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Camoclad Q & A. Have a question? Here's your answer.
1. How is camoclad produced?
2. Will extreme heat or cold affect the Camoclad?
3. Will Camoclad fade?
4. I want to camouflage my hunting truck, should I use the permanent or removable material?
5. Can I Camoclad over rust spots?
6. Will the decals come off?
7. Will Camoclad affect my vehicles paint job?
8. How can I install Camoclad around corners without wrinkles?
9. Will bubbles form in the vinyl while I apply it?
10. Will Camoclad withstand the abuse of daily driving?
11. Can I use it on a boat?
12. What is the warranty on Camoclad?
13. Does Camoclad offer pre-cut kits for my particula truck, boat ATV or...?
14. I've seen similar products and they all seem to have a glossy or shiny finish. Does Camoclad have a glossy finish?
1. How is Camoclad produced? TOP
This and a few other things are what really sets Camoclad apart form the copy cats and knock off's. Their camouflage graphics are screen printed. Camoclad camouflage graphics are professionally printed using modern screen printing equipment and methods. Camoclad prints their graphics to 3M vinyl using 3M color ink system. Screen printing is widely recognized as the superior printing method for outdoor durability. Electrostatic or thermal transfer printing methods used by the competition are weak and will not last.
2. Will extreme heat of cold affect the Camoclad? TOP
No, heat and cold will have no effect on properly applied Camoclad graphics. From the great Alaskan tundra to the deserts of the American southwest, Camoclad will continue to hold up and look great in all weather conditions.
3. Will Camoclad fade? TOP
Camoclad camouflage graphics carry a 4 year warranty against fading. Camoclad uses all 3M fade resistant inks. So far we have had Camoclad on for 10 years with no signs of fading.
4. I want to camouflage my hunting truck, should I use the permanent or removable material? TOP
We would definitely recommend Camoclad Removable material. In fact, all of Camoclad’s truck kits are offered in removable material only, and here's one reason why. It is a re-positionable adhesive which allows you to detach the sheet and reposition it if necessary before adhering it aggressively. In addition, it has been manufactured with 3M's Comply performance feature, which allows air to escape from beneath the vinyl, virtually eliminating wrinkles and bubbles. This adhesive system also permits removal while leaving little or no residue.
5. Can I Camoclad over rust spots? TOP
Camoclad will not adhere properly to rust. You'll need to sand the rust smooth and apply primer paint, then apply the camo once the paint has thoroughly dried. If your truck needs some body work, just repair the damaged areas and spot paint with automotive primer.
6. Will the decals come off? TOP
If properly applied, your Camoclad graphics should stay put in-definitely. However, problems may develop around the edges or curves where the vinyl has been stretched. When vinyl is stretched, it has a tendency to shrink back. So, when applying to convex shapes, use relief cuts and patch per the applications instructions. While you can wash your vehicle at a high pressure car wash, it's good advice to not aim the spray directly into the seams.
7. Will Camoclad affect my vehicles paint job? TOP
In most cases, Camoclad will not only make your vehicle look good, but also protect your paint job. So if you want to remove Camoclad in 3 or 4 years, your vehicle should look the same as the day you put it on. Camoclad has been applied to vehicles all over the world and, with few exceptions, when Camoclad has been removed, the paint is not affected and virtually no residue was left behind.
8. How can I install Camoclad around corners without wrinkles? TOP
Camoclad is made to not only adhere to your vehicle, but to itself as well. Therefore, you can cut the Camoclad and overlap it making for a nice, smooth finish. These cuts are called relief cuts and are used when you can't get around something without wrinkling the material.
9. Will bubbles form in the vinyl while I apply it? TOP
Camoclad has added the Comply performance feature to minimize bubbles but if that happens, simply use a needle to poke a very small hole at the base of the bubble, and then push the air out with your thumb and it will look great. However, if you vehicle has been recently repainted, some bubbling may occur as a result of out gassing from the paint. To avoid this, allow at least 2 weeks for the paint to fully cure before applying any vehicle graphics.
10. Will Camoclad withstand the abuse of daily driving? TOP
Yes, and let me tell you, this stuff is tuff! It is durable and will withstand lots of abuse. As you can tell from some of the pictures and customer comments, Camoclad will stand up to barrel rolling down a hill, but the truck doesn't always make it.
11. Can I use it on a boat? TOP
Camoclad "permanent" was developed with boats in mind. Camoclad customers have been successfully using Camoclad on boats and other watercraft for many years.
12. What is the warranty on Camoclad? TOP
Camoclad Camouflage is warranted for 4 years against fading of the material. The application of Camoclad products is not warranted because conditions will vary. However, with proper application, Camoclad has lasted 10 years and still counting.
13. Does Camoclad offer pre-cut kits for my particular truck, boat ATV or...? TOP
Yes they do. Camoclad currently manufacture a pre-cut kit for Polaris ATV's. They also manufacture pre-cut kits for shotguns. Camoclad has plans to manufacture a variety of pre-cut kits in the near future.
14. I've seen similar products and they all seem to have a glossy or shiny finish. Does Camoclad have a glossy finish? TOP
Absolutely not! Camoclad is manufactured with exclusive 3M approved clear coat for a no-gloss, no-glare, and gasoline resistant finish. This is another area where Camoclad smokes the competition. However, if a glossy finish is desired, Camoclad has been designed to be receptive to automotive paints and can be professionally cleared coated over.
Removable vs Permanent
3M Controltac with Comply Performance makes it easier than ever to achieve a high quality installation, especially if you are a new installer.
This material is about 5mil.thick and is manufactured according to 3M matched Component System Specifications. This material features 3M's patented Pressure Activated Adhesive, allowing Camoclad to be easily repositioned for perfect placement without the problem of premature adhesion.
What this means to you is that as you start to apply this material, and you discover your may have started it crooked or need to reposition it for any reason, simply lift it from the surface and reposition it... It's that simple!
Once properly positioned, simply rub it down to the surface with the application squeegee. At this point 3M's exclusive Comply Performance feature comes into play, making for an almost effortless bubble-free application.
--Illustration of the Comply
Comply performance adds a unique characteristic to the film adhesive that enables faster application with very few air bubbles, whether it is applied by professional or amateur installers. Films with Comply Performance have a network of microstructure air channels in the adhesive. These channels allow air to escape.
This material is manufactured using a rugged 4mil.vinyl and has been formulated for permanent application. It features a high-tac, pressure sensitive adhesive and is printed with the 3M ink system for a perfect color match. While this material has many of the same features as our premium removable material, it is not easily removed and not as easily positioned, thus special care must be used when applying this product.
While this material carries no warranty other than being free of manufacturing defects, it can last for years.
A great product for jon boats, lettering, craft projects, etc.
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