PSV and Low-VOC Paints
Sticking a decal to a wall. It really shouldn’t be this hard. But with the advent of low-VOC paint, life has gotten a little tougher for those of us that do it for a living. Due to government regulations and efforts to make the world a better place, paint manufacturers have been changing the chemistry and reducing the level of Volatile Organic Compounds in their product. And that change has affected the way decal materials adhere to this new paint.
What was once a simple install is now a game of chance. You apply the graphics and a few days later your customer calls and tells you that they are peeling off the wall. Decals just don’t want to stick to these low-VOC paints. The issue is that all of these paints are different. We don’t have a material that we can guarantee for every paint. What works well with one paint may fail on another. But the good news is now that we recognize the problem, we can recommend a few extra steps that will lead to a more successful application. Although adding steps may seem bothersome, this careful and thorough effort could be the difference between a happy customer and a waste of money. Check out the steps below and watch 3M’s instruction video for more information.
How to Ensure Better Adhesion
- Prepare a cleaning solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water.
- Saturate a cleaning cloth with the solution.
- Thoroughly wipe all parts of the wall where the decal will adhere.
- Wait 10 minutes for the wall to dry.
- Repeat steps 2-4 once or twice more for increased adhesion.
- Apply decal.
- Click this link for 3M recommended paints and primers for the best adhesion.
Preparation for PSV Graphics & Low VOC Paints