Vehicle Wrap Material: Cast and Calendered Vinyl
So you’re looking at getting a vehicle wrap, car decal, or truck lettering and the sales person is going over your options, color, size, design, material, and now you’re getting a little overwhelmed because you aren’t sure what the best option is. Don’t worry azpro Group has got your back. Not only do we have an in house design team to help you with the design, but we also have a knowledgeable sales team. We can help explain the differences in cast and calendered vinyl material for you.
Vehicle Wraps Phoenix Calendered Vinyl Material
Calendered vinyl is also known as “Intermediate” vinyl. Calendered vinyl starts out as a mixture that is heated at extreme temperatures. It is then forced through many steel rollers t0 flatten it out. This flattening process gives intermediate vinyl film a memory, which means that calendered vinyl will want to shrink back to its original size or shape over time. You may see calendered vinyl start to crack, peel, or shrink over long periods of extreme weather exposure. If you see an outline of dirt around the vinyl on a vehicle it typically means that the vinyl has shrunk down and the adhesive residue left behind is catching dirt. Calendered vinyl is a great option for the short term but it isn’t meant to be permanent. Calendered films are recommended for interior and exterior flat surfaces. This material is perfect for truck lettering and decals. This type of vinyl is popular typically because of its price. It is a less expensive option compared to cast vinyl.
Vehicle Wraps Phoenix Cast Vinyl Material
Cast vinyl is also called “Premium” vinyl. Cast vinyl is made with very similar ingredients as calendered vinyl but incorporates solvents and starts out as a liquid. Next the premium film is poured into a casting sheet and baked evaporating the solvents and leaving behind the cast vinyl. This process leaves the vinyl with a lot less elasticity compared to calendered vinyl. This means that the cast film is conformable, will stretch, will fit into the concave and convex areas that it will be applied to, and will not shrink back as much or as fast as calendered vinyl. Cast vinyl is a more expensive option but for good reason. Cast vinyl is rated for interior and exterior use made to withstand long term harsh weather exposure. This film is perfect for vehicle wraps.
While both cast and calendered vinyl are made up of very similar components (PVC or poly vinyl chloride) both are very different from each other when it comes to their uses. Premium cast vinyl will last longer than calendered vinyl if taken care of properly. Check out Caring for Your Vehicle Wrap
for tips to help you maintain a beautiful vehicle wrap.
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