Product Bulletin 3630/3730

Product Bulletin 3630/3730
Release B, Effective November 2012 (Replaces A, Oct 12)
See Bulletin Change Summary at end of Bulletin
This Bulletin replaces Product Bulletin 3630
Scotchcal™ Translucent Graphic Film Series 3630
Envision™ Translucent Film Series 3730
For Screen Printing, Cut Graphics and Thermoforming
1. Product Description
A. Product Features
B. Recommended Types of
Graphics and End Uses
 2-mil, long-term vinyl translucent films available in crisp, clear colors (many with
simulated PANTONER color references)
 Matte surface finish eliminates glare and provides uniform color in reflected and
transmitted light
 Pressure sensitive adhesive adheres to rigid and flexible substrates
 Synthetic layflat liner that is not affected by water or humidity
 Electronically cut or thermoform
 Use with fluorescent bulbs or LEDs. Typically for best results, 3M recommends using:
- film series 3630 for fluorescent lighting applications.
- films series 3730 for LED applications.
When constructed and used as described in this Bulletin, these types of graphics and end
uses may be warranted by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. Please read the entire Bulletin for
details.
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C. Performance Overview
For indoor or outdoor use on internally-illuminated vertical sign faces
For indoor or outdoor flat and thermoformed signs and flexible or rigid sign facings
First and second surface applications
Thermoforming on rigid plastic surfaces
3M tests the performance of both individual products and finished graphic constructions.
This table shows the best performance expected from this product without a Warranty
Period and with a Warranty Period.
For detailed graphic construction and application options along with specific Warranty
Periods, please see the Warranty Information, Section 5.
Expected Performance Life. This is the estimated period of time the product should perform satisfactorily.
7 years
Unwarranted Period
Unprinted film with no graphic protection, applied to a flat vertical outdoor surface.
3M™ MCS™ Warranty. This is the maximum period of time 3M will warrant the finished graphic performance.
Unprinted film with the best graphic protection option, applied to a flat, vertical outdoor surface.
9 years
Warranty Period
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D. Limitations of End Uses
This 3M product is not designed or recommended for the following uses. Please contact us
to discuss other options.
 Not suitable for fleet graphics
 Not suitable for graphic constructions with more than two layers of film, including the
overlaminate, except as described in Three Film Layer Constructions
 Graphics applied to:
- surfaces with rivets or corrugations.
- non-3M flexible substrates.
- substrates with coatings such as silicone.
E. Special Considerations
We recommend weeding before thermoforming when using film with red pigments. The red
pigments available to film manufacturers today can stain plastic when thermoformed.
3M is very successful at helping you match day/night colors when the same color density is
required in front lit and backlit graphics to maximize the effectiveness of your sign. Please
contact us for assistance when this is a concern.
2. Compatible Products
This section provides a list of products that are approved by 3M for use with the base film
covered in this Bulletin, and used for the creation of a graphic that is covered by the 3M™
MCS™ Warranty. Refer to the Product and Instruction Bulletins listed in 3M Related Literat­
ure at the end of this Bulletin for more information about the compatible products.
A. Screen Printing Inks
 3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 1900
 3M™ Screen Printing UV Ink Series 9800
B. Graphic Protection
 3M™ Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9740i
 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 3640GPS
 3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3642GPS
C. Films
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D. Substrates
 3M™ Panaflex™ Awning and Sign Facing 945GPS
 3M™ Panagraphics™ III Wide-Width Flexible Substrate
 Flat, rigid substrates (see Application Characteristics on page 3)
E. Other Products
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3M™ Day/Night Film 3635-91
3M™ Day/Night Film 3635-0171
3M™ Diffuser Film 3635-30
3M™ Diffuser Film 3635-70
3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Film 3735-50
3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Film 3735-60
3M™ Blockout Film 3635-20B
3M™ Blockout Film 3635-22B
3M™ Dual-Color Film Series 3635-200
3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-2
3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-53X
3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-3
3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-44X
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3. Characteristics
A. Physical Characteristics
These are typical values for unprocessed product; processing may change the values.
Contact your 3M representative for a custom specification.
