Should I choose a gloss, semi-gloss, or matte laminate when ordering clear vinyl?

When deciding on the type of laminate—whether gloss, semi-gloss, or matte—for clear vinyl, it’s essential to consider both the visual appeal and practical needs of your project.

Gloss laminate is commonly preferred for projects requiring optimal see-through visibility, making clear sections of your printed item less conspicuous.

On the other hand, semi-gloss and matte laminates might introduce a slight cloudiness due to their finishing characteristics. Nevertheless, numerous customers opt for a non-gloss laminate as it seamlessly complements various surface types.

In general, selecting a laminate will protect your print from damage and fading from UV sunlight exposure. Laminate will make your sticker approximately 5-7 mil thick.

If you find it unnecessary to not use a laminate (2-5mil) or are aiming for the thinnest vinyl option, you can choose this alternative. Keep in mind that when no laminate is selected, the finish is glossy, and will not provide UV or scratch protection. It will also be very thin and hard to handle for installation, especially if it is a large print item. We can apply application tape to help with installation, but this add-on requires an additional cost. Contact us or provide this in a note on your order if needed.

Common uses for selecting no laminate would include, installing it on a surface that will receive a top coat (table, floor, etc.), temporary use, and many more uses that don’t require protection.

Choosing UV Laminates For Clear Shape Stickers
Choices selected in dropdown when clear material is selected.

If you wish to assess the impact before placing an order, don’t hesitate to contact us for a sample. This ensures you can make an informed decision aligning with your specific project requirements and preferences.

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