Product Bulletin IJ3630-20
Release UKH, Effective March 2005
See Bulletin Summary Change on last page
Scotchcal™
Translucent Graphic Film IJ3630-20
For Piezo Ink Jet Printing Only
Product Description
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3M ™ Scotchcal™ Translucent Graphic Film IJ3630-20 is 2
mil film designed for making both flat and thermoformed
backlit graphics that have uniform color in both reflected
and transmitted light. It has a synthetic layflat liner.
Key Features
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Approved for piezo ink jet printing
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Up to four year, exterior durability
Superior lay-flat characteristics in all shop humidity
conditions
Liner is not affected by moisture; does not split if wet
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Dimensionally stable
Application and Uses
Film IJ3630-20 is intended for making both warranted and
promotional applications. The following applications may
be warranted by the 3M ™ MCS ™ Warranty. See page NO
TAG.
3M Commercial Graphics Division products are not
tested against automotive manufacturers’ specifications
and are, therefore, not warranted for use in fabricating
graphics for automotive Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM).
Compatible Products for Warranted
Graphics
Inks and Printer Platforms
• 3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 4600
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- Scitex PressJet-W™ Digital Press
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 1500
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3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 1500
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VUTEk UltraVu ™ 2360/3360 Printers
VUTEk UltraVu ™ 3000/3300 and 5000/5300
Printers
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 6000
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Océ Arizona 30-s Printer
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For interior or exterior use on internally-illuminated
sign faces
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3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 6800
Océ Arizona 180 Printer
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For thermoforming with rigid plastic surfaces under
well-controlled conditions as described in Instruction
Bulletin 5.16
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3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 5600
Océ Arizona 600 Printer
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3M™ Screen Print Screen Print Clear 9720UV
We do not normally warrant other applications, but please
contact us to discuss your needs or let us suggest other 3M
products.
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3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8519
3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 8520
3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8908 ES
Specifically, we do not recommend or warrant this film for
the following:
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3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 8909 ES
3M™ Scotchcal™ High Gloss Overlaminate 3640 GPS
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3M™ Screen Print Gloss Clear 1920
Limitations of Uses
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Fleet graphics
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Graphic constructions with more than two layers of
film, including the overlaminate
Graphics applied to:
Films
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Substrates
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surfaces with rivets or corrugations.
non-3M flexible substrates.
substrates with coatings such as silicone.
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3M™ Diffuser Films 3635-30, 3635-70
3M™ Panaflex™ Awning and Sign Facing 945GPS
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Note: For the full product names of the 3M products listed
on this page, please see page 1.
Other Products
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3M™ Premasking Tape SCPS-100
3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-2
Application Characteristics
Characteristic
Description
**Finished
graphic
application
recommendation
Surface type:
Flat, without rivets
Substrate type:
Characteristics
3M ™ Panaflex™ Awning and Sign
Facing 945GPS
All values given are typical for unprocessed film unless
noted otherwise and are not for use in specifications.
Processing film may change certain values.
Rigid substrates such as flat acrylic,
polycarbonate*, copolyester sign
sheet, glass
Application temperature:
Physical Characteristics
Characteristics
Description
Film
Vinyl, White Translucent
Thickness
Without adhesive:
0.05 mm (50 micron)
With adhesive:
0.08 to 0.1 mm (80-100 micron)
Adhesive type
Pressure sensitive, clear
Liner
Polyethylene-coated paper
Tensile strength* 8.8N
(0.9 kg/cm at 23°C) (minimum)
Roll sizes
137 cm x 45 m (54 inches x 50
yards)
Adhes ion*
24 hours after
application
Acrylic and uncoated, clear
polycarbonate
Chemical
resistance
Resists mild alkalis, mild acids,
and salt
8.6N (0.7 kg/cm)
16 ° C air and substrate
Applied film
shrinkage
0.4 mm (40 micron)
Finished graphic
exposure
temperature
-45° to +77°C
Graphic removal
Permanent
* Some polycarbonate substrates have a scratch resistant
coating on one side. This coating has a low surface
energy and will discourage adhesion. In these cases,
second surface application should be considered.
