When you need a Reflective Sign Vinyl film that you can cut in your plotter cutter to make a variety of safety decals, labels and high-impact graphics you want both quality and performance. This 3M™ 680 Scotchlite film gives you the durability and retro-reflectivity you need in a variety of brilliant colors. Put your trust in this Reflective Sign Vinyl and share your results with us for...
Avery™ V4000 Reflective Vinyl is made from a premium-quality, beaded retro-reflective cast film. Engineered for long-term commercial and emergency fleet applications it also delivers unparalleled cutting and weeding performance —you can even screen print on it! In addition to screen printing, digital printability is possible with the White V4000 Reflective vinyl. Its high level of...
ORAFOL 5600 Engineer Grade Reflective Vinyl gives you a choice of eleven brilliant colors in a 5 mil reflective film with 7 year durability. Featuring clear, solvent-based, permanent adhesives, the face of this retroreflective film is compatible with screen printing and thermal transfer too. Use it for traffic, guidance, warning and information signs as well as reflective lettering, numbers and...
Want to know a secret? Well, most reflective sign vinyl on the market is
really retro-reflective. And, even though this can get kind of technical, all you really need to know is that these films use glass beads embedded in their face to reflect back the light shone on them
unlike chrome films which reflect light back.. They aren't glow-in-the-dark and they're not actually producing light but they still look crazy cool!
currently, there are two types of retro-reflective sign vinyl films available that meet
standards for visibility: glass bead retro-reflective material and prismatic retro-reflective material.
Glass bead vinyl is flexible, lightweight and can be a good solution for many kinds of work environments.
Its reflectivity (light returned to the headlights) is accomplished using microscopic glass spheres embedded either in a heat activated adhesive.
However, it does have the drawback of slightly worse performance under wet conditions
as it can lose most of its reflectivity when wet. In fact, its visibility simply starts disappearing before your eyes – and more importantly, to oncoming traffic. Water causes the reflective optics to scatter the light, rather than reflect it back to an approaching motorist – when visibility is most critical.
Prismatic retro-reflective material (PRM) is a different technology that utilizes thousands of micro-prisms that are protected by a transparent plastic film. Prismatic retro-reflective materials are far more efficient at returning light than glass beaded
vinyl films. They perform exceptionally well under wet conditions. One of the drawbacks with
prismatic reflective vinyl occurs during extremely cold conditions. Like any vinyl material, it can become stiffer than glass beaded material. In addition it is heavier than traditional glass beaded material. Prismatic materials are available in fluorescent colors for added visibility during dusk, dawn, and inclement weather conditions when additional conspicuity is most important.
Although there are actually two kinds of film in the reflective genre we'll
focus exclusively on those that use retro-reflectivity since prismatic films are
generally not used in smaller volume decal and sign production. This is largely due to cost and the difficulty of cutting prismatic film. It is already difficult enough to cut retroreflective vinyl on a Cricut, Silhouette or ScanNCut which is why we recommend using a 60° blade at the highest force setting possible. Regardless, you should know that the big 3 brands of adhesive films each make a version or two of reflecting vinyl that you can use in all of your sign, wrap and craft applications.
If you've got a customer who wants you to add
high-visibility, reflective rim stripes to their rims or
you're considering doing it yourself, this quick and easy
4-step guide will show you how.