Vehicle Graphics Denver

Vehicle Graphics Denver Vehicle Graphics are not full wraps but they provide many of the same benefits of a wrap. There are a few different types of vinyl we use to accomplish this and we'll go over them here. The first type of vinyl is "Cut Vinyl". This is a material we use for most vehicle graphics. It comes in a premium (known as Cast) and a standard type (known as Calandered.) The second type of vinyl we use is digital print vinyl. Rather than cutting out shapes and layering those shapes for any additional colors in the design we feed this material through our machine which then prints the design. We can then cut this out to a specific shape using the same machine that we use to cut out letters or graphics. This comes in Cast (for longer life expectancy and greater conformability), Calendered (for flat surfaces only and has lower life expectancy than the Cast.) as well as Translucent (a material that allows light to pass through it). We use this type of vinyl for lighted signs and other applications where this effect would be useful. We also print on Perforated Vinyl for vehicle windows. This vinyl has tiny holes throughout allowing you to see through the window it has been applied to. We will determine what the best combination of vinyl will be for your desired effect based on a variety of factors. We look at the type of files you have, the colors and size you would like them to be; placement is very important in determining vinyl type as well

Denver Vehicle Graphics The sign industry often throws words around like "premium" when it comes to vinyl but the real difference between the two commonly manufactured vinyl types is whether they are cast or calendered. The National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD) has an explanation between the two types so that we may properly understand the differences:

Cast Vinyl

  • Thin (1-3mil)- cuts and weeds easily

  • High gloss finish (unless designed with a matte finish)

  • Very conformable to irregular surfaces such as textures, rivets, and corrugations

  • Extremely colorfast, vandal-resistant, exhibits minimal shrinkage, and maintains adhesion

  • Can have an outdoor life span of up to seven years when properly installed

  • Ideal for vehicle and boat graphics, outdoor signage, and all exterior applications

Calendered Vinyl

  • Thicker (3-5 mil)- doesn't typically cut and weed as consistently as cast film

  • Lack of conformability limits use to flat or simple curved surfaces

  • Less vandal resistant, less colorfast, more likely to crack and shrink, and rarely achieves the same level of adhesion as cast vinyl

  • Expected outdoor life span of a properly installed polymeric calendered vinyl is five years. Inferior, monomeric, calendered vinyl will rarely last beyond one to three years. (NASSD website, "Cast Versus Calendered, The True Story Behind High Performance Vinyl")

As we can see there are quite a few differences between the main two families of vinyl in terms of adhesion, conformability and life expectancy. When we make your vehicle graphics we will always discuss your options with you so that you can make an informed decision for an optimal product.