Characteristic
Value
Film material
Vinyl
Colors
3630: Translucent, 57 colors
3730: Translucent, 20 colors
See Color Chart in Section C.
Thickness
Without adhesive: 2 mils (0.05 mm)
With adhesive: 3 to 4 mils (0.08 to 0.1 mm)
Adhesive type
Pressure sensitive
Adhesive color
Clear
Liner
Translucent, synthetic layflat liner
Adhesion
Acrylic and uncoated, clear polycarbonate: 4 pounds/inch
24 hours after application (0.7 kg/cm)
B. Application Characteristics
Chemical
resistance
Resists mild alkalis, mild acids, and salt
Excellent resistance to water (not immersion)
Characteristic
Value
Finished graphic
application
recommendation
Surface type: Flat, without rivets
Substrate type: 3M flexible substrates; rigid substrates such
as flat acrylic, polycarbonate, high temperature copolyester
sheet, glass
- These films typically adhere to solar-grade polycarbo­
nate substrate. However, some lots of this substrate
may inhibit film adhesion. Contact Technical Service if
you are having difficulty. See Instruction Bulletin 5.7 for
additional information.
- Polycarbonate substrates may require oven drying be­
fore use because outgassing of moisture from the poly­
carbonate may cause the film to bubble. Refer to the
manufacturers' instructions.
Application method: Wet, typical
Application temperature: 60F (16C) minimum air, substrate
Temperature range after
application
-50 to +170F (-45 to +77C )
Recommended light
source for best results
3630: Fluorescent bulbs
Graphic removal
None, permanent
Impact at low temperatures of film applied to flexible substrates
may result in cracking of the film and/or substrate.
3730: LEDs
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Selected 3M product colors are a simulation of a PANTONER-identified color standard. You
can view these colors at 3Mgraphics.com. Go to Tools & Support, then Pantone® Color
Reference. Use current PANTONE Color Publications for accurate color. PANTONER is the
property of Pantone LLC. EPantone LLC, 2012. Produced under License Agreement No.
813R between 3M and Pantone LLC.
C. Color Chart
Special colors are available by request. Pigment durability and manufacturing limitations do
not permit exact color matching of all color shades.
(1) Film Series 3630
(2) Film Series 3730
Product Color
PANTONE Color Product Color
PANTONE Color
3630-005
3630-015
3630-20
3630-22
3630-25
3630-26
3630-33
3630-36
3630-43
3630-44
3630-49
3630-51
3630-53
3630-57
3630-59
3630-61
3630-63
3630-68
3630-69
Ivory
Yellow
White
Black t
Sunflower
Green
Red
Blue
Lt. Tomato Red
Orange
Burgundy
Silver Gray
Cardinal Red
Olympic Blue
Dark Brown
Slate Gray
Rust Brown
Rose Mauve
Duranodic t
3630-71
Shadow Gray
3630-73
3630-74
3630-75
3630-76
3630-78
3630-83
3630-84
3630-87
Dark Red
Kumquat Orange
Marigold
Holly Green
Vivid Rose
Regal Red
Tangerine
Royal Blue
PANTONE 7500 C
PANTONE 116 C
n/a
PANTONE Black C
PANTONE 130 C
PANTONE 7727 C
n/a
PANTONE 281 C
n/a
PANTONE 1655 C
PANTONE 188 C
PANTONE 439 C
PANTONE 187 C
n/a
PANTONE 4625 C
n/a
PANTONE 7610 C
PANTONE 190 C
PANTONE
Black 7 C
PANTONE Warm
Gray 7 C
PANTONE 7621 C
PANTONE 151 C
PANTONE 7549
PANTONE 7734 C
PANTONE 206 C
PANTONE 187 C
PANTONE 1575 C
PANTONE 274 C
n/a
PANTONE 376 C
PANTONE 224 C
PANTONE 7594 C
PANTONE 3995 C
n/a
PANTONE 241 C
PANTONE 877 C
PANTONE 1235 C
PANTONE 3435 C
PANTONE 300 C
PANTONE 525 C
PANTONE 471 C
PANTONE 872 C
PANTONE 220 C
PANTONE 360 C
PANTONE 2757 C
n/a
PANTONE 485 C
PANTONE 340 C
PANTONE 7690 C
PANTONE 468 C
PANTONE 355 C
PANTONE 287 C
PANTONE 2945 C
PANTONE 3282 C
PANTONE 322 C
PANTONE 658 C
n/a
3630-97
3630-106
3630-108
3630-109
3630-115
3630-116
3630-118
3630-121
3630-125
3630-126
3630-127
3630-128
3630-129
3630-131
3630-133
3630-136
3630-137
