Have a look at the products above. The similarity between these three stickers might be harder to notice than for the decals at the start of this post. But there is one thing they all have in common. Each of these vinyl stickers is printed onto vinyl using a wide-format printer. We load a roll of digital vinyl that absorbs the inks we use and keeps them looking great for ages. We use special repositionable vinyl for our stickers because it is much easier to apply and remove than other stickers while benefiting from all the long-lasting properties of vinyl. This is particularly important for wall stickers, when you don’t want to damage your wall upon removal. Here’s a photo of one of our printers in our studio in Oxford. Looks a little more complicated than the plotter doesn’t it?
Features—Thickness: 3.4 mil. Full-color, single-side printing on white material. Select Shape or Exact Die-Cut for custom shapes. Car Safe uses a special adhesive to protect your car’s paint. Clear Vinyl Decal Film available for additional cost. Life expectancy: 3 years. Before installing, read our Vinyl Decal Installation Instructions.
You might have heard the terms vinyl stickers and vinyl decals before and wondered what the difference is? It’s not surprising you might be confused. A lot of people seem to use the terms interchangeably. Or they think that hearing the word vinyl immediately means decal. But vinyl stickers and vinyl decals are very different and it’s important to understand the difference when buying online in our shop. You need to be sure you’re getting what you want!
Have a quick look at the products above. Do you notice any similarity between them? These are all vinyl decals. There’s a decal for a macbook, a vehicle and a wall. But the important thing is that they are all vinyl decals! You can get decals in lots of different colours and finishes but they are usually only in one single colour. Why? Because vinyl decals are physically cut from a roll of vinyl by a magical machine called a vinyl cutter or plotter. Here’s what our cutter looks like in our studio in Oxford.
Combine all the layers onto a single piece of backing paper before taping them. This leaves you with only one layer to apply when it comes to sticking it to your surface. Tape each layer separately. This means you then have to combine each layer separately when you try and stick it on your surface.
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Technically, you could make a vinyl decal with multiple colours. But to do this you’d have to cut each layer of vinyl separately and then do one of the following:
Wait a minute. Did you just understand all the terms in those last sentences? If you did than you just might be on your way to becoming a true wizard. Welcome to the club. Now use your newfound knowledge to impress your friends. Or head to our online shop and buy something knowing exactly what to expect. Want your own custom decal or sticker? Just contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
Ok. Maybe not quite a vinyl wizard. The vinyl wizards in our studio have been honing their craft for years to learn the best way to weed a decal and create design files for die-cut stickers. Their experience helps us to make the best vinyl stickers and decals around.
Customize your custom vinyl decal with these tips in mind: Signazon offers two primary material choices: Vinyl Decal Film, a printable solid white material, and Clear Vinyl, a transparent vinyl material.
If you’d like to place your vinyl decal on the inside of your storefront window looking out to the street, select the “Inside Glass” option. Consider “Exact & Shape Die-Cut” and “Double-Sided” options when creating custom shapes and lettering.
Add the “Car Safe” option for vinyl decal signs guaranteed not to damage your vehicle’s paint. Please note: We do not recommend large vinyl decals for car windows, even if they are clear, as they will affect your visibility.
Alice Searching Behind the Curtains Vinyl Sticker for Macbook (13/15)
Apple Tennis Ball Vinyl Sticker for Macbook (13/15) or Laptop
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An affordable advertising solution with a stunning gloss finish. Regular Vinyl Decal Film is back-adhesive (applied on the outside of the window). Select “Inside Glass” for front-adhesive if you wish to apply on the inside of the window facing out.
Mandala Owl On Honey Pot Vinyl Wall Art Sticker by Kitty Foster
The core here is that a vinyl decal is the most versatile product we sell. Our standard vinyl decal film is a solid aggressive adhesive that will stick to pretty much anything anywhere and not come off. If it’s a flat surface you need to take this into consideration and it will be difficult to remove. If you need removable decals signazon has an option when you select your product material called “removable” that will change the material we print on to include adhesive that is not so sticky and you can easily remove it and reply. We even have a special material we call EZ Stick Vinyl that is a Nasa grade adhesive that you can stick to anything and remove it time and time again and it still will stick like the day you got it.
Your imagination, or your designers imagination is the only limit here. We see everything printed here, from large vinyl decals that cover whole sides of buildings for fortune 100 companies to a simple Logo on an ice cream shop stand you can do it here with us.
Vinyl stickers can still have shapes cut out of them. In fact, most of our stickers have shapes cut out of them. They just look much better when stuck to your surface like that. We actually die-cut all of our stickers to make them look even better. That means that after your sticker is printed onto the roll of vinyl, the same machine goes back and cuts a contour for each sticker into the role. This cutting process is exactly the same as for decals with one important difference: the blade is set to cut all the way through the vinyl and backing paper (rather than just the vinyl). This creates a die-cut sticker that we pop out of the big vinyl roll and quality control before preparing it to be sent anywhere in the world.
An all-purpose, flexible plastic film with a smooth finish. Backed with a unique, low-tack adhesive and includes a thick white liner for storage. Can be applied to any flat, non-porous surface including walls, windows, doors, metal, plastic, and fine furnishings with clean removability (leaving no damage or residue). Satin finish provides stunning image quality, crisp, vivid printing and vibrant colors.