Polycarbonate substrates may require drying by baking
before use because outgassing of moisture from the
polycarbonate would cause the film to bubble. Refer to
the manufacturers’ instructions.
** For applications nearing the minimum temperature
range, please contact your local technical service
representative to confirm suitability of application
Excellent resistance to water
(this does not include immersion)
* Tensile strength and adhesion values are typical values
and are not be used for specification purposes.
*Impact at low temperatures of film applied to flexible
substrates may result in cracking of the film and/or
substrate, which is not covered by the 3M MCS Warranty.
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• Selection and preparation of the substrate
• Application methods
Only a Scotchprint® Graphics Authorized Manufacturer or 3M • Exposure conditions
Piezo Ink Jet Registered Fabricator can produce 3M ™ MCS™ • Cleaning methods
Warranted Graphics. The effective performance life is based on
Graphic Exposure Definition
field experience and exposure tests conducted throughout the
United States. When the graphics are processed and used
face of graphic
according to the 3M recommendations, they should have the
Vertical Exposure
performance life shown in the table below. The actual
Face of graphic is +/- 10° from vertical
performance depends on the:
Effective Performance Life
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Correct combination of film, ink and screen print clear
or overlaminate
Adequate drying
Warranted Durability
Film
Ink Series
IJ3630-20
RG3630-20
4600, 1500,
6800, 5600
IJ3630-20
RG3630-20
4600, 1500,
6800, 5600
Fleet
Protective
Clears
8519, 8520,
1920, 8908,
8909, 9720UV
Exterior Sign
1st Surface
Exterior Sign
2nd Surface
Interior
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
0
0
0
3
3
2
0
0
0
8
8
8
0
0
0
5
4
3
0
0
0
8
8
8
When to Use an Overlaminate or
Screen Print Clear
Printing with Solvent-Based Piezo
Ink Jet Inks
An overlaminate or screen print clear provides protection
to a graphic as well as changing gloss. Typically, only
graphics that are subjected to harsh conditions require
this protection in order to be warranted. They include
any graphic exposed to abrasive washing conditions,
including automatic/power washing, harsh cleaners or
chemicals.
The ink Instruction Bulletin provides detailed information
for successful printing and graphic application. You must
follow these instructions to get the durability given in the
Effective Performance Life. See 3M Related Literature
on page 6.
The operator who has an excellent understanding of prepress operations, including color management and using
software profiles, and who understands the relationship
between film characteristics, printer setup, total ink
coverage and drying time can produce graphics that
achieve the performance expectations of the film and the
customer.
The operator should work with the graphic designer
and/or color conversion operator so there is a common
understanding of print and media parameters.
The operator should also work with the film applicator so
you are both aware of any special handling or application
techniques that may be needed for the selected film
construction.
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Total Ink Coverage
Do not exceed a total ink coverage of 300% for film
IJ3630-20. When used in the printers approved for the
Performance Guarantee, we recommend a maximum of
270%. Too high a total physical ink amount on the film
results in media characteristic changes, inadequate
drying, overlaminate lifting, and/or poor graphic
performance. Lifting on corrugations and tenting on
rivets is possible with higher ink coverage.
Backlit Signs Require Special Consideration
Clear and translucent films tend to be more sensitive to
shrinkage due to high total ink coverage. Film that is not
sufficiently dried prior to creating an overlap may shrink
and result in a light leak. Rather than increasing the total
ink coverage to increase the density of the backlit image,
we recommend printing two layers of film at lower ink
levels. Refer to Instruction Bulletin 4.26 for details and
construction options.
Drying
Cutting
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When using any equipment, always follow the
manufacturers’ instructions for safe operation.
