Not Comparing (Gloss) Oranges with (Metallic) Oranges!
January 25, 2016
With vinyl being used for so many purposes such as floor signage, indoor signs and banners, car interior trim and even around the home it means the market is full of options, many with eye catching stock designs, such as camouflage, wood effect and snakeskin. All can be very appealing to a player or team wanting a great new look, however it’s a little appreciated fact that not all vinyl is created equal - and not all vinyl is suitable for a helmet wrap.
With this in mind, at GDS we never scrimp on quality. As well as wanting to ensure a consistent colour after application, the primary quality we look for in vinyl for helmet wraps is its durability, which is dependent on the thickness of the material, measured in Microns with many budget vinyls being only 45 or 50 Microns thick. At GDS we ensure that the vinyls we use are a minimum of 80 microns thick, with some ranging up to 115 Microns for textured finishes such as carbon fibre; as you can appreciate this represents some of the best quality material on the market.
The reasons? Not only does this ensure that the vinyl is among the most durable out there, it also means that during application, due to the heating and stretching in the process, the colour and opacity isn’t affected; with many lower quality vinyls, the vinyl is much more susceptible to ripping and colour distortion in application, giving a less than perfect end result and leaving it more vulnerable to knocks and scuffs during wear.
We only ever use the best quality vinyl for all of our wraps, ensuring that you get a long lasting, durable finish which will continue to look good throughout the season. To reinforce this, we contacted two of our very first customers, to see how their wraps are faring after being worn for practice and games.
Brad Stevenson from the South Essex Sabres has had his white wrap for over 4 months now, playing in several associate games and regular practices on the Offensive line, and as you can see from his supplied photos, the quality speaks for itself. Brad said: “my wrap has held up so well. Along the bottom edge where it meets the shoulder pads it’s worn and rubbed a little, which I expected, but it’s not noticeable to onlookers and I love the fact any contact marks I get in training I can rub off with my finger.”
Linebacker Jack Rice has played five games of his University season for Nottingham Trent in his matte metallic wrap, and even with the rigours of winter football it’s still in great shape. Jack said: “in terms of durability it’s almost unbelievable. It can get pick up some paint transfer just like a normal helmet would during contact, but often it comes off with a just wipe of a cloth, and it’s really easy to clean in terms of mud and dirt. I’m very impressed, and have no issue recommending Game Day Skinz to anyone, and at £20 it’s beyond excellent value!”
The other brilliant aspect of buying with GDS, is thanks to our investment in a professional vinyl cutting machine with every order we include a selection of "plasters". These plasters are small pieces of matching vinyl, so when your helmet does pick up any small scuffs, marks or nicks, you can cover the area, helping keep the integrity of the wrap, and adding to the overall aesthetics!
Even if all vinyls aren’t made equal, a wrap supplied by GDS comes with the guarantee that we only use the best quality material to ensure the wrap can last as long as possible!
For more information on the colours and finishes available and for helmet design inspiration, please see our Gallery, or Contact Us to see what we can do for you. Likewise please visit our Facebook page for all the latest news and information, here!