Printed 7 year polymeric vinyl with 7 year polymeric laminate.
We were approached recently by one of our regular clients. Their premises are the iconic Jenners Depository in Balgreen, or as they are now known, Edinburgh Self Storage. We were told that the distinctive red brick building had cracks appearing in the peirs on the west elevation which were getting progressively worse due to water ingress. Their solution was to have the damaged elements clad with powder coated folded aluminium sheets. We were asked if we could wrap these cladding panels with a printed vinyl complete with matt laminate that would remain colour fast and not shrink or peel. The option we chose was a polymeric 7 year vinyl with a 7 year matt laminate.
Selecting the material wasn’t the only problem we faced, we also had to produce prints to match the existing brickwork and grey concrete sections dividing the levels. We asked one of our designers, who has a keen interest in photography to pop along to site and take some pictures of the brick and the concrete. We used his photographs for the artwork we used to print from. After a couple of test prints we got an almost exact match, both in scale and colour.
The scope of the works allowed for 8 piers each 9.1m high accessed using a Genie Z80 / 60 operated by one of our fully accredited IPAF carrying operators. We installed the prints working from the bottom to the top overlapping as we went to avoid the risk of any water ingress. It took three days to complete the installation, as you will see from the photographs we achieved an almost identical match. Our client was exceptionally happy with the outcome and continues to work with us.
This was a pretty unusual project using vinyl, we do all aspects of vinyl work ranging from simple window graphics, full vehicle wraps and printed wall panels.