Vehicle graphics used to be painted on. However, with the
advent of computer technology and plotters which could easily
cut a traced image out of self adhesive vinyl, painted graphics
were replaced by cut and even printed self adhesive vinyl
vinyl graphics are cut from a roll of self adhesive vinyl
(think of Contact Paper). The images are premasked to hold
them into position while being placed onto your vehicle,
guaranteeing perfect alignment of text and objects.
printed images came into their own during the 1990's, as
this technology grew. Now, even the customer with one small
vehicle can have full color printed images which remain
durable and bright for five years or more. Again, this is
done on self-adhesive vinyl.
VERY IMPORTANT THING ABOUT VINYL
are two methods of manufacturing vinyl - which result in
two quite different types of film, when judged on outdoor
films are much less expensive, with thicker vinyl - usually
3.0 or thicker - and are generally known as INTERMEDIATE
vinyl films. These films are not recommended for vehicle
application because they are less conformable, and will
tend to shrink, fade, crack and peel after a couple of years.
These films are often those used in your corner sign shops.
They are best used for short term or indoor signage.
see what happens when a calendered film is used for vehicle
VINYL is a thinner, 2.0 mil vinyl, which is known as a PREMIUM
vinyl because it will conform (fit snugly around rivets
and curves without air pockets) and has excellent outdoor
durability, usually 7 years or longer. At The Imagemakers
Group, we use only Premium Cast Vinyl for our vehicle graphics.
some examples of cut and printed vinyl graphics, please
go to the following pages:
Vinyl Vehicle Graphics
Printed Vinyl Graphics