1.Colorful Reflectiv Sheeting,3 Years Durability Reflectiv Sheeting, Utility Grade Reflectiv Sheeting, RS-UG3200 Series
V-RETRO™ Reflective Sheeting
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series are economical/commercial/advertising reflective, weatherproof, self-adhesive films with excellent corrosion and solvent resistance. The smooth surface allows a very good printability. The retro reflective system of optical lens elements (micro glass beads) enclosed within a transparent resin that has a smooth, flat outer surface. They are available in all traffic signing colors and are produced in rolls and sheets. Customized colors are workable.
3 Year Durability
Plotter Cutting Graphic
Multiple Printing Methods
Micro Glass Bead Technology
Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (Clear Color)
Roll Size 48” x 150ft (or slitting into smaller rolls)
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series enclosed micro glass beads retro reflective lens, pressure sensitive adhesive coated sheeting with an easy release liner, intended for production of non-critical traffic signs, advertising signs that are exposed vertically in service.
Applied to properly prepared sign substrates, V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series should provide as long as 3 years of reflectivity and durability.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series is available in the following colors.
Retro Reflective Color
Coefficients of Retroreflection (RA)
The values in Table A and B are minimum coefficients of retroreflection expressed in candelas per lux per square meter (cd/lux/m2).
Coefficients of Retro reflection (Required by North American Market)
Conformance to coefficient of retro reflection requirements shall be determined by instrumental method in accordance with ASTM E-810 “Test Method for Coefficient of Retroreflection of Retroreflective Sheeting”.
Table A - Coefficient of Retroreflection RA for new reflective sheeting (cd/lux/m2) of RS-UG3200 Series
Daytime Color (x,y,Y)
The chromaticity coordinates and total luminance factor of the retroreflective sheeting conform to Table C Daytime Color Specifications Limit (see Note 1).
Color Test – Ordinary Colored Sheeting Conformance to standard chromaticity (x, y) and luminance factor (Y %) requirements shall be determined by instrumental method in accordance with ASTM E 1164 on sheeting applied to smooth aluminum test panels.
The values shall be determined on a spectrophotometer.
Computations shall be done for CIE Illuminant D65 and the 2° standard observer (see Note 2)
Daytime Luminance Limit
Note 1 : The four pairs of chromaticity coordinates determine the acceptable color in terms of the CIE 1931 Standard Colormetric System.
Note 2 : The instrumentally determined color values of retroreflective sheeting can vary significantly depending on the make and model of colorimetric spectrophotometer as well as the color and retro reflective optics of the sheeting.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series has a pressure-sensitive adhesive that is recommended for application at temperatures of 65°F (18°C) or higher.
The following properties shall conform to the requirements in ASTM D4956, EN 12899-1, DIN 67520.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series must be butt spliced when more than one piece of sheeting is used on one piece of substrate. The sheeting pieces should not touch each other. This is to prevent buckling as the sheeting expands in extreme temperature and humidity exposure.
Double Faced Signs
The sheeting on the bottom side of a double faced sign can be damaged if rolled through a squeeze roll applicator with an unprotected steel bottom roller. The use of a semi-soft flat sheet between the steel roller and the applied sign face will provide protection from damage. A material such as a rubber mat, tag board or cardboard is recommended.
For traffic sign use, substrates found to be most reliable and durable are properly prepared aluminum sheets and extrusions. Users are urged to carefully evaluate all other substrates for adhesion and sign durability. Other substrates that may be satisfactory for proper application of sheeting will have the following characteristics:
• Dimensionally stable
• Weather resistant
• High surface energy (passes water break test)
Substrates with low surface energy may require additional preparation such as flame treatment, mechanical abrasion or use of adhesion promoters prior to sheeting application. Guide sign extrusions may be edge wrapped. Flat panels or unwrapped extrusions are to be carefully trimmed so that sheeting from adjacent panels does not touch on assembled signs.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series is designed primarily for applications to flat substrates. Any use that requires a radius of curvature of less than five inches should also be supported by rivets or bolts. Plastic substrates are not recommended where cold shock performance is required.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series may be processed into signs by any of the imaging methods described below. Customers should test each application to meet their criterion before mass production.
