The best vinyl for Quad / ATV Graphics, Decals, & Stickers

ATVs, Karts, MX bikes, and Side by Sides are covered with low-energy plastic. There are differences between what we recommend to ATV graphic providers and MX graphic providers. One thing is for sure… large numbers of quad owners are looking to personalize their vehicles.

Here are some questions to consider before making graphics:

What kind of riders are you providing graphics to? Weekend Warriors (such as hunters and occasional riders)? Are they racers who practice often? Is there going to be abrasion against the graphics?

The other important thing to know is: are you installing the graphics, or is an inexperienced end-user going to install the graphics?

Our vinyls are premium products specifically developed for the application, have a good shelf life, and have stood the test of time. This does not mean you can’t get premium products for a great price.  As you will see, we recommend Combo Kits that can save you significant money. Back to the materials:

The base material you print on should have an aggressive adhesive, but not just any adhesive. The wrong adhesive will cause an unfavorable reaction with the vinyl. It will result in short graphic life and short shelf life. The incompatibilty weakens the adhesive over time and causes it to lift in places it shouldn’t. The wrong adhesive can also shrink the vinyl and leave adhesive goo on everything it touches in the production process. Furthermore the ooze will be along the edges of your graphic. That will collect dirt, and won’t look good, even after washing.

Convex High-Bond, Pitbull, and MotoWrap all have aggressive adhesive for plastic. Convex High-Bond and Pitbull have 2 mils of adhesive, which is good for textured surfaces, if that is a concern. Pitbull will not come off. It is for permanent applications to plastic and powder paint. Convex High-Bond is easy to get off when you want to replace graphics if you chill the plastics (just throw them in a freezer, it will come off easier).

MotoWrap is less expensive because it has thinner adhesive. The adhesive is soft and stays tacky even in the cold. Soft adhesive that is thick will ooze out the edges, and we don’t want that! Although MotoWrap is designed as an all season product, it is a better choice over Convex for winter applications to plastic.

Laminates:

For laminates, keep in mind that the thicker the overall combination, the less floppy it will be.  Soft vinyl such as Convex Laminate is also better at hiding scuffs and scratches than hard vinyl.

Pro-Shield laminate is much a tougher, harder laminate. It is the choice of MX riders who constantly rub against the plastics with their boots and knee braces. ATV riders don’t have to worry about shrouds, but they may still want an extra-thick laminate for those tree branches. When applying Pro-Shield you may want to use heat in order to soften it up while applying it. As described by one of our customers using a heat gun “It’s like putty in my hands. And when it cools, it’s like a hard shell.”

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Recommended Combinations for ATV stickers, graphics, and decals are:

Convex High-Bond or MotoWrap base films with:

• Pro-Shield Laminate 7 or 12 mil, and 7 mil Matte.

Convex High-Bond 6 mil Laminate is our most popular vinyl for graphics on plastics.

The Pro-Shield 12 mil Laminate is our most popular selection for professionals.

• Stubbl Laminate is for traction. Stubbl is 18 mils with a deeply embossed texture.

Other FAQs:

Are there particular laminates that I should use with particular base films?

• Pro-Shield laminates are formulated to work with all our base films.

There are certain plastic parts on the vehicles where Convex High-Bond won’t stick (like gas tanks). What can I do?

• Vinyl will not stick to plastic gas tanks for very long.  Plastic is porous and under pressure. The petroleum will penetrate the plastic. The vapors are forced through the sides of the tank into the adhesive. That will cause the adhesive to release. The appearance is called “blistering.” You can push it back down for a while (or clear-coat the tank) before putting gas in it.

• Another option is to buy an aluminum tank if one is available.

There are plastic parts that are not gas tanks, but High-Bond won’t stick. Is there a solution?

• Make sure that the plastic is clean. Silicone from the original mold is commonly found on new plastic.

• There is also a plastic with wax in it. It is called “Thermal Plastic Olefin.” We have a product called Pitbull, which is specifically made to adhere to TPO plastic.