Technical Information

Product 2-mil vinyl 3-mil vinyl 4-mil vinyl Lettering Enamels Water-based Enamels Screen Inks

Solvent

Digital Inks

Poly-Pro Very Good Very Good Good Good Not Recommended Good

Not

Recommended

Poly+Plus Very Good Very Good Good Good Not Recommended Good

Not

Recommended

10 oz. ERC Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Excellent Not Recommended* Very Good
10 oz. STD Excellent Excellent Very Good Not Recommended Very Good** Excellent Excellent
13 oz. STD Excellent Excellent Very Good Not Recommended Very Good** Excellent Excellent
18 oz. STD (block-out) Excellent Excellent Very Good Not Recommended Very Good** Excellent Excellent
 

*Though screen inks work very well with our ERC vinyls, it is ``not recommended" as a money saver (the coating is needed for enamels, but not screen inks). Our 10 oz. standard (STD) banners should be used for screen printing jobs.

Note to screen printers: Because our banners are sewn on sophisticated automatic equipment, the hems are straight with no bunches or puckers. This results in an easy to work with, lay flat product!

** Interestingly, traditional lettering enamels will not work (they won't dry, and we don't mean they dry slowly, they won't ever dry) on standard uncoated vinyls, but water-based enamels will.


INDOOR OR OUTDOOR…
     All of our banner blanks are made for outdoor use. Strength and durability are generally in proportion to the “weight” of the fabric. The lighter weight materials are less durable, the heavier weight more durable. For two-sided banners, use the 18 oz. “block-out” (the fabric has a barrier layer that literally “blocks out” the light, making it totally opaque). It is also our strongest fabric, required because by their nature two sided banners are out in the open and take a beating in the wind. 
     The other factor to consider for indoor banners is whether the fabric is fire retardant, as required by many local ordinances. While most laminated vinyls are inherently fire retardant to some extent, they must be manufactured to certain specifications to comply with commonly used fire codes such as NFP 701, the California Fire Marshall’s Code and MVSS#302. We have materials that comply with these specifications and can provide documentation upon request.

TO WIND SLIT OR NOT TO WIND SLIT…
     Some manufacturers recommend wind slits or “half moons” in banners to relieve stress and wind load. Some do not. Banner installation articles in trade magazines point out that while wind slits do allow wind to pass through, they also weaken the banner and themselves can rip and tear out. We recommend the use of stretch cords to distribute the stress evenly and give the banner installation flexibility in the wind.

FINALLY, AN ANSWER TO

The most difficult question we are asked: "How long will a banner last?".  While weight, construction, workmanship and design are all important and we pride ourselves on making quality products, the wild cards of installation and the weather are important, you can do something about your installation.  So secure your banners as best you can.  HINT: bungee cords pull banners tight, distribute the stress evenly and give banners flexibility in the wind.

We can't guarantee how long a banner will last, but we do offer a: SATISFACTION GUARANTEED POLICY: If you are not happy with a U.S. Banner Corp. product return it for a refund or replacement.

 

FLAME RETARDANT...

U.S. Banner Corp.'s laminated vinyl banner materials are flame retardant to meet or exceed the standards of such tests as:

NFPA # 701

MVSS # 302

Cal. State Fire Marshall Tech. Bulletin #801

 

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