Plastic film and sheets FAQ

Welcome to our extensive Plastic Sheet and Film information directory. Here we have answers to many of your questions regarding our products and services beyond the specifics listed in the Products and Services sections of this web site.

  • FAQ – Products
    • Can Mylar, DuraLar and other polyester film and sheets be recycled?
        Can Mylar ®,  DuraLar TM  and other polyester film and sheets be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other polyester resin materials.  Uncoated, unlaminated, polyester film and sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
    • How to use Shrink Art films
        Grafix Shrink Art Film Instructions: Draw or trace a design on the film. –  Decorate with permanent inks, markers and rubber stamps. –  If inkjet version was purchased, this film is printable on both sides. Cut out the design. –  Use with regular/decorative scissors or die cutting systems. –  If needed, punch holes with a Read the full article...
    • Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?
        Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?  Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
    • Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled?
        Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other PVC resin materials.  ClearLay, Flexible Vinyl, and Grafix Cling Film can all be recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
    • Can polypropylene sheets be recycled?
        Can polypropylene sheets be recycled? Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with other polypropylene resin materials. Polypropylene sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
    • Can Polyseam be recycled?
        Can Polyseam be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s re-cycled with other polyester resin materials.  Polyseam can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
  • FAQ – Properties
    • Archival
      • Are Surface Protection Films (SPF) archival?
          Are Surface Protection Films (SPF) archival? No. SPFs have a stick-and-stay adhesive coating on one side, which would interfere with the materials that need protecting. SPFs are pH neutral, and removable, qualities which makes them great for temporary laminations and surface protection, but not for archiving. How did you want to use this film? If Read the full article...
      • Are Shrink-Art films considered archival?
          Are Shrink-Art films considered archival? No. Although it is pH neutral, it is not considered archival or suitable for long term archival applications. If you’re looking for a good all-around archival grade film, try our <Link: Archival Duralar product line >,which meets the Library of Congress’ specifications for archival polyester film. Need more info about Read the full article...
      • Is PSA Duralar ™ archival?
          Is PSA Duralar ™ archival? No. Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) Duralar has a stick-and-stay adhesive coating on one side; it breaks the number one rule of archiving – material used for archiving can’t interfere with the materials it is supposed to protect. PSA DuraLar is pH neutral, and water clear, which makes it great for lamination Read the full article...
      • Are Polypropylene sheets archival?
          Are Polypropylene sheets archival? Not really. These materials are pH neutral, and are the most UV-stable materials we stock. But because these materials are thicker sheets and not glass clear, there is no demand for this material in archival applications, so they have not been tested or certified for archival properties. If you need a good Read the full article...
      • Are HDPE sheets archival?
          Are HDPE sheets archival? Not really. These materials are pH neutral, and are the most UV-stable materials we stock. But because these materials are thicker sheets and not glass clear, there is no demand for this material in archival applications, so they have not been tested or certified for archival properties. If you need a Read the full article...
      • Is Metallized DuraLar ™ archival?
          Is Metallized DuraLar TM archival? No. There are three aspects that go into determining whether a polyester film is actually archival grade: 1- whether it is pH neutral, 2- whether or not the film will impact what it comes in contact with, and 3- whether it can be sonic-ally welded to itself. Metallized DuraLar is Read the full article...
    • Biodegradability
    • Electrical
      • Do surface protection films have good electrical properties?
          Do surface protection films have good electrical properties? No. Because they are made of polyolefin-based material, they don’t have great heat resistance, nor are their adhesive coatings meant for electrical applications. For electrical applications, we recommend our Hazy DuraLar TM polyester film products. Please contact today and we can help you with your requirements.
      • Does ShrinkArt film have good electrical properties?
          Does ShrinkArt film have good electrical properties? No. Electricity generates heat; because of ShrinkArt film’s low melt-ing point, you want to keep this material away from elevated temperatures. For electrical applications, we recommend our Hazy Du-raLar TM polyester film. Please contact us today and we can help you with your re-quirements.
      • Does PSA DuraLar ™ adhesive film have good electrical properties?
          Does PSA DuraLar TM adhesive film have good electrical properties? Sort of. As a polyester film, one might expect it to have good electrical properties, however, its adhesive coating is not meant for direct electrical exposures. For electrical applications, we recommend our Hazy DuraLar polyester film products. Please contact us today and we can help you Read the full article...