1- Screen Processing
2- Ink Jet Printing
3- Applied Cut-Out Copy
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series may be cut into letters and shapes of at least 3 inches in height and stroke widths of at least 1/2 inch. Smaller sizes are not recommended. The sheeting may be hand cut or die cut one sheet at a time, and ban sawed or guillotined in stacks. Whenever two or more piece are used side by side, they must be matched to assure uniform day color and night appearance.
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series is designed for use on electronic cutting machines. In order to reduce the possibility of stress cracking, the inside corner of cut out letters and symbols should be rounded using the largest radium consistent with appearance. Minimum Radium should be 1/8 inch on a 3 inch letter.
Programmable knife cut (electronic cutting)
1. Flat-bed plotters can either die cut or kiss cut and offer the most consistent reliable performance.
2. Friction Fed plotter. Kiss cut only. Success has been achieved using plotters that have 600 grams of down force and a 60° cutting blade. Additional drive wheels may need to be added to improve tracking. An alternative procedure is to cut sheeting from the liner side. Blade force and knife depth must be set to score but not cut through the top film. Break apart individual copy or apply pre mask to retain spacing.
3. Other Cutting Methods
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series may be hand cut or die cut one sheet at a time, and band sawed or guillotined in stacks. Cutting equipment such as guillotines and metal shears, which have pressure plates on the sheeting when cutting, may damage the optics. Padding the pressure plate and easing it down onto the sheets being cut will significantly reduce damage. Maximum stack height for cutting reflective sheeting is 1 ½ inch or 50 sheets.
Storage and Packaging
V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series should be stored in a cool, dry area, preferably at 65-75°F (18-24°C) and 30-50% relative humidity and should be applied within one year of purchase.
Rolls should be stored horizontally in the shipping carton. Partially used rolls should be returned to the shipping carton or suspended horizontally from a rod or pipe through the core. Unprocessed sheets should be stored flat. Finished signs and applied blanks should be stored on edge.
Screen processed faces or signs must be protected with resin coated paper. Place the glossy side of the resin coated against the sign face and pad the face with closed cell packaging foam. Double faced signs must have the glossy side of the resin coated against each face of the sign.
Unmounted screened faces must be stored flat and interleaved with resin coated t, glossy side against the sign face.
Avoid banding, crating, or stacking signs. Package for shipment in accordance with commercially accepted standards to prevent movement and chafing. Store sign packages indoors on edges.
Panels or finished signs must remain dry during shipment and storage. If packaged signs become wet, unpack immediately and allow signs to dry.
Nylon washers are required when twist style fasteners are used to mount the sign.
Signs that require cleaning should be flushed with water, then washed with a detergent solution and soft bristle brush or sponge. Avoid pressure that may damage the sign face. Flush with water following washing. Do not use solvents to clean signs.
General Performance Considerations
The durability of V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series and finished signs using matched component materials will depend upon substrate selection and preparation, compliance with recommended application procedures, geographic area, exposure conditions, and maintenance.
Maximum durability of V-RETRO™ Reflective Material Utility Grade Reflective Sheeting RS-UG3200 Series can be expected in applications subject to vertical exposure on stationary objects when processed and applied to properly prepared aluminum according to recommendations. The user must determine the suitability of any nonmetallic sign backing for its intended use.
Sign failures caused by the substrate or improper surface preparation are not the responsibility of V-CAN. Applications to unprimed, excessively rough or non-weather resistant surfaces or exposure to severe or unusual conditions can shorten the performance of such applications.
Signs in mountainous areas that are covered by snow for prolonged periods may also have reduced durability. Custom colors, certain lighter colors, heavily toned colors or blends containing yellow or gold may have reduced durability. Atmospheric conditions in certain geographic areas may result in reduced durability.
Periodic sign inspection and regular sign replacement are strongly recommended in order for sign owners to establish their own effective service life expectation, beyond the warranty period.