3630-141
3630-143
3630-146
3630-147
3630-149
3630-156
3630-157
3630-167
3630-236
3630-246
3630-317
3630-337
Bristol Blue
Brilliant Green
Pink
Light Rust Brown
Lt. Lemon Yellow
Bright Jade Green
Intense Magenta
Silver
Golden Yellow
Dk Emerald Green
Intense Blue
Plum Purple
Bronze
Gold Metallic
Raspberry
Lime Green
European Blue
Gold Nugget
Poppy Red
Light Kelly Green
Lt. European Blue
Light Beige
Vivid Green
Sultan Blue
Bright Blue
Turquoise
Teal Green
Evening Blue
Process Blue
Product
Color
Product
Color
Product
Color
3730-015L
3730-20L
3730-22L
3730-26L
3730-33L
3730-35L
Yellow
White
Black t
Green
Red
Light Gold
3730-36L
3730-43L
3730-44L
3730-97L
3730-127L
Blue
Lt. Tomato Red
Orange
Bristol Blue
Intense Blue
3730-137L
3730-156L
3730-157L
3730-167L
3730-337L
European Blue
Vivid Green
Sultan Blue
Bright Blue
Process Blue
t Films 3630-22, 3630-69 and 3730-22L are effectively opaque for most sign uses.
(3) Color Matching
 Film series 3730 is not available in simulated PANTONER-identified colors at this time.
 Because film series 3630 and 3730 are optimized for different light sources, an exact
color match between these two films may not be possible.
D. 3M Flexible Substrates
Important Note!
The user is responsible for determining and complying with all applicable building codes
that affect the use of materials in interior and exterior awning, banner and sign face
applications, including flammability standards. For information on flammability
requirements, contact your local building code officials. For information on the results of
flammability testing on 3M flexible substrates, including the product covered in this Product
Bulletin from 3M Commercial Graphics, call 1-800-328-3908.
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4. Definitions
A. Exposure Types
U.S. Vertical
Exposure
U.S.
Non-vertical
Exposure
B. Graphic Types
face of graphic
face of graphic
The face of the graphic is +/- 10 from vertical
The face of the graphic is greater than 10 from vertical
and greater than 5 from horizontal.
U.S. Desert
Southwest
Exposure
Any outdoor graphic exposed to solar energy more than half of the daylight
hours in Arizona, New Mexico and the desert areas of California, Nevada,
Utah and Texas is subject to reduced warranties. A detailed map is available
at 3Mgraphics.com.
Indoor Signs
Stationary graphics applied indoors and not exposed to the elements
Outdoor Signs
Stationary graphics applied outdoors and exposed to the elements
C. Graphic Construction
The products used to make a graphic, which may include film and/or flexible substrate, graphic
protection, ink, printer and application tape
D. Graphic Protection
Overlaminate films or clear coats used to protect the graphic and/or change gloss
5. Warranty Information
A. Warranty Coverage
Overview
The warranty coverage for each graphic is based on the user(s) both reading and following
all applicable and current 3M Product and Instruction Bulletins. 3M will honor the Warranty
Period stated in the base film's Product Bulletin that is current when the film was
purchased. The Warranty Period may be reduced and stipulations may apply for certain
constructions and applications, as covered in this Bulletin.
The following is made in lieu of all other express or implied warranties, including any
implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or implied warranty
arising out of a course of dealing, custom or usage of trade.
B. 3M Basic Product Warranty
This product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and manufacture at the time of
shipment and to meet the specifications stated in this Product Bulletin and as further set
forth in the 3M Commercial Graphics Warranty Brochure.
