At Sunrise Signs, we get many calls and emails about what is the best vehicle wrap material? Does 3M have the best product or does Avery or Oracal? Because we specialize in vehicle wraps and graphics, we thought we’d take a look at some popular materials for each of these three companies including features, benefits and warranties.
We utilize 3M IJ180Cv3 quite a bit for our vehicle wrap projects. It’s their adhesive vinyl two-mil Cast semi-gloss Controltac™ film with Comply™ v3 and offers a ten-year outdoor performance so it’s quite durable. This film includes a seven-year vertical and a two-year horizontal warranty.
It is a removable, slideable and repositionable adhesive with no visible channel patterns and has an excellent air release system. If you’re looking for lift resistance, this 3M film can be stretched 130 per cent with no primer or lifting required.
It is widely used for vehicles and fleet wraps as well as marine applications. As far as to print compatibility, it will work with solvent, eco-solvent, UV or latex printing systems. The maker of this vinyl film, 3M, suggests using one of their laminate products--8518, 8519, 8520, 8528, 8915 or 8548.
Avery’s MPI 1005 Easy Apply™ RS
Another favourite for our designers and installers is Avery’s MPI 1005 Easy Apply™ RS. This two-mil cast gloss white inkjet vinyl offers 10-year outdoor durability and is long-term removable
RS™ adhesive with Easy Apply™ air egress, liability and easy removability for up to five years without the use of heat.
Expect superior conformability for use on compound curves, corrugations, rivets and channels and skip the primer. This vinyl film is also 40 per cent more conformable than Avery’s MPI 1005 EZ RS and costs the same.
Pattern show-through is lessened with this film and it offers a high gloss. Avery suggests using laminating products DOL 1060 or DOL 1080 for maximum performance. Add DOL 1460 if you’re looking for ultimate conformability or DOL 1360 to gain lengthened durability. This vinyl film is print compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV and screenprint. Learn more about this film from Avery’s vinyl film solutions web page or check out the datasheet.
Oracal Orajet 3951 RA
Last—but not least is a look at Oracle's Orajet 3951 RA vinyl film. It is a two-mil high-performance cat gloss white inkjet vinyl with a repositionable adhesive. The outdoor performance durability is ten years.
This vinyl film is available in grey or opaque and is solvent-based with permanent adhesive with air egress, clean removability up to four years and is extremely repositionable. It also comes with a 90-pound PE-coated silicone paper liner and is often chosen for vehicle wraps projects that are challenging—for both vehicles and fleets.
Oracle suggests laminating with their Oraguard 290, 290F or 293. It is print compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing systems. Find out about this wrap film from Oracle's vehicle wrap product solution page or check out the technical datasheet.
Which Will You Choose?
When asking the questions what is the best vehicle wrap material—3M vs. Avery vs. Oracal, it very often depends on the project at hand. Of course, other factors come into play like personal preferences and available sizes—which you can find on their product pages.
We’d like to hear from you on your vinyl film manufacturer preference and what laminate you utilize most for your vehicle wrap projects. Leave us a comment below! And of course, Sunrise Signs is always ready to help you with any of your vehicle graphics wholesale needs.