Our decals can be applied to multiple surfaces as long as they are non-porous and flat (no bumps or cracks). We have several decal materials are available for you to choose from depending on duration of use, durability, reusability, and adhesives. For seasonal or temporary sales, our Static Cling and EZ-Stick materials can be removed and reapplied with very little effort. For our more eco-conscious customers, our EZ-Stick material is also biodegradable. However, if you’re looking for a more permanent advertising solution, our Vinyl Decal Film and Clear Vinyl are perfect candidates. They last longer and have a stronger adhesive. If you want to make them last even longer, choose our “Inside Glass” option and you can apply your decal from the inside to protect it from weathering.
At Vinyl Revolution, we specialise in making the best quality vinyl products possible. That’s why we want to make sure everyone can understand the differences between vinyl stickers and decals. It’s not rocket science. It’s just some simple vinyl science that everyone can wrap their heads around (excuse the pun – we just can’t help ourselves).
Weeding one vinyl decal is already quite a lot of work. Doing option 1 above is very time consuming to produce and would mean your decal would get very expensive. Doing option 2 above means you’d have to stick multiple layers on your surface, which can be a serious pain. While we do this sort of thing all the time for businesses that hire our professional services, we rarely include it in our products. Why? Because some customers already struggle with applying their decal. It can get a bit tricky with all the bits and pieces. Imagine trying to do multiple layers!
Once the vinyl has been cut it’s removed from the machine and laid on a table for weeding. Weeding is when the excess vinyl (the negative space in your decal) is removed by hand. This can be quite a time consuming process depending on the complexity of the design. Check out the video below for an example of what this looks like. Thankfully we can speed it up so you won’t be watching for hours!
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Using vinyl decals is a proven marketing tactic to draw curiosity and convert passersby into customers. Don’t be the store that loses revenue because your not taking advantage of your glass storefront with a Large Window Decal! Sell more with promotional window advertising that invites your customers in and shows off your products or services. Adhesive vinyl decals can withstand any weather & resist fading, and are the ideal solution for long-term business signage (identifying your business name, store hours, employee offices, etc.). We print in full-color for vibrant, eye-catching graphics. Start customizing your new decal today!
The vinyl cutter is connected to a computer which allows it to read our vector design files. The cutter uses a single, tiny blade to cut into the vinyl .The big roll of vinyl is moved back and forth as the blade cuts into the material. Most importantly, the blade only cuts deep enough to slice through the vinyl material, not the backing paper it is stuck to. The result looks almost exactly as before. One big sheet of vinyl. But there’s an important difference! Look closely and you’ll see tons of tiny little lines cut into the material.
Car Decals Window Decals Logo Decals Magic Reusable Decals Mirror Decals Reusable Decals Stickers Floor Graphics
In general printing terms, anything that is called a Decal is more sticker like, which means it’s a bit smaller. A Vinyl Graphic is much larger. At the end of the day here at Signazon we allow our customers to pick any size on any material for most of the products we sell so it doesn’t matter what you call it. When its delivered to you will know why 100,000+ businesses come to us for their printing needs, we always supply the most outstanding prints where you don’t have to worry about a thing.
How To The Difference Between Vinyl Stickers and Vinyl Decals
Once the decal has been weeded, it’s ready for the taping machine. When the decal is pushed through the taping machine it rolls a layer of application tape onto the decal. This is what is then used to apply the decal to a surface. Voila! You’ve got yourself a vinyl decal.
Much like a sticker which is printed on paper, a vinyl decal is a digitally printed product on a thin vinyl material. Paper can quickly fade and disintegrate in hard rain and with the decal printed on vinyl using Signazon Latex printing technology your decal can last up to 5 years outside. Life of the decal indoors or if the decal is in shade we are talking about 10-15+ years of life. You will want to change your prints way before your decals gives out!
You might wonder why the Alice Searching Behind the Curtains macbook sticker above is a vinyl sticker and not a decal. After all, it’s a single colour isn’t it? That’s absolutely right. The problem is that it’s a very complicated design. There’s no way you could get all the detail in the cross-hatching of that illustration in a small macbook decal. Our team would spend 10 hours to weed it and you would drive yourself crazy trying to keep all the little pieces on the application tape when you tried to stick it down. In cases where a single-colour design is too complicated to produce as a decal, we produce them as stickers that are printed onto transparent vinyl. The result is a product that looks a lot like a decal but has all the properties of a vinyl sticker.
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Best For—More permanent advertising in high-visibility store fronts and offices, as well as on vehicle fleets. Storefront window displays, office or vehicle door graphics, bumper stickers, etc. For full-coverage store window graphics, select Store One-Way Vision.
What is the difference between a Vinyl Decal and a Vinyl Graphic?
Decals can be applied to almost anything, so why not make yours stand out? By placing your well-crafted message or logo in the areas people will notice them, this will create a stronger image for your brand. Imagine your full-color decal on your store windows, company’s vehicles, posted at a bus stop, or on people’s laptops. There is just too much marketing potential to ignore with decals so it is an absolute must for every business. You may also want to take advantage of our advanced cutting technology. We are able to produce exact and shape die-cuts from our materials offering our decals even more customization. Also, if you plan on dedicating an entire window to a decal, we have perforated vinyl and etched glass decals. Order your decals online today.
Features—Thickness: 6 mil. Removable, reusable, and repositionable. Adhesive does not build over time. Choose “Shape Die-Cut” for custom shapes and cutouts or reusable lettering. Life expectancy: 3 years indoors (without direct sunlight).