FAQ - Material Information

Vinyls are flexible, scuff resistant, plasticized films that will stretch and shrink slightly. They are for indoor or outdoor use.

Pressure Sensitive Polyesters
Polyesters are very "dimensionally stable" and will not stretch or shrink. Therefore, they do not conform well to irregular surfaces or compound curves. They are resistant to chemicals. Polyesters are suited for indoor or outdoor use.

Adhesives
Our custom and stock polyester products make two adhesive choices available. All are environmentally friendly, water-based acrylic, pressure sensitive adhesives. They also perform well in hot or cold temperatures, indoors or outdoors. Any adhesive decal must be applied to a clean surface to perform properly.

Permanent: Twenty-four hours after application this adhesive will be at its maximum strength. It has a high peel value indicating that while it is possible to remove the decal it cannot be easily or cleanly removed.
Choose this polyester/adhesive combination for warning or instructional decals, branding decals, equipment markings, or other applications in which permanence is a requirement.

Ultra Removable: With the lowest peel strength, decals with this adhesive will remove with no adhesive transfer yet provide good holding properties for many months.
Choose this polyester/adhesive combination for short-term promotions, temporary signage, point of purchase labeling, or other applications in which clean removability is a requirement.

Specialty polyesters or adhesives are also available. Contact Customer Service.

Cling vinyl is a highly plasticized vinyl film that does not require an adhesive to adhere to polished or smooth surfaces such as glass or mirrors. This material is recommended for indoor use only.

Papers are used for a variety of products. Some recycled materials are available. Refer to specific web pages for more information. Plastic coated white poster board is suitable for short-term outdoor use.

Our magnets consist of a base magnetic material with a screen printed vinyl film or either a digital or offset printed face material. The base magnetic material has good holding power on most metal surfaces. All magnets are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

An enclosed lens, retroreflective film, this material is often used with transparent inks to allow the reflective properties of the substrate to show through the ink. This material is appropriate for indoor or outdoor use.

Several plastics are used on our products. Some recycled and biodegradable materials are available. Corrugated plastic, 23, 35, and 55 point plastic and opaque polyethylene are the only plastics suited for outdoor use. These plastics are recyclable. Refer to specific web pages for more information.

Pressure sensitive papers and films include: white and yellow gloss papers, fluorescent papers, gold and silver foil papers, 100% recycled white paper, and clear polystyrene. All of the flexo printed materials are intended for indoor use.

Reinforced vinyl banner is intended for short-term outdoor use (6 months or less) or indoor use. This material is typically printed using our UV digital inks. Ends are hemmed and grommets attached to provide additional finishing.

Many of the Gill-line products have different adhesives. Some have permanent and others have removable, ultra removable, or repositionable adhesive. Each product has been designed to offer the best combination of material and adhesive. For instance, our Bumper Sticker vinyl has an ultra removable adhesive that insures clean and easy removability, even after one year from application.