Vinyl banners are popularly used in promoting brands and businesses. The banner materials may use different substrates that could range from light to heavy. Vinyl banners may be printed single or double-sided. The right kind of vinyl is crucial to the successful installation of wall graphics.

Difference Between Matte and Glossy Vinyl

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Vinyl is available in both glossy and matte finish. You can get a feel for the difference between matte and glossy vinyl by looking at photographs finished in the same way. Glossy vinyl has a similar sheen to black patent leather. It has a smooth finish with a coat of gloss over the color. Matte vinyl, on the other hand, is akin to regular leather.

The following are differences between matte and glossy vinyl:

Matte Vinyl

Matte vinyl is easily removable compared to the glossy version. The matte vinyl uses water-based adhesive as banners made of matte vinyl are meant to be temporary.

  • Matte vinyl is the best option for non-textured walls and for general indoor projects.
  • Matte has very little sheen and is flat.
  • Matte will not adhere well to oil-based paint or stain.
  • Matte will stick well to smooth and flat surfaces.
  • Matte does not glare when indoor lights are on.
  • Matte has a textured finish.
  • Matte has a removable adhesive, even after several years.
  • Matte does not adhere well on textured or unglazed tiles.
  • Matte has an outdoor durability of about three years.
  • Matte works great on mirrors and glass.

Glossy Vinyl

Glossy vinyl is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The main characteristic of glossy vinyl is that it is shiny. Glossy vinyl uses solvent-based adhesive, which is intended to be a permanent option. It is removable but may damage the paint or finish of the surface to which it is attached.

  • Glossy vinyl is the best choice for tiles, windows, mirrors, and outdoor surfaces.
  • It can withstand wetness, cold, and heat for up to five years.
  • It may be used on textured walls.
  • It is both slick and shiny.
  • It is mostly recommended for wood surfaces.
  • It often comes in more colors than matte vinyl.
  • It can hold up outdoors for four to eight years.

The best kind of vinyl depends mostly on the attachment surface as well as the environmental conditions surrounding the surface.