Polycarbonate material is a strong, rigid plastic film with high impact strength. Thermoplastic polycarbonate materials possess good electrical/optical properties and offer excellent chemical/abrasion resistance. These films may be heated to conform to irregular surfaces, are available in smooth or textured finishes, and are typically used as facestock.
Polyester material (PET or PE- Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a very strong, plastic film which does not conform or mold to surfaces. Polyester is commonly used as facestock for such applications as ATMs and kitchen appliance. Polyester comes in a variety of finishes including: clear, translucent, white, opaque, metalized, matte, embossable, with or without adhesive in various gloss levels.
Vinyl or flexible PVC material (polyvinyl chloride) is a semi-ridged facestock that conforms to curved surfaces and forms well over minor surface irregularities. Vinyl comes in three grades flexible (soft), semi-rigid (hard) and rigid. The difference between the three types of PVC material is the amount of softening agent called a “plasticizer” that is mixed into the vinyl during production.
An adhesive is a substance that bonds materials to the surface of a product. Adhesive performance is directly related to the surface the adhesive is applied to as well as the application procedure used to apply the adhesive. Here at Visual Marking Systems we offer several different types of adhesives required for your specific application.
Overlaminate, also known as overlam, provides protection to the vinyl and the ink on the vinyl, helping ensure that any digitally printed graphics remain high quality and look like new for many years. Overlaminate is less flexible than clear coat and is applied as a layer over the printed vinyl. Since it is more rigid than a clear coat would, overlaminate typically offers more protection than a clear coat.
Fluted polypropylene is a high-quality, corrugated, rigid, plastic sheet that is used in a variety of applications. These sheets, if twin-fluted, are ideal for high-quality graphics and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The material is also water and stain-resistant.
Perforated window vinyl is a film commonly used for vehicle wraps that require the rear windows of the vehicles to be covered. The perforated window vinyl, also known as window perf, is great for passenger vehicles so you don’t block out light from entering the vehicle while also allowing each passenger to see through the graphic to the outside of the vehicle.
Flexible polypropylene material is a synthetic, polymer-based substrate that is an economical alternative to higher-priced polyester and vinyl materials. Great for indoor applications or outdoor applications with less than a 12-month shelf life. Polypropylene is a UL recognized substrate.
Vehicle wraps and graphics are printed using premium vinyl from trusted manufacturers such as 3M, Avery Dennison, and others. Our vehicle graphics typically include a UV flexible protective coating to the top surface of the vinyl, or VMS’s proprietary clear coat used to protect your fleet graphics from sun damage, UV exposure, and other weather conditions.
Vinyl for vehicle wraps and graphics are designed specifically to be applied to vehicles and will stretch and mold to the various shapes and curves on a vehicle while hiding minor blemishes and imperfections on the vehicle’s surface.
Flexible vinyl is the most widely used material for car and vehicle wraps because of the material’s conformability, longevity, appearance, and flexibility. The vinyl used in fleet graphics is either digitally printed for customized wraps or colored for non-printable applications. Reflective vinyl is also available for safety and emergency vehicle applications. VMS caries all vinyl material options with varying levels of warranty and sizes in different manufacturers. VMS even offers non-PVC vinyl, cut graphic vinyl, and marine-grade vinyl for boats, including cast and calendared.