When you're looking for an affordable promotional grade, calendered vinyl to use in crafting or sign making you want Avery™ PC500 vinyl. This great film delivers the perfect combination of affordability, easy weeding and durability. This 500 Promotional Calendered Series is yours in over 15 brilliant colors designed especially for use on computer sign cutting equipment. Buy by the sheet or...
ORACAL® 341 Promotional Calenedered Vinyl is the perfect mix of low-cost and short-term performance for all of your indoor sign and craft needs. Choose from 21 different colors and enjoy how easy it is to work with this scuff-resistant vinyl. Cut it in your Cameo or Cricut to make wall art, pantry label decals, stickers for your kids' folders and binders and more. However you use it, be sure...
ORACAL® 631 Matte Removable Calendered Exhibition grade films are perfect for use in your electronic cutter. Make wall art, decals and displays for indoor use. Use it as a furniture of cabinet wrap to protect your high-traffic kitchen and bathroom cabinets from damage and scuffs while adding a modern, contemporary feel. Take your pick of sixty different matte colors. Best of all, when you...
ORACAL® 651 Intermediate Calendered Vinyl is the gold standard for craft and sign vinyl. Yours in over 50 great colors, this film gives you a minimum of 6 years durability and is scuff resistant. Use 651 either indoors or outdoors and buy by the foot in our standard, 24-inch rolls so you get only what you need. At 2.5 mil thick, you'll love how easily it cuts and weeds. However you decide to...
Avery Dennison™ HP750 Series Intermediate sign vinyl is a series of high-gloss films made especially for use in cutters and plotters. With more than 100 different colors, HP-750 Series films boast the widest color palette in the industry. Durable yet affordable you'll love the brilliant finish of these calendered, cut vinyl films. Its Advanced Acrylic Adhesive Technology gives it unrivalled...
3M™ Scotchcal™ Series 50 Intermediate Sign Vinyl are calendered films that have been specially developed to be knife cut on electronic systems. Because Series 50 films are intermediate, calendered vinyl they are much more cost effective for use in commercial applications, flat signage and crafting projects. With a clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive (and a blue liner on the white films and a...
Calendered Vinyl films are the most budget-friendly sign and craft vinyl on
the market. There are mot commonly used for signs and graphics such as short-term ads or
removable installations. Other popular applications for calendered films are promotional signage,
electro-cut vinyl lettering for banners, vehicle lettering and numbers as well
as small, die-cut decals such as bumper stickers and window decals.
One of the major features and advantages of calendered films is their
thickness and resistance to scuffing and damage. The average thickness is around 3.2 mil
but there are some varieties of this film that are 6 mil or thicker. One major
advantage of calendered films is how well they perform for floor graphic
applications. Since calendered films are by nature thicker than cast, they hold
up better to the wear and tear of foot traffic.
The term "calendered" vinyl takes its name from the manufacturing process use
in its creation. Without getting overly technical, we'll just say that making calendered
vinyl is similar to making homemade
pasta. The ingredients, the details of which can be found in our
cast versus calendered vinyl article
if you're really interested, are mixed, kneaded and expelled just like sheets of
nonna's lasagna. Enormous, heated steel rollers then press the vinyl into thin sheets
in a process called, guess what, calendering.
The quality of calendered films are rated by their end life use and cost of
production. economy or intermediate, which use a monomeric plasticizer,
to a high-grade which would use a polymeric plasticizer.
As we will discuss below, the life of calendered film varies greatly
depending upon its grade.
Although there's no universally agreed upon standard, most promotional grade
calendered vinyl films are made for short-term use with a life of between one to
three years. In general, the color palette of promotional vinyl is reduced in
comparison to higher-grades of film. Finally, promo vinyl is not generally
recommended for outdoor applications. Avery™ PC500 and
ORACAL® 341 Promotional Cal films are the two varieties we carry. Currently,
3M™ does not make a promo series vinyl.
As the name suggests, these films are a step up from the promo grade.
Besides being a short-term film, 631 is specifically marketed as being
removable which makes it ideal for use as a indoor signage (hence the name
"exhibition"). In addition, ORACAL® 631 vinyl has a matte finish which,
along with it's removability, makes them great for use as a
furniture and cabinet wrap in
high-traffic areas like kids' bedrooms.
Looking for a slightly higher grade craft vinyl. Try our so-called outdoor
calendered vinyl which is ORACAL® 651 which gives you longer durability,
performance and is better suited for outdoor applications. Other great, higher
performance calendered vinyl films are as well as Avery™ HP750 and
3M™ Scotchcal Graphic 50 series films.
Check out our articles and posts about all of the features, benefits and issues
with using different varieties of calendered vinyl films.