What are all these types of vinyl? What do I need?
There are 2 main types of vinyl. Adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl. First, we will talk about adhesive vinyl.
Adhesive vinyl comes in several brands, thicknesses, tons of colors and even a few different sizes. Adhesive vinyl is run through your die cutter with the vinyl facing up and the paper carrier sheet down. You cut your design out and pull away the extra vinyl which is a process called "weeding". After you are left with just your design you apply transfer tape to the design. Then when you are ready to apply the decal, you remove the paper backing, apply the decal and then lastly pull off the transfer tape. We will elaborate more on this process for new users of the products in a future revision of this page.
There are two brands of adhesive vinyl, both offer different products as shown below.
Adhesive Vinyl Types:
Oracal 631 - This is a matte finish indoor wall-safe (removable for up to 2 years) vinyl. It is for use on walls and other indoor items that will not be washed such as shadow boxes, picture frames, ornaments, etc... We currently carry it in 96 colors (counting white, black and clear).
Oracal 641 – We carry the Matte colors of 641. 641 is made with a water-based permanent adhesive. It can be used outdoors, and has a 3-5 year rating. This product can be used on hand washed items such as mugs, car windows, cups, etc. We currently carry 18 colors plus clear.
Oracal 651 - This is the main type of adhesive vinyl that most people end up starting with. It is a 5-8 year rated outdoor safe permanent solvent-based-adhesive vinyl. It can also be used on items inside that you would like to be able to hand wash such as mugs, cups, cutting boards, etc. It comes in 60 different gloss colors plus there is a matte finish available in white and black and a clear as well (for use as a top laminate over some intricate designs or printed vinyl) for a total of 63 colors.
Oracal 751 - This is a higher-grade cast series of vinyl. Cast means that it is poured in layers and cooled instead of stretched through rollers. This allows them to make a product that is easier to apply to multi-dimensionally curved surfaces and is thinner and also will hold up a couple years longer in the harsh sunlight (around an 8 year lifespan) It is important to note that this product is more expensive and sometimes trickier to get the hang of cutting, weeding and applying without stretching/breaking it. We carry this product in 28 colors specifically to offer the 28 colors that do not exist in the 651 lineups.
Oracal 951 - This is an even higher-grade cast vinyl. It is designed to last about 2 years longer in the sunlight than even 751 (around 8-10 years). It is also more expensive. We carry 106 colors of this product in limited that are not made in the 651 or 751 lines, including a large assortment of metallic finish colors.
Oracal 5600 – This is a reflective permanent outdoor vinyl rated up to 7 years. It is available in 10 colors and has a clear, solvent-based, permanent adhesive (removable with heat). This product was specifically made for vehicle graphics that produce reflective lettering such as trailers, police cars, ambulance, construction etc.
Oracal 6510 - This series is the fluorescent (neon) colors of Oracal 651. There are 6 colors in this series. They can be used the exact same as 651 with one exception... they are not solid colored throughout, meaning that the backside of the vinyl is not the same color as the front. For this reason, you would not want to use 6510 where you will be looking at the bottom side of the vinyl. This will have an outdoor lifespan of 1-2 years.
Oracal 8300 - This UV-stabilized, transparently dyed, gloss special-purpose film boasts a performance of up to 5 years. It is perfect for high-quality illuminated signs and to decorate back-lit glass surfaces or even a stained-glass effect. The material is available in 30 vivid transparent colors, which can be superimposed to obtain fine nuances of color, making the creative possibilities virtually unlimited.
Oracal 8510 – This Etched vinyl comes in Silver and Gold in color as well as both a fine (smooth) and coarse (more textured). This product is a permanent adhesive and gives the look of etching or sandblasting glass. This is great to use on windows, mugs, cups, and other items that can be gently hand washed.
Oracal 8710 – This dusted vinyl comes in Translucent Grey. Developed for decorative glass or mirror design elements, to achieve a translucent etched glass appearance. Great for shop windows, room dividers and glass doors. Wet application is recommended.
Oracal 8810 – Frosted vinyl is great for Long-term indoor and outdoor decorative design; developed for long-term decorative sparkling effects on glass and glass like shop windows and doors. It gives a similar look like the etched vinyl but with glitter specs. Rated up to 7 years. This is available in 5 colors.
Oralux 9300 – Glow in the dark permanent adhesive vinyl. White when not glowing and green glow in the dark. Permanent grade adhesive only available in the one color combination (white/green).
Oramask - Oramask is available in 811 and 813 are used with latex paints. 811 is a solid white color (most preferred for etching) while 813 is a translucent blue most preferred for doing painted signs. Make sure surfaces are very smooth before applying the stencil. Stencils are NOT reusable.
