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PVC or PU

When it comes to wrapping or protecting a vehicle or project, there are two main material options: polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU). Both materials have their own benefits and limitations, so it is important to understand the differences before making a decision.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) PVC is a film that is primarily used for decorative and customization purposes. Thinner films are generally available in a wide range of colors. The film is also very conformable, meaning it is suitable for 3D shapes.

The dry application method, using different adhesive systems, can be easy for some, but it can also be challenging for novice applicators since the film can scratch and damage easily. Another factor to consider is that PVC degrades over time due to sun exposure, which means the film can turn yellow or even break into pieces.

PU (Polyurethane) Polyurethane, on the other hand, is primarily used for substrate protection. The film has a high level of transparency, meaning it can protect the original paint from scratches and damage without changing the original color or appearance.

The wet application method can be a downside for some, as it may be slightly more difficult to apply, as the film is less stretchable than PVC. However, PU can be top coated to improve its safety and durability.

In conclusion, both materials have advantages and disadvantages depending on the project and the final purpose. If aesthetics are an important consideration, then PVC is a good choice for customization and decoration, while PU is a good choice if substrate protection is what is sought. Make sure to make an informed decision before starting your project!