Holy Materials, Batman!

BatmanHere at Rydin, the list of materials is endless! I’m going to try to make this blog less informative and more “fun-ducational”.  It might get lengthy, but be prepared to have your mind blown from the countless materials! There are two main types of materials we offer: Hang Tags and Decals.

Hang Tags      So in the hang tag department, there are composite, polyethylene, 24 point card stock, 100# white gloss cover, and 110# white index paper. We’re going to keep these short and sweet. Composite materials are the basic hang tags that we provide. These types of tags have the same feel as a credit card and are 25 mil, but can come in 30 or 35 mil, if requested.  And because there are layers on layers, the image stands a better chance of a longer lasting life! For extra protection, there are UV inhibitors put on the outside layer to keep it from fading. The polyethylene material is more commonly used on the tow signs you see in parking lots that don’t want you trespassing. Offered in 23, 35, and 75 mil, this material can easily be laminated and used for anti-counterfeit issues. The 24 point card stock is our more heavy duty material. When people need a more durable material, Rydin’s cardstock paper is often used. The difference between 100# white gloss cover and 110# white index paper is that the 110# white index paper is plain paper that can be written on with any type of writing utensil.  Meanwhile, the final material, 100# white gloss cover is what you can see when looking on a sports credential. It’s a bright tag with a smooth finish, exactly why they’re used for dance tickets.

Decals             Our decal material list is a little more extensive than the hang tag list. So from the top, we have the 80# white gloss cover, which is what most customers use for their inside window decals. Not only is this material made to be pretty, it also makes a secure decal. The acetate decal is definitely only made for a one-time use. Its permanent adhesive is meant just to be used on the inside windows and has a translucent liner. The clear vinyl can be made with a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive. Although they’re both made to be flexible, the two adhesives are drastically different. While the permanent adhesive is super aggressive and makes a home out of your window, the removable adhesive makes it easy to transfer to any place you desire. Although the static/cling vinyl offers a temporary deal, it’s recommended to go with the clear vinyl with removable adhesive. This is because the static/cling has no adhesive and tends to be stubborn when it comes to sticking for a while. The most common material that we use for outdoor decals is white vinyl. This 4 mil thick material isn’t just limited to flat surfaces, which is why it’s popular as bumper stickers! The cold weather vinyl decal is basically the white vinyl, except for the fact that it’s made especially for cold weather, which is necessary since temperature may affect the adhesiveness of the decal. Another material that can be made with removable and permanent adhesive is clear mylar/polyester. Both perfect for indoor and outdoor use! The last material is white opaque mylar. This material is fashioned so the print from one side does not show through the other side. This is why these are commonly used on glass doors.

A lot of information to retain, I know, but it’ll really help you in the long run when you’re figuring out what material to stick with.

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