OraGuard - Oraguard is a clear laminate protective film that has a solvent-based permanent adhesive, and is intended for use over printed graphics. It comes in 2 finishes, Matte and Gloss.
StyleTech Ultra (Glitter) - This is adhesive glitter vinyl. It is almost identical in usage and durability to 651 and comes in 26 amazing metallic glitter colors. It can be layered and is applied with the same regular transfer tape. One thing to keep in mind with this product is that it is not solid colored throughout, so like the 6510 you would not want to use it in situations where you will be looking at the back side of the vinyl.
StyleTech FX Glitter - StyleTech FX is a permanent adhesive vinyl available in 12 colors. Rated for 5-8 years outdoor durability. The FX colors are cast vinyl film series with excellent surface gloss, color depth, and complete opacity. It provides dynamic graphic accents and can be used for RV and marine applications, automotive aftermarket graphics and striping, computerized sign making, tradeshow exhibits, and point-of-purchase displays. They have a high concentration of metallic flakes, making them sparkle like glitter. It is a smooth finish and non-textured vinyl.
StyleTech Luster - Permanent adhesive vinyl available in 13 satin (between gloss and matte) colors. This product has an outdoor durability of up to 3 years when properly applied. Great to use for decals on items such as car windows, mugs, cups, tumblers.
StyleTech Metalized - 24 Metalized vinyls available in a variety of colors and patterns including Mosaics, Chromes, Mists (Holographic), and more. StyleTech Metalized is a permanent adhesive vinyl with an outdoor durability when properly applied is as follows: Silver Chromes, Diamond Deck and Galvanized- Up to 2 years. Gold Chromes recommended for indoor use only. All Holographics (Mist, Mosaic, Confetti and Bubbles) rated for up to 2 years, not recommended for automotive use.
StyleTech Opal - StyleTech Opal vinyls are cast vinyls known for their unique display of flashing rainbow colors. Opal is available in 7 colors, White, Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green, Amber and Orange, each very unique. It is a permanent glossy outdoor adhesive vinyl, with a life expectancy of 1-2 years.
StyleTech Polished Metal - Permanent glossy shimmer finish adhesive vinyl available in 13 gloss colors with an outdoor durability of up to 2 years when properly applied, though intended use is indoor.
StyleTech Transparent Glitter - Transparent glitter is a permanent adhesive vinyl in 19 gloss glitter colors. These colors allow light to shine through them as they are non-opaque, and are vibrantly colored glitter on the face side and silvery from the adhesive side. This vinyl has an outdoor durability of up to 5 years when properly applied.
Heat Transfer Vinyl:
Heat transfer vinyl (commonly called HTV) is not sticky and instead is fused with heat to fabrics, such as shirts, tote bags, coats, scarves, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. It is designed to be applied with a heat press but can also be done with an iron. HTV is cut with the clear shiny side facing DOWN and the duller back of the vinyl facing up. Your design is then mirrored (flipped horizontally) so that you cut through the vinyl only and weed away the extra. Then you flip your design over and apply it to your garment and then remove the carrier sheet. No additional transfer tape is required.
We currently carry 1 brand of HTV - Siser. Siser products are CPSIA Certified so it’s perfect for decorating children’s clothing and accessories. Recommended cut and application settings can be found at http://www.siserna.com or by downloading their mobile app.
Siser EasyWeed - This is the main type of HTV, it is an iron friendly easy to use product that we currently have in 94 colors (20 of which are hard to find colors including some that are exclusive to just our company). We have this product in a wide range of colors that includes 23 Electric colors, 9 fluorescent (neon), and glow in the dark as well. This product can be layered and Adheres to 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Hot or Cold peel.
Siser EasyWeed Stretch - This type of HTV is designed to be thinner and stretchy to be able to be applied to tight fitting adult clothing and performance wear. It is slightly more difficult to work with and not recommended prior to becoming comfortable with regular EasyWeed HTV. It comes in 21 colors. This product can be layered and Adheres to Spandex, 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Hot or Cold peel.
Siser EasyWeed Electric – The colors are vibrant with a pearlescent metallic sheen. EasyWeed Electric comes on a pressure-sensitive carrier which makes cutting detailed designs and logos a breeze. EasyWeed Electric can be layered. This product applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. It is also available in 23 colors. Hot/Cold peel.
Siser EasyWeed Extra – EasyWeed Extra shares almost all the great benefits of EasyWeed with the bonus of adhering to nylon! EasyWeed Extra is on a pressure-sensitive carrier so you can cut detailed logos and weed them effortlessly. The ability to peel your designs HOT or COLD offers you the option to peel each item as it comes off the press, or to stack all applied garments and peel after the job is complete. EasyWeed Extra – with its semi-gloss finish, can be layered and is available in 11 colors. Adheres to Nylon, 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Hot or Cold peel.
