With adhesive vinyl rolls from Freedom Paper, you can use the wide-format inkjet printer in your office to make simple signs for short-term use at special events and trade-shows or for sales promotions.
After the vinyl is printed and cut, peel the release liner from the back of the printed vinyl to expose the adhesive. Then mount it on a sheet of foam board, coroplast, styrene, aluminum, or acrylic. The vinyl can also be applied to windows, glass display cases, or other smooth, hard, non-porous surface.
Answers to the following questions will help you select the adhesive product that is right for your office.
Does your wide-format inkjet printer use aqueous dye or pigment inks?
Most older model printers used to print technical drawings and office documents use aqueous dye inks. Newer model photo and graphic printers from HP, Canon, and Epson use aqueous pigment inks.
Dye inks are far less resistant to water and light-induced fading than pigment inks. So, it’s best to use dye inks primarily for indoor signs. With aqueous pigment inks and water-resistant materials with permanent adhesives, you can print longer-lasting indoor signs, decals, labels, and outdoor signs that will last for months.
What is thickest material your wide-format printer can handle?
Some older model wide format printers can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. While the vinyl itself may be thin enough to feed through the printer, you have consider the thickness of the release liner as well. Some adhesive vinyls are 12 mil thick with the release liner. (The release liner protects the adhesive protected until you are ready to mount the graphic.)
Do you need a removable or permanent adhesive?
Permanent adhesives form a long-lasting bond within hours or days. They are designed to stick to a substrate without edge lifting. These adhesives can’t be removed without damaging either the label or the substrate. Permanent adhesives are used to produce outdoor signs, yard signs, labels, and safety, directional, and exit signs.
Removable adhesives form a lower-tack, temporary bond with the mounting surface. For a certain period of time, they can be removed without damaging either the printed graphic or the substrate.
In some cases, you can re-use the mounting substrate after the graphic has been removed. Removable adhesives are used for window graphics, temporary signs, event graphics, fabric graphics, and promotional displays.
Do you want a more environmentally friendly option?
The adhesive vinyl originally developed for outdoor signage is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a thin, flexible, white film made with chlorine and chemical stabilizers and plasticizers. PVC isn’t biodegradable in landfills.
While vehicle wraps and some types of outdoor signs require the durability and pliability of vinyl, you can also make short-term signs with more environmentally friendly options, such as adhesive photo papers, inkjet fabrics, or polypropylene poster papers.
Self-Adhesive Photo Papers: Some inkjet photo papers come with adhesive backings. These papers are ideal for printing short-term promotional signs that feature photographs.
Self-Adhesive Inkjet Fabrics:The low-tack adhesives used with inkjet fabrics are super-easy to install and remove. You can easily reposition the fabric print while you’re installing it, and the adhesive doesn’t leave a messy residue when the graphics are taken down. Inkjet fabrics are popular for wall decals, posters, and trade-show signs because the wrinkle-resistant, polyester graphics can usually be removed, then re-hung at another location. (You can even fold up a fabric poster and pack it in your suitcase when traveling to an out-of-town event.)
Self-Adhesive Polypropylene: This material is like a smooth, flexible sheet of tear-resistant, scratch-resistant paper. It is often used to print durable graphics that must stay flat in banner stands, poster frames, or lightboxes. Unlike poster papers, polypropylene banner materials don’t get creased, and don’t have to be laminated for outdoor weather resistance. Polypropylene is one of the most environmentally neutral plastics. It contains only two elements (carbon and hydrogen) and generates only carbon dioxide and water when it burns.
Where will the sign be displayed?
If the sign will be displayed under bright lights, choose an adhesive vinyl that has a non-glare matte surface. If the sign will be displayed on a location where there might be light shining from behind (e.g. such as a window or display case), choose an adhesive vinyl with a high level of opacity. An opaque vinyl is also a good choice if you plan to mount a white sign on glass, Plexiglas, or a black or colored sign board.
If the sign will be displayed outdoors or in a high-traffic location, consider laminating the printed graphic to protect it from water, humidity, and abrasion.
When to Call Outside Experts
If your require long-term durability or the ability to adhere to wood, sidewalks, brick walls, concrete, vehicles, it’s best to have the graphics produced by an organization that specializes in printing large-format graphics. Most commercial printing companies (or campus printing departments) are equipped with printers that use more outdoor-durable latex, eco-solvent, or UV-cure inks.
Graphic specialists and sign firms are also more familiar with the specialized vinyls and adhesives needed for uneven, intricately curved, or porous surfaces.
Choose from more than 30 options!
Freedom Paper more than 30 types of adhesive vinyl rolls and large format adhesive papers and fabrics that are suitable for use with the aqueous inkjet printers used by many architecture and engineering firms, schools, religious organizations, design and photo studios, and all types of business and corporate offices.
If you need help choosing the self-adhesive paper, polypropylene, fabric, or vinyl that would be best for a specific project, give us a call at 866-310-3555.
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