      • Does polyseam film have good electrical properties?
          Does Polyseam film have good electrical properties? Yes, because it’s made out of polyester film. However, for electrical applications, we recommend our Hazy DuraLar TM polyester film products. Please contact us today and we can help you with your requirements
      • Do HDPE and Polypropylene sheets have good electrical properties?
          Do HDPE and Polypropylene sheets have good electrical properties? No. Electricity generates heat, but because of polyolefin’s low melting point, you want to keep this material away from elevated temperatures. For electrical applications, we recom-mend our Hazy DuraLar TM polyester film products. Please contact us today and we can help you with your requirements.
      • Does Metallized DuraLar ™ film have good electrical properties?
          Does Metallized DuraLar TM film have good electrical properties? Depending on what electrical properties you need. Metallized DuraLar is made from our Clear DuraLar base film. So the film itself has excellent resistive electrical properties (acting as an insulator). The metal-coated side of the film is very conductive. With Metallized DuraLar you get the best of Read the full article...
    • Food Safety
      • Is ShrinkArt film approved for direct food contact?
          Is ShrinkArt film approved for direct food contact? No. Grafix stocks other types of film products that are, includ-ing acetate, specific brands and grades of polyester film, HDPE and polypropylene. Other types of food-safe films are available as a custom order; larger production minimums may apply.
      • Is Polyseam approved for direct food contact?
          Is Polyseam approved for direct food contact? No. Grafix stocks other types of film products that are, including Aacetate, specific brands and grades of polyester film, HDPE and polypropylene. Other types food-safe films are available as a custom order; larger production minimumsmay apply to your order.
      • Are our HDPE and polypropylene sheet products approved for food contact?
          Are our HDPE and polypropylene sheet products approved for food contact? Yes! This entire product line is suitable for use in contact with foodstuffs. It complies with FDA, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21 (revised April 1995). We can even provide certification to this effect; just let us know you need one when you contact Read the full article...
      • Is Metallized DuraLar ™ approved for direct food contact?
          Is Metallized DuraLar TM approved for direct food contact? No, it is not. Grafix regularly carries other types of film products that are approved, including acetate, specific brands and grades of polyester film, HDPE and polypropylene. Unfortunately most of these materials are available with a metallized coating. Other types food-safe films are available as a Read the full article...
      • Is LaserPro ™ approved for direct food contact?
          Is LaserPro TM approved for direct food contact? No. Grafix stocks other types of film products that are, including acetate, specific brands and grades of polyester film, HDPE and polypropylene. Other types food-safe films are available as a custom order; larger production minimums may apply.
      • Is Hazy DuraLar ™ approved for direct food contact?
          Is Hazy DuraLar TM approved for direct food contact? No. Grafix stocks other types of film products that are, including acetate, specific brands and grades of polyester film, HDPE and polypropylene. Other types food-safe films are available as a custom order; larger production minimums may apply.
    • Insulation
    • Medical-Skin Contact
    • Outdoor/UV Exposure
      • Is our translucent imaging film suitable for outdoor use?
          Is our translucent imaging film (TIF) suitable for outdoor use? No. Our TIF film is not made to withstand direct exposure to ultraviolet light or moisture. If you need to use this material outside, it must be contained in something else that will protect it from being exposed to UV and moisture.
      • Are surface protection films suitable for outdoor use?
          Are surface protection films suitable for outdoor use? No. Extended exposure to moisture disrupts the adhesion of the film to the surface it’s designed to protect. If you need to use this material outside, it must be contained in something else that will keep it from being exposed to moisture.
      • Is ShrinkArt film suitable for outdoor use?
          Is ShrinkArt film suitable for outdoor use? No. Our ShrinkArt film is not made to withstand extended exposure to ultraviolet light or moisture. If you need to put this material outside, it must be contained in something else that will keep it from being exposed to UV and moisture.
      • Are PSA Duralar ™ films suitable for outdoor use?
          Are PSA Duralar ™ films suitable for outdoor use? No. Our PSA Duralar films is not made to be used outside because when exposed to ultraviolet light or moisture, the adhesive will loose it’s tack and breakdown. If you need to put this material outside, it must be contained in something else that will keep Read the full article...
