Polyester Material

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.

Common Brand Names: 

  1. MYLAR®
  2. MELINEX®

Features of Polyester:

  1. Print-Treated or Top Coated
  2. Available Thickness of .001- .010 (generally polyester applied to rigid vinyl)
  3. Available with or Without Adhesive (raw material)
  4. Very High Tensile Strength
  5. Embossable
  6. Maximum Temperature Rating is 300°F
  7. Excellent in a Chemical Environment
  8. Longer Life Compared to Similar Substrates
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Applications Examples:

  • 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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