How to preserve vinyl without using an overlaminate

LG Hausys digital print vinyl film

Overlaminating a wrap or a graphic is an excellent way to preserve the media.

After all, it protects the print from scratches and prevents any fading of the print from the sun’s rays.

Both film and liquid laminates serve the same function, however, the applications differ. When applying laminate, ensure that for each type of printing vinyl, you use a corresponding laminate.

It’s not recommended that you do not use laminate as the added layer makes the original graphic more stable and durable.

Although boasting a selection of additional benefits which will ensure that the vinyl lasts longer and looks the part, your customers may just want to eliminate additional costs.

This is why we’ve come up with an explainer that explores two ways to preserve vinyl without using an overlaminate if your customers opt to not invest in one.

Vehicle wraps: Have a regular cleaning schedule

When your customers spot clean debris and dirt as it touches their vehicles, they do not have to worry about subsequent problems. It is recommended that the vehicle be washed in its entirety at least once a week. If it looks dirty in-between washes, encourage your customers to wash it twice in one week.

Additional tips include allowing the vehicle to air dry or drying it off with a microfibre cloth to avoid the vinyl lifting off of the vehicle or damage being sustained to it.

Solvents and engine degreaser should not be used to clean the vehicle wrap.

Window decals: avoid direct contact with UV-rays

It’s recommended to put decals on a well-shaded part of a storefront, in which UV rays will not be in direct contact with the graphics. UV damages the media and causes fading, however, on some store fronts this is not always possible. In that instance, it is suggested that you select a polymeric vinyl that is suitable for long-term outdoor use.

Polymeric film uses better UV stabilisers and plasticisers than monomeric vinyl and usually has an outdoor durability of up to five years, so it is perfect for window graphics. Shop around for the best brands for the job.

Despite making use of other ways to care for the media, it is strongly recommended that an overlaminate is used to protect the print. You may use a liquid polish to remove any stains or dirt on the graphic.

Ultimately, investing in a laminate is not only necessary, but is encouraged by our trusted sales staff.

“All digital prints, whether outdoor or indoor, should have a laminate on it to prevent fading and scratching of the media,” says our Durban Sales Manager, Trevor Govender.

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