Cast Vinyl Film Vs Calendared Vinyl Film: What’s The Right Vinyl For The Job?!

“What’s a Cast Vinyl film… and what’s a calendared vinyl wrap?”

If you’re planning ahead for your DIY wrapping project (be it your car or your motorcycle), then you’re probably asking the same questions!

… And yes, we’re going to break that down in just a bit.

“But what’s the right type of vinyl film to use?”

Well, we’ll get into that shortly too!

First, let us discuss…

What’s A Vinyl Film Made Of?

Cast Vinyl Film Vs Calendared Vinyl Film

If you’re DIY-ing and you’ve done a little bit of research you’ll understand that high-quality vinyl wrap is required for a full body vehicle wrap, and that a lower grade film is ideal for a 12 month promotional wrap. Now we’re going to uncover what’s a vinyl film made of and the 2 different process of manufacturing them.

The Ingredients:

PVC polymer (or more accurately, Polyvinyl chloride) – high quality plastic and is initially uncompromising.

Plasticizer – basically a solvent that reacts to synthetic resin to induce flexibility or plasticity. Polymeric plasticizer works well when producing pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl films. But monomeric plasticizer is a cheaper option but you’ll have to deal with quality issues.

Pigment – allows you to add your desired colour or pattern.

Also included are additives either to promote certain qualities like UV radiation resistant, balancing the heat distribution and fillers, as well as additives to aid in the production. Additives contributes to the quality of the film produced – the higher its grade the more expensive it gets.

But what separates one vinyl film from another are the grade of plasticizer and the process involved in manufacturing the goods!

Basically, casting and calendaring are two different processes of manufacture a vinyl film. And cast vinyl wrap is far more superior to a calendared vinyl wrap in terms of durability and conformity.

What’s A Cast Vinyl Film?

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In a nutshell the process involves mixing of the ingredients (formulation is the industry term) and metering it onto the casting sheets, thus the name suggests – cast vinyl film.

The process involves…

  1. First, the ingredients are mixed onto a mixing churn. The order of adding the raw ingredients, the speed at which it is mixed and the duration of mixing it altogether is predefined resulting in a steady mixture.
  2. This mixture is then called “organosol”, which is then casted on casting sheets that move towards the ovens.
  3. At this stage solvents are evaporated, leaving the film at its solid state.
  4. The final process involves layering the now vinyl film with adhesive.

This process promotes conformability and allows production of films that are 2mm thing – which is a very useful feature when wrapping curvature panels such as motorcycle and other vehicles.

What’s A Calendared Vinyl Film?

Calendared Vinyl Film

Calendared vinyl film has identical ingredients to that of the cast vinyl film. The difference, however, is the process which is, in this case, calendaring.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Following a pre-arranged sequence, all ingredients are then mixed through the process called “Paste mixing”.
  2. Next is the creating the “melt”. It is done by merging the dry blend (a mixture of fine powder) with the mixture.
  3. Now there’s the “mill” (2 rolls each rotating on the opposing sides). The melt then passes through the mill which results in the flattening of the melt, becoming what we call the strip.
  4. The calendar rolls is where the strip will pass through next. Up to 400 degree Fahrenheit of heat is applied in between the gaps, which results in the thinning and widening (this depends on the specifications) of the strip.
  5. Embossing is the last step into the process. This is where layers of gloss and patterns are applied.

The gloss level depends on the embossing roll and different settings of the calendar line. Once it’s done, it’s now time to cool the calendared vinyl film down to be ready for winding.

But Why Is A Cast Film Better Than A Calendared Film?

But Why Is A Cast Film Better Than A Calendared Film

No, it is not. Although cast vinyl film is designed to last longer than calendared films, it is not an economical choice for short-term vehicle wrap promotion.  Each type of vinyl film is unique to its own purpose of usage.

That said, we’ve listed 5 different types of DIY projects and suggestions for what type of film to use for each project.

#1 Lettering

Cast Vinyl film is preferable for this type of project since they can endure most of the UV radiation and could last for more than 3 years. Calendared film, on the other side, has the tendency to shrink and leaves cracks early on its life span.

#2 Vehicle Wraps

As you may have known cast vinyl wrap is the best one for the job. If you want to add more durability go for a cast film laminate. Although liquid laminate is a cheaper option, it’s not as durable as film laminate.

