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Cast Wrapping Films vs. Polymeric Films: Which is Better?
When it comes to vehicle wrapping and commercial graphics, one of the most important decisions you will make is the type of film you choose to use. Cast and polymeric films are two of the most popular options on the market. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between the two and help you determine which one is right for your project.
What are Cast Wrapping Films?
Cast wrapping films are made using a process called casting. This involves pouring liquid vinyl onto a flat surface and then heating it to form a thin film. Cast films are known for their ability to conform to complex shapes and contours, making them ideal for wrapping vehicles. Durability on these films can vary, depending on a number of external factors such as UV exposure but can reach up to 6 years durability.
As Ireland’s distributor for Hexis wrapping films, we witness first-hand the vast range of colours available when choosing a true cast wrapping film. Whether you’re wrapping someone’s personal car or a commercial fleet, Hexis actively release new colours to meet the latest trends and most popular brand colours. This gives you, the installer, the perfect opportunity to impress your customer base with a creative
Top 3 Hexis Cast Wrapping Films
- Hexis HX190WG2 Cast Printable
- Hexis HX20000 Cast Wrapping Film- Colour Change
- Hexis HX30000 Premium Cast Wrapping Film
What are Polymeric Films?
Polymeric films are made using a process called calendaring. This involves passing the vinyl through a series of rollers to create a thin film. Polymeric films are known for their durability and ability to conform to slightly curved surfaces. They are also highly resistant to UV rays and other environmental factors.
Widely used for flat panel vehicle graphics and signage, polymeric vinyl’s are a versatile commodity in the sign world. Hexis Suptac Trade is a customer favourite at Alphagraphics! Featuring the 40 most popular colours from the Suptac S5000 range, the Suptac Trade range offers discounted rates with same quality that makes the Hexis Suptac sign vinyl do popular.
At Alphagraphics, we are realists in how we advise customers in their material choice. Yes, it is possible to achieve a level of conformability with polymeric films, but drawing the line at where cast is required is a must!
Differences between Cast and Polymeric Films:
The main differences between cast and polymeric films lie in their manufacturing processes and performance characteristics. Cast films are generally considered to be higher quality than polymeric films because they are made using a more precise and controlled process. Cast films are also thinner, allowing for greater conformability to complex shapes and curves.
Polymeric films such as the Hexis Suptac Trade (ST5000), on the other hand, are thicker and more rigid, making them better suited for flat surfaces. They are also more resistant to shrinking and fading over time, which can be important considerations for long-term projects.
Why Choose Hexis?
Hexis is a leading manufacturer of high-quality wrapping films, with a range of products designed to meet the needs of any project. Their cast wrapping films, such as the Hexis HX190WG2 cast digital printing film, are known for their exceptional conformability and durability. These films are ideal for wrapping complex shapes and curves, and they come in a range of finishes, including gloss, matte, and satin. Be it for wrapping a personal car or a commercial fleet, the cast films produced by Hexis are known for their long-lasting performance and exceptional finish.
For projects that require a more rigid film, Hexis also offers a range of polymeric films. These films, such as the Hexis Suptac (S5000), are designed to provide exceptional durability and long-lasting performance. They are ideal for flat surfaces and can withstand harsh weather conditions and UV exposure making these the perfect option for exterior signage and flat panel vehicle graphics.
What is the better option?
Choosing the right wrapping film is an important decision that can impact the success of your project. Cast and polymeric films are both excellent options, depending on your specific needs. By understanding the differences between the two and the Hexis range of films available, you can make an informed decision and achieve outstanding results. Make sure to know the pro’s and con’s to each film- understanding your materials is a open goal for boosting profits without compromising on your quality!