      • Is Polyseam able to be used outdoors?
          Is Polyseam able to be used outdoors? Yes, but not with the film directly exposed to the elements. In it’s application, it is to be used as an adhesive carrier under artificial turf material. As such Polyseam is underneith artificial turf, and is not directly exposed to the elements. When used in its intended application, Read the full article...
      • Are polypropylene sheets suitable for outdoor use?
          Are polypropylene sheets suitable for outdoor use? Yes! Polypropylene is a stable material under outdoor conditions. It does not, however, have a specific life time rating; product life time will vary with the outdoor conditions to which the film is exposed.
    • Printability
      • How can I print on DFML?
          DFML can be printed on its gloss side, by Screen Printing, or Offset Lithography.  DFML might be suitable for Solvent, Latex or UV Curable Inkjet printing, which are the only digital printing options could work on DFML.  DO NOT USE DFML in any plain paper copier, laser printer, or other heat fusing digital printing technology.
      • How can Shrink-Art Film be printed?
          Our plain Shrink-Art Film is mostly screen printable, although it should also be printable via other conventional printing methods.  Please consult your ink vendor for specifics on ink formulations, etc.  For digital printing we offer our Desktop Inkjet Printable Shrink-Art Film, designed for consumer grade inkjet printers.  DO NOT put these products through PPC/Laser or Read the full article...
      • How can Protective Film be printed on?
          Most of our Protective Films are compatible with screen printing, however we recommend you provide samples to your ink vendor for testing.  It is not designed for any other printing methods.  Our Protective Films are not printable by Digital processes such as Inkjet or PPC/Laser.
      • Is DuraLar Adhesive Backed Film printable?
          DuraLar Adhesive Back Film is not designed to be printed specifically, By enlarge our DuraLar films are able to be screen printed.  We recommend you contact your ink vendor for more information on printing on Polyester Film.  This product is not designed for digital printing.  For digital printing on Adhesive Backed Film, please check out Read the full article...
      • How can I print on Polypropylene Plastic Sheets?
          Polypropylene sheets are compatible with screen printing and offset-lithography.  Before you attempt to print on this type of material please contact your ink vendor to see what types of inks can be used with Polypropylene sheets.  We can even provide you with sample sheets of material, that you can then have your ink vendor analyze to Read the full article...
      • How can I print on HDPE Plastic Sheets?
          HDPE sheets are compatible with screen printing and offset-lithography.  Before you attempt to print on this type of material please contact your ink vendor to see what types of inks can be used with HDPE sheets.  We can even provide you with sample sheets of material, that you can then have your ink vendor analyze to Read the full article...
    • Recycling
      • Can Mylar, DuraLar and other polyester film and sheets be recycled?
          Can Mylar ®,  DuraLar TM  and other polyester film and sheets be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other polyester resin materials.  Uncoated, unlaminated, polyester film and sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
      • Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?
          Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?  Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
      • Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled?
          Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other PVC resin materials.  ClearLay, Flexible Vinyl, and Grafix Cling Film can all be recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
      • Can polypropylene sheets be recycled?
          Can polypropylene sheets be recycled? Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with other polypropylene resin materials. Polypropylene sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
      • Can Polyseam be recycled?
          Can Polyseam be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s re-cycled with other polyester resin materials.  Polyseam can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
      • Can metallized DuraLar ™ polyester film be recycled?
          Can Metallized DuraLar TM polyester film be recycled?  No, not in the traditional sense. The metallized coating on this film is a contaminant that will fowl up the recycling process.
    • Tear Strength
    • Thermal
      • What is the heat resistance of translucent imaging film?
          What is the heat resistance of translucent imaging film (TIF)? TIF is designed to handle the quick heat exposure in a toner-based plain-paper copier/laser printer. Its coatings are designed to be used in environments up to 85C/185F. At higher temperatures, the printable surface could yellow, or lose some of its toner adhesion properties. When TIF Read the full article...
      • Surface Protection Films
          What is the heat resistance of our surface protection film? These films are designed for use in environments below 65C/140F. At higher temperatures, the adhesive becomes soft and loses adhesion. At really high temperatures (above 140C), the film begins to lose its orientation, becoming wavy and soft. If you need a matte film for higher Read the full article...
