What Is Blockout Vinyl?

by | Dec 6, 2022 | Banners, Large Format Printing, Signs

When designing the perfect banner, you should consider the light that will hit it. Sunlight or artificial indoor lighting can ruin the look you intended with your banner unless you use blockout vinyl.

What Is Blockout Vinyl?

Blockout vinyl is an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor banners. It’s completely opaque, so you don’t have to worry about being able to see through the vinyl. In addition, it works well on both single and double-sided banners.

How Does Blockout Vinyl Work?

Blockout vinyl banners are heavier than traditional banners and provide vibrant matte graphics that stand the test of time. The completely back backing ensures you can’t see through the vinyl, and it works well on banners, as well as directly on windows (for privacy) and advertising on cars.

Uses for Blockout Vinyl

Business owners use blockout vinyl for banners that will hang where the sun hits, either indoors or out. Depending on the direction of the sunlight, it can interfere with a banner’s graphics, but blockout vinyl blocks the light from shining through, ensuring everyone can read your banner.

Other uses for blockout vinyl include:

  • Tradeshow exhibits
  • Billboards
  • Office and retail store windows 

Pros and Cons

Like any material for your banners, there are pros and cons of blockout vinyl that you should know.


  • It doesn’t let the sun through the vinyl.
  • It makes your banners and other advertisements last longer.
  • It provides privacy when used on windows.


  • It can be heavier, making the banner harder to hang.
  • It has a matte finish versus a glossy finish.


Blockout vinyl is a solid option when you want to block out light or hide previous fonts or stickers that are permanently adhered to your surface. Blockout vinyl ensures your graphics are sharp and the message you’re trying to achieve gets across to your audience.

Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack

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