Self-Adhesive Vinyl Prints

Design for a science exhibition poster about medicinal plants created by a student from Agharkar Research Institute - ARI
Design for a science exhibition poster about medicinal plants created by a student from Agharkar Research Institute - ARI

Self-Adhesive Vinyl Prints for Commercial Advertising

Photo Vinyls Prints to Paste Your Message Anywhere You Can Think Of

  • Inexpensive and high-returns vinyl banner prints on for marketing & advertising
  • Adaptable for a variety of smooth surfaces like glass, wooden panels, walls, vehicles, etc.
  • Multiple applications like posters, stickers, banners, decals, etc.
  • Print your image up to any size imaginable
  • High-resolution photo prints looking jaw-droppingly awesome
  • Multiple finishing options for vinyl print like sunboard, ACP, lamination, etc. available
  • India-wide delivery available – no need to search for ‘vinyl printing shop near me’
  • Vinyl prints starting at ₹40 per sq. ft

Self-Adhesive Vinyl Prints for Commercial Advertising

Design for a science exhibition poster about medicinal plants created by a student from Agharkar Research Institute - ARI

Photo Vinyls Prints to Paste Your Message Anywhere You Can Think Of

  • Inexpensive and high-returns vinyl banner prints on for marketing & advertising
  • Adaptable for a variety of smooth surfaces like glass, wooden panels, walls, vehicles, etc.
  • Multiple applications like posters, stickers, banners, decals, etc.
  • Print your image up to any size imaginable
  • High-resolution photo prints looking jaw-droppingly awesome
  • Multiple finishing options for vinyl print like sunboard, ACP, lamination, etc. available
  • India-wide delivery available – no need to search for ‘vinyl printing shop near me’
  • Vinyl prints starting at ₹ 40 per square foot

Self-Adhesive Vinyl Prints - Detailed Description

‘Vinyl printing’ is a generic term used in the print industry. It could be used to refer to commercial advertisement posters, prints pasted on vehicles, wallpaper prints, custom vinyl stickers and decals, glass film prints, vehicle branding and a variety of large-sized inkjet printed vinyls. For a detailed discussion on vinyl printing as a broad based term, please click on this link here.

This page on the other hand talks about vinyl prints as a specific product, its properties, applications and pricing. Again vinyls come in many different forms like transparent films for glass partitions, reflective vinyls for road signs and safety signs, etc. This page specifically refers to vinyl prints on a white, opaque roll of plastic with a sticker / adhesive base.

Three advertisement jobs of the Bosch tool company printed on SAV - self adhesive vinyl and pasted in a store

What Are Self Adhesive Vinyl (SAV) Prints?

White opaque vinyls banners are one of the primary media used for generating large sized prints. They are extensively used for commercial advertising and branding. The 10 foot advertisement stuck in a mall, the large A0 sized posters stuck in a corporate office, the product pics in retail outlets, the prints stuck on the sides of buses and rickshaws, etc. are all examples of wide format vinyl prints. On the other hand, small-sized stickers and labels, name plates, etc. too can be made of printed vinyl. So what exactly is this material that can be put to so many varied uses?

Construction of SAVs

Think of self adhesive vinyl as a large sized roll of smooth and evenly finished plastic. It has two sides – 

  •  The Top Side: For the printing to take place on this surface of plastic roll, it’s specially coated to receive inks. This coating makes the plastic roll compatible for use with the liquids inks of wide format inkjet printers.
  • The Lower Surface: The reverse side of the plastic roll has a coating of glue and a silicone release liner. People can peel this release liner to expose the glued surface (much like any sticker) and paste the vinyl sticker print on a variety of surfaces. 
Five white opaque self adhesive vinyl rolls stacked one on top of another
eco solvent mimaki printing machine outputting a vinyl banner job. Image shows the Mimaki machine as well as photo of a female model

Inkjet Printed Vinyls - How One Media Translates to a Variety of Uses

This combination of different printing inks, resolutions and glue / adhesion strength can help adapt vinyl prints for a variety of use-case applications. I’ll list a few examples to make my point clear:

