When it comes to vinyl wrap finishes, the variety of colors, finishes, and grades offered by 3M and Avery Dennison are nearly endless. To make the right choice, narrow down the options by defining how you plan to use the wrap and focus on the product offerings that align with your needs.

Also, keep in mind that as vinyl wraps became more popular and their applications more diverse, so have the variety of wrap products on the market. 3M and Avery Dennison are largely recognized as the premier manufacturers of vinyl wraps, but other manufacturers aggressively promote their vinyl wrap products, too. The problem is the quality of these materials is usually not anywhere near the same quality as 3M or Avery Dennison. 

Make sure you are choosing a brand that gives you the look and feel you’re after and that it will hold up over time against outdoor elements. If you have a particular design idea or concept in mind and decide to go the custom-design route, you can have your own dynamic and unique elements printed directly on the wrap before it is installed.


What Finishes 3M Has to Offer

3M has different series of vinyl wraps specifically designed for different purposes. While there may be some overlap in the finishes available, each series also has different options based on their intended purposes and customer needs.

For example, the 3M Wrap Film Series 2080 was developed to be used as an accent or full vehicle wrap. It comes in nearly one hundred colors, patterns, and textures, including matte, satin, brushed, carbon fiber, textured, gloss, and high gloss. The gloss and high-gloss materials also have a protective layer to guard against surface impressions and scratches, and the sixty-inch-wide rolls can wrap most vehicles without the need for joining multiple sheets of vinyl and creating seams.

The 3M Architectural Film, on the other hand, comes in a variety of finishes that mimic wood, stone, and other building products that can be applied to indoor or exterior surfaces. These architectural finishes let you create a façade that enhances the design of a space or exterior of a building to align with a design theme, brand, or corporate identity. 


What Finishes Avery Dennison Has to Offer

Avery Dennison also has different finishes depending on the intended use of the material. Its vinyls are categorized as crafting vinyl, cut vinyl films, digitally printable films, paint protection films, vehicle wrapping films, and window films.

As part of its paint protection film offerings, Avery Denison offers proprietary subscription-based software with thousands of pre-cut vehicle design templates to guide you in your selection of available options with their Supreme Defense Gloss, Supreme Defense Matte, neo noir, Supreme Protection, and other vinyl wrap lines designed to protect paint finishes.

On the other hand, Avery Dennison's cut vinyl film collection ranges from specialty films (such as films with fluorescent, mirror, and sparkle finishes) that are best for windows, walls, and commercial and emergency fleets.


In Summary

If you have a project that could benefit from a vinyl wrap, don’t just chase the latest and greatest colors and designs being touted on the internet. There are so many options available that your head will be spinning as you try to scroll through and choose the right product for your project.

Instead, narrow down the choices based on how and where you intend to use the material. Reach out to AirMark and discuss your ideas with an expert from our team who is well-versed in the best applications for each of the vinyl wrap lines offered by 3M and Avery Dennison. 

We can also educate you about the printers and cutters you will need to create a custom-printed wrap. If you don’t see what you want in the list of materials we have in stock, we can order and deliver it to you in no time. Orders placed online are eligible for free shipping!