      • What is the heat resistance of Shrink-Art Films?
          What is the heat resistance of Shrink-Art Films? Well, it’s fairly low, compared with other films like our DuraLar TM films. It’s even a little less heat resistant than our ClearLay TM Rigid PVC and our acetate film. But that’s a good thing! The whole point of Shrink-Art film is to bake it in an Read the full article...
      • What is the heat resistance of our adhesive DuraLar films?
          What is the heat resistance of our pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) DuraLar TM films? PSA DuraLar is designed for use in environments below 65C/140F. At higher temperatures, the adhesive becomes soft and loses adhesion. At really high temperatures (above 150C), it begins to lose its orientation; it will become wavy and shrink. If you need Read the full article...
      • What is the heat resistance of Laser-printable film?
          What is the heat resistance of Laser-printable (PPC/Laser) film? PPC/Laser Ffilm is designed to handle the quick high heat exposure in toner-based plain-paper copiers and laser printers. Its coatings are designed to be used in environments up to 85C/185F. At higher temperatures, the printable surface could yellow, or lose some of its toner adhesion properties. Read the full article...
      • What is the heat resistance of Polyseam?
          What is the heat resistance of polyseam? Polyseam will begin to soften at about 150C/300F. When polyseam softens, it begins to lose its orientation; it will become wavy and shrink..
    • Can Mylar, DuraLar and other polyester film and sheets be recycled?
        Can Mylar ®,  DuraLar TM  and other polyester film and sheets be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other polyester resin materials.  Uncoated, unlaminated, polyester film and sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
    • Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?
        Can ShrinkArt films be recycled?  Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
    • Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled?
        Can any of our Vinyl film or sheets products be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s recycled with other PVC resin materials.  ClearLay, Flexible Vinyl, and Grafix Cling Film can all be recycled with materials that have this symbol on them.
    • Can polypropylene sheets be recycled?
        Can polypropylene sheets be recycled? Yes they can, as long as they’re recycled with other polypropylene resin materials. Polypropylene sheets can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
    • Can Polyseam be recycled?
        Can Polyseam be recycled? Yes it can, as long as it’s re-cycled with other polyester resin materials.  Polyseam can be recycled with any other materials that have this symbol.
    • Can metallized DuraLar ™ polyester film be recycled?
        Can Metallized DuraLar TM polyester film be recycled?  No, not in the traditional sense. The metallized coating on this film is a contaminant that will fowl up the recycling process.
  • FAQ – Usage
    • Acetate Film
      • What are the advantages of using Acetate film and sheets?
          Acetate is environmentally friendly and offers significant advantages for use in many industries. Because it is a solution-cast film made from wood and cotton, it has unique properties, including the ability to transmit moisture, optical clarity, and low birefringence.   For example, acetate film is ideal for use with bakery products that are packed while still Read the full article...
      • Is Acetate film and sheets thermoformable?
          Because acetate film and sheets soften easily at higher temperatures, it is ideal for thermoforming and heat sealing applications. We highly recommend testing the film to make sure it is suitable for your specific application. Contact us today for samples to test in your thermoforming application.
    • ClearLay
      • Does ClearLay contain plasticizers?
          ClearLay Vinyl Sheets and Film, are made of rigid PVC, which is PVC that contains no plasticizers. Plasticizer is used to give Vinyl it’s soft feeling and greater pliability.  The softer the Vinyl the more plasticizer has been used. The absence of plasticizer in Clearlay makes the film relatively hard.  On the other end of Read the full article...
      • How is ClearLay fabricated?
          ClearLay vinyl sheets and film can be processed using various methods, to reconfigure it for with a specific application. We offer several processes such as slitting, rewinding, sheeting, interleaving, laminating and finishing services to help convert our materials into a format that can be used for your application. Please check out our Converting Services page for specific Read the full article...
      • Do ClearLay vinyl film and sheets come embossed?
          We stock ClearLay rigid vinyl in a glossy clear or transparent colored finish. Other patterned, textured, opaque colored and matte finish vinyls can be manufactured to your specifications.  Production minimums will apply. Contact us today to get a custom quote on embossed ClearLay.
