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How long do you keep your vinyl?


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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:43 am

How long do you keep your vinyl?

Morning all

Just looking through Pauls thread re flea bay stripes and some of the posts got me thinking.

How long do you keep your odd colours or roll ends before ditching to the vinyl bin in the sky?

Do you mark your rolls with a date received and give it a time scale or do you just give it a 'sticky test'?

Adie :)

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:42 am

From what I understand (when I ask suppliers) vinyl has a shelf life of about 2 years although I have used older stuff with no problem. I think actual shelf life depends on storage conditions, mine is stored in a heated and dry room with my computers as opposed to a damp , cold workshop.
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:52 am

I've happily used odd coloured rolls from 2 years ago without them going 'weird'.

Just watch out for ancient rolls that have been stored on their ends. The adhesive can migrate and leave NO glue at the top in extreme cases.


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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:54 am

I really do need to start marking the vinyl when I get it in.
I store mine flat in the original boxes in a sometimes heated sometimes cold office.
I think the oldest I've used is two years with no problems.
But I do have a 4 or 5 year old roll of copper Oracal 651 and some ancient bits of SignGold I've saved.
I have noticed the older 651 shrinking away from the perforations just a tad but I use that for correx anyway.
I only use the 15" stuff.

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:01 pm

Hi Adie,


Have an old roll here that is years old just use it to make paper banners for family and friends.

Cut weed and leave on the backing, ideal for parties.

Don't use externally :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Nothing goes to waste :D


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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:04 pm

as has been said, 2 years is the life on the shelf. I've got older stuff, but the silicon begins to break down over time.

Some vinyls are worse than others. I binned a full roll the other day of Avery that I got in for a client who changed his mind. Odd colour, never sold any, although I did my giveaway stuff with it.

Mine are stored on racks, but in an unheated room, so it cooks in summer and freezes (by our standards :oops: ) in winter.

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:27 pm

Mine is in the house so not much temp variation.

I buy in as i need as well but there are a few bits and bobs that are more than 2 years old.

I would use them as long as they look/feel ok.

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