C. Limited Remedy
3M will replace or refund the price of any 3M materials that do not meet this warranty with­
in the specified time periods. These remedies are exclusive.
D. Limitation of Liability
Except where prohibited by law, 3M SHALL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE
TO PURCHASER OR USER FOR ANY DIRECT (EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED REMEDY PROVIDED
ABOVE), INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LABOR, NON-3M MATERIAL CHARGES, LOSS OF PROFITS,
REVENUE, BUSINESS, OPPORTUNITY, OR GOODWILL) RESULTING FROM OR IN ANY WAY
RELATED TO SELLER'S PRODUCTS, SERVICES or THIS BULLETIN. This limitation of liability
applies regardless of the legal or equitable theory under which such losses or damages are
sought including breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, strict liability, or any
other legal or equitable theory.
E. Additional Limitations
See the 3M Commercial Graphics Warranty Brochure at 3Mgraphics.com, which gives the
terms, additional limitations of the warranty, if any, and limitations of liability.
F. 3M™ MCS™ Warranty
Finished graphics constructed with the materials specified and the exposure specified in the
Warranty Period Table, Section F.(1), are eligible for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.
Subject to Stipulations set forth in
Section G.
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(1) Warranty Period
for Finished Graphics
Warranty Period for Finished Graphics
Non-Thermoformed Signs
U.S. Exposure
(in Years)
U.S. Desert
Southwest Exposure
(in Years)
NonVertical
Vertical
Vertical
NonVertical
None*
6
0
4.2
0
Unprinted film
3640GPS
3642GPS
9
6
6.3
4.2
First
Printed with ink 1900
1920DR
5
4
3.5
2.8
First
Printed with UV ink
9800
9800CL
9740i
5
4
3.5
2.8
First
Unprinted film
None*
6
0
4.2
0
First
Printed with ink 1900
1920DR
5
0
3.5
0
First
Printed with UV ink
9800
9800CL
9740i
5
0
3.5
0
First
Printed with ink 1900
1920DR
5
4
3.5
2.8
First
Printed with UV ink
9800
9800CL
9740i
5
4
3.5
2.8
Non-solar grade
rigid substrate
Second
Unprinted film
None
6
0
4.2
0
Solar grade
polycarbonate
or PETG UV
grade
Second
Unprinted film
None
9
6
6.3
4.2
Substrate
Panaflex,
Rigid substrate
Application
Surface
Decoration
Method
Graphic
Protection
First
Unprinted film
First
Panaflex
Panagraphics III
PETG, glass,
Acrylic and
Non-Solar grade
polycarbonate
Thermoformed Signs
U.S. Exposure
(in Years)
U.S. Desert
Southwest Exposure
(in Years)
Complete Sign Face**
Complete Sign Face**
Substrate
Application
Surface
Decoration Method***
Graphic
Protection
Rigid Substrate
First
Unprinted film
None
4
2.8
Rigid Substrate
First
Unprinted film
3640GPS
3642GPS
6
4.2
Acrylic or
Non-solar grade
polycarbonate
Second
Unprinted film
None
4
2.8
Solar grade
polycarbonate
Second
Unprinted film
None
6
4.2
* Although the durability of these constructions are warranted without graphic protection in a vertical orientation, 3M strongly
recommends using graphic protection to keep the graphic looking good. See Section 5.G.(1).
** When the thermoformed sign is vertically mounted.
*** Thermoformed signs not warranted for metallic colors 3630-121, 3630-131, or 3630-141.
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G. General Warranty
Stipulations for 3M™
MCS™ Warranty
(1) Abrasion and Loss of Gloss
These stipulations apply to the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. General provisions for these
stipulations are covered in the 3M Commercial Graphics Warranty Brochure at
3Mgraphics.com.
Abrasion damage and loss of gloss are not covered by any 3M warranty. This is considered
normal wear and tear. However, to help maintain the appearance of your graphic, use the
recommended graphic protection whenever:
 it is required for the construction and end use as shown in the Warranty Period tables.
(2) Application Outside the U.S.
Contact the 3M organization for that country.
