1、The overall difference between PVC flex banner and print media:
PVC flex banner is a kind of print media. The range of print media is relatively large, which is a general term in the inkjet industry.
And PVC flex banner is one of several materials of print media. That is, the PVC flex banner is only a part of the print media, and the print media contains the PVC flex banner.
However, because PVC flex banner is more commonly used, print media, commonly known as PVC flex banner, is a kind of inkjet material produced by using PVC as raw material through a certain production process, mainly used for outdoor advertising inkjet painting.
What is the difference between print media and PVC flex banner:
Print media is the most common, and the effect is better when the light is played outside.
PVC flex banner is specially used in the light box, the lighting effect is good from the inside, the print media has high reflectivity, and the PVC flex banner has high light transmittance (transparency).
There is also a light box film, that is, light film: the price list patterns of KFC, McDonald’s and some other fast food restaurants are all made of this material, and the light transmission is particularly good.
2. The difference between PVC flex banner and light box film:
(1) Different materials:
PVC flex banner is referred to as PVC flex banner, which uses materials such as fibers and cloths.
Lightbox film uses materials such as PVC, acrylic and other plastic materials.
(2) Different light transmittance:
PVC flex banner is opaque and light transmittance is not as good as lightbox film.
Lightbox film is translucent or fully transparent, and its light transmission is better than PVC flex banner.
(3) Different inks:
Most of the inks used in PVC flex banner are oil-based inks, so they are resistant to water and ultraviolet rays.
The inks used in lightbox film are mostly water-based inks, which are weak in water resistance and ultraviolet light.
(4) The positive and negative are different:
The lightbox film is sprayed on the back and viewed on the opposite side, so the design draft is mirrored in advance.
(5) Different prices:
Both are calculated by area, lightbox film is more expensive than PVC flex banner.
- The difference between print media, PVC flex banner, and lightbox film:
Print media is mostly used for outdoor billboards, fiber materials, and the effect of lighting on the outside is better, and the light transmittance is low.
lightbox film, mostly used for indoor light boxes, a kind of light box film, kFC, M material. The price list patterns of some of its fast food restaurants are all made of lightbox film for the best light transmittance.
PVC flex banner is divided into 3 types according to light transmittance, PVC frontlit banner, PVC backlit banner, and PVC mesh banner. PVC frontlit banner is mostly used to make outdoor billboards, PVC backlit banner is mostly used to make indoor billboards, PVC mesh Banner is mostly used to make oversized signage advertisements and architectural advertisements.
4. The difference between (print media) PVC flex banner and vinyl sticker:
（1） Different adhesives: PVC flex banner without adhesive, car stickers with adhesive,
（2）Different materials: PVC flex banner is a composite material, similar to cloth and fiber. The car sticker is a synthetic material, which is a PVC plastic.
（3） Light transmission: PVC flex banner has good light transmission, and car stickers are basically opaque.
（4） Resolution: The precision of car stickers is relatively high, and the printing precision of PVC flex banner is slightly lower.
（5） Performance: PVC flex banner is characterized by high thickness and tensile strength, thin car stickers and low tensile strength.
5. The difference between photo paper and lightbox film:
The same is that they are all sprayed with a photo machine. The difference is that lightbox film needs to be mirrored and sprayed.
The lightbox film material is of film nature and can be lighted, and the photo material is made of adhesive-backed PP, which cannot be lighted, similar to paper, for indoor photo paintings.
6. The difference between photo and inkjet:
Indoor is photo, outdoor is inkjet, the photo area is small, the inkjet area is large, the photo mostly uses adhesive, PVC plastic, and the inkjet mostly uses PVC flex banner fiber. Outdoor inkjet printing has strong anti-ultraviolet and water resistance, but the fineness is far less than that of indoor photo printing.
7. The difference between the use of photo paper and the inkjet department:
Different specific uses:
Photo and self-adhesive photo are usually used for posters, interior decoration paintings, display racks, murals, etc.
Print media is generally used for hanging pictures and scrolling pictures. Common outdoor large-scale inkjet printing such as outdoor banners are all print media.
The transfer format is different:
Due to the large size and high resolution of outdoor inkjet printing, it is best to store the images in TIF format, but for ease of transmission, JPEG format can be stored.
Files in Coreldraw, Freehand, and Illustrator formats must convert all text to curves.
There are no special requirements for the format of indoor photos.
There are three commonly used materials for indoor photos: PP paper (ie photo paper), self-adhesive PP paper (ie self-adhesive photo), and lightbox film.
There are three commonly used materials for outdoor inkjet printing: Polaroid (print media/PVC flex banner), car stickers, mesh stickers (single transparent), etc.