For the inside corners of cut out letters and symbols, and
the pointed end of stripes, cut the largest radius consistent
with an acceptable appearance. This technique helps
avoid stress cracking due to age, and lifting of pointed
ends during maintenance.
For individual pieces, use one of these cutting methods.
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Hand cut
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Kiss cut
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Die cut
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Electronic cutter
For multiple pieces, use one of these cutting methods.
• Guillotine
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Caution
Always build enough time into your process to
ensure adequate drying of the graphic. Poorly dried
film may become soft and stretchy, and the
adhesive may become too aggressive. This can
cause difficulty when applying an overlaminate,
rolling the graphic, and applying the film. See the
ink’s Instruction Bulletin for more details.
Thermoforming
Refer to Instruction Bulletin 5.16 for detailed
information.
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Caution
Film IJ3630-20 emits vapours during the
thermoforming process. Be sure to read and
follow the information contained in the Material
Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), the box label and
Instruction Bulletin 5.16 before thermoforming.
Caution
Die cut
Application Tapes
The type of application tape to use depends on the type of
graphic produced and the ink or screen print clear that
was applied last. See Instruction Bulletin 4.3 for details.
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Use a prespacing tape if the graphic has large
amounts of the liner exposed.
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Use a premasking tape if very little of the liner is
exposed.
Screen Print Clear
Prespacing Premasking
Tape
Tape
Printed, uncleared
SCPS-100
SCPM -19
1920DR
9720UV
8519
8520
SCPS-100
SCPM -19
8908 ES
8909 ES
None
SCPM -19
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Application
Related Literature
For application by hand, the detergent and water
application method is recommended. Dry application by
hand may leave some dark streaks or bubbles that could
be visible in transmitted light.
Before starting any job, be sure you have the most recent
product and instruction bulletins.
For roll application, the dry method is acceptable.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Use a mild cleaner such as the kind used for high-quality
painted surfaces. The cleaner must be wet, non-abrasive,
without strong solvents, and have a pH value between
3 and 11 (neither strongly acidic nor strongly alkaline).
See Instruction Bulletin 6.5.
Bulletin
No..
Subject
Product Bulletins
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 4600
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 1500
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 6000
3M™ Piezo Ink Jet Ink Series 6800
Shelf Life, Shipping, and Storage
3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 1900
3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 9700UV
3M™ Light Control Film Series 3635
3M™ Scotchcal™ Overlaminate 8519 and 8520
3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8908 ES
3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 8909 ES
3M™ Panaflex™ Awning and Sign Facing 945
GPS
Instruction Bulletins
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Design of graphics
Removal
This film is not removable.
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Unprocessed film has a shelf life of two years after
receipt from 3M. Processed film has a shelf life of
one year. However, the total shelf life of a graphic
before and after processing cannot exceed 2 years.
Store the film in a clean, dry area in the original
container.
Store the film out of direct sunlight and at less than
38°C.
Ship the finished graphic lying flat or in a roll. To
roll the graphic, roll it printed side out onto a core
that is 13 cm or larger in diameter. These methods
help prevent the film and application tape from
wrinkling or popping off the liner.
See Instruction Bulletin 6.5 for details.Related 3M
Literature
Printing with piezo ink jet ink series 1600
Printing with piezo ink jet ink series 2300
Printing with piezo ink jet ink series 4000
Printing with piezo ink jet ink series 5600
Printing with piezo ink series 6000
Printing with piezo ink series 6800
Screen printing with ink series 1900
Screen printing with ink series 9700UV
Cold roll lamination
Scoring and cutting
Using 3M application tapes; premasking and
prespacing for films
Making backlit signs with piezo printed films
Application, substrate selection, preparation and
substrate-specific application techniques
Application, special applications and vehicles
Application, general procedures for interior and
exterior dry applications
Storage, handling, maintenance, removal
Wet application method
Application and attachment of graphics
Thermoforming
4600
1500
6000
6800
1900
9700
3635
8519/8520
8908
8909
945
2.1
4.30
4.35
4.27
4.39
4.40
3.11
3.4
4.22
4.1
4.3
4.26
5.1
5.4
5.5
6.5
5.7
5.21
5.16
3M, MCS and Scotchcal are trademarks of 3M Company.
