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How Long Should Your Vinyls Last?

Karen Griffin - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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.

Hexis cracked vinyl

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.

I got the vinyls on time and they were great! 
Thank you for your quick work, that was really appreciated!

LC, on receipt of her bespoke vinyl stickers

Thanks Karen, and thanks for organising this for me – I don’t know what I would do without you!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, EN
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.


AB, on receipt of car decal

Just to let u know that I received the vinyls this morning ok, and they all look really good many thanks.

DE, Perth on his vinyl lettering for a Burger van
Two words :
Banner = fabulous.
Again, thanks for the quick turnaround - very much appreciated.

JT from
Brill thank you so much i love it and thanks for taking the time to get it right for me so cant wait for it to arrive =]  thanks so much Karen
KC, on her new car decal
Thanks so much for the banners - the team were very impressed today!

MA, Whyke United Under 11s
 just wanted to write to say thank you very much for my wheel cover and lettering.  It looks fab!  I am hoping that people will see it around and that I’ll get lots of new customers.
SL, Cambridge Weight Plan
I have it!

That was extremely fast!!  I'm very impressed.

Thank you very much!

TS, Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham on receipt of banner

My dad has put the decal on and it looks great!  Too dark to take a picture now but will send one on soon. Thanks for your great customer service.

WF, on receipt of Hypnoslimmer Car Decal
Goodness knows what your workshop smells like, because these banners have rather an orange-y whiff to them now!
Wilderness Development, on receipt of re-stripped banners
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