Is Permanent Vinyl Waterproof?

Permanent vinyl ‌is ‌the perfect choice ‌for‌ ‌car‌ ‌stickers,‌ ‌water bottles, windows, wet area applications, ‌or‌ ‌other outdoor places for the very reason that it endures harsh elements.‌ ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌reason‌ ‌why‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌permanent‌ ‌vinyl‌ ‌and the preferred outdoor‌ ‌vinyl‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌they are water resistant and uv resistant.‌ ‌Most‌  ‌people‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌decorate‌ ‌their‌ ‌car‌ ‌or‌ ‌outdoor‌ ‌equipment ‌but‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌UV‌ ‌light‌, ‌color‌ ‌fading‌ ‌is an issue and makes it hard to decide‌ ‌which‌ ‌vinyl‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌purpose.‌ ‌So,‌ ‌this‌ ‌permanent‌ ‌vinyl‌ ‌was‌ ‌introduced.‌ ‌

Is permanent vinyl waterproof?

Yes, premiuim permanent vinyl is waterproof, tear-resistant and dust resistant such that it is ideal both for heavy duty as well as light, creative crafts and can last up to 3 years.

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The permanent types of vinyl are waterproof and they last up to three years. The permanent adhesive vinyl is ideal for outdoor application.

They are used for both indoor and outdoor applications but majorly they are used for outdoor purposes as they are stand well against UV and can last longer as compared to removable vinyl. Although waterproof, dishwashers have different water pressure and heat settings so any item with permanent vinyl should be handled carefully.

Features‌ ‌of‌ ‌Permanent‌ ‌Vinyl ‌

Here‌ ‌are‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌common‌ ‌features‌ ‌of‌ ‌Permanent‌ ‌Vinyl:‌ ‌

Size of permanent vinyl

The size of the permanent vinyl roll differs from roll to roll. But normally 1 roll size is 12” x 48” (30.5 cm x 122 cm). There are also many different kinds of sizes available according to the needs or requirements of a crafter.

Glossy and Matte Finish

Permanent vinyls are available in glossy and matte vinyl, so you have the option for a glossy surface which provides a shining texture to the vinyl or matte finishes with a permanent adhesive.

Age of a permanent vinyl sticker

Permanent premium vinyl lasts up to three years.

Easy to apply

You can easily apply permanent vinyl on different surfaces. Create a vinyl sticker from car decals to mugs to labels. Whether a matte or gloss finish, it gives an attractive and amazing look to your surfaces.

Water-resistant and UV resistant

People love to decorate their outdoor areas with different types of things. But when a person thinks the only issue for decoration is that product color starts fading.

For this purpose, permanent vinyl is best to use. They are fade-resistant and you can easily decorate your outdoors with them. As the permanent vinyl is UV resistant, the chances of fading become zero.

Premium Vinyl  Permanent Application and Cutting Instructions

cutting instructions for permanent vinyl


If you are a person who loves crafting so most probably it will be a chance that you want to decorate your outdoor and indoors as well. For this purpose, people search for a material that is fade resistant as well as UV resistant.

Permanent, performance-grade vinyl is thus the perfect choice for the great outdoors. It is not only fade-resistant but also helps in resistance to sunlight. The life of vinyl is up to 3 years. So, here is how you can use premium vinyl in different ways.

How to Cut Permanent Premium Vinyl With Cutting Machines

Cricut cutting machines are the type of mechanical cutting machines that are specifically designed for crafting projects. When talking about permanent vinyl, you can easily use the Cricut cutting machines for making different types of decals, outdoor signs, vinyl stickers, waterproof stickers, and many more.

There are also other mechanical cutting machines such as Silhouette Cameo. These machines make perfect cut easy to weed vinyl.

Below mentioned are the steps which you can follow to cut Permanent Premium Vinyl with Cricut Cutting Machines:

  • On the Cricut Machine place the vinyl
  • Now you need to select the image and decide the size.
  • After this load the vinyl on the machine.
  • For this, you need to see the cut guide to adjust the machine.
  • Now press on the Cut.

How to prepare the Vinyl Sticker

There are many different ways to prepare vinyl stickers. In this section, you will know how you can create customized vinyl stickers. So let’s get started!

  • Use weeder so that you can easily remove the negative pieces from the image. This process is called weeding. You can buy Teckwrapcraft's weeding pen and cutting mat.

Remove the transfer tape liner.

  • Once you remove the tape now you need to put the adhesive side down on the images.
  • To avoid bubbles, you need to start from the center and then move towards the edge of the material.
  • To give a polish on the permanent vinyl you need to use rubbing alcohol or craft stick or scrapper found in the Cricut Tool Kit.
  • Now on the 45-degree angle, you need to peel the vinyl liner. If you find issues in peeling away the vinyl tape then simply polish and remove the vinyl sticker.

Uses of Permanent Vinyl

There are many different uses of Permanent premium vinyl. Here are a few we are listing down for you:

Drinking glasses

permanent vinyl for drinking glasses

Customized mugs and glasses are great gifts! That being said, a permanent vinyl is ideal to use on mugs because it is waterproof.

It is now easy to be creative with your, glasses, mugs, or tumblers because of the fact that it is waterproof and tear-resistant, making premium vinyl "permanent," as compared to removable vinyl. Permanent premium vinyl lasts up to 3 years.

Bumper and Windshield Decals

Image Source: Windshield Decals

Want to design your windshields with car decal stickers? Performance grade vinyl is perfect for fleet vehicle graphics making as it was originally designed for that purpose. You can easily design your cars with fully customized stickers because they are waterproof and tear-resistant


Mailbox stickers

Create interesting and appealing vinyl decals for your mailbox. As the permanent vinyl is water-resistant so you can easily use them on your mailbox to highlight your numbers.

You can also create some interesting crafts for your mailbox to give it a unique look. You can also decorate your car with custom bumper stickers because this amazing vinyl lies flat and is thus durable for outdoor applications.

Outdoor Signs

Outdoor Signage

People love to get their house nameplate or address place designed uniquely. But when they do due to sunlight the design starts fading as the material is not resistant to UV. For this purpose, you can use a permanent adhesive vinyl sticker for your outdoor signage as they last up to three years.

Sports Equipment

Operating a gym? Why not apply your logo and name on your sports equipment for branding recall?


Because of its water resistance, permanent vinyls are great to use for labels whether indoors or outdoors. Get creative when organizing your kitchen. You can also get creative with labels for your room, what with the multiple colors available!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Is Permanent Vinyl Microwave Safe?

While permanent vinyl can withstand heat, keep in mind that permanent vinyl is PVC, so it is not ideal for microwave use because it can give off toxic fumes.

Is Permanent Vinyl Dishwasher Safe?

Because dishwashers can have different water pressure and temperature settings, items with permanent vinyls are best washed by hand or cleaned with alcohol. Another option is to use Mod Podge dishwasher safe sealer.

mod podge vinyl sealer

Wrap Up

Permanent premium vinyl can be your best partner for projects that are exposed to elements such as water and heat. This makes it the perfect material, whether outdoors or indoors, as well as crafts that are subject to a lot of physical handling if you love doing different styles of crafting.

Nevertheless, there are many different types of vinyl available as well like printable vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, removable vinyl, and many more. So, it is up to you which type of vinyl you are choosing for your next creative project. Shop for permanent vinyl in our online store for your personal crafts, custom gifts, or even for a business!


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