      • Will ClearLay vinyl sheets yellow?
          Yes, eventually ClearLay film may start to yellow over a long period of time. Exactly when that might happen is really dependent on the type of environment the film is exposed to. There are custom formulations of vinyl sheets and film that are design to extend the time it takes for it to turn yellow, Read the full article...
    • Cling PVC
      • What does Static Cling vinyl sheets stick to?
          Our stock static cling vinyl works best on glossy, smooth surfaces such as glass and metal. Static cling vinyl sheets will not stick to paper, walls, or wood, or anything even slightly rough. We have a variety of other types of adhesive film and sheets that are designed to stick to these types of surfaces. Read the full article...
      • How do I clean and/or recharge static cling vinyl sheets ?
          If the static cling vinyl sheets become dirty, just clean them with mild soap and water and let air dry.  Once the film is dry, the material should cling once again. It is important that both the static cling sheets and the surface to which you’re adhering them are dust- and dirt-free.
      • How do I apply Static Cling vinyl sheets?
          Both the static cling vinyl and your surface should be clean and free of any dust, oils or grease. Slowly remove the film from the liner and place the top edge in position, then gently smooth from the top downward and outward to remove air bubbles. You can use an application roller or even a credit card Read the full article...
      • Will Static Cling vinyl sheets form around objects?
          Static cling vinyl sheets work best when adhered to a flat surface. Any crevices or air pockets will affect how well the film will adhere to an object. But because the film is soft, it should have no problem bending around curved surfaces.
    • Drafting Film
      • Can I write on Drafting Film?
          Absolutely!  On its matte surface, drafting film accepts lead, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink. It erases cleanly without smearing or leaving shadows. It can also be painted on with acrylic and oil paints.
      • How is 1 and 2 side matte Drafting Film different?
          Our two-sided matte drafting film has an identical matte write-on coating on both sides, while our one- sided matte drafting film has a matte coating on one side and a gloss coating on the other.
      • Can Drafting Film be Laser Cut?
          Yes, both the 1/side matte and 2/side matte Drafting Film can be laser cut, either in single sheets or stacks.
    • DuraLar
      • Do you make Mylar Balloon Materials?
          Grafix Plastics does not make Mylar Balloons, nor do we make Mylar Balloon materials.
      • How can I print on DuraLar?
          DuraLar, being a general purpose film, is not designed to be printed on per se. However, screen printing is one printing method that seems to consistently work well with this film. We recommend you contact your ink vendor for more information regarding printing on polyester films with the inks you plan to use. For specific Read the full article...
    • Flexible PVC
      • Will Flexible Vinyl Sheets Yellow?
          Yes, eventually Flexible Vinyl Sheets and Film may start to yellow over a long period of time.  The exact time is really dependent on the type of environment that the material is exposed to over the set period of time.  There are custom formulations of Vinyl Sheets and Film that are design to extend the Read the full article...
    • HDPE
      • What is the difference between HDPE and LDPE Plastic Sheets?
          Although both materials are polyethylene, they do have different properties.  LDPE is softer, more flexible and melts at a lower temperature than HDPE.  LDPE is used in sandwich bags and other types of packaging.  HDPE is harder, has a higher chemical resistance and can withstand higher temperatures.  Grafix stocks HDPE , not LDPE, although LDPE Read the full article...
    • LaserPro
      • How should I clean LaserPro stencil film?
          Before the film is cut, we recommend using only warm soap and water. Household cleaners, many of which are ammonia- or alcohol-based, will change the anti-fuse properties of the surface of the film.  This is also the case with solvents like paint thinner.  Once the film is cut, however, you may clean it with anything you’d Read the full article...
      • Can I print on LaserPro stencil film?
          No. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend any printing method for LaserPro stencil films. The very feature that makes it laser-cuttable in stacks is what prevents ink and toner from sticking to its surface. If you need a laser-cuttable film that is also printable, we suggest you look at our Drafting Film products.  For more information on Read the full article...
      • Do you have laser cutting instructions for LaserPro stencil film?
          No, we do not. There are many variables that will determine how LaserPro stencil films will cut, such as type of laser machine, setting options, and the thickness of the LaserPro film. LaserPro stencil films were developed more than 15 years ago, to be able to be laser cut in stacks of sheets and not be Read the full article...
