3M Sidewalk Graphic
If you know the surface where you'll be mounting the decal, you can also create a transparent effect in your design by using the same color and texture as the sidewalk in your design so that it appears the sidewalk is showing through. We've had customers do this by taking a photo of the sidewalk and incorporating that in their design and it can look really good.
This durable, slip resistant sidewalk graphic is designed for outdoor unsealed concrete and asphalt pedestrian surfaces. It's excellent for event advertising, special promotions, directional signage and information graphics. It is scuff and slip resistant, even when wet, holds up to the heaviest foot traffic, and is easy to clean. It's simple to apply and removes with little or no residue. Can be die cut. Available in widths up to 48".
This material is warranted for 90 days of use in pedestrian traffic areas. It can last much longer, but is only warranted for 90 days.
It's thick and durable, which also makes it easy to apply. It can go on both sidewalks and asphalt surfaces.
It's one of our most expensive materials. It's not designed for vehicular traffic. Since this material doesn't conform to the surface texture, it won't stick securely to extemely rough or dimensional surfaces.
It's excellent for outdoor sidewalk graphics.
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Installation & Maintenance
Loose, damaged or wet sidewalk signs may cause a pedestrian to slip or trip and fall. To reduce the risk of slipping or tripping on sidewalk signs:
- Properly apply only to unsealed outdoor surfaces (unsealed asphalt, unsealed concrete, paving bricks).
- Immediately remove or replace loose or damaged sidewalk signs. Do not attempt to repair or re-adhere.
- Upon completion of a pedestrian event on a roadway, remove the sidewalk sign before normal traffic resumes.
Failure to heed this Caution may result in personal injury.
Some exterior surfaces are highly dimensional and the film adhesive may not have enough contact area to adhere properly to the surface.
Condition of Surfaces
3M Sidewalk Graphics will not adhere properly to loose, crumbling, contaminated, wet or damp surfaces. Ensure that:
- The surface is secure and in good condition.
- The surface has good internal bond.
- The surface is clean.
- The surface is completely dry.
- The surface IS NOT sealed. Sealed surfaces may result in extremely high adhesion that makes removal of the graphic difficult.
Film must be applied at a minimum surface temperature of 70°F (21°C). Heat helps bond the adhesive; therefore, the warmer the temperature, the better the bond.
Note: Do not apply graphics late in the day when the surface temperature is likely to drop.
Location of Sidewalk Signs
Sidewalk signs may be damaged by heavy equipment such as snow plows, shovels and power sweepers as well as by dragging heavy items across the top of the graphic. If possible, locate sidewalk signs out of the main stream flow of heavy equipment traffic. Minor edge chipping is unavoidable.
Avoid placing the signs so the edges fall on seams in the mounting surface.
Note: Sidewalk signs are specifically NOT designed for use where there is vehicular traffic.
Sidewalk Surface Preparation
- The adhesive on sidewalk signs cannot adhere properly to wet or damp surfaces. Therefore, never use any cleaning solvents or solutions, including detergent and water, to clean an application surface or to apply the graphic.
- Scrap off any grease, gum, weeds or grass found in expansion joints or other large particles from the application surface. Complete degreasing may not be possible.
- Clean the surface with a broom or a brush to remove all loose particles, dust, sand and gravel.
A sidewalk sign can be seamed, but it must have an overlap of at least 3/8 inch. We recommend overlapping panels in the shortest direction, when possible.
Multiple layers of film can cause bumps. Make sure there are no more than three layers of film at any intersection.
Applying the Decal
Use a stiff, nylon bristled brush for applying the film. The stiff bristles help work the film's adhesive into the irregularities of the sidewalk surface.
A brush like the OXO Soft Workst brush works well. It has 1 inch bristles in an oval base that is about 5 x 3 inches. It also has a comfortable handle. Suitable brushes are available in all housewares departments of discount and hardware stores.
- The application surface must be clean and completely dry.
- Film must be applied at a minimum surface temperature of 70°F (21°C). Heat helps bond the adhesive; therefore, the warmer the temperature, the better the bond.
- Do not use an application tape.
- Position the graphic on the clean, dry surface.
- Expansion joints can be used to align the graphic, but always position the graphic so none of its edges start or end on an expansion joint.
- Bridge the film over grouting, seams, stone edges and expansion joints. DO NOT push the graphics into those areas.
- Remove or replace the entire sidewalk sign if there is any lifting from the pedestrian surface.
- Sidewalk signs should be mopped or brushed periodically for optimum skid resistance and appearance.
- The structured surface of the overlaminate may pick up dirt. To clean the graphic, use a stiff, nylon-bristled brush or a light duty automatic cleaner and a cleaning agent such as Simple Green®. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use. Do not use any cleaning agent that contains solvents, which can erode the sign material.
- Never pressure wash sidewalk signs. Doing so forces water under the graphic, causing the edges to lift and curl.
- If a sidewalk sign containing an overlap has shrunk, revealing some of the adhesive, it may be cleaned by spraying the exposed adhesive with 3M Industrial Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to sit for one minute, and then wipe the surface with a rag or use a stiff, nylon-bristled brush to clean the surface and remove any adhesive.
- Remove sidewalk signs by lifting one edge and pulling it off at a sharp angle-about 135 degrees-with smooth, even tension. A scraper, such as a putty knife, may be used to lift the edge, if needed. Some adhesive residue may remain on typical outdoor surfaces.
- Usually, it is easier to remove the graphic during the coolest part of the day. It may also be helpful to cut the graphic into strips about two inches wide and then pull off each strip. Use a razor blade with a safety handle. Note: Because the area under the graphic initially will be cleaner than the surrounding surfaces, you may notice a shadow of where the graphic was placed. This is normal.