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Product Data Sheet
RetrogloŽ yarn contains thousands of minute glass beads which reflect light back to a light source, such as a car's headlights. The driver sitting behind the headlights immediately sees the reflected light and is alerted to the wearer ahead.
RetrogloŽ in clothing reflects light making the wearer more visible at nighttime. Joggers, walkers, bicycle riders, highway workers, etc. are a few examples. RetrogloŽ can be woven, braided or knit into fabrics or into trim to be applied to fabric. In either use, RetrogloŽ provides enhanced nighttime visibility without affecting the aesthetic appearance of the fabric.
To add strength, 3M Scotchlite Reflective Film is laminated in wide rolls on either one or both sides of a polyester film. The wide rolls are micro-slit to narrow widths to make RetrogloŽ yarns which have a rectangular cross section. The width, which has the retro reflective surface, is always wider than the thickness.
When wound on spools, the width lays flat, but Metlon is unable to control which side is up. During the process of slitting, RetrogloŽ may turn over and the opposite side will be up. This is particularly important to users of RetrogloŽ Style 2P1 yarns, which only have the retro reflective surface on one side, as they must find some way to keep the retro reflective surface up in their finished product. Many of our customers are able to control this and those who cannot, use two-sided RetrogloŽ.
During slitting, Metlon occasionally encounters end breaks. The only way which Metlon can fix end breaks is by putting knots into the material. As a result, customer may encounter knots in the slit spools of RetrogloŽ.
The slit edges of RetrogloŽ will tend to stick to one another under pressure. For this reason, spools of RetrogloŽ are wound softly. If it is necessary to rewind the RetrogloŽ onto braider bobbins, cones, beams, etc., it should be wound softly to avoid sticking and possible delamination during unwinding.
Standard products and widths are 2P2 1/69", 1/50”, 1/32", 1/23”, and 2P1 1/32”. Other sizes slit to order. Put up is on plastic spools.
Style 2P1 - 3M™ 8712 laminated to one side of 2 mil clear polyester
STRENGTH AND ELONGATION (Based on 2P2 1/69")
Elongation: 35 - 40%
The components used to make Retroglo®, polyester film and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material No. 8712, have an indefinite life under ideal conditions. However, excessive exposure to a number of conditions such as wear, high heat, salt water, etc., will shorten the life of Retroglo®.
DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDERING
Machine wash in cold water at temperatures less than 125 degrees F. Very hot water will weaken the urethane adhesive bead bond. Do not use bleach and avoid soaps containing bleach.
Treat like all synthetics and use lowest setting on iron.
Preferably dyed yarn construction should be used. Dyeing is not recommended because of high processing temperature.
Acetone and solvent type chemicals.
Only limited tests have been run at this time and users should conduct tests to determine the suitability of RetrogloŽ in their product.
Retroglo® is the
registered trademark for Metlon's retro reflective yarn.
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