When a vehicle passes you on the highway, you happen to notice the white sticker on the rear window of the cartoon character “Calvin” urinating on whatever subject they picked and you chuckle. Do you ever wonder about the history of vinyl decals and how they came about? The story begins in 17th century France where there was an engraver by the name of Simon François Ravenet he studied engraving in France but later moved to Britain. In Britain Mr. Ravenet was an assistant to William Hogarth an English print maker. Mr. Ravenet was credited for reviving engraving in England and also for inventing the technique (still in use today) used in making vinyl decals.
So what exactly is a vinyl decal? A vinyl decal consists of 3 layers with the first 2 layers are what make up a vinyl roll, the 3rd layer (transfer tape) is applied after an image is cut by hand or by a vinyl plotter. Back in the day most images where cut onto something by hand and then transferred to another surface/ substrate. Today most images are cut by machines driven by computer software or are printed and laminated on sheets for walls and vehicle wraps. What makes a vinyl decal so attractive are its long lasting features, unlike paper based stickers, vinyl decals can withstand the elements and is why most people use them for decoration purposes on vehicles, windows, walls, and, other smooth surfaces.
Other reasons vinyl is preferred over paper decals is that vinyl can be removed in a much cleaner manner as vinyl does not leave a messy residue when removed. Next time you see a nicely decorated vehicle chances are that it’s been done using vinyl decals. This was just a short history about how decals came about all thanks to Simon François Ravenet who was the pioneer of the image transfer process.
What decals or rolled labels can we at ProGraphics produce for you? We produce and cut custom decals using the best materials available in a large number of colors and types including opaque, metallic, reflective, and translucent vinyls. We also work with some of the best print sources available in the country for an unbelievably vast array of screen printed and 4 color process labels and decals for just about any purpose.
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