What Is The Vinyl Coloring Process?

White Vinyl Fence in Parking Lot

If you have seen vinyl post caps or other vinyl fence fittings, you know they come in many colors. Not only do they come in various colors, but they also have various finishes. If you have ever wondered how manufacturers create the color on a vinyl post cap, there are multiple ways to dye a vinyl post cap. One process is called dye sublimation. This process uses heat to transfer the ink to the vinyl post cap. Another not-as-commonly used process is called color streaking. This process is used to create unique finishes that resemble wood. Different color pellets are put into a machine in color streaking to create a woodgrain finish on post caps.

What Process Is Superior: Dye Sublimation Or Color Streaking?

Neither process is superior and just used for different purposes. Color streaking is more for unique post caps that need to resemble wood or have a unique texture. On the other hand, dye sublimation uses heat; unless a particular polymer coating is used on the material, it can melt the vinyl. Therefore, both these processes must be done by professionals who understand how vinyl works. Usually, dye sublimation needs to occur at 400°F. The best part about dye sublimation is that it is waterproof. Therefore, whenever you have seen a vinyl post cap, you know it can be used outdoors and will not fade or chip easily compared to other materials.

Vinyl Post Cap Color Options

Since vinyl has many options, you can choose from more than 17 color options to match your vinyl fence or railing. If you have a Trex deck, you can choose from select colors that will fit your Trex fence. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you may have the option to customize your vinyl post caps if your fence is a unique color that does not match the standard color options.

Vinyl Color Processes: Color Streaking and Dye Sublimation

Coloring vinyl post caps takes precision and is a specialized procedure. If you are still determining what post cap color will fit your fence, order a sample today and find the color best for your vinyl fence. You should find the right color, whether it is through dye sublimation or color streaking.

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