Alright everyone, let’s talk basics. Some of you may already know the difference and some of you may not and that is why I want to touch on this topic. This is good information to know for anyone who has just started or people who haven’t even got a machine yet.
Oracal 631 – let’s call this “indoor vinyl”. Don’t let that name deceive you, because it can be used outside too however it would only last about a year. Indoor it will last around 10 years. Oracal 631 is ideal for walls because it can be removed easily without any damage. If you make a decal and want to remove it or replace it with a new decal often I would also use 631.
Oracal 651 – this well call “outdoor vinyl”. This is very durable vinyl it can withstand all outdoor elements, from the heat of the deep south to the frigid Canadian winters. Keeping the elements in mind this vinyl can last up to 5+ years outside, and 10+ years indoors. I would not recommend this vinyl for wall decals or anything that you would want removed because it will leave a residue or even worse – damage. 651 is also great for outdoor signs, and things like tumblers that you would hand wash.
HTV – Heat Transfer Vinyl – So…. this is exactly as it sounds. You need heat to transfer this vinyl to whatever you want to put it on. T-Shirts, hats, socks, bags, basically anything your heart could desire. In my personal opinion, this is the easiest of all to weed. It comes with a protective backing for heating however a Teflon heat press sheet is recommended. Ideally you would use a heat press to transfer it to whatever item you are putting it on, however an iron will also work.