  • To create a print showing ‘Rules and Regulations’ at an outdoor location like a public pool, we use waterproof inks which do not fade in the sun. Further the adhesion of the vinyl banner has to be very strong and not peel off / crack when exposed to the elements.
  • To create a small-sized custom vinyl sticker, a printer uses a high resolution photo vinyl print so that the smallest of fonts are reproduced faithfully and accurately.
  • If the above vinyl sticker has to be removable (for example – laptop stickers that don’t damage the surface of high end laptops), the printer uses vinyl with removable adhesive.
    On the other hand if the sticker is permanent (like logo stickers on products), the vinyl has to have a glue specially rated for permanent adhesion.
  • Family portraits, model pics and product images reproduced at especially high resolutions on high-end eco solvent or UV (ultraviolet) inkjet printers.
  • On the other hand we need low-cost vinyl banners for advertising on rickshaw hoods because the time-to-live for the same is a week or two at the most. So here we use a low resolution hard solvent print to keep the costs low. Also the glue needs to be weak so that the vinyl print can be changed easily for the next advertising campaign.

In the above examples, we have used phrases like ‘different printing inks,’ ‘wide format printing machines’, ‘solvent’, ‘eco solvent printers’, etc. These are technologies and equipment used in print houses to generate the right kind of prints at the appropriate price point. If you are not familiar with these terms, this page on ‘wide-format inkjet printing’ will give you a better idea of the printing machines and inks deployed in the print industry. For now, just understand that different types of inks, printing resolutions, vinyls and adhesives, we can create prints for different commercial applications.

Photo of the Taj Mahal inkjet printed on self adhesive vinyl to create a huge wallpaper for enhancing the interiors of an office
Inkjet printed high resolution photo vinyl print having images of small children pasted on a wall to enhance the interiors of a home
Shape cut sticker of the ‘Freedom’ brand logo given a raised, embossed effect using a UV ink coat
low cost solvent vinyl print pasted on auto rickshaw hoods for short term ad campaigns

Sunboard, Lamination and Other Finishing Options for Self Adhesive Vinyls

As we’ve mentioned earlier, printed vinyl has the form of a loose plastic roll. It is flexible and has no intrinsic thickness or rigidity. You can paste the vinyls directly on vehicles, glass panels or even walls. But all of these surfaces need to be smooth. Try pasting a vinyl print on a rough brick wall and you will end up with bubbles. Therefore, to create flat, well finished and professional looking boards and signs, print shops also offer a variety of finishing options for vinyl prints. The most frequently used finishing options are listed below:

Sunboard / Foam Sheet

Sunboard is a very light sheet of plastic. It is also referred to as ‘foam sheet’, in the print industry. It is smooth, rigid, stiff and available in a variety of thicknesses like 3 mm, 5 mm, 10 mm and more. A flexible vinyl print mounted on a sunboard instantly becomes a thick and rigid board. This board / foam sheet panel can now be easily pasted or drilled on the wall for a very flat and finished look.

Prints on ACP / Aluminium Composite Panels

Foam sheets are made of lightweight plastic. And while they work for most print applications, they are not very strong and are prone to breakage, especially for outdoor locations. For enhanced strength we also offer prints on 3 mm thick Aluminium Composite Panels. 

ACP sheets are composed of a thick rubber liner sandwiched between two sheets of aluminium foil. These multiple layers of waterproof and all weather materials make ACP panels extremely strong and ideal for use in outdoor locations. Inkjet printed vinyls mounted on ACPs are used for road direction signs, safety signs, shop floor panels in a factory, etc.

Lamination Films as a Protective Layer

One other finishing option that we offer with printed vinyls is lamination. We have a detailed post about print lamination here. But the short explanation for lamination is that it is a protective film that is pasted on top of the vinyl print. The primary function of a lamination film is to enhance the life of the print by protecting it from dust, scratches, water and everyday wear and tear. Lamination films are also deployed to give the vinyl banner print a high gloss or matte, look and feel.

stack of thick sunboard prints with photo vinyl mounted on top
vinyl print lamination machine using hydraulic pressure rollers to paste lamination film on an inkjet printed vinyl

How Large Can a Vinyl Banner Print Be?

Vinyl media comes in the form of huge rolls very much like the rolls of cloth that you see in a tailor’s shop. The length of these rolls is measured in 100s of feet. The width of the rolls is generally 3, 4 or 5 feet. This means that you can opt for a single, seamless print having a width of 5 feet and a length of 100 feet (and even more). This large sized printing ability can help us meet the requirements of most customers. 

But if we need to go even larger, we use a technique called tile printing to generate a print of just about any size that you can think of.

An example showing how tiling of large prints for wallpapers / glass films is done. The image is broken into smaller manageable parts and joined together while pasting the final job.

