ACP is short form for Aluminum composite panels, also known as aluminum composite materials or acm. It is a kind of new material, composed of laminate 2 color painted aluminum sheets with plastic cores, in the plate form and with the thickness from 2mm-7mm.
2. Why use ACP?
ACP is a new material for advertising and architecture, it has many features than traditional materials, it is solid, string hard but light weight, it has multiple colors and good weather resistance, and also it is easy to be fabricated into different shapes.
3. How to classify the ACP and What is the application of ACPs?
ACP could be used mainly in 5 areas, advertising, outdoor signage, indoor walls and kitchens, decorative and architecture.
For advertising, ACP could be used for substrate, printing board, indoor signs, billboard etc.
For outdoor signage, ACP could be used for big signage, towers, different shapes if needed, dealer’s cladding etc.
For decorative, ACP could be used as wall panels, frames in door and windows system, roofs and ceiling etc. For architecture, ACP could be used as curtain wall panels.
There’re also some new applications for ACPs just like exhibitions materials, decoration in trucks, trains, boat or metros, etc.
4. What is the normal thickness of your ACP?
Normally thickness will be 3mm or 4mm, Thickness range is 2mm to 7mm
5. What is the normal thickness of the aluminum skin?
Normally thickness will be 0.21mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm or 0.5mm
6. What is the normal size of your ACP?
Normal width would be 1000mm, 1220mm, 1250mm, 1500mm, 1525mm and 2000mm Not limited on length, depend on the package and transportation ways.
7. What is the weight of ACP?
4mm with 0.5mm skin: 5.5kgs/sqm, 4mm with 0.4mm skin: 5.15kgs/sqm, 4mm with 0.3mm skin: 4.78kgs/sqm,
3mm with 0.3mm skin: 3.86kgs/sqm, 3mm with 0.25mm skin: 3.68kgs/sqm, 3mm with 0.21mm skin: 3.54kgs/sqm
6mm with 0.3mm skin: 6.65kgs/sqm, 6mm with 0.21mm skin: 6.33kgs/sqm.
2mm with 0.3mm skin: 3kgs/sqm, 2mm with 0.21mm skin: 2.6kgs/sqm
4mm with 0.5mm skin: 6.61kgs/sqm, 4mm with 0.4mm skin: 6.33kgs/sqm, 4mm with 0.3mm skin: 6.05kgs/sqm,
8. How do you process with the ACPs?
For advertising, ACP could be cut, drilled, laminated with vinyl, silk screen printed or UV printed, hung with glue etc.
For outdoor signage, decorative and architecture, ACP could be cut, rolled, shaped with slotting bending and joined with glue or silicon, etc
9. For architecture curtain walls, could you please let us know your typical installing modules?
We have box type, open type and combination type.
10. How to peel off the protection film?
Within 45 days by installation, peel with rollers or hands, smoothly moving.
11. How to clean the surface in case of some dirt or glue?
Using smooth lint with alcohol or butyl ether to clean the glue marks.
The building substrate must be plumb and square. A panel system installed out of plumb will result in inconsistent grid lines, as well as improper alignment at windows, doors, corners, and other transitional areas. Panels installed on an inconsistent substrate will most likely need to be re-installed. Please make sure to verify the condition of the substrate to receive the panels before proceeding.
How to install the panels?
Vertical Conditions Start by running plumb lines or a laser at all panel transitions. This is done to determine the proper distance for shims before installing the panel system. Also locate a base control line (starting elevation and angle benchmark) to help keep the panel system square & level.
Install the first panel in a critical transition area like a corner. Proper mounting of the first panel helps with the alignment of adjacent panels. Install the panel at the lowest point to meet your control line with the backside of the system slightly proud of the plumb line. This will establish a critical, and accurate, starting point. It is essential to the installation process that the first panel be positioned correctly, and installed square and plumb.
Alignment & Consistency
After the first panel is installed, continue with adjacent panels in the same manner along the control line(s). Verify the panels’ spacing often. We recommend using the proper sized shims between panel faces to ensure accurate spacing between panels. If panels are installed with incorrect spacing, they will likely need to be re-adjusted to align properly.
When installing splines in the seams, run the longer splines vertically and the shorter splines horizontally. This makes replacing a panel less difficult if one becomes damaged in the future.
When installing the panel clips, verify they are in line with the building’s stud framing or furring. The clips attach to the building’s framing and clip spacing may vary depending on your project’s engineering requirements. We recommend doing a panel mock up by marking the film on the edge of the panel at locations coinciding with building framing members, then attaching the panel clips to the panel extrusion at these markings. Once the panel clips are attached, the panel is ready to install. Leave the protective film in place until the adjacent panels are installed, however, note that exposure to sunlight is not recommended as the protective film may cause color variation.
Fasten the clip firmly to the wall, tightening the fasteners no more than a half turn beyond snug. Be careful not to over-torque the fasteners, as this may result in the fastener shearing and can strip the framing. Always make sure fastener size and spacing is in accordance with the engineering requirements for the specific project.
Due to the nature of most panel systems, certain panels are installed prior to others; this is particularly true around doors, windows, penetrations, and other openings. Develop a written plan or sketch that takes panel installation sequence into consideration, and periodically evaluate the panel placement plan to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
Panel Protective Film
It is important to remove the protective film for each section of adjacent panels immediately after the installation is complete for that section. Extra attention is required in areas receiving a large amount of sunlight. Too much exposure, may cause panel color variation. In addition, removing the film regularly allows for further inspection of the panels condition before moving to the next section.