#3 6 – 12 month marketing promotion

Economically speaking, Calendared film is ideal for this job. But this totally depends on the surface you will apply the wrap on and whether or not there are more compound curves to cover. Calendared film has high tendency of shrinking back to its original form.

#4 Flat Surfaces

You won’t need conformity features for this project, so go with a calendared film! You may want to consider a film laminate for extra protection.

#5 Compound curves and surfaces

Because of its ability to conform and not shrink back a cast vinyl wrap is ideal for this type of wrapping especially with a full car body wrap or motorcycle wrap.

Motorcycle Vinyl Wrap: Everything There Is To Know

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You’ve probably seen a GSX 1250 FA or a brand new Tiger 800 driving around Sydney with awesome stickerbombs all over its body. Yes, it’s a vinyl wrap and you too can give your bike a good make over! And it’s not just sticker bombs, there’s a wide range of vinyl wraps available that you can choose from -gloss, matte and (our bestseller) carbon fibre wrap. If you’re seriously considering wrapping your bike with a vinyl wrap, and you don’t know where to start, search no more!

In this blog post, we are going to discuss everything there is to know about wrapping your motorcycle!

Let’s start with…

The 3 Challenges of Motorcycle Wrapping

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As what we’ve heard from several of our clients there are a number of challenges when wrapping your bike, whether it’s a quick exotic vinyl wrap or a sticker bomb wrap. Why, because even if wrapping is an economical choice than spray paint design it also requires skills, proper technique and hands-on experience to pull it all together. And as they say, there’s a method to the madness!

Things to be aware of are the following:

#1 Lots of Curves

Curves are what separate bikes from a typical vehicle. You really need to sit down, take the time to get the right measurements and making sure you’re not leaving the important details out. Experts take photos and write down the measurements for each part.

It is extremely important to get as many measurements as you can.

Why?

To create as few seams as possible and avoid shortage of vinyl film.

#2 Stretch And Distortion

More curves mean that you have to stretch the wrap more often than not, and that leads to distortion. This is not much of a concern if you’re going for a plain look with a matte vinyl film or a carbon fibre film. On the other hand, if you’re going for custom design you must consider distortions on areas where you have to stretch the wrap.

#3 Edge lifting and finger wrinkles

Basically this has to do with the quality of the vinyl film that you are using for your wrap. Especially around the tank area because a low quality vinyl (as what we’ve learned) would snap out in no time and results to what is called “finger wrinkles” and “edge lifting”. So make sure you secure the best film you can afford.

Why Wrap Your Bike With A Vinyl Wrap?

motorcycle vinyl wrap - curves

Same reasons to why you wrap your car or vehicle as we’ve mentioned here. But to give you a better understanding, here a few key benefits of wrapping your motor bike altogether:

  • Vinyl conforms to any compound curves with proper application of heat.
  • You can wrap parts inside your house, but make sure to keep the room temperature between 10 and 30 degree Celsius.
  • High quality vinyl films (like the ones we’re offering) maintain its colour and does not lift or shrink after you stretch and apply the film.
  • Protects the stock paint against scratch and stone chips and thus protecting its market value.
  • If you want to remove the wrap you can easily apply heat and peel as you go.

What’s more is that it only take days to wrap your bike – just need the right tools to get the job done correctly!

The Process Of Wrapping Your Motorcycle

It takes skills, but it’s definitely not rocket science. It takes patience though, and for first timers, it could take up to 20-30 hours to wrap your bike. Here’s how we suggest you do it:

  1. Measure every section, every compound and every part that you will wrap.
  2. Once that’s done, it’s time for you to choose either a carbon fibre vinyl film, a gloss vinyl wrap or a matte vinyl film, or an exotic or brushed vinyl film to order – A good rule of thumb is that it’s better to have an excess wrap than less.
  3. Secure the tools you’ll need: squeegee, clean cloths, rubbing alcohol, 99 primer, a vinyl cutter, and of course heat gun.
  4. Before you get rid of impurities you’ll need to take off any existing stickers – use your heat gun to speed up the process.
  5. Then, clean your bike free from impurities using a lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol. That includes the back side too!
  6. Apply the primer on curves and on the back side – this adds adhesive strength to the vinyl wrap when you apply it.
  7. Cut the vinyl for each part that you’ll wrap. Make sure to consider allowance, just in case.
  8. Press smoothly with your hands. When dealing with compound areas (i.e. Motor tank) start pressing the film from the centre and divide into 4 sections moving away towards the edges with equal tension distribution.
  9. Make sure there’s no air bubble in it and use your squeegee when pressing the corners.
  10. If you need to overlap seams make sure it’s not more than half a centimetre.