The Various Types of Vinyl Prints Available at Orchid Digitals

As illustrated above, different vinyl media and different printing inks are used to create a variety of final print jobs. These combinations help address different applications in the print industry. Orchid Digitals, we cover all of the applications that you can think of. Here are the three main types of vinyl banner prints available at our place…

Solvent Vinyl Prints

Hard solvent prints are typically entry level prints. They are used for low cost, mass advertising campaigns. For example, campaigns on rickshaw hoods are changed every fortnight. Similarly, ads on the sides of municipal buses are also short lived. Solvent prints have a low price point, but also have a pretty low resolution when it comes to quality. But they are ideal for large but short lived advertising campaigns which are run on a tight budget. Because cost is a more important factor than quality here.

Eco Solvent Vinyl Prints

Eco solvent prints account for most of the commercial printing that takes place in the industry. This is because they offer a very high quality product at an extremely affordable price point. Prints used in malls, restaurants, corporate offices, retail stores, exhibitions and trade shows, etc. all need to be of a very high quality. These prints are viewed by high end clientele. Moreover, they are instrumental in influencing their purchase decision for high-value products. Finally the prints for these applications also need to remain in pristine condition for longer durations. And eco solvent prints easily meet all these requirements. At Orchid Digitals, we have multiple eco solvent printers churning out photo quality prints at 600 DPI and higher.

UV - Ultra Violet Vinyl Prints

Ultraviolet vinyl printing is the latest technology in the printing industry. These prints are extremely high resolution and very very rugged. Ultraviolet prints are ideally suited for high stress environments like vehicle branding, vinyl stickers for outdoor machinery like generators, solar tanks, cranes, construction equipment, etc. UV inks do not fade in the sun, they are waterproof and have a high degree of resistance to scratches and abrasions. Road and directions signs are almost universally printed on UV machines these days. But apart from this, UV printed vinyls are also used for speciality applications, like raised effect prints, white ink prints, shape cut decals, etc.

pillars in the office of the Rocket software company showcasing their product images using wall vinyl prints

What Is the Cost of Vinyl Printing?

As explained above, there are many types of huge vinyl banners based on their properties of adhesion, printing inks and quality. Given below are the costs for the most frequently used white opaque vinyl prints with finishing options of lamination and sunboard… 

Inkjet printed vinyl media (white, opaque) with different finishing options Rate per square foot*

Eco solvent hi-res photo print on white SAV (Self Adhesive Vinyl)

₹ 40

Eco solvent hi-res photo print on white SAV (Self Adhesive Vinyl)
+ Matte / Gloss Lamination

₹ 60

Eco solvent hi-res photo print on white SAV (Self Adhesive Vinyl)
+ Matte / Gloss Lamination
+ 3 mm thick sunboard

₹ 90

Eco solvent hi-res photo print on white SAV (Self Adhesive Vinyl)
+ Matte / Gloss Lamination
+ 5 mm thick sunboard

₹ 120

Eco solvent hi-res photo print on white SAV (Self Adhesive Vinyl)
+ Matte / Gloss Lamination
+ 3 mm thick ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel)

₹ 180

* Please Note:

  • The rates quoted above attract 18% GST.
  • Rate quoted is per square foot. This means you first need to work out the total area of your job to arrive at the final cost.
    For example, let us assume that you require 2 prints each of dimensions – 3 feet (width) and 2 feet (height). Further, the prints need to be matte laminated for longevity.
    In this case, the total cost of the job is calculated as follows…

3 feet (width) X 2 feet (height) X 2 copies X ₹ 60 (cost of vinyl print + lamination, as per the table above)
= ₹ 720.00 (+ 18% GST)

Shipping and Delivery

  • Vinyl prints, with or without lamination, can be delivered anywhere in India in a roll form. This eliminates the hassle of wondering ‘where can I find a vinyl printing store near me’ – just select your vinyl prints and order online from Orchid Digitals.
  • Sunboard prints using self-adhesive vinyl, on the other hand, can be safely delivered only across Pune city and its surrounding areas. This is because sunboard prints are bulky and prone to breakage in transit.
    • If you are from out-of-station, we recommend that you source the same from your local printer. Please share / print the material specifications mentioned in this page with your print agency for him to understand your exact requirements.
  • Delivery charges are extra and will be communicated to you once we receive the delivery address.

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