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In this post, you’ll learn which clear vinyl is used for, which products you can trust, and my tips and tricks for applying it. It’s a lot of information, so I’m going to jump right in!
What Project to use Clear Vinyl
You’ll want to use clear vinyl on any project where you want to protect the colors of the vinyl.
That means you ALWAYS need to use clear vinyl over a printable vinyl if you want the colors to stay. Even patterned vinyl needs a clear laminate over it to help the color stay longer.
Another instance when you would want to use a clear vinyl would be if you have a vinyl decal with small, intricate pieces. The clear vinyl can go over the top and help keep the small cuts from peeling up.
What Clear Vinyl Should I use?
I have seen so many posts about what clear vinyl people are using to laminate printed stickers. Here are my recommendations.
- Oracal Transparent Vinyl
- StarCraft Transparent Vinyl (I’ve tried the Matte and loved it)
- Holographic Transparent Vinyl
I am also looking forward to trying a sparkle laminate vinyl that is on it’s way.
You want to find something with a good adhesive and is really transparent. I’m not a fan of using Contact paper because the adhesive is removable and it’s kind of cloudy. It is also important to use a UV protective vinyl if you plan to make stickers for outside. There is a great one at Expressions Vinyl that is UV protective, but it is more expensive.
Tips for Applying Clear Vinyl
1- Don’t put it over the registration marks.
The sheen of the clear vinyl will make it hard for the cutting machine to read the registration marks. That can lead to your stickers being cut a little off or not cutting at all.
You can save it by putting matte tape over the top of the registration marks or cutting in the dark.
2- I apply the clear vinyl by folding down an inch of the backing. I line up the clear on top of the printed sheet. Then I stick down the inch that I folded down and pull out the backing.
I have a video on TikTok where I share exactly how I do it. Click play below to see!
If you have any sticker making questions, ask them in the comments!