Siser EasyWeed Glow – EasyWeed Glow is a white polyurethane heat transfer vinyl that looks great in the daylight and glows in the dark! Glow is available in white and it cuts and weeds like our popular EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl. You “charge” the material by exposing it to sunlight. The more light you give it, the more it glows in the dark! Great for crafters looking to create kids’ pillow cases with messages they can see when they go to bed and great for simple Halloween costumes! Applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Peel hot or cold.
Siser Glitter - This type of HTV is a thicker real glitter feel vinyl for fabric that can still be applied with a press or an iron. We currently carry it in 48 colors. It does not stretch like EasyWeed, and is not recommended in situations where it will be under stress often as that could cause cracking and peeling. This product Adheres to 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Hot or Cold peel.
Siser Holographic – Holographic contains color changing chips that create the effect of depth and dimension. Available in 18 special effect colors and finishes, Holographic will take your designs to a new level. Love the look of rhinestones but don’t want to go through all the hassle? Holographic can be cut to look exactly like rhinestones, without having to go through all the extra work associated with applying rhinestone designs. The Holographic line also features our Pearl material. Pearl is unlike any other material, giving your designs an opalescent finish. Product applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Cold Peel.
Siser StripFlock - A great alternative to embroidery, StripFlock heat transfer vinyl gives logos a raised, textured, suede-like feel. The deep, opaque colors make StripFlock excellent for retro designs or anytime you want a rich look. StripFlock looks excellent on caps, bags, and garments that need textured visual interest. 17 colors available (including hard to find colors) Product can be layered and applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends.
Siser Brick 600 – This product is designed for smaller logos and designs to add extra dimension to your garments. Brick 600’s matte finish looks great on caps, bags, and is ideal for left chest logos. Product applies to 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton Blends. Item is a cold peel product.
Siser EasyWeed Sub Block – 2 Colors available for decorating sublimated jerseys limits the material types you can apply. Standard heat transfer vinyl will change color as the color in the garment migrates through the design. EasyWeed Sub Block is specially formulated to block all dye migration and leave you with an awesome looking jersey! Even through wash after wash the color stays vibrant and undisturbed. EasyWeed Sub Block is ideal for the popular digital camo and motocross jerseys. Product applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. Hot/Cold Peel.
Siser Easy Reflective – Easy Reflective is Siser’s only reflective material with a pressure sensitive backing. It comes in one color, Silver. This highly reflective heat transfer vinyl is constructed with glass bead technology to illuminate the darkest of conditions. EasyReflective is a truly exceptional polyurethane product due to its pressure sensitive carrier that allows you to re-stick lifting material or replace a piece that’s accidentally removed. With a low application temperature and simple warm peel, EasyReflective can be applied to all kinds of garments and accessories that need increased visibility on sports garments, pet clothes, or construction crew uniforms. Product applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends.
Siser Metal – Available in silver and gold, Metal features show stopping shine with a smooth finish and soft hand that can be washed and worn without becoming lackluster. This fashion forward material is ideal for bridal parties, spirit wear, and any occasion that needs a touch of gleaming chrome. Product applies to 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton Blends. Item is a cold peel product.
Siser VideoFlex Glitter – VideoFlex Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl is a fashionable alternative to Glitter by Siser. VideoFlex Glitter is specially constructed to be soft to the touch. Glitter flakes are embedded in the material so that you get a smooth finish to your designs. VideoFlex Glitter is available in 7 colors. Looking to layer? VideoFlexGlitter can be layered for ultimate sparkle! Product applies to 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton Blends. Item is a cold peel product.
Siser Easyweed Foil - EasyWeed Foil features show stopping shine with a smooth finish and soft hand. This fashion forward material is ideal for bridal parties, spirit wear, and more! EasyWeed Foil shares the same properties as our regular EasyWeed with the addition of being glamorous. Gold in color, not your average foil as this is a one step process! Product applies to 100% cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton Blends. Item is a warm peel product.
Siser EasyPatterns – EasyPatterns is available in 24 different patterns. The pressure sensitive carrier allows for quick and simple weeding and releases easily with a hot peel after application. With a semi-gloss finish and soft hand, EasyPatterns are the star of the show even when applied with a home iron! Product applies to 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and Poly/Cotton blends. EasyPatterns comes with the carrier sheet already attatched to the product, eliminating a step often found when using printed HTV.
NOTE - This product is not as PERFECT as regular smooth solid colored HTV and some sheets will have minor flaws, repeat lines and sometimes small bubbles where the carrier sheet has air pockets under it. Discretion will need to be used in determining if sheets of it are damaged "enough" to warrant replacement as some very minor blemishes are to be expected and will not warrant replacement or refund.
This document is still under construction and more types and descriptions will be added soon.