Vinyl is a remarkably versatile and cost-effective substrate. Most people are familiar with vinyl as the material used to make shower curtains. In truth, that is a pretty good indication of the qualities vinyl brings to any printing project — affordability, versatility, water resistance, and relative durability. This article has a fantastic and simple guide to printing vinyl stickers. Let’s consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of using vinyl for your custom label printing: Advantages of Using Vinyl for your Sticker or Label Substrate: Affordability: Among synthetic materials, vinyl is often the lowest cost substrate, and it can do so much more than a paper substrate. Size: Vinyl comes in enormous rolls, so you can get everything from tiny vinyl stickers to full length custom banners Weatherproof: Vinyl substrates are weatherproof, able to withstand rain, snow, the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights. UV Resistant: Vinyl itself resists breaking down through UV exposure. It is possible to use UV inks and/or coat your vinyl in a protective UV laminate to protect your vinyl stickers and labels. Takes a Beating: No one is going to mistake vinyl for anodized aluminum or steel, but it does hold up well[…]
Mylar is an incredible space-age polyester developed by Dow Chemical in the 1950s. You can see the Mylar specs here. While most commonly associated with space blankets and helium balloons, Mylar has actually become a fantastic substrate for label printing. For a more complete list of applications and custom Mylar label certifications, click here. Mylar Provides Durablity: While it appears flimsy, Mylar is actually a relatively durable material and makes for a fairly sturdy Mylar label. As you might expect for a material designed specifically to have strong thermodynamic properties, the great advantage of Mylar is its resistance extreme heat (over 300 degrees) and electricity. For this reason, it is often the substrate of choice for ovens and stoves, radiators and furnaces, around the motors and engines, and on some medical devices, space heaters, hair dryers, solar heaters, crock pots, and other devices capable of producing extreme heat. It is also resistant to many chemicals, lubricants, solvents, and outdoor elements. In fact, UL has approved Mylar labels for indoor/outdoor use and occasional exposure to a wide variety of chemicals. Mylar labels are both chemically and dimensionally stable, with both mechanical and dielectric strength. A Mylar decal has low water absorption[…]
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