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Strange request but does anybody know of a printer/process that will allow a banner to be used underwater in a swimming pool where the inks will withstand the chlorine for a reasonable length of time. I have a dive school client that wants to put an image of the seabed on the pool floor when they are teaching.The banners will be used a few times a week, for 2-3 hours at a time.

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Hi Andy,

I have spoken to a client of mine and he maybe able to help you.

Please contact the following:-

Clint Green - 01869 242 100 or email clint@b2bgraphics.co.uk

Hope he can help you.

Kind regards

Mat Thompson
Matt we have produced labels for naval research vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles(auv's), where they have to withstand wet, pressure, cold, salt water environment and mineral oil...all very difficult but we solved it.

What size?
How many?
How many colors?
Do you have art?
jbresler@jonbresler.com

we print on PVC with Solvent inks. These are Waterproof.

 

Please contact me on 01932338899 or scott.meader@pyramidvisuals.co.uk

It would be good to help

 

thanks

scott

Hi,

I believe the biggest problem would be the removal/placement cycles. The Chlorine would attack the PVC or polyester. If there is any silicon in the material it would turn white. even if you get it printed you would have to weigh it down else it would come to the surface. So you have a nice problem.  :)

One solution could be tiles, or a type of carpet.  Last but not least there could be a plastic that could be laid underwater.

 

Hope this helps a bit, sorry for the late response but i did not catch it earlier

 

Mike Horsten

Zemt Green Consultancy

Hi!

Before joining the sign permitting field, I was a synchronized swimming coach.  I think I've tried every material possible in the water.  The year of the '96 Olympics in Atlanta, we made a huge banner out of vinyl and used regular vinyl lettering that was used for over a year advertising the upcoming event.  It was floated on top of the water with PCV pipes secured with velcro.  It was in the pool for hours at a time with swimmers moving around it and we never had any trouble with this.  As this is a request from a diving coach, I'm assuming that it will be used as a teaching tool or a target on the bottom since it would not be readable from the pool deck.  It can be anchored with diving bricks perhaps.  But a regular vinyl banner with vinyl lettering should work fine fI would think.

 

Stephanie Schleicher

Hi Stephanie,

PVC on top (floating) would work, but its the solvents or UV inks that need the resistance. Vinyl letters (Sign Cutouts) would work and have no problems. But full color?


MIke
Stephanie Schleicher said:

Hi!

Before joining the sign permitting field, I was a synchronized swimming coach.  I think I've tried every material possible in the water.  The year of the '96 Olympics in Atlanta, we made a huge banner out of vinyl and used regular vinyl lettering that was used for over a year advertising the upcoming event.  It was floated on top of the water with PCV pipes secured with velcro.  It was in the pool for hours at a time with swimmers moving around it and we never had any trouble with this.  As this is a request from a diving coach, I'm assuming that it will be used as a teaching tool or a target on the bottom since it would not be readable from the pool deck.  It can be anchored with diving bricks perhaps.  But a regular vinyl banner with vinyl lettering should work fine fI would think.

 

Stephanie Schleicher

Thanks to everyone who has responded, I have passed these comments on to my client (a designer) who may be in touch.
Regards
Andy

Hey Andy,

 

How did this turn out for you?  Are you still looking for options?

 

Graham

Not heard of this so having an interesting read :)

Ultraflex has a product just for that application, http://www.ultraflexx.com/products/specialty-media/aquaflex .

I'd like to say that latex ink would probably do the trick since its plastic ink. But I couldn't be sure. Another option would be to laminate the banner. And another option yet would be to apply cut vinyl to the banner and eliminate ink alltogether.

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