3M™ Reflective Materials are composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded with a special polymer layer. In plain terms, microscopic glass spheres acting like mirrors are glued, with abrasion & wash resistant adhesive, to various materials that we can apply to apparel. The spherical shape of the lenses bounce light back towards the the viewer in a prism-like fashion. The effect is that the material “glows” when viewed from an angle close to a light source. The most common light source being your vehicles headlights. This means that more light is sent back towards the viewer, even if the person wearing the safety apparel is turned away.

Reflective Apparel manufactures with a variety of fabric’s that require different 3M™ Reflective Material solutions. Transfer films have adhesive backing that can be readily applied to a t-shirt. Unfortunately, the mesh fabric of a lightweight vest has holes and needs to have a reflective material already affixed to a solid fabric backing that is sewn onto the garment.

3M™ manufactures their reflective material by series number. You may notice slighty different, but similar material numbers due to advances in material releases. For example: to combat low quality knock-off material being sold under their name, 3M™ has begun to laser mark their material with a “holographic” 3M watermark. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8710 Silver Transfer Film and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8712 Silver Transfer Film are virtually identical, except the latter is marked. Certificates for The 3M™ Reflective Material can be found here.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material Series 5500 Comfort Trim

This series of segmented transfer films is extra-durable, breathable, and flexible. This premium material is applied to shirts to create the most comfortable experience while maintaining ANSI compliance.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 5510 Segmented Home Wash Trim is a transfer film composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded with a special polymer layer to a heat activated polyester adhesive. The trim is 2 inches wide and comprised of reflective patterned segments on a plastic liner.

It is a flexible and more comfortable alternative to traditional retroreflective tape.

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3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - 8710 Silver Transfer Film

This series transfer film is heat applied to our typical safety shirts.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – Transfer Films are designed for use on safety garments and in athletic and casual wear. When properly used, Scotchlite reflective material – transfer films help 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. Scotchlite reflective material – transfer films are composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded to a heat activated adhesive.

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8710 Silver Transfer Film

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - 8906 Silver Fabric Trim

This series of fabric backed trim is sewn onto our safety jackets and safety vests.

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. Scotchlite reflective material – 8906 Series Silver Fabric Trim is composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded to a durable cloth backing and is safe for home wash. The fabric backing on some products is printed with 3M trademarks for easy product identification.

8906 Silver Fabric Trim

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - 8910 Silver Fabric

This series of fabric backed material is cut and sewn onto our safety jackets and safety vests.

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. Scotchlite reflective material – 8906 Series Silver Fabric Trim is composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded to a durable cloth backing and is safe for home wash. The fabric backing on some products is printed with 3M trademarks for easy product identification.

8906 Silver Fabric Trim

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material - 8935 Silver Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Fabric

This series of Fire Resistant fabric backed material is FR Certified and sewn onto our safety jackets and vests intended to be used in an environment requiring FR safety.

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. Scotchlite reflective material – 8935 Series Silver Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Fabric is composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded to a durable cloth backing and is safe for home wash. The fabric backing on some products is printed with 3M trademarks for easy product identification.

This flame resistant retroreflective fabric is made with 100% FR treated cotton.

8906 Silver Fabric Trim