Cast vs Calendar Vinyl

Let’s start out by explaining what this adhesive vinyl is. Without going into much detail, this product is printed in a variety of size options and allows you to represent your brand in numerous places. The application process can be a little tricky and time consuming if you have never dealt with these adhesives before and we recommend that you have a professional apply it. When applying the vinyl, be sure to wipe the area clean of any dirt or objects that will prevent the vinyl from properly adhering to the surface. When applying, you can use a heat gun to properly stretch the vinyl and conform it to the surface. We also recommend doing selective areas instead of trying to do an entire car at once.

Cast Vinyl

This is the type of vinyl chosen primarily for cars or objects that aren’t primarily flat. As the video mentions, this vinyl starts out as a liquid and slowly takes shape into a flat thin sheet. It conforms to curved edges and is easily stretched to fit into tight grooves or areas like a wheel well on a car. This provides the best option for any outdoor item you may wrap as it is vibrant with colors and can last anywhere from six months to five years if taken care of properly.

Calendar Vinyl

The process of constructing this vinyl starts out a little different. A block of plastic is laid out and is rolled by two pressure rollers until it is flattened. Though this form of vinyl isn’t as durable, it still holds great value for smaller projects you may need done. Calendar vinyl is used for a wide variety of signs, however the primary use is for short-term outdoor signage, or temporary banners on buses and cars. This usage is for people who do not want to do an entire car wrap and are planning on changing out the signage more frequently.

Calendar Vinyl is broken down into two types: polymeric and monomeric. Polymeric vinyl has added polymers to reduce shrinkage and make it more durable for outdoor usage. Although this application fares better for outdoor usage, it can only be placed on a flat area, as it does not stretch to conform to uneven surfaces. Monomeric vinyl is the cheapest of the vinyl. The reason for this is that the vinyl shrinks and collects dirt over time, which eventually causes it to curl up and peel off. For the best use of this material it should only be used for items that are going to be replaced frequently or for indoor work.

There are many different uses for these different types of vinyl. Want to know more about which vinyl application is best for your business? Call the experts at SpeedPro. We can advise you on the best large format solution from wall murals to car wraps and everything in between.

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