Chemically anodized black and blue dyes followed by a mil spec
anodized clear top coat. The result is an image that is chemical resistant, and
highly durable for outdoor applications in direct sunlight and in salt water
conditions. The plate of metal itself would have to be destroyed to affect the
image due to the state of the art manufacturing. Traditional silk screen or
printed badges has color that can scratch off with your fingernail, and the
colors fade in UV light... These military spec bad boys do not have a raised
ink surface and will last a lifetime.
Each badge has been anodized and CNC cut from a sheet of 0.050" aluminum alloy
sheet which is very robust. In addition, each badge is backed with 3M 4949 VHB
Black foam tape. This is a premium mounting acrylic/rubber-like pad that will
allow your badge to mount to your exterior paint, or textured surface plastics.
Designed as an exterior fastener to replace rivets, spot welds, and liquid
adhesives, 3M VHB is made of a viscoelastic acrylic foam that is energy
absorbing with outstanding durability. (UL746C)
The acrylic adhesive is 100% resistant to full submersion in
water, salt water, hydraulic fluid, 10w30 motor oil, and glycol antifreeze. 90%
resistant to kerosene, 50% resistant to jet fuel, 35% resistant to gasoline, and
5% resistant to MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone).
If applied at room temperature, 50% of ultimate bond strength will be achieved
after 20 minutes, 90% after 24 hours and 100% after 72 hours. The higher the
temperatures, the faster the curing time.
PLEASE make sure the badge is exactly where you want it to go
before applying it. This means first taping the badge to the location you want
and checking that it's not crooked. Next, outline the badge with tape to mark
the location. Finally, peel back the clear plastic liner and apply firmly to
virtually any surface that is clean. The bond will be strong, however it can
and will remove cleanly without leaving a residue. Just apply about 90 lbs
peeling force and the "rubber like" adhesive removes cleanly.