Tek Tip - 3M™ Commercial Solutions Adhesive and Liner Technology Overview
3M™ Commercial Solutions has several unique adhesive technologies selectively embedded within their product line. The three main adhesive technologies include:
- Air release with 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive
- Pressure activated with 3M™ Controltac™ Technology
- Pressure sensitive with 3M™ Scotchcal™ films
We'll attempt to explain the main differences and help guide you in properly selecting the correct adhesive technology for your application.
3M™ Comply™ Adhesives (Air Release)
A micro-replicated pattern is embossed onto the liner. Air release channels help prevent trapped air during installation by providing an escape, or egress route. Several versions of 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive exist. Micro comply is the newest version and features non-visible air release channels.
Popular films using 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive include: 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive IJ35C-10 and IJ35-20C.
3M™ Controltac™ Technology (Pressure Activated)
3M™ Controltac™ Technology provide a slideability feature that allows positioning and repositioning of films. Microreplicated spheres or "posts" are systematically placed throughout the liner and are transferred to the adhesive during the manufacturing process.
3M™ Scotchcal™ (Pressure Sensitive)
3M™ Scotchcal™ adheres on contact. This technology is the most cost effective and is used when graphic sliding is not a major concern.
Often times, technologies will be combined to offer even more versatility. Combining the benefits of their air egress for bubble-free installations using 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive with the repositionability of 3M™ Controltac™ Technology helps ensure successful applications every time. Some of 3M's most popular products combining adhesive technologies include: 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive Series 180mC, 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive IJ160C, 3M™ Controltac™ Removable Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive 3545C, and 3M™ Controltac™ Print Film 40C-10R and 40C-20R.