Clear vinyl offers a versatile fabricating solution for many applications. It resists yellowing, clouding, scratching, and UV damage. This makes it tough enough to stand up to heavy marine conditions. Use the heavy-duty clear vinyl for boat and patio enclosures, automotive windows, awnings, tents, and tarps. Clear vinyl is a durable material that comes in many thicknesses. With clear vinyl, the higher the gauge, the thicker it is. The gauge of window material refers to the thickness. A 20-gauge material is 0.020-inch thick; a 30-gauge piece is 0.030-inch thick and so on. Gauge can also be a measure of flexibility. Typically, the thicker the gauge the less flexible the window material will be. 60 gauge is thick at 0.06 inches and 4 gauge is only 0.004 inches. The optical clarity of a clear vinyl tells how easy it is to see through. In general, clear vinyl has less structural integrity than the typical tent fabric because there is no internal scrim cloth to hold it together. By its very nature it is more susceptible to scratching, cracking, shrinking, and marring. Sidewalls will have a longer life expectancy but are more variant on weather conditions.
|Name:||Super Clear Film/Laminated Super Clear Film|
|Width:||1.22meter / 48″ Max: 1.83meter|
|Vicat softening point:||75°C|
|Packing:||PE foam or kraft paper with clear film or color film;|
|Certification:||EN71-2; EN71-3; Reach Standard; Anti UV; Anti Cold; Anti Static; Fire Retardent|
|UV resistetant :||3.5|
|Standard:||ASTM G154-06 Standard practice for operating fluorescent light apparatus for UV exposure of nonmetallic materials|
|Lamp type:||UVA-340 de|
|Exposure cycle used:||a 8 hours dry at 60℃ b 4hours condensation at 50℃|
|Actual value：||Irradiance： 0.76w/(m2.nm)|
|Black-panel temperature : dry 60℃; condensation: 50℃|
Clear vinyl features:
- Flow-mark-free, high-gloss, with a Gloss Value of 110 or more.
- Comply with EU REACH, RoHS, the U.S. CPSIA, and other environmental regulations if required.
- Acquire patents in Taiwan, China, the United States, Malaysia and South Korea.
- The patented process can manufacture exceptional gloss on both sides (double-polished), suitable for screen / lithographic (off-set) printing, advertising, and vehicle wraps.
- Special requirements are available, such as cold-resistant, weather-resistant, anti-UV, etc.
Clear vinyl applications:
STORM WINDOWS AND WINTERIZATION
This is the #1 reason why our customers buy clear vinyl. It provides protection from leaks and drafts, yet it is very clear and won’t obstruct your view. It can also withstand cold temperatures and is waterproof.
A common question is what gauge should be used. All gauges will do the job and can be used in different circumstances. For storm windows and frames, lower gauges are more popular from about 6 to 16 gauge. This is especially true if you’re using a screen window and spline to hold it in because the vinyl has to be thin enough to work with the spline.
For roll up porch protectors, medium gauges like 16 and 20 work well.
If you want more heavy duty protection, the higher gauges are the better option. 30 and 40 gauge vinyl are the best for extremely low temperatures. Since the higher gauges are stiff, they are better for when you want a more rigid vinyl. They are good for stapling or nailing to porch or patio posts.
A common way off applying medium to heavy gauges is to staple it to the post or frame, then attach thin strips of wood over the staples to hold the vinyl tight and provide a more finished look.
Adhesive backed Velcro is an option if you want the vinyl to be removable.
There are many ways you can use clear vinyl to winterize, so there isn’t one answer to which gauge is best. It depends on what you’re looking for and how you are going to apply the vinyl.
Another common use for clear vinyl is protecting tables. If you want to protect a tablecloth or you want the vinyl to hang like a tablecloth, lighter gauges like 4, 6, or 8 work well.
If you want to cut the vinyl to the size of the table or desk to use as a protective pad, the 40 or 60 gauge are probably what you’re looking for.
Not only is clear vinyl is great for protecting dining tables from food and spills, but also for protecting desks from scratches, outdoor tables from water damage, and craft tables from messy projects. Similarly, vinyl can be used for drop cloths.
When you think clear vinyl, you may think of grandma’s living room’s plastic covered sofas. And you can definitely use this clear vinyl for that! Use light to medium gauges for clear vinyl slipcovers to protect furniture from kids and pets.
You can also use it to cover outdoor furniture for the winter or to protect items stored in the garage from dust.
A common use for the 40 or 60 gauge vinyl is dog and cat doors.
Use the 30, 40, 60, or 80 gauge vinyl for windows on boats, tents, tractors, sheds, and other places where a non-glass window is needed.
Thin to medium gauges are great for windows in garment bags, under bed storage, and similar items were a clear window is handy for being able to see what’s inside.
(1) substitutes for window glass
vinyl camper windows, windows of yacht, windows of jeep, tent windows
(2) clear vinyl outdoor shades / clear vinyl window cover
patio enclosure, porch curtain, clear vinyl patio cover
Air mattresses (air beds, inflatable mattress), inflatable toys, swim rings, inflatable pools, inflatable boats, beach balls
Clear vinyl is also great for greenhouses. Like when used on porches, the gauge depends on how you’re applying it. If stretching across frames, thin to medium vinyl is better, and the more rigid gauges are best for stapling or attaching to posts.
PHOTO, LABEL, AND ID POCKETS
Clear vinyl is also great for ID pockets in wallets and bags, label holders on items like storage bins, and for photo pockets on quilts. Thin to medium gauges are best for these uses, like 10 to 16 gauge.
Shower curtains, tablecloths, raincoats, stroller covers
clear desk protectors (clear desk pads), book covers, pencil boxes, badge holders, business card holders, sports card holders (baseball card holders, trading card holders), laminating films
IR cut window films for glass curtain wall, building window
BAGS AND BAG LINERS
You can use clear vinyl for bag liners or entire bags, like for cosmetic bags, beach bags, diaper bags, and tote bags. Thin gauges are good for linings and medium gauges for bags. Book covers, pencil boxes, badge holders, business card holders, sports card holders (baseball card holders, trading card holders), laminating films. Blanket bags, bed sheet bags, comforter bags, shopping bags, clear vinyl bags, transparent bags, clear cosmetic bags / pouches, travel toiletry bags, clear vinyl purse organizers, clear backpacks / handbags
The fashion-forward may use clear vinyl for clothing, whether it’s for more practical uses, like jackets and aprons, or for more unusual applications like skirts, pants, and other wearable items.
You can make your own shower curtains out of clear vinyl to fit your shower. 6, 8, and 10 works for this. Or cut strips to make curtains like you would find in cold food storage rooms. Heavier gauges are usually used for this kind of curtain.