3M Series 180C Colors




3M Series 180C Colors

3M Series 180C Colors
2 Mil Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive.
• Repositionable, pressure activated pigmented adhesive with air release.
• Up to 7 year expected performance life.
• Great for fleet graphics, emblems, striping and bus graphics.
• Not edge stripped, works great with thermal transfer printers.


3M Series 180C 2 Mil Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive


1. Product Description
A. Product Features  2‐mil white, vinyl film with a luster finish
 Excellent hiding power
 Pressure-activated adhesive for easy sliding, tacking, snap up and repositioning
 Conforms to flat surfaces, with and without rivets, simple curves, compound curves and
 Film series 180C with Comply adhesive also have air release channels for fast and
easy, bubble-free graphic installations
 Film 180Cv2-10 (white only) features non-visible air release channels
B. Recommended Types of
Graphics and End Uses
When constructed and used as described in this Bulletin, these types of graphics and end
uses may be warranted by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. Please read the entire Bulletin for
 Indoor and outdoor graphics and signs, including point-of-purchase and displays
 Commercial vehicles, straight trucks, semi-trucks and semi-trailers; emblems or
 Bus graphics
 Rail car graphics
 Transparent film color 114 can be used for two-way emblems for windows, except on
buses or other vehicles
 Small format original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) decorative and identification
graphics, cautionary and safety labeling
C. Performance Overview 3M tests the performance of both individual products and finished graphic constructions.
This table shows the best performance expected from this product without a Warranty
Period and with a Warranty Period.
For detailed graphic construction and application options along with specific Warranty
Periods, please see the Warranty Information, Section 5.
Expected Performance Life. This is the estimated period of time the product should perform satisfactorily.
Unprinted film with no graphic protection, applied to a flat vertical outdoor surface. 10 years
Unwarranted Period
3M™ MCS™ Warranty. This is the maximum period of time 3M will warrant the finished graphic performance.
Unprinted with no graphic protection or printed film with the best 3M ink and graphic protection option,
applied to a flat, vertical, vehicle type surface.
7 years
Warranty PeriodProduct Bulletin 180/180C – 2
D. Limitations of End Uses This 3M product is not designed or recommended for the following uses. Please contact us
to discuss other options.
(1) Unsuitable End Uses
for This Film
 Graphics applied to:
– stainless steel (we recommend using 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film 181-10
– non-3M films (see Removal Warranty)
– painted substrates with poor paint to substrate, or paint-to-paint bond
– substrate surfaces that are not clean and smooth (little or no variation in texture)
 Film without graphic protection when they are:
– printed vehicle graphics
– exposed to abrasive conditions, harsh cleaners or chemicals
– horizontally-exposed outdoor applications
 Graphic removal from:
– applications with poor paint-to-substrate adhesion
– existing graphics that must remain intact; damage may occur during removal of film
– horizontally-exposed outdoor applications
 Graphics subjected to gasoline vapors or spills, including those at or on gas pumps,
automobile fuel-tank ports, or top-feeding, petroleum tankers
(2) Wall Graphics Two-mil cast films are typically the best choice for indoor smooth surface wall graphics.
However, the user is responsible for determining the product’s suitability, including adhe­
sion and, if required, removal characteristics. Due to the wide variability of smooth indoor
walls, neither finished graphics nor removal is warranted, even for removable or change­
able films. Instruction Bulletin 5.37 provides comprehensive information for the most suc­
cessful wall graphics film selection and application.
(3) Important Information
About Bus Applications
Film used on buses must not be applied so as to restrict the safe use of emergency window
exits. See the most current version of Instruction Bulletin 5.4 for details.
2. Compatible Products This section provides a list of products that are approved by 3M for use with the base film
covered in this Bulletin, and used for the creation of a graphic that is covered by the 3M™
MCS™ Warranty. Refer to the Product and Instruction Bulletins listed in 3M Related Liter­
ature at the end of this Bulletin for more information about the compatible products.
See the Warranty Information section to determine which compatible products are
approved for your graphic construction.
A. Screen Printing Inks  3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 1900 line color and four color
 3M™ Screen Printing UV Ink Series 9800 line color and four color
 Sericol™ Duracal™ UV Screen Print Ink* (approved for OEM applications only)
 Sericol™ Duracal™ Screen Print Clear* (approved for OEM applications only)
* To identify a Sericol inks distributor, contact FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic
Systems Division at :
1101 W. Cambridge Drive, Kansas City, KS 66103; Tel: 1­800­255­4562 or
B. Graphic Protection  3M™ Screen Print Gloss Clear 1920DR
 3M™ Screen Print Matte Clear 1930
 3M™ Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9800CL
 3M™ Screen Print Matte Clear 9730
 3M™ Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9740i
C. Other Products  3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-3
 3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-44X
 3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-2
 3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-55 for films with Comply™ Adhesive

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