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Technical Bulletin FP-01

Application of ABF-300™ ESD Control Film

Tools Required
Plastic bottle with atomizing sprayer filled with soap solution (3 drops of Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo in 1 pint of filtered, deionized water), lint-free wipers, tape measure, straight-edge ruler, single edge razor lade cutter or utility knife, four to six-inch rubber squeegee, and transparent tape.

Surface Preparation
For best results, the application surface should be hard and smooth, e.g. windows, partitions, walls, or machine enclosures. Note that ABF-300 ESD Control Film is intended for interior surfaces only. Ideal application temperature is between 40ºF and 80ºF.

Turn off equipment that might blow dust onto the application surface. Thoroughly clean the surface to remove dirt and other contaminants. Use a scraper or razor blade to remove any loose or rough particles. Pay particular attention to edges and corners where there may be dirt build-up. After cleaning, squeegee the surface dry, and collect any residual liquid with a lint-free wiper.


Step 1 - Cutting the Film
Measure the area to be covered. Add 1/2" on all sides, this excess will be trimmed off after application. Lay the film on a flat, clean, and dry surface. Using a straight edge and single-edge razor blade, cut the film to the oversized dimensions. When cutting, retain one side with the factory edge.

Step 2 - Wetting the Application Surface
Using the sprayer, apply the soapy water solution generously to the application surface until beads of moisture appear on the surface. The solution will act as a lubricant and will not ultimately affect the clarity of the film. If the surface becomes dry before film application, repeat the spraying operation.

Step 3 - Removing the Film Backing
Remove the clear protective liner from the folm by attaching two pieces of transparent tape to the front and back surfaces of the film at a corner. Allow enough tape to lap over the edge of the film to retain a grip on each piece of the tape. Pull the pieces of tape apart, separating the liner from the film. The liner should be removed in one smooth, continuous motion. Wet the back side (adhesive side) of the film with the soap solution as the liner is removed (a second pair of hands may be helpful).

Step 4 - Placing the Film on the Application Surface
Place the wetted adhesive side on the wet application surface, lining up the factory edge with a straight surface edge. Carefully position the film so that it overlaps the remaining sides. Be sure to handle the film carefully to avoid wrinkles and creases. Both water and air buddles will be smoothed away during the squeegee process, but creases cannot easily be removed.

Step 5 - Removing Water and Air Bubbles
Spray the entire surface of the film with a soapy water solution to act as a lubricant during the squeegee process. Squeegee the film surface, starting in the middle and working first towards the top and then the bottom. Using short strokes, next squeegee from the center, alternating towards the left and then right sides, beginning from the top-center of the film surface, working progressively down to the bottom of the application surface. Do not go all the way to either side or edge at this time. Apply enough pressure to remove all of the water and air bubbles. Do not try to squeegee the far edges or corners until they have been trimmed.

Step 6 - Trimming to Final Dimension
Using a straight edge and single-edge razor blade, trim as closely as possible to the edge of the application surface. Wet the entire film surface when trimming is complete, and squeegee once more, all the way out to the edges and corners, removing any moisture and air bubbles remaining between the film and the surface below. When all air bubbles and moisture have been removed between the film and application surface, dry the exterior face of the film with a lint-free wiper.


Application on Surfaces Wider than the ABF-300 ESD Control Film
Two or more widths of film can be butted together prior to the squeegee process. If a perfect seam is required, the film can be overlapped and double-cut like wallpaper.

Grounding the Film Surface
The entire surface of ABF-300 ESD Control Films is eletroconductive. To ground, it is necessary only to contact ground at one point on each piece of film. Grounding can be achieved through a direct mechanical attachment or by attachment of conductive tape that is relayed to ground.

Cleaning and Care of ABF-300 ESD Control Film
  • Wait 4-7 days before attempting to clean freshly applied film. This will allow the surface of the film to dry and cure to the application surface.
  • Wash only with deionized water or a very dilute, mild soapy solution if necessary.
  • Never use solvents or ammonia for cleaning.
  • Never clean with brushes, paper towels, or any kind of abrasives.


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