Cloudy 3M 8518

Rooster

Very Active Member
The last little bit of a roll I just finished left a pretty cloudy appearance when I applied it to a solid black sign face.

This isn't silvering which I'm familiar with, but instead it's like the actual laminate has a cloudy appearance, which was only on the very end of the roll.

Has anybody seen this before? Will it go away like silvering does, or do you think it's a permanent thing?
 

WYLDGFI

Merchant Member
Our 8518s have had the same issue the last few feet on a roll as well. Youre not the only one noticing it.
 

Kentucky Wraps

Kentucky Wraps
Yes about 3 times....the last 10 or 15 feet of my 8518 had that look to it. It looks like it was roughed up a bit...and if you look at it from a distance...there's an angled pattern to it.
 

Rooster

Very Active Member
I've had it so bad on 8519 (throughout the whole roll) that I brought the roll back.

I found it doesn't go away on it's own but if you carefully hit it with some heat it will go away.

Seeing as how it's on a solid black signface, do you think that a day in the sun might make it go away?
 

HulkSmash

Major Contributor
Yes the Heat from the sun will get rid of it, but you can also just heat it yourself with a torch.
 

Rooster

Very Active Member
It was nice out yesterday. It only took about 20 minutes in the sun and it faded away.
 
What liner does this have? The coated paper or clear poly? I've noticed rolls I get that have the paper liner have this mottling, but the new clear liner doesn't have this problem. (although it is a bit difficult to get off/setup in the laminator)
 
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