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Suggestions Suggestions on best Vehicle Wrap Vinyl to work with

Discussion in 'Vehicle Graphics' started by SkyHighSigns, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. SkyHighSigns

    SkyHighSigns Member

    Sep 13, 2018
    Hello everyone i need some suggestions on who has the best and workable vehicle vinyl. Thanks
  2. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

    Sep 6, 2014
    Anchorage, AK
    It kinda depends on the job, and your set up/work flow. Our go to vehicle wrap material is 3M IJ180 CV-3 with 8518, 8519 or 8520 lam. However this might not be the best wrap for you. I would suggest reaching out and getting some sample rolls and testing them yourself. Other material to look at would also be Avery, Oracal, and Hexis. I personally have not had much luck with Arlon but it's also been a few years since I have used them so take that for what it's worth.

    Each brand and line will have their own pro's and con's so it's important spend a little time testing them.
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  3. SkyHighSigns

    SkyHighSigns Member

    Sep 13, 2018
    Right on AK thanks, my previous company would use a lot of Oracal or 3M for vehicles seems the best. I will get with my vendor and see what they can hook us up sample wise
  4. tooler82

    tooler82 Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Camp Shelby, MS, USA
    Yeah I use 3M IJ180C with 8518 laminate.
  5. tooler82

    tooler82 Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Camp Shelby, MS, USA
    Although, I have heard good things about an Avery film.
  6. ikarasu

    ikarasu Very Active Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Port Coquitlam, bc
    180/8518 for printable / comfortable

    480/8548 for bumpers / extreme comformability

    I don't like 3ms non printable vinyl for wraps. A lot of the colors have haze before even applying... Or its easy to get glue lines. For colored vinyl I prefer -

    Vivvid (Canadian manufactured cast... Not too popular in USA yet, but a great vinyl) then Avery, then as a last resort 3M.

    Every installer will have their own prefferance though.
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  7. mjkjr

    mjkjr Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    I use and like Arlon 6000XRP with their 3220 laminate. Very easy to work with and conformable.
  8. Kentucky Wraps

    Kentucky Wraps Kentucky Wraps

    Mar 6, 2009
    My/Our experience:
    (Only Cast materials will be here with exception of a Polymeric Calendered.)

    3M 180mC (micro comply) easier than 180 regular but not as much as I'd like.
    3M 180C-V3 (too aggressive, release from liner is more difficult) not the best white point with laminate seems to shift yellow a bit
    3M 180C-V1 seems less aggressive than the V3 and releases from liner easier. not the best white point with laminate seems to shift yellow a bit
    3M 40-C Installs like 180, with slightly lower cost and longevity but still within reason for box trucks and trailers. (we use it for all signs rather than IJ35 due to longevity.)
    3M 175 Installs easier than 180mC but not as easy as Avery 1105. (there's a concern with removals /chance of adhesive remaining) Our FAVORITE 3M vinyl to wrap with.
    3M 180mc-UR (Ultra removable) installs as easy as mC but we had issues with adhesive.
    3M 480mc Installs ...Differently completely differently than the others...reacts to heat differently and takes time to get used to...but can be awesome in the right circumstances.
    Avery 1105 Easiest to install but has more issues with my Latex ink and laminate. Also doesn't "feel" like it stays put as well as 3M. Our favorite non-3M vinyl to wrap with
    Arlon SLX goes on too easy and requires applied pressure just to position etc. I know it seems counter-intuitive but the low initial tac seems TOO low. Best white point.
    Mactac - great white point, too aggressive initial tac
    Orajet- too aggressive initial tac...good white point though. Had issues in past with adhesive coming off vinyl if stuck together.

    Side note: Laminate makes a difference on install as well. I HATE installing with "Luster" overlaminate. It's abrasive to the squeegee buffers and doesn't add the niceness of Matte or Gloss. I don't see the point of it and it doesn't save folks a bunch of money...but for some reason many of the National Marketing companies that send us wraps for install only on franchises...always use Luster. Grrrrr.

    Avery smells the best to me. :p However, they all smell like money when I'm wrapping (revenue) AND when it gets wasted (down the drain) ;)
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  9. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

    May 5, 2011
    as stated, if the project's specs call for a certain material/brand there is what you use.

    Kentucky WrapsKentucky Wraps
    This is a VERY good breakdown of the materials