Type 8 film is manufactured using high clarity acrylic film and an air backed micro prismatic array. It is similar to type 4 sheeting, but brighter. Type 8 Highway sheeting is very bright at long distances and also very rugged. Its primary use is permanent traffic signage where long sight distance is needed. Sign applications are mostly overhead and pole mounted signs on interstates. However, when slit to narrower widths it can also be used for chevron striping on fire trucks, dumpster marking, roll off containers, bollards, building corners, and much more. Although still used across the country, Type 8 is slowly being replaced by Type 11 wide observation highway sheeting.
Type 8 is produced by different manufacturers. The spec sheet on this page is from Nikkalite. Others will have similar photo-metrics.
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