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Why Marnot® XL
When deciding on which product is the best option for your application, there are a lot of options in
the market to consider. From the substrate type, to coating and aesthetic, our Marnot® line of films
offers a wide range of options that will help narrow down your choices.

Polyester (PET) or Polycarbonate (PC)?
Our Marnot line offers both films options, meaning you don’t need to choose between chemical and
abrasion resistance and the base film properties needed. When choosing between a PET and PC, it’s
important to know the application the film will be used for. PET is naturally more heat and chemical
resistant, flexible and less likely to yellow in the sun, while PC offers a clarity in thicker gauges, and
is easier to die cut and thermoform. Marnot XL helps level the playing field a bit, so you can narrow
down the pros and cons of each option.

Chemical Resistance
The Marnot line is indicative of a certain level of chemical resistance that meets the strict
requirements of the appliance and membrane touch switch markets. With resistance to common
chemicals like sunscreen, formula 409, lemon Juice and 20% bleach – you can be sure that when the
surface is being cleaned, the film stays intact and the images stay clear. It also is resistant against
several industrial solvents, such as acetone, MEK and brake fluid. This means you can be sure the
materials won’t be damaged during the manufacturing process of the finished good. It also ensures
if the item is used in an industrial setting, the overlay graphic will remain clear and readable. This is
important for warning labels and machinery overlays for safety and ease of operations.

Abrasion Resistance
Between transit, processing, and general use – the surface of most products will get exposed to
harsh environments. Marnot XL helps protect against scratching by shielding the film with a hard
surface which is more resistant to marring than the film itself. This is tested using a pencil hardness
test, which is a standard industry test method. By measuring the graphite hardness against the
material with a controlled amount of pressure, the Marnot XL coating tests from H-2H pencil
hardness (see fig. 1 below). This will ensure minimal abrasion when material shifts during shipping , or 
during processing and will stand up against general wear and tear in the field.

Aesthetic Options
Marnot XL is offered in a wide range of gloss levels including clear, 20%, 35%, 55%, 75% and
90% options. This allows your end use customer to choose a look that blends best with their
finished product. Marnot XL PC films can also be created using a textured polycarbonate, as
well as flame-retardant polycarbonates for applications that have specific UL requirements.

Ease of Processing
Marnot XL products allows for first and second surface printability with both UV and solvent inks. This
eliminates the need for blind registration and allows you to texturize the hardcoated surface to get a
tactile feel or include further design elements to make your piece stand out. It is also receptive to
clearing inks, to ensure your digital windows look high-end and readable.

In addition to printability, the Marnot XL coating will die cut without edge shatter and allows for hot or
cold embossing without micro-cracking. This will keep the integrity of your product intact through the
full creation process and provide optimum performance in the field.

There are a lot of options in the market for printable films. When deciding which is best for your
application, Marnot XL provides optimal performance, time-tested durability and ultimate confidence
that your product will stand out.

Contact a Tekra sales representive to learn more.  

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