3M Controltac Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive 3690C-12 Black


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3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive 3690C-12 Black
Use this 2 mil, repositionable, premium film to screen print multicolor graphics and original equipment manufacturer’s decorative and identification graphics. This durable, long term film has a layflat liner and gray, pressure-activated adhesive with Comply™ Adhesive for easier installations.

Controltac™ Graphic Film
With Comply™ Adhesive
For Solvent or UV Screen Printing Only
1. Product Description
A. Product Features 2-mil opaque film
Available in white and black
Pressure-activated adhesive with air release channels for virtually bubble-free application
Layflat type liner
Adheres well to sand cast, moderately rough surfaces and some low surface energy
Suitable for severe weather and handling conditions encountered by commercial and
industrial graphics
Permanent film
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
Multicolor graphics including labels, emblems, and striping
Small format original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) decorative and identification
graphics, cautionary, safety and vandal-resistant 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 in a non-abusive
10 years
Unwarranted Period
3M™ MCS™ Warranty. This is the maximum period of time 3M will warrant the finished graphic performance.
Printed film with the best 3M ink and graphic protection option, applied to a flat, vertical surface. 7 years
Warranty Period
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
Applications to corrugated surfaces
Graphics regularly subjected to gasoline vapors or spills
Product Bulletin 3690C – 2
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 Literature
at the end of this Bulletin for more information about the compatible products.
(1) 3M Inks 3M™ Screen Printing Ink Series 1900 line color and four color
3M™ Screen Printing UV Ink Series 9800 line color and four color
(2) Graphic Protection 3M™ Screen Print Gloss Clear 1920DR
3M™ Screen Print Low Gloss Clear 1930
3M™ Screen Print Gloss Clear 9740i
3M™ Screen Print Low Gloss Clear 9730UV
3M™ Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9800CL
(3) OEM Inks and Clears
For OEM graphics only!
Sericol™ Duracal™ UV Screen Print Inks
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: 1-800-255-4562 or 913-342-4060.
(4) Other Products 3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-3
3M™ Premasking Tape SCPM-44X
3M™ Prespacing Tape SCPS-55
3. Characteristics These are typical values for unprocessed product; processing may change the values.
Contact your 3M representative for a custom specification.
A. Physical Characteristics Characteristic Value
Material Vinyl, cast
Color 3690C-10: White
3690C-12: Black
3690C-114: Clear
Thickness Without adhesive: 2 mils (0.05 mm)
With adhesive: 3 to 4 mils (0.08 to 0.10 mm)
Adhesive type Pressure-activated, slideable, repositionable, with air release
Adhesive color 3690C-10, -12: Gray-pigmented adhesive
3690C-114: Clear adhesive
Liner Polyethylene-coated paper, laytflat ttype
Tensile strength
5 pounds/inch at 73?F (0.9 kg/cm at 23?C)
24 hours after application
Note: The adhesive
becomes more aggressive
as the surface
temperature increases.
ABS: 5 pounds/inch (0.9 kg/cm)
Acrylic enamel: 5 pounds/inch (0.9 kg/cm)
Aluminum, anodized: 6 pounds/inch (1.1 kg/cm)
Aluminum, etched: 5 pounds/inch (0.9 kg/cm)
Chrome: 5 pounds/inch (0.9 kg/cm)
Fiberglass: 5 pounds/inch (0.9 kg/cm)
Powder coat paint: 3-6 pounds/inch (0.5-1.1 kg/cm)
value can vary greatly; contact your 3M representative to arrange
for 3M to test your substrate
Chemical resistance Resists mild acids, mild alkalis, and salts.
Excellent resistance to water (does not include immersion)
Product Bulletin 3690C – 3
B. Application Characteristics Characteristic Value
Finished graphic
Surface type: Flat or moderate compound curves, with or
without rivets; also sand-cast, moderately rough
Substrate type: Most rigid plastics (including polyethylene and
polypropylene), etched and anodized aluminum, chrome,
fiberglass and paint1
Application temperature: 40? to 90?F (4? to 32?C)
air and substrate
Application method: Dry
Applied film shrinkage 0.047 inch (1.2 mm)
Finished graphic exposure
-65? to +225?F (-54? to +107?C)
Graphic removal Permanent
4. Definitions
A. Exposure Types U.S. Vertical
face of graphic The face of the graphic is +/- 10? from vertical.
face of graphic The face of the graphic is greater than 10? from vertical
and greater than 5? from horizontal. This includes
non-vertical surfaces of vehicle wraps or fleet graphics.
face of graphic The face of the graphic is +/- 5? from horizontal.
U.S. Desert
Any outdoor graphic exposed to solar energy more than half of the daylight
hours in Arizona, New Mexico and the desert areas of California, Nevada, Utah
and Texas is subject to reduced warranties. A detailed map is available at under Warranties.
B. Graphic Types Indoor Signs Stationary graphics applied indoors and not exposed to the elements.
Outdoor Signs Stationary graphics applied outdoors and exposed to the elements.
OEM Labels and decorative graphics produced for and used by original equipment
C. Graphic Construction The products used to make a graphic, which may include film and/or flexible substrate, graphic protection,
ink, printer and application tape.
D. Graphic Protection Overlaminate films or clear coats used to protect the graphic and/or change gloss.
5. Warranty Information
A. Warranty Coverage
The warranty coverage for each graphic is based on the user(s) both reading and following all
applicable and current 3M Product and Instruction Bulletins. 3M will honor the Warranty
Period stated in the base film’s Product Bulletin that is current when the film was purchased.
The Warranty Period may be reduced and stipulations may apply for certain constructions and
applications, as covered in this Bulletin.
The following is made in lieu of all other express or implied warranties, including any implied
warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or implied warranty arising out
of a course of dealing, custom or usage of trade.
B. 3M Basic Product Warranty This product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and manufacture at the time of
shipment and to meet the specifications stated in this Product Bulletin and as further set forth
in the 3M Commercial Graphics Warranties Brochure.3690C-10 White, Miscellaneous Sheet Sizes
3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive 3690C-12 Black, Miscellaneous Sizes
3M ID 75347039754

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