TheMagicTouch (TMT) has confirmed its appointment as the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for the new Duraluxe HD powder coated aluminium sublimation panels, which are suitable for outdoor use.

Jim Nicol, TMT’s MD, reported that the HD powder coated aluminium panels can be printed in full-colour using most sublimation ink transfers and a suitable professional transfer heat presses. What is unique about the panels, however, is their UV resistance and anti-graffiti properties, which together make the panels an ideal and innovative solution for full-colour outdoor signage.

Jim added that while printed aluminium panels are already a popular choice for indoor use, they are commonly manufactured using liquid coating technologies, which cannot deliver the certified UV protection required for use outdoors. TMT partnered with Decoral Inc, a global leader in powder coating technology for the past 30 years, to introduce the Duraluxe powder coated aluminium sublimation panels, which come with a certified guarantee for outdoor use.

“After extensive research and development at Decoral’s Lab facility in Florida, USA, combined with certified accelerated weather testing to the ISO 11664-4 standard, Duraluxe panels offer an unrivalled 5-year outdoor minimum guarantee, and also superb anti-graffiti qualities against inks and sprays,” says Jim.

The panels are 1.2mm thick, available in various standard sizes up to 2.4m, with HD imaging quality complementing their outdoor, scratch and chemical resistance. They are compatible with most recognised sublimation ink brands, including Sawgrass, Jtec, Kiian, Sensient, STS and Epson, and their “unique patented double powder coating process” allows them to be trimmed and shaped easily without flaking or sharp edges.

The new Duraluxe panels are UV resistant, having a 5-year outdoor minimum guarantee, as well as anti-graffiti properties