3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics are designed for use on safety garments and in athletic and casual wear. When properly used,Scotchlite reflective material helps enhance the visibility of the wearer in nighttime or low-light conditions when illuminated by a light source,such as headlights, by returning the light back toward the original source and reaching the automobile driver’s eye. Fluorescent color fabricsare also available to enhance daytime and low-light visibility. Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics are composed of wide angle, exposedretroreflective lenses bonded to a durable cloth backing and are available in home wash and industrial wash constructions. Flame resistantfabrics are also available. The fabric backing on some products is printed with 3M trademarks for easy product identification.
1: See Care and Maintenance Instructions section for recommended Home Wash and Industrial Wash guidelines.
2: Certified to an occupational or industrial clothing standard such as ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 American National Standard for High VisibilitySafety Apparel and Headwear; NFPA 1971 Standard for Protective Clothing and Equipment for Structural Fire Fighting and ProximityFire Fighting, 2007 Edition; or CAN/CSA Z96-09 High Visibility Safety Apparel. Customers should contact 3M Technical Serviceregarding certifications to specific standards.
3: 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8912 Silver Fabric has "3M” imaged on its silver surface.
The coefficient of retroreflection (RA, in cd/lux/m²) of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material is measured by methods based on eitherof the following retroreflective intensity testing procedures:
- ASTM E809-08 and E810-03 (RA)
- CIE 54.2:2001 (R’)
Reflected color of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics is white.
Retroreflective performance data was generated by 3M and is based on testing new product. The RA values listed in the following tableswere measured at +5.0° entrance and 0.2° observation angles.
It is important to note that use, wear, laundering, and environmental conditions will affect performance. Please contact your3M representative for proposed product specifications.
ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 and CAN/CSA Z96-09
The following Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics have certificates available for the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 American National Standardfor High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear for Level 2 retroreflective performance and meet the requirements for CAN/CSA Z96-09High Visibility Safety Apparel. Scotchlite reflective material that is certified to ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 will also meet the requirements forretroreflective material in ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests.
4Measured by 3M on new product at +5.0° entrance and 0.2° observation angles
5ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 minimum coefficient of retroreflection for Level 2 retroreflective material
6ISO 6330 Method 2A at 60 °C (140 °F) and RA = 100 cd/lux/m² (home wash)
7ISO 3175 Method 8.1 and RA = 100 cd/lux/m²
The following 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics are flame resistant and certified to NFPA and CAN/CGSB standards ascomponents for fire fighting and technical rescue clothing and equipment, including: NFPA 1971 Standard on Protective Clothing andEquipment for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2007 edition; NFPA 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipmentfor Wildland Fire Fighting, 2005 Edition; NFPA 1951 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents, 2007 Edition, orCAN/CGSB 155.1 Firefighters’ Protective Clothing for Protection Against Heat and Flame, 2001 Edition. See the Physical Performancesection for specific test methods used to evaluate heat and flame resistance.
The following 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material products are not certified to a specific standard for occupational work wear in theUnited States. The products may be regulated or conform to standards in other parts of the world. The products offer other features suchas fluorescence and printing. Test methods listed in the U.S. standards are used to evaluate the performance of these products. Pleaseconsult the website of the country of interest through 3M.com for more information on regional standards or contact Technical Service foradditional assistance with product selection.
Scotchlite reflective material products are used globally. Please visit our website at Scotchlite.com for more information on certification toother high visibility and flame resistant standards such as CAN/CGSB 155.2, EN 471, and AS/NZS 1906.
Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics are not certified for marine safety applications requiring IMO type approval.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – SOLAS Grade Products have this type of certificate.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics will meet or exceed the following specifications as noted. All RA values are at +5.0° entranceangle and 0.2° observation angle. (See product certificates on website for testing laboratory and test date.)
While use of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material enhances visibility, no reflective material can guarantee absolute visibility, particularly inadverse weather conditions. Performance will vary depending upon actual use, exposure conditions and maintenance. Customers shouldbe aware that 3M presents a Scotchlite reflective material product portfolio that offers a range of product attributes, and users should testthe reflective material on their finished garments to satisfy conformance to their own requirements.
3M recommends that all customers, in accordance with good manufacturing practices, establish an ongoing quality system. Customersshould implement continuous testing throughout their production and on their finished garments that reflects their garment needs.
Please visit our website, Scotchlite.com for new or updated technical literature as well as contacting your local 3M Protective Apparel andFootwear Market Center Technical Service.
Whenever two or more pieces of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics are used together on a single surface or as a set, theyshould be matched to ensure uniform daytime color and nighttime reflectivity. All high visibility safety garments should be constructed inaccordance with the appropriate standard(s).
