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The Ins & Outs of Vinyl Stickers

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What are Vinyl Stickers?

Vinyl Stickers are a synthetic material made of PVC. Some stickers are still printed on paper; however, the majority are printed on a self-adhesive vinyl. This is due to the durability and longevity of vinyl. Vinyl stickers have an ability to withstand extreme temperatures and are waterproof. 

Do Vinyl Stickers have a lifespan?

All vinyl stickers have a lifespan depending on the quality of the material used. The lifespan can go from 6 months to 7 years. UV rays can degrade the lifespan of the sticker, but this is also determined by the quality of the vinyl. A cheaper vinyl can last from 6 – 12 months. A medium-term vinyl can last 2 – 3 years, while a long-term vinyl will last 3 -7 years. 

The ink used to print the logo, design, words or image on your sticker is also UV resistant and has a lifespan. However, the lifespan is dependent on the quality of the vinyl, because even though the lifespan of the ink might be 7 years, the sticker may not last due to the use of a poor-quality vinyl.

Consequently, if you print it on a cheaper vinyl, your sticker may only last 6 – 12 months. This is due to the breakdown of the vinyl sticker, not the ink. Therefore, if you want your sticker to last up to 7 years you might have to invest in a higher quality vinyl. 

Where can I stick my Vinyl Stickers?

Vinyl stickers can be stuck in many places and come in different grades for different applications. The application of a vinyl sticker could be on anything from windows, walls, sign boards, shop fronts, signage inside stores, real estate signs, bottles, jars, candles. 

They can also be stuck on floors, concrete, or car doors. However, these types of vinyl stickers use a different grade of vinyl and are more of a specialist sticker. For application on a car, the vinyl sticker needs to be conformable so that it sticks neatly to the shape of the car. Car vinyl stickers are usually applied by someone with expertise in the area. 

How adhesive are Vinyl Stickers?

Vinyl stickers are tough and super strong due to the adhesive. Some vinyl stickers have aggressive adhesive and stick harder. These types of stickers are used for application to specialist areas, such as concrete blocks or buildings. Beware! These stickers are not easily removed!

Another type of adhesive is removable. The adhesion on removable products does not set. This allows the sticker to be removed. Although, these stickers are for short term use only as the removability may only last 6 – 12 months. After that, the adhesive can become hard, and the sticker harder to remove. If left on too long, removable stickers could leave traces on the surface or even peel paint off the wall. So, be sure when purchasing removable stickers that you know exactly the length of removability! 

There you have it, some valuable information about vinyl stickers to help you decide which sticker and adhesive is best suited to your job. For more information, contact us at Boing Boing Stickers. We provide 24/7 online chat support and are here to answer all of your sticker and label queries.