Some Final Tips…

Your vinyl film may fold upon itself, but don’t worry.  Just make sure you don’t tear it when pulling it back, especially when there’s a small piece. The film is very forgiving too, but precaution is necessary, especially when you’re stretching it.

Once that you’re done leave it for a good 60 minutes and let it settle. Then check if there are corners and edges that needs smoothing down.

6 DIY Car Wrapping Mistakes You Probably Didn’t Know Yet!

Nowadays, it only takes a couple of tutorials and videos to learn the basics of car wrapping, thanks to the internet! But that also means that over stretching, poor seaming and uneven patches are only seconds away from ruining your project. And while mistakes in vehicle wrapping is a thing for newbies it is, however, a costly investment.

But instead of preaching about how to wrap your car correctly with whatever design you want, we’re going to list down…

6 Common Car Wrapping Mistakes That You Should Be Aware Of!

6 DIY car wrapping mistakes

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15 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Car Wraps We’ve Answered For You!

If car wrapping is a fresh venture for you, then please take the time to read these top 15 frequently asked questions about car wrapping. It’s going to be a long ride and there’s no stopping you anymore. So let’s get right into it! If anything else, we strongly suggest you contact our experts to assist you further.

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All 15 questions are by the far the most frequent we come across day in and day out. We’ve covered them all here to help save you the hassle.

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8 Benefits Of Car Wrapping You Probably Didn’t Know!

Can’t decide whether car wrapping is better than having your car repainted? Say no more! We’ve listed 8 reasons why car wrapping is not just an economical choice for you, but a wise marketing investment as well!

Easily Update The Look of Your Car

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Carbon Fibre Fabric Will Shape The World.

 

 Hello, and welcome to our blog here at Style My Ride. We want to start off today’s piece with a simple question, what can carbon fibre fabric do for the average driver, or person?

 Well, for starters carbon fibre is a wonderful material that’s been with us for decades now, and there’s literally no end to what it can do for all those who are willing to accept its various uses. Now, a sheet of carbon fibre fabric can’t really do anything for you, or anyone in its raw form, but when it’s applied to the likes of a molding press, or high pressure form, the opportunities then tend to multiply exponentially.

 What if I told you that a few dozen carbon fibre fabric sheets can be used to create a fabulous looking, ultra light, ultra strong carbon fibre wheel? It’s what the builders over at Koenigsegg have been doing for quite some time now. They pretty much use carbon fibre fabric throughout the entire car. The cockpit, the wheels, the aerodynamics, some of the body work, and even the wing are all comprised of carbon fibre fabric sheets. The very same sheets are used by many other top notch automotive aftermarket builders when they make carbon fibre hoods, wings, rear decks, and door panels for the sole purpose of making one’s car lighter, and faster.

 

 Now if we were to get off the subject of cars really quick, and then apply the carbon fibre fabric sheets to something more practical, or useful. How about amputee prosthesis? We all know of the hundreds of soldiers who have been coming home from being fully engaged in the battles over in Iraq, and are now missing limbs from their bodies. Those sheets of carbon fibre fabric are what makes the difference in a soldier  So you see, the simple yet complex carbon fibre fabric sheet is a marvel of technology, and will remain that way. What we ask of all you is to look at some of the things around you, some of the people around you, and imagine how some carbon fibre would improve their lives. Thanks for reading.

 

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Koenigsegg One:1, The Perfect Carbon Fibre Car.

 

 When it comes down to the carbon fibre market, it’s safe to say that we here at We’re going to talk about carbon fibre cars for a bit. Yes this subject combines our two favorite things in the world, cars and carbon fibre.

 Now the way we’re going to approach this subject is by referring to a very expansive, and most times rare practice, and that would be building cars out of pure carbon fibre. Let’s take the 2014 Koenigsegg Agera One:1. This is a car where most of it is not only hand built, but at least 75% or more of the car is made of carbon fibre. We get into every single little detail of the car, but the first thing that we’ll touch on are those beautiful, hand made carbon fibre wheels. The process involved with making the wheels for the One:1 is one that requires a strong yet delicate touch. Layers upon layers of carbon fibre are placed into a negative wheel mold, and then formed into those unforgettable wheels that are worth thousands of dollars by themselves.

