Reflective Vinyl Films
Most so-called reflective films on the market are actually more aptly termed retro-reflective. Although this can get kind of technical, all you really need to know is that these films (as opposed to prismatic films) use glass beads embedded in their face to reflect back the light shone on them. They aren't glow-in-the-dark and they're not actually producing light but they still look crazy cool!
Choosing a Brand of Reflective Film
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 DIY or 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.
Your Results Reflect on Us
However you needed up using this film, be sure to take at least six
high-quality pictures of your work in action. Since it's reflective film, we
recommend doing both before and after as well as angled shots that show the way
the reflectivity varies along with the light source to which it's exposed.
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