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Thick vs Thin Vinyl

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

What makes Thin Vinyl Better?

Pressure sensitive vinyl is the technical term for our sticker material. There is a misconception that thick stickers are better quality and cost more. But, we’re talking about vinyl stickers, and when it comes to vinyl stickers, thinner is better!

Why is thinner vinyl better?

1. Temperature

The best way to measure vinyl quality is by how it reacts to temperature. A thick piece of plastic taken from a warm environment (heated garage) to a cold environment (winter in Canada) needs to be able to contract evenly and quickly. If it cannot expand and contract quickly and evenly, it may crack and fail. Thicker material has a difficult time contracting at a uniform rate, therefore the surface may contract while the inner layer does not. The vinyl then delaminates from the adhesive. A thinner material is able to expand and contract quickly and is less likely to fail. Some stickers are not even vinyl at all! Many stickers are paper, and paper cannot be compared to vinyl as they have completely different uses.

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2. Adhesive

Thinner stickers are better because most vinyl materials 3 mil and under use a solvent based adhesive rather than a water based adhesive. In order to remove a solvent based sticker, a solvent such as alcohol is required. Water does not affect it. A water based vinyl adhesive deteriorates when exposed to water. This would not hold up outdoors.

At StudioSande, we only use the best materials. Our state-of-the-art equipment and premium Briteline Duration vinyls ensure that everything is of the highest quality. Our customers deserve nothing less. Who wants to put their name on something inferior?

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