(3) Application to Glass
3M accepts no liability for glass breakage when using this film for window graphics. See
Instruction Bulletin 5.1 for details.
(4) Graphics Made with
Components Not Sold or
Recommended by 3M
The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty does not, under any circumstances, cover graphics made
with inks, film, graphic protection and/or application tapes that are not sold or
recommended by 3M.
The 3M Performance Guarantee does not, under any circumstances, cover OEM inks,
even those approved by 3M for this program, or any type of 3M product failure that results
from their use.
The user is solely responsible for the graphic appearance, performance and durability of
graphic constructions that include any non recommended or qualified products.
6. Factors that Affect Graphic
Performance Life
The actual performance life of a graphic is affected by all of the following.
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Correct combination of 3M­recommended graphics products
Ink formulation
Adequate ink drying or curing
Selection, condition and preparation of the substrate
Surface texture
Application methods
Angle and direction of sun exposure
Environmental conditions
Cleaning or maintenance methods
7. Graphics Manufacturing
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CAUTION
A. Illuminated Signs Require
Special Consideration
Before using any equipment, always read the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
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 illuminated image, we recommend printing two layers of film at lower ink levels. Refer
to Instruction Bulletin 4.26 for details and construction options.
Backlighting any film, no matter how it is imaged, reduces the density of the colors on the
image.
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B. LED Light Transmission
Comparison
For a general guideline when illuminating graphics using LEDs, this table shows a typical
increase in light transmission that may be expected for graphics using film series 3730 on
diffuser film 3735-50 compared to film series 3630 on diffuser film 3635-30.
Light Transmission Comparison
Film
Video
C. Screen Printing
Typical % Increase
Light Transmission
Product Number
3630-xxx / 3730-xxx
Color
3730 on 3735-50
compared to 3630 on 3635-30
015 / 015L
Yellow
25
20 / 20L
White
56
26 / 26L
Green
20
33 / 33L
Red
106
36 / 36L
Blue
46
43 / 43L
Lt. Tomato Red
66
44 / 44L
Orange
55
97 / 97L
Bristol Blue
32
127 / 127L
Intense Blue
71
137 / 137L
European Blue
33
156 / 156L
Vivid Green
69
157 / 157L
Sultan Blue
44
167 / 167L
Bright Blue
96
337 / 337L
Process Blue
80
Watch a brief lightbox demonstration comparing film series 3730 to film series 3630.
Refer to the 3M Related Literature section for a list of the Product and Instruction Bulletins
that may be needed to make a graphic.
Formulations and processing conditions can affect ink durability. Refer to the Product and
Instruction Bulletins for your ink for limitations and proper usage.
Graphic protection can improve the appearance, performance and durability of your
graphic. A clear coat also prevents chalking on unprinted films.
Whether you apply screen print clears with traditional screening methods or roller coating,
use equipment designed to handle high viscosity materials and make sure the coating is
evenly applied to the specifications in the clear's Instruction Bulletin.
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D. Construction Options
Important Note!
A third layer of film on any one surface is warranted only if the top layer is overlaminate
3640GPS/3642GPS and no more than two layers of any film are even with the edges of the
substrate.
NEVER place an overlap over an existing overlap, which creates four layers.
FIGURE 1
Three Film Layer Constructions
3640GPS/3642GPS
Film Layer 2
Film Layer 1
Substrate
3640GPS/3642GPS
Film Layer 2
Film Layer 1
Substrate
3640GPS/3642GPS
Film Layer 2
Film Layer 1
Substrate
3640GPS/3642GPS
Film Layer 2
Film Layer 1
Substrate
FIGURE 2
Color By Day/White By Night
Visual Example
FIGURE 3
Color By Day/White By Night
Construction
Three film layers
Color By Day
Extend Film Layer 3
and EITHER Film Layer 1 or Film
Layer 2 to the edges of Substrate.
Extend Film Layer 3 1 inch
beyond edges of Film Layers 1
and 2 and Substrate and wrap
Layer 3 around the back of
Substrate.
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No more than two layers of film
can be even with the edges of the
substrate. Extend third layer at
least one inch beyond.