    • Mylar
      • Can I print on Mylar?
          There are many different grades of branded polyester film designed to be printed on, including Mylar.  There are also many types that should not be printed, or printed only by very specific methods.  If your interested in Digital Printing, please check out our ComputerGrafix (TM) products.  Contact us today to discuss your printing requirements, so Read the full article...
      • Do you make Mylar Balloon Materials?
          Grafix Plastics does not make Mylar Balloons, nor do we make Mylar Balloon materials.
    • Olephins
      • How can I print on Olefin Plastic Sheets?
          Olefin sheets are compatible with screen printing and offset-lithography.  Before you attempt to print on this type of material please contact your ink vendor to see what types of inks can be used with olefin sheets.  We can even provide you with sample sheets of material, that you can then have your ink vendor analyze Read the full article...
      • What form do Olefin Plastic Sheets come in?
          Our stock HDPE & PP only come in sheet form.  The thickness of the material that we stock inhibits it from being stored in roll form.  Roll form  of these thick materials are available on a custom order basis.  Contact us with your requirements today!
      • Are Olefin Plastic Sheets Food Safe?
          Yes, both HDPE & PP meet the conditions of section 21 CFR, Section 177.1520 of the USA Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations. This material may be safely used to produce products intended for use in manufacturing, packaging, transporting, or holding food.
    • Polyester
      • Do you make Mylar Balloon Materials?
          Grafix Plastics does not make Mylar Balloons, nor do we make Mylar Balloon materials.
      • How is Polyester Film Fabricated?
          Polyester film can be processed in a variety of methods to take it from its original mill-produced configuration into a format that is compatible with a specific application. We offer several processes such as slitting, rewinding, sheeting, interleaving, laminating and finishing services to help convert our materials into a format that can be used for Read the full article...
      • What polyester film finishes are available?
          As extruded, there are four general finishes available in Polyester Film: Transparent, Transluscent/Matte, Opaque, and Hazy.
      • Can I print on polyester film?
          There are many different grades of polyester film, and some are produced specifically to be printable, using specific methods particular to those film’s chemical properties. Grafix Plastics has a number of specific polyester film solutions for many different printing methods, both conventional and digital. Check out our polyester product pages below for more in-depth information. Read the full article...
    • PolyPropylene
      • Can I get Polypropylene in rolls?
          The polypropylene we stock is available in sheets only. We can custom order this material in roll form, but larger production minimums will apply.  Please contact your sales rep for more information.
      • What is the difference between Polypropylene sheets and BOPP film?
          Polypropylene sheets are extruded, cooled, and cut into master sheets. Bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) is polypropylene that is stretched in two directions. This process is only done with thinner films, not the thicker sheets that we stock. This type of film tends to be used in packaging and labeling. We do not stock BOPP, but can provide it on Read the full article...
    • PolySeam
      • What is the best way to cut Polyseam?
          Polyseam is made from .005” polyester which is easy to cut with scissors or a box knife.  It does not tear easily so a sharp blade should be used and the material will need to be cut completely.
      • Does Polyseam come with Adhesive?
          No, Polyseam is a backer for your adhesive.  If you’d like an adhesive coated film with release liner, please check out our Adhesive DuraLar product page.
    • Protective Film
      • Are Protective Film scratch resistant?
          Both our low tack matte and extra tack matte protective film have surfaces that are designed to reduce scratching and marring. Our stock protective film product line is not hard-coated, but a hard-coated protective film is available on a custom order basis, and subject to minimum orders. Please consult with our sales team for more Read the full article...
      • Can Protective Film form around a curved surface?
          That depends on how curved the surface is! Our Protective films works best on a smooth flat surface.  Any crevices or air pockets will affect how well it will adhere to an object.  But because it is pliable, it should have no problem bending around curved surfaces.
      • What surfaces work best with Protective Film?
          Our protective film works will with most smooth, flat, clean surfaces. It will NOT stick to blocks, fabric, and other rough surfaces.  The performance of the film will also be affected by external conditions and the final application of the film product.
      • How are Protective Films applied?
