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Armalex™  Hard Shell Gloss

Armalex Hard Shell Gloss/Gloss starts as a Lexan® 8010 polycarbonate film with a UV hard coating on the tops side.  It is also coated on the print side for thermal transfer printing.  QUV testing shows a difference between Armalex Hard Shell and non Hard Shell.  After 3 years, the non hard shell starts to turn yellow.

All Armalex films have a smooth print surface and are rolled “print side” out.  Applications include graphic overlays for membrane switches and control panels, back-lit displays and dials, and sub-surface signage.  Click here for roll pricing.

Armalex is available by itself or in a bundle with popular adhesives such as GMS High-Bond, 3M 467, 468, and 9471LE/300LSE.  Click here for pricing on bundles.

If you need selective areas of adhesive, you will want to use  Armalex and use the Armalex Selective Adhesive Mask to mask off the areas where you don’t want to have adhesive.  If you don’t need selective areas of adhesive and you would rather print “right reading” and use a laminate, we have Wet-Look high-gloss laminates that achieve similar results in the same applications. Wet-Look HS is chemical and UV resistant.

 

Specifications

Armalex Hard Shell Rigid clear Polycarbonate with a hard-shell gloss top surface and a smooth sub-surface coated for thermal transfer printing.

Description Armalex Hard Shell  is rolled “print side” out and has a protective mask on both sides. Armalex Hard Shell top surface is more resistant to scratching than standard polycarbonate. Prior to printing remove protective mask from outside wrap of roll. Intended uses include graphic overlays for membrane switches and control panels, and sub-surface signage.

Thickness 10 mil. without the protective liner.

Outdoor Life QUV testing shows 5+ years.  May discolor over time with continuous exposure to UV light.

Shelf Life 1 year stored at 70º F and 50% RH.

Adhesive Although Armalex does not have adhesive, pressure sensitive transfer adhesives are often used with it.  Adhesives should be compatible with polycarbonates.

Service Temperature Range is -40º F to 212º F.

General Application Notes Remove the protective cap from the portion of the roll that is intended to be printed.  Once printed, use a paper interleaf between the finished sheets if they are to be stacked.

In Gerber’s software, select LexEdge® or 3M 220 for the material print setting. For cutting, use the setting for LexEdge® Do not attempt to cut all the way through the Armalex™. Use a 45o blade and score cut the material at least half way through. Once it is score cut, you may fold Armalex™ along a cut line until it cracks apart. Then carefully remove the unwanted scrap. For best results, make some test cuts first to determine the best blade force.

If you must clean the surface, use distilled water and let dry before printing.  Do not expose to alcohol, strong Alkalis, Amines, Esters, Aromatic Hydrocarbons, or Ketones.  Use mild detergents or sprays to clean the gloss’ non-print surface.

USE A  45º BLADE FOR SCORE CUTTING.

Fine Print All of the descriptive information listed above is our recommendation only. This information does not suggest or constitute a written or verbal warranty or guaranty of any kind by the manufacturer or distributor of this product. Although this material can be printed on with some solvent based printers, the surface characteristics of the material can change from roll to roll, and failure of optimal printing results are not a basis for returning the product. Purchasers of this product shall be responsible for independently determining the suitability of the material for the intended application.

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