Scotchprint is a registered trademark o f 3M in the US and other countries.
UltraVu is a trademark of VUTEk Inc.
Pressjet-W is a trademark of Scitex Corporation Ltd.
Bulletin Change Summary
3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8910 ES and 3M™
Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 8911 ES have been replaced by
overlaminates 8519 and 8520, respectively with no difference in
performance or warranty.
3M, MCS and Scotchcal are trademarks of 3M Company.
Scotchprint is a registered trademark of 3M in the US and other countries.
UltraVu is a trademark of VUTE k Inc.
Pressjet-W is a trademark of Scitex Corporation Ltd.
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Glossary of Terms
Technical Assistance
Matched Component System™ or MCS™
The system pursuant to which Finished Graphics are produced
by a Graphic Manufacturer using only 3M Products and
components and manufactured in accordance with 3M’s Product
or Instruction Bulletins, 3M Specification Document and using
3M Approved Technologies.
For help on specific questions relating to 3M Commercial
Graphics Division Products, contact your local Technical
Service Representative.
Permanent Adhesive
Films with a permanent adhesive can be difficult to
remove and will often require heat and/or chemicals for
effective removal.
Health & Safety
Refer to the package label and the Material Safety Data
Sheet for health, safety, and handling information on the
products referenced in this bulletin. For 3M products, if
necessary, you may contact our Toxicology/Product
Responsibility Department on 01344 858000.
Important Notice to Purchaser
The 3M products described in this publication are
covered by a 3M warranty and limitation of liability.
Commercial Graphics Department
3M United Kingdom PLC
3M Centre, Cain Road
Bracknell, Berkshire
RG12 8HT
Tel: 01344 857850
Fax: 01344 857939
e-mail: commgraphics.uk@mmm.com
Sales Assistance
Commercial Graphics Group
3M United Kingdom PLC
3M House
28 Great Jackson Street
Manchester
M15 4PA
Tel: 0161 237 6394
Free Fax: 0800 378127
e-mail: commgraphics.uk@mmm.com
3M’s warranty provides that if 3M finds that goods are
defective in material or workmanship they will be
replaced or the price refunded at 3M’s option but note
that 3M does not accept liability for other direct losses
(except for personal injury or death) or consequential
losses relating to defective products or from information
supplied by 3M.
Purchasers and users of 3M products, and not 3M
supplying companies, are always solely responsible for
deciding on the suitability of the 3M product for their
required or intended use.
Commercial Graphics Department
3M United Kingdom PLC
3M Centre, Cain Road
Bracknell, Berkshire
RG12 8HT
Tel: 01344 857850
Fax: 01344 857939
e-mail: commgraphics.uk@mmm.com
websites: www.mmm.com/uk
www.3m.com/uk/graphicsolutions
www.scotchprint.com/uk
Commercial Graphics Group
3M United Kingdom PLC
3M House, 28 Great Jackson Street
Manchester M15 4PA
Tel: 0161 237 6394
Free Fax: 0800 378127
e- mail: commgraphics.uk@mmm.com
websites: www.mmm.com/uk
www.3m.com/uk/graphicsolutions
www.scotchprint.com/uk
Commercial Graphics Group
3M Ireland (Dublin)
Adelphi Centre, Dun Laoghhaire
County Dublin, Ireland
Tel: 01 280 3555
Fax: 01 280 3509
e- mail: commgraphics.uk@mmm.com
websites: www.mmm.com/uk
www.3m.com/uk/graphicsolutions
www.scotchprint.com/uk
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