Would you consider lettering your company vehicle with a garden hose, traffic cone or doormat? Of course not. Yet polyvinylchloride, or pvc, the same plastic that’s used to manufacture garden hoses, traffic cones and doormats is also used to fabricate rolls of thin vinyl film for lettering an endless variety of surfaces.
This vinyl film, which comes in thickness of 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 mil, was first offered by 3M and Avery Dennison Marking in 1953. Not until the 1970’s was vinyl film offered to sign shops to be used in place of, or in combination with paint in the fabrication of signs and vehicle lettering.
Many sign companies have gone on to combine vinyl film with good quality software packages, computer equipment and laser cutters in fabricating a striking array of graphics and lettering in all shapes, colors and sizes.
Once cut to specification, the films pressure sensitive backing allows for easy application to virtually any surface. In fact, one of the advantages of computer cut vinyl is the minimal installation time which can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the job, as apposed to a day to several days application time if being hand painted.
Another attractive aspect of vinyl is the ability to easily remove the vinyl lettering without having to repaint the surface. Surfaces that were not covered in vinyl and faded in the sun can possibly be buffed out to match the area that had been protected by the vinyl application.
The outdoor durability of a vinyl film application is a year to seven years depending on the grade of vinyl used. High performance and long lasting grade of vinyl is the 2-3 mil thickness, with the 4 mil being the grade of vinyl to use for short term and very low cost signage.
Whatever the dimension, surface or cost, a good quality computer cut vinyl application is not only easy, durable and cost effective, it is also accurate and consistent everytime.