Film Comparisons

There are many types of films available at Diversified Labeling Solutions. Some of the more popular films offered by DLS are:

  • Polyester (Mylar®)
  • Polyethylene (Valeron®)
  • Polyimide (Kapton®)
  • Polypropylene (BOPP) (Kimdura®)
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyolefin (Tyvek®)
  • Vinyl

Various Types of Synthetics Kimdura Polyester Polyethylene Polylefin Polypropylene Polystyrene Vinyl Flexible Vinyl Semi Rigid
Strength High High Low High High Low Low Low
Tear Resistance Stretches & Tears Into Layers No Stretch No Tear No Stretch No Tear Stretches In Both Directions Stretches, Does not tear easily No stretch, tears easily Stretches & tears Tears in jagged little lines
Temperature Capability Fair Excellent Poor High High Poor Fair Fair
Durability Poor Maximum Low Good Good Fair Good Good
Clarity or Opacity   Excellent Poor Poor Good Good Poor Excellent
Rigidity High High     High Medium    
Printability Excellent Good Fair Good Good Fair Fair Fair
Dispensibility Good Good   Good Good Fair Fair Good
Chemical Resistance Good Good Excellent Good Excellent Poor Excellent Excellent
Outdoor Resistance Limited Excellent Limited Limited Limited Poor Excellent Good
Convertability Good Excellent Poor Good Excellent Fair Good Good
Smell None None None None None None Shower Curtain Smell Shower Curtain Smell
Density Test (in water) Floats Sinks Floats Floats Floats Sinks Slowly Sinks Sinks
Acetone Test No Reaction No Reaction No Reaction No Reaction, slight curl No Reaction No Reaction Curls Curls
Notes Scotch Tape removes topcoat       Pearlescent appearance on adhesive Tin like sound when shaken    
Type of Ribbon Used Wax & Resin Resin Resin Wax & Resin Wax & Resin Resin Resin Resin
DLS U.L. Construction No Yes No Yes No No No No
Cost (1=Low, 6=High) 4 5 3 2 1 3 6 5