vinyl project. It is a good idea to laminate any items like hoardings that will be exposed to outside elements such as wind, rain, heat and sunlight.
Lamination also provides vinyl with an extra layer that helps reinforce its structure. Because it makes the final product thicker it prevents the vinyl from being overstretched or torn during installation.
8. Once laminated the panels are trimmed to size in the Summa cutter.
9. Each panel is then numbered in order to make it easy for the installers to apply. A visual is also provided to the installation team to ensure the panels are installed in the correct order.
As well as our printing prowess Fisherprint TLC can manage this whole process for you including build and installation. This can take as little as 24 hours to print, laminate, trim and install a hoarding of this size.
We hope you'll agree that the finished article is a sleek, eye-catching and long-lasting advertisement method!
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