Here's out frequently asked questions!
Q. Where is my nearest Distributor?
Contact details for all KPMF Distributors can be found on the Distributor page of this website
Q. How do I request a sample of KPMF vinyl films?
Contact your local KPMF distributor. Distributor contact details can be found on the Distributor page of this website.
Q. How many rolls are included per pallet of material?
This depends upon the product, but generally 20 - 30 rolls.
Q. What are KPMF's standard delivery terms?
UK standard next day delivery provides delivery by end of next working day.
KPMF operate using regular shipping days to our distributors throughout the rest of the world.
Q. Does KPMF offer a colour matching service?
Colour matching is available for Cast and Calendered products subject to minimum order quantities and specified lead times.
Q. Can KPMF vinyls be digitally printed?
The majority of calendered and cast vinyls can be digitally printed however KPMF would always recommend that a print test is carried out prior to proceeding.
KPMF offer a number of vinyls specifically designed for digitally printing - for details please refer to the products section of this website.
Q. Under what conditions should I store KPMF vinyls?
Rolls of vinyl should be stored on end to avoid pressure marking.
Extremes in temperature and humidity should be avoided. High temperatures can lead to adhesive bleed, whilst humidity may cause problems with the backing papers such as curl etc.
All self adhesive vinyl should be allowed 24 hours to acclimatise to workshop temperatures and humidlty levels, before usage. The ideal recommended storage condition is 15°C - 25°C and 50% relative humidity.
Avoid storing in direct sunlight or near heaters. Keep the rolls off the floor, as dampness from the floor may be absorbed into the backing paper.
Q. What information has to be given when reporting a complaint?
You will need to provide the following details:
- Full material product code and material description.
- Material batch number or invoice number.
- The quantity of material the claim covers.
- Full details of the problem encountered.
- Photographs and a sample of the material showing the problem.
Q. What is the difference between calendered and cast vinyl films?
Cast and Calendered vinyl get their names from the different production methods used to manufacture the films.
Cast vinyl film production begins with a recipe (formulation) that is mixed to produce a liquid known as an organosol. The organosol is poured onto casting paper and processed through casting ovens to evaporate off the solvents resulting in a thin vinyl with excellent durability and conformability. The type of casting paper used determines the finish of the face film e.g. gloss or matt.
Cast vinyl offers low shrinkage, excellent conformability and a up to a 12 year life.
Calendered vinyl production begins with a dough like base formula that is fed through a series of polished steel calendering rollers to progressively squeeze and stretch the vinyl into the required thickness. The finish on the rollers used determines the finish on the calendered vinyl film e.g. gloss, matt or patterned.
Calendered vinyl is less expensive, offers minimal shrinkage, good conformability and up to a 7 year life.
Q. What is the standard roll size?
KPMF materials are supplied in a variety of widths depending upon the product series.
K70000 Series Premium Cast Vinyl
1.22m x 50m / 1.52m x 50m - see the K70000 Series price structure for details
K50000 Series Calendered Polymeric Vinyl
1.22m x 50m / 1.52m x 50m - see the K50000 Series price structure for details.
K40000 Series Calendered Monomeric Vinyl
1.22x x 50m
K82000/ K86000 Series Aliphatic Polyurethane
1.245m x 50m / 1.245m x 229m
K88000 Series / K89000 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS I)
K75200 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS II)
K75300 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS III)
K75400 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS IV)
K75500 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS IV)
K87200 Series Vehicle Wrapping System (VWS V)
1.52m x 50m
Contact your local distributor for alternative widths and minimum order quantities.
Q. Are KPMF products subject to minimum order quantities?
Standard products are generally available as single rolls but non standard and made to order products are subject to a minimum order quantity.
Contact your local distributor for further details. Contact details for all KPMF Distributors can be found on the distributor page of this website.
Q. Are discounts available for large orders?
Orders for large quantities are dealt with individually, please contact your local distributor for further details.
Contact details for all KPMF Distributors can be found on the distributor page of this website.
Q. Can films vary in colour from batch to batch?
Although all KPMF products are manufactured to defined specifications there is an allowable +/- tolerance for the final colour production. For this reason KPMF always advise that customers complete any application using material taken from a single batch of material.
Q. Can KPMF provide materials that are equivalent to competitor products?
KPMF can usually provide materials that will perform in a similar manner to competitor products, however due to the variation in raw materials and suppliers they would not necessarily be identical.
Q. Do you have a Vehicle Wrapping Application Guide?
All KPMF Application Guides are available under the Technical Section.
Q. What do I do if there is a problem with the material?
You should contact the distributor where the material was bought from. If necessary your distributor will forward the complaint on to KPMF.
Q. Do I need to send the material back to KPMF?
Your distributor will advise disposal of the material.
Q. What is the difference between polymeric and monomeric calendered vinyl?
Monomeric calendered vinyl is the least expensive vinyl film option. It offers a 1 - 3 year life but is liable to shrinkage.
Polymeric calendered vinyl is manufactured with added polymers to reduce shrinkage, it offers up to 7 year life.
See "What is the difference between Cast and Calendered Vinyl" for details on how calendered vinyl is produced.