Polyfuze Graphics® vs. Hot Stamp Foil

If you have experienced any of the decorating issues expounded below from hot stamp foil, know that Polyfuze is here to help. When foil is exposed to harsh conditions such as sun exposure, rain, snow or exposure to chemicals, foil will break down and degrade over time.


Hot STamp Foil Problems

Hot Stamp Foils Are Not Compatible with Olefin Based Resins

Hot stamp foils are comprised of inks, which are not compatible with olefin based resins. These inks will eventually separate from the plastic surface and degrade over time. Even with efforts such as pre-treating, the inks will still begin to chalk and fail with normal use and exposure to weather conditions. Also, scrap rates associated with foil tends to run high. This is due to the amount of required pressure to decorate with foil. With the high tonnage application the foil can become deeply gouged into the plastic resulting in an undesired look, requiring scrapping of the part. Scrap rates and failures in the field can lead to replacement costs and loss of production capacity.

Non-Compatible Materials Within Foils:

  • Carrier Material
    Strips away on the take-up reel after stamping is completed and is not part of the finished product.
  • Inks & Colorings
    These inks are comprised of non-compatible materials and will fade and degrade over time.


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Hot Stamp Foils for Injection Molded Plastics Causing Issues?


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View the video to see how Polyfuze can save you $48,000, in this example versus hot stamp foil.

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Polyfuze Graphics are an easy-to-apply decoration process for injection molded plastics. Our secondary process only requires the use of a standard hot stamp machine and a 80 durometer silicon die to fuse the graphic permanently into the part to become one piece. No adhesives, no inks, no clear coats and no surface pre-treatments are required.

All it takes is the quick setup on the machine with the heat, time and pressure settings dialed in for a consistent and repeatable result. At glance it looks like a heat transfer or hot stamp foil being applied, but the materials our graphics are comprised of set us apart and allow us to outperform the rest.

Check out our Polyfuze Graphics 101 video to view how the process is done.

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Single Color

Our Polyfuze Graphics are the perfect permanent alternative to hot stamp foil. