Difference Between Stickers and Decals?

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There is a misconception about the meaning between stickers and vinyl and I hope this guide helps you get a better understanding of the difference between both. The actual material used when making stickers is a vinyl whether the vinyl being used is calendered, polymeric or cast. The difference between all three is how its made which then effects the longevity of the product when exposed to the elements eg the sun. For example a calendered vinyl may have a rating of 5 years compared to Arlon Cast 2100 which has a 8 to 10 year rating depending on the colour.

The meaning of decal is a decorative sticker.

The process in making a sticker and a decal is different hence a sticker will outlast a decal that has been applied to an external surface such as a window or car. If I made a black sticker using Arlon 2100 then it should last a good 8 to years.

A decal printed and laminated using eco solvent inks should last about 3 years outdoors.

Decals are made by a special eco solvent printing process or with latex inks using special media. Decals can also be made using a Thermal colour printer which may last longer than solvent printing because colour is being transferred from ribbons to the actual decal. 

Decals are made by a special eco solvent printing process or with latex inks using special media. Decals can also be made using a Thermal colour printer which may last longer than solvent printing because colour is being transferred from ribbons to the actual decal. 

Decals are made by a special eco solvent printing process or with latex inks using special media. Decals can also be made using a Thermal colour printer which may last longer than solvent printing because colour is being transferred from ribbons to the actual decal. 


Lots of different colours can also be printed when making decals.

Hope this guide helps.
                                                                                                               



 
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