Two layers of film
Extend film 3640/3642GPS beyond
edges of other film layers
Refer to Instruction Bulletin 5.16 for detailed information.
E. Thermoforming
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Extend Film Layer 3 to the edges of
Substrate.
CAUTION
Film series 3630 and 3730 emit vapors during the thermoforming process. Be sure to read
and follow the information contained in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), the box
label, and the Instruction Bulletin 5.16 before thermoforming.
F. Channel Letter Faces
When using film series 3630 or 3730 on rigid plastic channel letter faces, avoid contact
with the adhesive used to attach the trim cap edge. These adhesives attack film and cause
curling, lifting and premature failure of the film.
G. Spray Painting
Film series 3630 and 3730 can be spray painted with Grip-Flex™ or Lacryl™ diffuser
paints with good performance. However, the performance or application of the paints is not
warranted.
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The following are common cutting methods for this film. See Instruction Bulletin 4.1 for
details.
H. Cutting
(1) Cutting Methods
I.
For individual pieces, use one of these
cutting methods.
For multiple pieces, use one of these cutting
methods.
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 Guillotine
 Die cut
Hand cut
Die cut
Kiss cut
Electronic cutter
(2) Minimum Cutting Heights
Based on cutting and weeding evaluations that used Helvetica medium upper case, the
recommended minimum cutting height for text is 1 inch (2.54 cm). Because of the
differences in electronically-controlled cutting equipment and font characteristics, users
should determine their own cutting and weeding capability.
(3) Inside and Outside Corners
For inside and outside 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.
(4) Factors that Affect Cutting
Quality and Ability
 Sharpness of the knife blade. Dull blades create a serrated look to the cut edge of the
film scores the liner. Too little weight does not cut completely through the film and the
adhesive. Excessive weight cuts the liner. It also causes the blade to drag, accelerating
wear and eventually creating a serrated cut edge on the film.
 Temperature and relative humidity are minor considerations, but avoid extreme or rap­
idly fluctuating conditions.
 Store the film in the same environment as the cutting equipment.
 Consider the stroke width of characters, style of serifs or extensions, and small details
of scanned or digitized artwork.
 The minimum recommended stroke width is 0.040 inch (1.0 mm) when film is exposed
to cleaning or other physical stress.
Application Tapes
(1) When to Use
Premasking Tape
 Use as an application aid to increase stiffness, and prevent stretching and damage dur­
ing application.
(2) When to Use
Prespacing Tape
 Hold cut and weeded letters or graphics in registration after removing the film liner.
 Protect cut graphic parts from scratching or damage during application.
 Use when large amounts of liner are exposed.
(3) How to Select a Tape
Determine whether you want to premask the graphic or prespace film elements. Then
locate the graphic protection on your graphic in the table below, and use the corresponding
tape. See Instruction Bulletin 4.3 for complete details.
EXAMPLE: If the film has no graphic protection and you want to premask the film, use
premasking tape SCPM-3.
Select the tape based on what is on top of the graphic
Unprinted
3640GPS, 3642GPS
8519,8520,
3619,3620
1920DR,
Ink Series 1900
9800CL
9740i
Ink Series 9800
Premasking SCPM-3
J
J
J
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Prespacing SCPS-2
J
J
J
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Premasking SCPM-44X
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—
J
Prespacing SCPS-53X
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J
Tape
— = No application tape is recommended for this construction.
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8. Application and Installation
 For application by hand, the detergent and water application method is recommended
for this pressure-sensitive film. Dry application by hand may leave some dark streaks or
bubbles that could be visible in transmitted light. Refer to Instruction Bulletin 5.7.
 For roll application, the dry method is acceptable.
9. Maintenance and Cleaning
Use a cleaner designed for high-quality painted surfaces. The cleaner must be wet, non-ab­
rasive, without strong solvents, and have a pH value between 3 and 11 (neither strongly
acidic nor strongly alkaline.)
Refer to Instruction Bulletin 6.5 for general maintenance and cleaning information.
10. Shelf Life, Storage and Shipping
A. Shelf Life
Total shelf life: 3 years from the date of manufacture on the original box.
If you do process the film, do so within 2 years and apply within 1 year.
