Differences between cast vinyl films and calendered vinyl films

Cast vinyl films

A cast film is a high quality vinyl that comes in liquid form and is then diffused to produce an extremely thin sheet. The cast films have no memory of form and are stable, so the effect of shrinkage is barely perceptible. Since the cast films are thin and soft, they are easy to cut, weeding and apply. The films cast adapt over surface irregularities such as rivets and corrugations, and are therefore the ideal choice for many difficult applications for outdoor use – in particular, car wraps.
If you do not know what film to use, choose the films cast by virtue of their quality and durability over time.

  • A long-term solution
  • Highly conformable
  • Highly resistant to chemicals
  • Highly flexible
  • Dimensionally stable and resistant to shrinkage

Calendered vinyl films

The calendered films arise in the form of plastic mass which is then compressed by two pressure rollers. Although they are of inferior quality to the films cast in the case of difficult applications, the films produced by this process are excellent for most common applications.
Polymeric calendered vinyl films.
The polymeric calendered vinyl films are made of a mixture to which have been added to polymers to reduce the effect of shrinkage. However, despite having undergone significant improvements over the years, yet are not comparable to cast films in terms of stability and strength. The polymer films are better than the films monomeric regarding outdoor applications, but they are not suitable to be applied on irregular surfaces such as rivets and reliefs. For less demanding installations, the polymer films are a good alternative to the cast films.
If you do not know what film to use, avoided any risk and choose the films cast.