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3M™ Scotchprint® Car Wrap Film Series 1080
Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 are long-term, removable, dual cast films designed for solid colour vehicle detailing, decoration and full wraps and provide excellent opacity to hide high-contrast surfaces.
This film’s pressure-activated 3M™ Controltac™ adhesive, which is unique to 3M contains microscopic glass beads, which lie on the surface of the adhesive. This feature allows for the films to be slid across the substrate and be repositioned until the exact registration is achieved. As soon as firm squeegee pressure is applied, the glass beads are pushed into the adhesive, giving an instant bond, which needs no curing time.
Series 1080 also benefits from 3M™Comply™ Adhesive non-visible air release channels to give fast, easy and virtually bubble-free installations. These vinyl films (minimum thickness of 90 microns) are sold in 1.54m width rolls, allowing almost any section of a vehicle to be wrapped without joins.
Recommended Types of Graphics and End Uses
Standard vehicle graphics, detailing and decoration
Commercial vehicle and fleet graphics, emblems or striping
Watercraft graphics applied above the static water line only
Limitations of End Uses
This 3M film is not designed or recommended for the following uses. Please contact us to discuss other options.
Film applied to:
low surface energy substrates or substrates with low surface energy coating
watercraft when the film is below the static water line
watercraft graphics that are not edge sealed
Non-OEM painted substrates on most vehicles
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)
cut and weed applications where the application tape must adhere to the exposed liner
graphics subjected to regular petroleum vapours or spills
Graphic removal from
signs or existing graphics that must remain intact
vehicles which do not have the original OEM paint applied
surfaces with poor paint to substrate adhesion
3M Commercial Graphics Division products are not tested against automotive manufacture specifications
Non-vertical applications will have a significant decrease in durability
Maintenance & Cleaning
Maintenance: Care must be taken to avoid scratching the film. Avoid using harsh chemicals
and brushes when cleaning your vehicle and avoid parking near shrubs and trees or any
other items than could scratch the vehicle.
It may be possible to reduce the appearance of fine scratches by heating with a heat gun/hair dryer to approx. 50ºC often makes them disappear. Keep the heat gun moving, do not aim
the heat at a single spot for a long time. Sometimes fine scratches will disappear when the car gets hot when parking in direct sunlight.
Cleaning: Use a cleaner designed for high-quality painted surfaces. The cleaner must be wet, non-abrasive, without strong solvents and have a pH value between 3 and 11 (neither
strongly acidic, nor strongly alkaline). Rinse thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a clean,
soft cloth or soft rubber squeegee to avoid water spots.
Do not apply waxes or polishes to these films. If there is wax and/or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner. To help restore the film’s finish, clean the film with isopropyl alcohol and water (ratio 2:1). Refer to instruction bulletin 6.5 Storage, Handling, Maintenance and Removal of films and Sheetings,” for general maintenance and cleaning information.
Graphic Removal Removable with heat and/or chemicals from most substrates within the warranty period at
10ºC ( 50ºF) minimum (air and substrate)
Use a removal angle of <90º for optimal results
No liability is given for ease or speed of removal of any graphic.
Questions and Answers for
3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080
1. Can I use an
3M does not recommend or warrant using an overlaminate or clear coat on this film, which has an inherent texture that can be altered by an overlaminate. Customers may use only on a test-and-approve basis and where they are ready to assume all risk.
2. Can I print on film series1080?
3M does not recommend or warrant printing on this film. If printed, an overlaminate would provide protection
for the ink, but could alter the appearance of the film. Customers who choose to print on the film must do so
on a test-and-approve basis and assume all risk.
3. Are stripes in carbon fibre Films normal?
Yes. All films in this series have some texture that is integral in creating these unique looks. The carbon fibre films have the most texture, which appears to have more depth, or texture, in certain lighting conditions, giving a striped look.
4. Installation tools
A. Masking tape Always use masking tape to mark alignment. Do not use a grease pencil, which will embed in the film’s texture, and attempting to remove it may damage the texture.
B. Covered squeegee The unique finish on film series 1080 is sensitive to scratches and requires careful handling during installation. We recommend using a 3M™ Gold Squeegee PA1-G with a 3M Cotton Sleeve, or a felt edged plastic squeegee.
C. Heat gun A heat gun, instead of a torch, must be used. A torch is likely to alter the appearance of the finish.
5. Do I need to use an application tape?
This new film series features a dual cast construction that is 90 microns thick. It has just enough rigidity to allow easy installation without an overlaminate or application tape. Due to the film’s texture, application tape may not work well with cut and pre spaced graphics. Customers may choose to test and approve an application tape. 3M™ Pre spacing Tape SCPS-55 is a good one to try.
6. Can I apply filmseries 1080 to an older vehicle?
All wrap films, including film series 1080, should be applied to a “like new” vehicle finish for the best results. 3M’s warranty only applies to vehicles that have an excellent bond of the paint and its finish to the vehicle substrate. Any rust, bubbling, scratches, dents or other damage will be visible through the film, and such surface imperfections may damage the film or cause the film to fail.
7. Does film series 1080install the same way as film IJ180Cv3?
Installation is very similar to film 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive Series IJ180Cv3 . Film series 1080 has the same features as Controltac Films with Comply Adhesive, i.e. it is slideable and repositionable adhesive with virtually invisible air release channels. But be aware of these important differences.
1. Align the graphic using masking tape, never a grease pencil.
2. Use a covered or felt edge squeegee, not a hard rubber squeegee or felt pad.
3. Use a heat gun, not a torch.
4. After application, heat all film edges to approximately 40ºC and re-squeegee.
8. Can I wet apply filmseries 1080?
No. 3M does not recommend or warrant wet installations for any film with air release channels.
9. Will fingerprints show on the film?
The matt product may show finger prints, but they can be cleaned off after the installation is complete by saturating a clean, lint free towel with a 2:1 mixture of Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) and water or straight rubbing alcohol, and then wiping and drying the film.