Looking for custom vehicle graphics to give your ride that custom appearance? Whether for personal or business use, custom graphics insures your vehicle will stand out from the crowd.
Let's face it, next to your home, your vehicle is likely your second largest investment... and there are thousands out there just like yours. Why not take it to the next level and get noticed with unique graphics that provide a complete visual transformation for your vehicle.
With over 30 years of experience, Glass Tiger designs and installs custom graphics and decals for trucks, cars, vans, boats, trailers and other vehicles. With hundreds of designs & colors to choose from so you can be certain that we will have the perfect graphic or vinyl wrap for your personal or work vehicle.
Whether it's a custom design or a custom fit graphics kit, we've got something for everyone, from simple, accented decals kits to bright and complex graphics. And of course, we have state-of-the art vinyl print & cut equipment for custom designs for all vehicle types, from semi-trucks to sports cars.
What You Need To Know About Vinyl Graphics
Whether you're looking for a personalized custom graphic for your personal vehicle, or advertising signage for a fleet of vehicles, the quality of the vinyl material should be your primary consideration.
Cast Vs Calendered
There are two types of vinyl films used in the sign industry – cast vinyl and calendered vinyl. But which vinyl film is the proper film to use for your project? Cast and calendered vinyl films have similar “ingredients”, but the manufacturing process makes the films significantly different from one another.
Cast films are considered a premium vinyl product in the sign industry. This film starts in a liquid state with the ingredients blended together and then poured onto a casting sheet. The casting process produces a thin gauge film, usually 1 to 2 mil thick.
In this state, the film stays more relaxed, resulting in a durable, flexible and conformable film that retains color very well. This film is ideally used for graphics that need to be applied to complex curves, such as vehicle wraps.
Cast Film Advantages
- Little to no shrinkage when heat is applied
- Durable and long-lasting
- Conformable product that can be applied over rivets, corrugations and complex curves
- Color is retained well over time
Calendered films are often referred to as intermediate or short-term films. This film is manufactured by extruding a molten mixture through a die that is then fed through a series of calendering rolls. The rolling and stretching process produces thicker films, usually 3 to 4 mil thick.
This film has some inherent memory, making the film less conformable with a tendency to shrink when exposed to heat. This film is ideally used for simple or flat applications, such as floor graphics or window graphics.
Calendered Film Advantages
- Economical – greater production yields less cost
- Thicker film allows for easy handling and installation
- Excellent on flat, simple and moderate curves
Here at Glass Tiger unless otherwise requested we use ONLY high-performance cast vinyls. There are now a number of companies such as 3M, Oracal, Avery Dennison and others that provide premium cast vinyls in a variety of colors and styles.