3M 983 Diamond Grade vs. Reflexite Daybright

3M 983 Diamond Grade

Conspicuity grade for longest advanced driver warning
Easy to install on PERFECTLY flat areas because it is very rigid.
Slightly more cost-efficient than Reflexite if NOT transformed

BLUE is not available
Very expensive to transform because of thickness and rigidity (“open-cell” construction).
Cannot be installed using the “wet” method.
“Open-cell” construction must be edge sealed at every cut or voids 3M warrantee. (water and grime infiltration)
Not recommended for unit numbers or lettering because cannot be cut on a standard plotter. Any cut edge must be sealed or HOT CUT. (expensive)
Cannot be forced along any compound bend or curve. Not practical for lateral striping on a side of a vehicle that is not completely flat.
Cannot withstand any impact. Cells will break and allow moisture & grime infiltration.
Installation more expensive if edges are properly sealed.



Blue and gold available
Conspicuity grade for longest advanced driver warning
Can be installed using “wet method” (facilitates installation)
“Closed-cell” construction eliminates need for edge sealing
“Closed-cell” construction allows cutting of product on any commercial plotter to allow for unit numbers or vehicle identification to become 5X more reflective (added safety) than “normal” lettering cut from 3M 680 or Other glass bead sheeting
“Closed-cell” construction is “impact” resistant…no reduction in reflectivity because there are no cells to break.
Much more flexible than 3M 983 and therefore easy to use for lateral striping to match rear chevrons. Can be applied over slight compound bends (fender etc.)
Very easy to install and cut on vehicle (if required).
Maintains high reflectivity when wet.

Initial cost of non transformed ”full rolls” is about 40% more expensive than Diamond Grade




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