Self Adhesive Vinyl Types

Self adhesive vinyl (SAV) is what a lot of outdoor (and indoor) stickers and signs are made with.

At the lower short term end of the scale is Calendered Monomeric self adhesive vinyl and at the high performance end is Cast self adhesive vinyl, in the middle is Calendered Polymeric self adhesive vinyl.

Self adhesive vinyl is manufactured in two different ways,

  1. A method called Casting (Cast Vinyl). These films are made by pouring liquid onto casting sheets which results in the film being in a relaxed state, this makes them more durable, stable, flexible and survive longer outdoors  with less signs of fading and UV breakup.
  2. A method called Calendering (Calendered Vinyl) (available in monomeric and polymeric types). These films are made by stretching a molten mixture of vinyl which is extruded through a die and a series of rollers called a calender machine. Calendered film is prone to shrinking back if stretched, they will also naturally shrink over time. Polymeric vinyl has additives to help it better conform over curves and shrink less.

Stickers and signs have a range of different applications from very short term to long term and high performance.

To determine which is best suitable for an application, the following facts about each are helpful:

Calendered Monomeric Self Adhesive Vinyl – A thick film designed for indoor and short term outdoor, best used on flat surfaces.

  • Cheapest option
  • Thickness of film 0.1mm + adhesive (varies with brands)
  • Best for flat surfaces
  • Best for short term applications
  • Usually rated 6 months to 3 years outdoor life
  • Shrinkage is apparent over time
  • Available with permanent and removable adhesives
  • Great for stickers, labels and short term outdoor flat signage


Calendered Polymeric Self Adhesive Vinyl – A film that is a great all rounder with a low cost and good performance.

  • Middle of the road quality
  • Thickness of film 0.075mm + adhesive (varies with brands)
  • Conforms to mild curves and recesses
  • Great for general signage and stickers
  • Good for vehicles
  • Rated to between 5 – 7 years outdoors
  • Some shrinkage over time
  • Available with permanent and removable adhesives
  • Available with air-egress technology


Cast Self Adhesive Vinyl – A film where quality and conformity are needed such as high end signage, stickers and vehicle graphics/wraps.

  • High conformability to sharp curves and corners and deep recesses
  • Thickness of film 0.05mm + adhesive (varies with brands)
  • Excellent finish with high gloss
  • Great for vehicles and high quality signage
  • Paint like finish
  • Minimal shrinkage over time even after being stretched
  • Available with permanent adhesive
  • Available with air-egress technology

Custom Safety Signs for MAURIanz – North Melbourne, Victoria

We supplied these signs to MAURIanz North Melbourne. These safety signs inform the staff about hazards and precautions in the workplace and are custom made for the business.

Made with a 3 millimetre aluminium composite material, the signs are lightweight and easily installed.

We supply with rounded corners and holes for mounting.  We make to the sizes you require

Custom Aluminium Composite Safety Signs

Custom Vinyl Cut Stickers and Decals

We make custom vinyl cut stickers and decals for many different types of applications. Our stickers and decals are made with quality self adhesive vinyl that will last for many years in the outdoors. Our self adhesive vinyl is suitable for environments such as marine and mining as well as for cars, trucks and trailers.

Custom Vinyl Cut Stickers

Reproduction Haro BMX Stickers

We reproduced these decals for a Haro BMX. Our customer left the bike with us with the original stickers on it, we measured and reproduced the designs, printed onto clear vinyl and contour cut to the designs shape.

Reproduction Stickers for Haro BMX