Printing On Different Materials

When you are printing on different materials there should be a reason behind your choice. Just about every printed product you can think of can be printed on different materials. I will focus on four specific products and talk about why printing on different materials will affect your product.

Promotional Stickers

Our go to material for this is vinyl because it will stand up to the elements outdoors. It look great outdoors and has an overall hearty existence during its lifetime. The cost of white vinyl stickers is an economical decision as well. You can increase the cost slightly by using a specialty material such as chrome polyester(mylar) for a shiny effect and maintain your durability. You could choose a cheaper material that will fall apart or degrade over a short period of time. When it comes to material you usually get what you pay for.


There are lots of options for printing on different materials when it comes to labels. First, let’s define what a label is. A label is defined as a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it. Within the definition there are many references to the material the label is printing on. For example, we can print on a material called BOPP which is short for biaxially-oriented polypropylene. This material can be clear, opaque and varying transparencies in between. Printing on this different material for food safe labels is a great option. BOPP can be used for such applications as:

  • Packaging labels
  • Medical-grade plastic labels
  • Lab equipment labeling
  • Food containers


There are varying uses for banners and printing on different materials that banners will depend on what you are doing with your product. If you only need it to be indoors a low-quality material may be the most economical option; however, if you need your banner to last outdoors in a windy environment you need to get a thicker material with more scrim woven into the material construction. There is a variety of thicknesses of vinyl banner material usually from 9oz., 13oz. and we even 18oz. Generally, the thicker the material the longer it will stand up to the elements. There are also mesh banners created with PVC material. Mesh banners allow are to move through them reducing the stress of resisting the wind.


In each of these products the material can play a large role both in price and in quality. The key is knowing your intended use of the product this will determine how printing on different materials will affect your cost and longevity. At Comgraphx we can help you with the different options you have and what best fits your needs. Just give us a call at 800-331-4438 and as for a professional sales representative to help you get the product you need.