What’s the Difference Between Permanent and Removable Vinyl?

by | Dec 5, 2022 | Signs

If you are looking to add vinyl decals, you’ll need to figure out what type would suit your project best. The primary difference between permanent and removable vinyl is the strength of the adhesive used on the backs of the vinyl. Permanent vinyl is much harder to remove and will probably cause damage to whatever it was attached to, whereas removable vinyl can be easily removed from any surface without damage.

Wondering how to tell the difference between permanent and removable vinyl by looking at them? Permanent vinyl is usually glossy, while removable vinyl usually comes in a matte finish. There are exceptions, of course, but this is only a general rule.

Let’s take a look at the two types of adhesive vinyl available.

What Is Permanent Vinyl?

Permanent vinyl has a stronger adhesive and is meant to hold permanently. You can remove permanent vinyl, but it will likely damage whatever it is attached to, like a wall, laptop, or car. 

Permanent vinyl is primarily used for outdoor projects, like exterior labels and decorations, car decals, or cups that will go through the dishwasher. They will endure different weather conditions.

If you want to remove permanent vinyl, you will want to use a liquid vinyl remover. 

Permanent vinyl should hold on average of 6-8 years.

What Is Removable Vinyl?

Removable vinyl is meant for indoor projects like wall decals, indoor signs, stencils, and other temporary projects. Removable vinyl is intended to hold on average from 1 to 3 years.

Removable vinyl should be able to be easily peeled off of where it was placed without causing damage.

Removable vinyl is a great option to start with if you are new to vinyl. It will allow you to get the feel of working with it without causing damage.

Adhesive Vinyl – The Bottom Line

Adhesive vinyl is a great way to make signs, decorations, and projects come to life. It is easy to work with, and the opportunities for designs and colors are endless.

It is important, however, to make sure that you choose the right option for your project so that you don’t cause damage. 

While both are removable, permanent vinyl will cause damage to whatever it gets attached. This is best for things you know you want vinyl on for a long time. Removable vinyl is great for temporary projects and should peel up easily without issue.

Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack is an SEO strategist, certified conversion copywriter, and content writer who helps finance and real estate companies increase revenue, leads, traffic and visibility. She is the co-owner and CEO of SJ Digital Solutions LLC, a digital marketing agency located near Philadelphia that specializes in SEO and content creation for finance and real estate brands.

Samantha earned her MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and previously worked at Vanguard as a brokerage investment professional. In 2018, she founded the website How To FIRE, which provides information on financial independence and early retirement.

Through her agency SJ Digital Solutions, Samantha and her team have helped over 150 businesses improve their Google search rankings, website traffic, lead generation and customer engagement using their proven SEO and content marketing framework. Her current and past clients include brands like Grow (CNBC + Acorns), Ladders, Quicken Loans, Rocket Mortgage and many others in the personal finance and real estate spaces.

Samantha is a certified Clickworthy Copywriter and has completed the Content Marketing Certification from HubSpot Academy. She has written for major publications like Newsweek and Grow on topics like affording a home and paying off debt. Based in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, Samantha’s mission is to help finance and real estate companies make a greater impact through increased visibility and revenue.

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