3M™ Series 180mC Cast Sign Vinyl is an ideal vinyl for graphics applied to flat surfaces as well as simple and compound curves. Ideal for hiding blemished substrates, this film also features patented Controltac™ pressure-sensitive adhesives with Comply air-release channels for bubble-free installations. We're sure you'll love this high-gloss, premium vinyl film that can be removed with the...
If you need a high-performance, cast sign vinyl that’s perfect for use in electronic cutting machines, then this 3M™ 7125 Cast Electrocut vinyl is just what the doctor ordered. 2 mil thick, this 24-inch wide film is available by the foot so you never have to buy more than you need (unlike other sign supply sites that want you to purchase 10 or 50 yard rolls!). Enjoy the high-gloss finish...
Avery Dennison™ SC950 Ultra Metallic Cast Vinyl is a 3 mil film with an incredibly bright, high-gloss finish and a not-so-subtle metallic flake that glitters in the light. Choose from seven great colors, this Super Cast Series film delivers great value for projects that require extra durability and need to stand up to the elements. All SC 950 films also feature Easy Apply™ technology so...
ORACAL® 951 Premium Cast Vinyl is engineered especially for vinyl plotter-cutters with unparalleled cutting and application characteristics. Developed especially for the sign industry, ORACAL® 915 is renownwed for its wide color palette, conformability and duranbility. Use it for cut lettering, marking and decoration and particularly well-suited to high quality advertising on passenger and fleet...
Cast Vinyl films are the younger brother of films and represent the next step
in the evolution of self-adhesive, colored vinyl. Used primarily for signs and
graphics that are destined for long-term use, Cast Sign Vinyl films also offer a
wider range of colors than their calendered counterparts. In addition, to use as
electronically cut films, almost all vehicle wrap films are cast although they
are not used as sign vinyls because their air-release liners make application
with transfer tape impractical. Other popular applications for these 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.
The term cast references the
production method used in manufacturing this kind of sign vinyl. Cast vinyl
films start off as nothing more than a thick, plastic paint. Next, PVC,
plasticizers and pigments are combined at a predetermined rate of speed
for a set amount of time so that the mixture is consistent. This gooey mix,
known as organosol, is then squeezed out (or cast) onto the
casting sheet. The next step in the manufacturing process is to send it through a series of ovens
so that the solvents are completely evaporated, leaving behind a solid film. The
film is then rolled onto large-diameter cores for additional adhesive coating.
The casting sheet is what determines the texture of the film. This type of film
is recommended when the customer wants a painted-look finish that will last —
average end-use lives are from five to
Due to the casting process, cast vinyl is generally thinner than calendered
film, meaning it's typically 1 to 2 mil thick. By casting film on a sheet, the
film stays in a more relaxed state, resulting in a durable, flexible,
conformable and dimensionally stable film that retains color well. As a result,
cast films are ideal for complex surfaces such as vehicles and where a smooth
finished look is expected. In addition, because these films can be produced in
small batches, you get a much wider variety of colors and finishes than are
available with calendered films. One caveat when dealing with cast films is that
they usually feature an air release adhesive for wrapping which makes them excel
at wraps but less than ideal for decals or lettering.
Check out our articles and posts about all of the features, benefits and issues
with using different varieties of cast vinyl films.