This is a really topical point in our trade at the moment.
We offer a 3 year guarantee on our vinyls, against cracking, shrinking and fading, but we can only do this because in turn, our vinyl supplier boasts that their product will last outside in harsh conditions for 5-7 years.
A Devon-based vehicle graphics firm, Hippy Motors, is taking on trade vinyl supplier big-boys, Hexis claiming that the vinyl supplied by Hexis did not live up to its stated lifespan. Indeed, these photos supplied by Hippy Motor's customers would seem to reflect this. The large blue flower on the photo below shows very bad shrinking and cracking after less than two years. And there are many examples of this.
You can see where Hippy Signs are coming from. They have installed a vinyl supplied by a nationally renowned manufacturer in good faith, taking their data at their word, only to find the vinyl is not fit for purpose. The victim in all this is the customer, and I am sure Hippy have managed to address the problems whilst they sort out the long term situation with Hexis.
We often see vehicles around with sub-standard vinyl. Sometimes this can be down to the install. A lot of times, a customer has purchased vinyl on the internet or from a sign shop which does not offer a guarantee.
Either way, looking at vinyl on the roll, we too cannot tell the difference between one that will go the distance and one that will not. We HAVE to rely on the word of the manufacturer, just like our customers rely on our word.
We know our customers are not affected because we have not used Hexis in years, but we are keeping an eye out just in case our three favourite manufacturers have been pulling the same stunt.