Cutting– Die-cutting is recommended, although it can also be hand-cut or guillotined.
Sewing– For the best results, sew in place using a lockstitch and with no more than 12 stitches per inch (2.54 cm), and not less than5/64" (2 mm) from the edge of the reflective fabric. For best results, apply Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics to recommended fabricweights. 100% polyester thread is recommended for sewing 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 9910 Silver Industrial Wash Fabric and3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 9920 Silver Industrial Wash Fabric. Use appropriate thread for flame resistant applications.
Screen Printing– Images may be printed on the surface of Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics. All inks should be continuously tested to ensure acceptable adhesion in the event of changes occurring in the manufacturing process or composition of the ink. Prior to printing, wiping the surface with a soft cloth lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol may help ink adhesion. Printed areas will not be retroreflective. Please refer to 3M Technical Bulletin "Recommendations for Screen Printing Inks for 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - TransferFilms, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Films, Fabrics and Trims” for ink and application recommendations.
Sublimation Printing– 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8965 White Fabric offers good ink adhesion and durability for sublimated colors and images. For further information, contact 3M Protective Apparel and Footwear Market Center Technical Service.
1. Most Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics contain an aluminum layer as part of their construction. Blemishing of this aluminum layercan occur if the front surface of the product has direct contact from hands during application and is then exposed to hot and humidconditions, greater than 26.7 °C (80 °F) and greater than 70% relative humidity, for a period of weeks. These blemishes do notaffect performance of the product. Please refer to 3M Technical Bulletin "Care Guidelines to Reduce Staining on 3M™ Scotchlite™Reflective Material”.
2. Fabrics finished with dyes containing sulfur compounds should not be used with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 9920 SilverIndustrial Wash Fabric. Exposure to sulfur compounds in dyes or in the environment will darken the retroreflective material and mayaffect retroreflectivity.
3. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8910 Silver Fabric may discolor fabrics containing an acidic dye. Every substrate should betested for compatibility to these products.
Important: Test each application according to appropriate care instructions required for the finished product. Actual life of3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material depends on cleaning methods and wear conditions.
Home laundering means using a top or front loading consumer type home washing machine with a consumer detergent at moderate watertemperatures (up to 60 °C , 140 °F). Garment finishing such as tumble drying at high temperatures can limit garment life and should beconsidered as part of the cleaning process.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics may be home washed. Dry-cleaning may also be used for certain products. If bleach isneeded, only non-chlorine bleach should be used. High alkaline treatments such as stain removal products should not be used.Exception: 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8906 Silver Fabric Trim should not be dry-cleaned and non-chlorine bleach should not beused. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8912 Silver Fabric should not be dry-cleaned. Garment care label guidelines need to considerthe garment fabric as well as the recommendations for garment components such as retroreflective trim.
Industrial laundering means regularly washing large amounts of clothing in a relatively short amount of time, with large machines(> 25 kg loads), aggressive detergent chemistry (pH 10.5 – 12), and high wash temperatures (up to 85 °C, 185 °F). Garment finishing(tumble dry or tunnel finish) can limit garment life and should be considered as part of the cleaning process. Using harsher cleaningconditions than those recommended may significantly reduce product performance.
Industrial wash guidelines for 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Fabrics are:
Scotchlite reflective material – fabrics are available in rolls with the following standard width and lengths: 3M™
To order 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material Products contact 3M Protective Apparel and Footwear Market Center Customer Serviceat 800-328-7098.
Store in a cool, dry area and use within two years after date of receipt. Store rolls in original shipping cartons. Return partially used rolls tothe carton or suspend horizontally through the core. Cut pieces should be stored flat.
WARRANTY, LIMITED REMEDY AND DISCLAIMER:3M warrants that 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material that is stored, maintainedand used in accordance with 3M’s written instructions will meet the applicable 3M product specifications. 3M MAKES NO OTHERWARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OFMERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION ARISING OUT OF A COURSEOF DEALING, CUSTOM OR USAGE OF TRADE. If any Scotchlite reflective material does not conform to this warranty, then the sole andexclusive remedy is, at 3M’s option, replacement of the 3M product or refund of the purchase price.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Except where prohibited by law, 3M will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the 3M product,whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, regardless of the legal theory asserted, including warranty, contract,negligence or strict liability.
PRODUCT USE:Because of the variety of factors that can affect the use and performance of Scotchlite reflective material, user is solelyresponsible for evaluating the product and determining whether it is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for user’s method of application.User is solely responsible for determining the proper amount and placement of the product. While reflective products enhance visibility, noreflective product can ensure visibility or safety under all possible conditions. 3M may change the product, specification and availability of theproduct as improvements are made; therefore, user should contact 3M for latest information before specifying the product.