If you do not process the film, apply it within 3 years.
B. Storage Conditions
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C. Shipping Finished
Graphics
Flat (may be separated by paper), or rolled printed side out on 5 inch (13 cm) or larger core.
This helps prevent the liner and, if used, the application tape from popping off.
40 to 100F (4 to 38C)
Out of sunlight
Clean dry area
Original container
Bring the film to print room temperature before using
11. Health and Safety
!CAUTION
When handling any chemical products, read the manufacturers' container labels and the
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for important health, safety and environmental informa­
tion. To obtain MSDS sheets for 3M products go to 3M.com/MSDS, or by mail or in case of
an emergency, call 1-800-364-3577 or 1-651-737-6501.
When using any equipment, always follow the manufacturers' instructions for safe
operation.
12. 3M Related Literature
Before starting any job, be sure you have the most current Product and Instruction
Bulletins.
The information in 3M Product and Instruction Bulletins is subject to change. Current
Bulletins are available at 3Mgraphics.com. The following applicable Bulletins provide
information and processes you need to properly make the graphics described in this Bullet­
in. Additional Bulletins may be needed as indicated in the 3M Related Literature section of
other 3M components you use.
Bulletin types: PB = Product Bulletin; PB-IB = Product & Instruction Bulletin; IB = Instruction Bulletin
Subject
Type
Bulletin No.
3M™ Diffuser Films 3635-30 and 3636-70
3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Films 3735-50 and 3735-60
PB
Diffuser
3M™ Blockout Films 3635-20B, 3635-22B
3M™ Day/Night Films 3635-91, 3635-1070
PB
3635
3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 1900 and Overprint Clear VI0402
PB
1900
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IB
3.12
3.11
PB
9800
IB
3.20
3.21
Screen printing with ink series 1900
- line color
- 4-color
3M™ Screen Printing UV Ink Series 9800
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Screen printing with UV ink series 9800
- line color
- 4-color
Product Bulletin 3630/3730 - 11
Bulletin types: PB = Product Bulletin; PB-IB = Product & Instruction Bulletin; IB = Instruction Bulletin
Subject
Type
Bulletin No.
3M™ Dual-Color Film Series 3635-200
PB
3635-200
3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film Series 3650
PB
3650
3M™ Panaflex™ Awning and Sign Facing 945GPS
PB
945
3M™ Panagraphics™ III Wide-Width Flexible Substrate
- Application of 3M pressure sensitive films to Panagraphics substrate
PB
IB
P3
5.30
3M Graphic Protection Products
PB
GP-1
3M™ Screen Print Gloss Clear 1920DR
- Applying screen printing clear 1920DR
PB
IB
1900
3.12
3M™ Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9740i
PB-IB
UV Clears
Hot and cold roll lamination
IB
4.22
Scoring and cutting
IB
4.1
Using 3M application tapes; premasking and prespacing for films
IB
4.3
Making backlit signs with 3M digitally imaged graphics
IB
4.26
Application, substrate selection, preparation and application techniques
IB
5.1
Application, general procedures for indoor and outdoor dry applications
IB
5.5
Application, wet method for translucent screen printed and cut graphics
IB
5.7
Application, special applications and vehicles
IB
5.4
Storage, handling, maintenance, removal
IB
6.5
3M Commercial Graphics Warranty Brochure
go to www.3Mgraphics.com
3M, Envision, MCS, Panaflex, Panagraphics and Scotchcal are trademarks of 3M Company.
Grip-Flex is a trademark of AKZO Wyandotte; Lacryl is a trademark of Spraylat Corporation.
PANTONE is a registered trademark of Pantone LLC.
13. Bulletin Change Summary
Modified and new content is marked with a black bar in the margin. Added the available
standard colors for film series 3730. For a general guideline, included the typical increase
in light transmission that may be expected for graphics using film 3730 with diffuser film
3735-50 compared to film series 3630 with diffuser film 3630-50. Removed flammability
statement under Physical Characteristics. Reordered columns in Warranty Period tables to
list the intended substrate first. Updated definitions of exposure types to align better with
terms used in Warranty Information.
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