The discussion has raged for many years amongst photographers, paint suppliers, ink producers and SIGN VINYL manufacturers as to whether it should be referred to as MATT SIGN VINYL or MATTE SIGN VINYL the Oxford English Dictionary and GOOGLE seem to suggest that it can be either MATT SIGNMAKING VINYL or indeed MATTE SIGNMAKING VINYL, as an Adjective it refers to a “Not Shiny, Dull and flat surface” whereas as a noun it is “A MATT colour, VINYL, INK or finish” The level of MATT FINISH VINYL is an optical property which indicates how well a surface reflects light in a specular direction .So the level of GLOSS VINYL or the SATIN FINISH SIGN VINYL or even the flatness of a MATT SIGN VINYL will depend entirely on the amount of “Specular Reflection” as opposed to “Diffuse Reflection” which is the amount of light scattered into other directions giving the surface the appearance of a MATT FINISHED VINYL.
So it would appear that the answer to the ongoing conundrum as to whether it is MATT VINYL, MATTE VINYL or even MAT VINYL is that there is no definitive correct answer, but if the meaning of a none shiny, flat, dull and none glossy surface is communicated between the parties then either will satisfy the requirement, THE VINYL CORPORATION prefers MATT VINYL ! some SIGN VINYL fitters have suggested that they have encountered the usage of MATT VINYL and MAT VINYL more in America and MATTE VINYL much more in Europe and Asia.
Vehicle WRAPPING VINYL are usually of a SATIN VINYL finish giving a less harsh appearance and these are more forgiving surfaces for any imperfections within the bodywork or paint fish that the WRAPPING VINYL has been applied to. The usage of MATT VINYL has become more prevalent in recent years within the POINT OF SALE merchandising,
EXHIBITION GRAPHICS and GALLERY / MUSEUM SIGNAGE because there is less Glare and light bounce back making the VINYL SIGNS AND GRAPHICS more easy to read when illuminated by fluorescent lighting and very bright Exhibition hall lights.
MATT SIGN VINYL generally carries a “Semi-Permanent” or “REMOVABLE ADHESIVE” this is clearly a major advantage when these are short term VINYL SIGNS where the advertising or DISPLAY GRAPHICS have to be removed after the particular event or exhibition, Especially when applying SHOP WINDOW GRAPHICS for a short term promotion or a sale, when the VINYL SIGNAGE is to be removed in the near future.
The Vinyl Corporation holds stock of several different MATT VINYL products and offer advice and guidance as to the preferred application of each one. The RI-MARK “M” series VINYL by RITRAMA is a MATT SIGN VINYL in various different colours and shades that perform very well for producing VINYL WALL ART and internal VINYL SIGNS for public buildings such as Hospitals and schools. The AVERY 500 MATT VINYL is an excellent all round go to vinyl for KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, EXHIBITION VINYL GRAPHICS, WALL ART and point of sale display signage, with an admirable colour choice and ease of application.
VEHICLE WRAPPING FILM can be supplied in either GLOSS VINYL, Satin finish or MATT VINYL finish the choice here will be entirely a personal preference and the image that is being created, but the AVERY SUPREME WRAPPING FILM is along with the ORACAL 970 range the very best that a wrapper can get, The Vinyl Corporation is happy to advise and supply ALL of the products mentioned above, and for anything else please call 0115 930 1133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org