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Media Mayhem

(August 2014) posted on Tue Jul 22, 2014

More than 100 sources of rollfed paper, film, vinyl, plastics, and self-adhesive media.

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When preparing for a project, a shop can have everything lined up – the design, the printing equipment, the ink, the installer – but it’s impossible to complete a project without a substrate on which to print the graphics.

So, how do you go about deciding what works for this specific project, or for your shop in general? There are a lot of variables: composition, surface treatment/texture, color, whiteness/brightness, ink compatibility, post-printing compatibility, width, and much more.

The sourcelist that follows includes media manufacturers and private-label distributors of wide-format paper, film, vinyl, plastics, and self-adhesives. We’ve provided a thumbnail description of each company’s offerings – including the aforementioned variables – but for more detailed information, we suggest you visit the company’s website.

Note that we have listed only primary producers, manufacturers, converters, and private-brand sellers of media for wide-format graphics. We’ve not listed companies if they’re only selling or distributing another company’s products (unless it’s an exclusive arrangement).

Advantage Distribution
Advantage branded vinyl, eco-friendly banner media, aqueous media, paper.

Advantage Sign Supply
Optima Opti-Jet vinyl, paper, and banner media for aqueous; Opti-Solve for solvents.

AdventureCam Photo
Proof Line banner, poster, and signage media; paper, vinyl, films, and self-adhesives.

Synaps OM waterproof, eco-friendly, synthetic paper for digital UV printing; Synaps AP/AR pressure-sensitive media for UV; and Alliance graphic film.

Chantaffiche coated papers for banners and billboards, including Metalized for a metallic effect.

Alameda Supplies
Alameda wide-format inkjet paper, banner, and film.

American Permalight
Permalight Photoluminescent vinyl and polyester printable films.

A variety of cast films, calendered films, window films, banner material, interior-use media, wall-wrap films, vehicle wrap films, and more. Its DPF 207 is a 6-mil, matte white vinyl film with a clear removable pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to bond well and be removable from substrates such as smooth painted non-vinyl walls.

Aslan Schwarz
PVC, films, and self-adhesives for aqueous, solvent/mild-solvent, latex, and UV-curable inks.