          Both the protective film and your surface should be clean and free of any dust, oils or grease. Slowly remove the protective film from its liner and place the top edge in position, then gently smooth from the top downward and outward to remove air bubbles. To remove any bubbles, you can use an application roller or Read the full article...
      • Can Protective Films be laser cut?
          Our surface protective films are safe to cut with laser cutters. Because of the paper release liner, it is even possible to cut these films in stacks. We highly recommend testing the film with your laser equipment to determine which setting will work best.  Please contact for more information and samples for testing.
      • How long will the adhesive last?
          There is no specific amount of time that protective film adhesive lasts, because there are many variables that can affect its use and performance in a particular application. Factors such as the type the surface being adhered to, quality of application, external conditions,  and type of final application can all affect the performance of the adhesive Read the full article...
    • PSA Duralar
      • What surfaces work best with DuraLar adhesive backed film?
          DuraLar adhesive-backed film sticks best to most smooth, flat, clean surfaces . But it will NOT stick to surfaces like blocks, fabric, and other rough surfaces. The performance of the film will also be affected by external conditions like the environment its being used in.
      • How do you apply DuraLar adhesive backed film?
          Both the adhesive-backed film and your surface should be clean and free of any dust, oils or grease. Slowly remove the film from the liner and place the top edge in position. Then gently smooth from the top downward and outward to remove air bubbles. You can use an application roller or even a credit card to Read the full article...
      • Is DuraLar adhesive backed film laser cutable?
          DuraLar adhesive-backed film can be laser-cut in single sheets and in stacks. The base film, adhesive system, and paper liner are all safe to cut.  The paper liner used with the PSA films makes it possible for the film to be laser cut in stacks; the paper works as a barrier that keeps the sheets from Read the full article...
      • How long will DuraLar adhesive backed film stick?
          There is no specific service life or shelf life for DuraLar adhesive-backed film. Many variables can affect the use and performance of the pressure-sensitive adhesive in a particular application, including what surface the product is being adhered to, quality of application, external conditions, and type of final application. Therefore, it is essential that you evaluate the Read the full article...
    • Shrink Film Instructions
      • How to use Shrink Art films
          Grafix Shrink Art Film Instructions: Draw or trace a design on the film. –  Decorate with permanent inks, markers and rubber stamps. –  If inkjet version was purchased, this film is printable on both sides. Cut out the design. –  Use with regular/decorative scissors or die cutting systems. –  If needed, punch holes with a Read the full article...
    • Vinyl
      • How Can Vinyl Sheets Be Fabricated?
          Vinyl sheets and film can be processed in a variety of methods to take it from its original mill produced configuration into a format that is compatible with a specific application. We offer several processes such as slitting, rewinding, sheeting, interleaving, laminating and finishing services to help convert our materials into a format that can Read the full article...
      • Can Vinyl Sheets be printed?
          Yes, Vinyl Sheets, by enlarge, are mostly printable by screen printing and some non-heat versions of digital printing, such as commercial solvent inkjet printing, and thermal transfer ribbon printing.  If you are looking for digital printable films, please check out our ComputerGrafix (TM) pages for more digitally printable film product information.
      • Will Vinyl Sheets Yellow?
          Yes, eventually vinyl film may start to yellow over a long period of time.  The exact time is really dependent on the type of environment that the film is exposed to over the set period of time.  There are custom formulations of Vinyl Sheets and Film that are design to extend the time it takes Read the full article...
    • How to use Shrink Art films
        Grafix Shrink Art Film Instructions: Draw or trace a design on the film. –  Decorate with permanent inks, markers and rubber stamps. –  If inkjet version was purchased, this film is printable on both sides. Cut out the design. –  Use with regular/decorative scissors or die cutting systems. –  If needed, punch holes with a Read the full article...
    • What is the best way to cut Polyseam?
        Polyseam is made from .005” polyester which is easy to cut with scissors or a box knife.  It does not tear easily so a sharp blade should be used and the material will need to be cut completely.
    • Does Polyseam come with Adhesive?
        No, Polyseam is a backer for your adhesive.  If you’d like an adhesive coated film with release liner, please check out our Adhesive DuraLar product page.
    • How should I clean LaserPro stencil film?
