Protective films for industrial applications

Wrote Tuesday, by Ionela Stetco


Protective films are widely employed in the industrial world for two main purposes: to protect surfaces from external agents in productive processes, or to shield them against scratches and damage during transport and storage. Their flexibility results in a wide range of products for many different sectors: from construction to automotive, nautical and digital applications, let’s discover the main applications of protective films.

Protective films for Exterior Building

In the construction sector, protective films are used to cover metal and glass surfaces and window profiles during processing, storage, transport and assembly. For any type of material employed, it is available a different film, specifically designed to maximise the performance on that specific surface: we can mention protective films for sandwich panels, corrugated sheets, raw and pre-painted coils, PVC-UPVC profiles, glass protection, polycarbonate and Plexiglas.

All these solutions share some qualities: protective films for this sector should resist UV rays and weather conditions, guarantee a long-time application, easy application and residue-free removal. The thickness and adhesion power of the products should be studied carefully to adapt to each particular surface.


Protective films for Building Interior

In the home furnishing sector it is important to protect wooden products, kitchen panels and surfaces, doors, floors and carpets during transport and application, preserving the beauty of the materials. We can divide the products employed in the filed into three families:

  • Wood protection films: these products should be particularly gentle as far as adhesion power is concerned. Painted wooden products are quite delicate and need a film that doesn’t interact chemically with the surface and doesn’t leave residue when removed.
  • Floor protection films: carpet protection films and other films for leather protection have to ease flooring applications with highly adhesive solutions that – at the same time – don’t leave residue upon being removed. Besides, these protective films boast a considerable strength to resist mechanical stress during application.
  • Marble and building agglomerates protection films: like wood protection films, these products should perform a limited adhesive power and a chemical formula that preserve the integrity of such a precious and delicate material such as marble. The best protective films also provide clean and easy removal.


Protective films for the Automotive sector

In the automotive field, protective films are employed for car paint protection and shielding car body, dashboards, leathers and carpets against damage. In paint protection we talk about masking film, a non-adhesive product that is applied with the aid of masking tape, aiming at protecting the surfaces from paint overspray. This film is completely different from the adhesive films used to shield car components against scratches and marks, especially during assembly and transport stages; these protective films should resist UV rays and guarantee long-term protection.

Special inner shields are also engineered to protect car interiors: dashboards, fabrics, door panels, carpets, steering wheels are all delicate components that need accurate protection against dirt and dust. These parts add great value to the aesthetic of the car and require specific products to keep their beauty intact.


Protective films for the Nautical sector

In the furnishing of yachts and boats are often employed precious materials that need particular protection. During assembly and maintenance, in fact, the delicate surfaces of nautical furnishings could easily damage and suffer irreparable harm. To prevent any problem, protective films are employed to avoid scratches and scraping, with low tack properties and removal without residue.


Application tape for Digital & Graphics

Transfer printing is one of the most common type of printings in the digital and graphic sector. This technique is used to transfer an image or writing from one surface to another, permanently, involving a PVC film – called application tape – as a medium between the original carrier and the destination surface. These films are quite rigid and feature a thickness between 100 and 150 my.



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