Of all the different substrate types available paper stickers are the most common. Its very common to see packaging labels, address labels, logos and promotional stickers printed on either matt or gloss paper sticker stock. Paper is only suited for indoor use and is not weather proof. It’s also not fade resistant, so if your sticker gets any sort of direct sunlight avoid this type of sticker printing. Finally, paper is porous so it's susceptible to oils and water leaching through it.
Paper Sticker Finishing Options: Matt, gloss or laminated
Removable vinyl is a very common and handy substrate to print stickers on. Most regularly used for bumper stickers this type of vinyl is suited to outdoor or indoor use as its fade resistant and waterproof. Its easy to remove in a single piece without having to apply heat. Its removable for up to 6 months after application but it is important to note that vinlys only stay “removable” for a specific timeframe depending on weather conditions (usually from 3 to 6 months.) If left on for long enough the adhesive bond starts to behave more like permanent vinyl stickers.
Removable Vinyl Sticker Finishing Options: Matt, gloss or laminated
Permanent vinyl is less common in the marketplace for stickers and is designed for outdoor use with strong fade resistance, very strong adhesive and waterproof properties. Permanent vinyl stickers have a very strong adhesive, which becomes difficult to remove about 30 seconds after application. Removal requires heat to melt the adhesive and it’s typical for permanent vinyl stickers to “shatter” which means they’ll come off in strips rather than one large piece. They have excellent chemical resistance and can be laminated for scuff resistance in high traffic areas. When you want a sticker to stay where it is for up to 5 years choose permanent vinyl for your sticker printing needs. Examples of permanent vinyl stickers include safety stickers.
Permanent Vinyl Sticker Finishing Options: Matt, gloss or laminated
Clear vinyl is usually used with window stickers, parking permits or anywhere where a reverse print needs to be made. It has similar properties to removable vinyl, but you should always check with the printer as to the exact specifications of clear stickers. They can either be printed full colour, which makes the entire sticker, even the darker areas, translucent or printed with white ink that makes areas of the sticker opaque. Premium stickers for marketing and promotional purposes are sometimes printed on clear vinyl for the novelty effect.
Clear Vinyl Sticker finishing options: Matt, gloss or laminated