        Before the film is cut, we recommend using only warm soap and water. Household cleaners, many of which are ammonia- or alcohol-based, will change the anti-fuse properties of the surface of the film.  This is also the case with solvents like paint thinner.  Once the film is cut, however, you may clean it with anything you’d Read the full article...
    • Can I print on LaserPro stencil film?
        No. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend any printing method for LaserPro stencil films. The very feature that makes it laser-cuttable in stacks is what prevents ink and toner from sticking to its surface. If you need a laser-cuttable film that is also printable, we suggest you look at our Drafting Film products.  For more information on Read the full article...
    • Do you have laser cutting instructions for LaserPro stencil film?
        No, we do not. There are many variables that will determine how LaserPro stencil films will cut, such as type of laser machine, setting options, and the thickness of the LaserPro film. LaserPro stencil films were developed more than 15 years ago, to be able to be laser cut in stacks of sheets and not be Read the full article...
  • Plastics – Apps
    • Can I print on plastic film and sheets?
        Printing on plastic film and sheets is a very common application. However, the techniques used to print on the vast number of different plastics is very detailed. Usually, the method and techniques chosen have to do with the plastic material itself, as well as the type of printing. In general, there are two types of printing Read the full article...
    • Do you make Mylar Balloon Materials?
        Grafix Plastics does not make Mylar Balloons, nor do we make Mylar Balloon materials.
  • Plastics – General
    • What are plastic sheets?
        Plastic Sheets are defined as a continuous form of plastic material, that is thicker than .010" (.25mm) and usually wound up on a core, but mostly cut into sheets. Anything thinner is considered Plastic Film. There is a HUGE universe of plastic film materials, that can range from being made of a simple single plastic material to being a complex structure of different materials and coatings, depending on the needs of the application. Further Plastic Sheets can be manufactured out of different Plastic Resins, each which has it's own unique physical properties once again depending on the needs of the application.
    • What is plastic film?
        Plastic film is defined as a continuous form of plastic material, that is thin and usually wound up on a core, or cut into sheets. Generally plastic film is made from thicknesses of .00025" (.06mm) up to .010" (.25mm). Anything thicker is considered plastic sheets. There is a HUGE universe of plastic film materials, that can range from being made of a simple single plastic material to being a complex structure of different materials and coatings, depending on the needs of the application. Further plastic film can be manufactured out of different plastic resins, each which has it's own unique physical properties once again depending on the needs of the application.
  • Uncategorized
    • What products do we offer?
        Whether you need clear plastic film, matte, hazy, colored, metallized, holographic, adhesive backed, coated, printable ... Grafix Plastics is your go-to resource.
    • I want to print on plastic
        Printing on plastic film and sheets is a very common application.  However, the techniques used to print on plastics is very detailed.  Most often the method and techniques for printing on plastics has to do with the plastic material itself as well as how it is being printed. The core issue, that drives this area, is Read the full article...
    • What Mylar film finishes are available?
        There are a range of different finishes and opacities of Mylar polyester film: Transparent – You are able to see through the film clearly, like looking through glass. Matte Translucent – Light passes through, but objects on the other side are not clearly distinguished unless the film is laid flat over them (contact clarity). Opaque Read the full article...
    • What is Mylar?
        Mylar is the registered trademark owned by the E.I. DuPont Corporation for bi-axially oriented polyester film (BOPET). For years, the term Mylar has been mistakenly used as a generic term used to describe a range of different plastic films. For example, people who work in the architecture or engineering business usually use the term Mylar Read the full article...
    • Mylar Balloons
        Are Mylar Balloons made of DuraLar? No! Mylar Balloons are not made of any type of DuraLar, or Mylar or any other type of Polyester Film. " Mylar balloons " are made of a specially coated Nylon designed to seal to itself, and act as a barrier to hold helium gas. Unfortunately, we do not supply any material that is acceptable for this application.  Any film that we would sell you, would not be able to hold the helium gas long enough to make it worth while!
    • The “Skinny” on thickness
        Plastic Film and Sheet thickness is expressed in a number of different formats all related to length. In the English measurement system, we us inches (in decimals) and gauge, so a sheets of .005" thick material is also 500 gauge. In the Metric measurement system, we use microns (um) and millimeters (mm). There are 1000um in a mm. So the same sheets as described earlier is 125um thick, or .125mm thick.