 Another integral part of the carbon fibre car, that is the One:1, is the carbon fibre monocoque cabin that surrounds the driver like a warm stiff glove of woven mesh. The cabin, once it’s a part of the overall car doesn’t look like much, but when you strip away the outer light weight aluminum layers, you then see how the monocoque cabin ties into the rest of the chassis. In many cases, the only time when you come across this level of carbon fibre infused greatness, is when it’s a 1.4 million dollar Formula 1 race car. Granted the Koenigsegg’s price isn’t too far away from the price point.

 The last part of this wonderfully built carbon fibre car is the carbon multi-adjustable rear wing.  At the end of the day the carbon fibre carfibre car that has everything going for it. Its looks, its design, its power, and the sheer fact that it is the only car that’s known as a Mega Car is simply mind blowing. At $2.4Million dollars, you should expect nothing less than perfection, and top notch quality.

 

A Vinyl Car Wrap That Can Inspire Parties?

 

 Here we are again, ready to let the world know how good vinyl car wraps are, and why anyone, and everyone should have them. There’s no mistaking the value of a good vinyl wrap that has been provided to you the customer, by us here at StyleMyRide.com.au.

 

 OK, so what we’ll do today is look into one of our customer’s who took a few vinyl car wraps, and set those creative juices loose on more than just his car. Our friend Ben had called us a few times inquiring about a vinyl wrap for his  Quite some time had gone by, and one of our colleagues had received an email from Ben again, and he told us of how he had the Matte Black vinyl wrap applied to his GTR, and then he went on to talk about how he used the Stickerbomb vinyl wrapsurprised them with vinyl wrapping their BMX bikes with the roll he bought from us. Well, there wasn’t a lot that went on from that point, but we found out that Ben threw a, “Vinyl Wrap Party” and he now has more friends than he can shake a stick at. Kids from all over the neighborhood seemed to have flooded his house looking for a hook up with some vinyl car wrap. It’s all too funny if you ask us, but it just shows us, you, and the rest of the world the power of a good vinyl wrap. With that said, we knew we were looking forward to some new, and improved vinyl sales coming to us in the future.

 

The Benefits Of Owning A Carbon Fibre Hood.

 

 There is one fact of car life that everyone has to agree to, and that is, that carbon fibre makes everything look damn good. With that said, a carbon fibre hood makes a car, or any car for that matter look even better. No matter if it’s a 2012 Holden Ute, or a 1975 Ford Falcon, the carbon fibre hood does wonders more than a good paint job could ever do. Now, we already know that most carbon fibre hoods can be pretty pricey, while other cheaper knock-off hoods will be easier on your pockets, the real deal will always trump anything else that is far inferior.

 An example of a good carbon fibre hood would be one that is created by our good friends over at  A man wrote us a few months back, and was asking if we could either sell him a roll of carbon fibre vinyl, or recommend a place where he could get a carbon fibre hood for his Nissan 370 Z. Well at first we were up for selling him the roll, but the true Gearhead in us, began to surface and we found ourselves in a slight predicament. Well after some serious pondering, we gave our friends at Superleggera.com.au a call, and they took over from there. It was a small loss in a potential sale, but a gain in  There are countless stories of people who have either bought vinyl wraps from us, and tricked out their rides, or come to us for advice on where to get the best carbon fibre accessories in Australia. Regardless of any of that, it always goes to show you that a good dose of carbon fibre will always enhance the look of any car on the road.

 

Can A Sheet Of Carbon Fiber Vinyl Help You?

 

 Here’s a simple question for all of you out there. StyleMyRide.com.au Carbon Wrapcarbon vinyl fridge I’m going to provide two different scenarios for you, and then you can take from them what you wish. The first being a family scenario, and they have been given a roll of carbon fiber vinyl to do whatever they want with it. It’s a simple husband, wife, and two kids family, and the man of the house has already got an idea floating around his head. He goes for making the refrigerator look a little more manly. He applies a 3 inch wide carbon fiber stripe, from top to bottom, on one of the doors. He then moves to the family car, and it too gets some carbon fiber vinyl treatment. The wife jumps in and decides to wrap a pair of platform shoes in the vinyl for the sake of doing something different. This entry was posted in Product Blogs and tagged , on by .