Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is .003 inches thick (.075 mm, 2.925 Mil) and is rated at a 5-7 year life. This typically means 5 years for outdoor applications and 7 years for indoor applications. In certain applications (no direct sunlight, stable temperatures, etc.), cast vinyl can last significantly longer. Gemstone Metallic Vinyl provides resistance to typical chemicals such as water, oil, gasoline, and anti-freeze. The minimum temperature for installation of this vinyl is 40°F. Because it has the ability to stretch and conform to the surface shape it can also be installed as a wrap. Normal usage temperatures for Gemstone Metallic Vinyl are -50°F to 225°F.
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl has a 2 year shelf life under the proper conditions. All vinyl should be stored in a dust-free environment. Use plastic bags or sheeting to keep your vinyl free of dust and other contaminants. Also, store in a container that protects the vinyl from exposure to sunlight, especially direct sunlight! Storage temperature should be between 35°F and 75°F, with a relative humidity of 50%. If your vinyl becomes brittle, it has likely ‘expired’. However, you may still be able to use it if you are applying to a flat surface or if you warm it up slightly (but work quickly).
Gemstone Metallic Vinyl can be cut directly on its carrier (backing paper), or for smaller pieces you can tape it to your mat. Use a standard blade to cut this vinyl.