Polyester material (PET or PE- Polyethylene Terephtalate) is a very strong, plastic film which does not conform or mold to surfaces. Polyester is commonly used as facestock. Polyester comes in a variety of finishes including: clear, translucent, white, opaque, metalized, matte, embossable, with or without adhesive in various gloss levels.
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Features of Polyester:
- Print-Treated or Top Coated
- Available Thickness of .001- .010 (generally polyester applied to rigid vinyl)
- Available with or Without Adhesive (raw material)
- Very High Tensile Strength
- Maximum Temperature Rating is 300°F
- Excellent in a Chemical Environment
- Longer Life Compared to Similar Substrates
- Available in a number of finishes including; clear, translucent, white, opaque, metalized, embossable and matte with adhesive. Also available in clear and white without adhesive in various gloss levels.
- Available in Pressure Sensitive and Semi-Rigid Form
Graphic Converting Options
Top Coated: is a process of chemically coating the polyester film with a substance that promotes the adhesion of inks.
Print Treated: Is an in-line process during which the polyester is altered by adding a protective coating. This pre-treatment is done by the film manufacturer and is permanent.
RAW: Is when the polyester is not pre-treated which makes ink adhesion impossible.
- Clear Pressure Sensitive Films- Used for double sided and window decals; clear labels and other graphic purposes
- White Pressure Sensitive Films- Decals, instructional graphics or caution/warning labels
- Metallic Films- Decorative nameplates, product identification markings, emblems, embossed labels and caution/warning labels
- Rigid Polyesters- with or without Hardcoating, are used for nameplates, decals, caution/warning labels, faceplates, overlays, rating labels and a variety of other uses.
- Can be used as a laminate to protect printed surfaces from scuffing and chemicals.
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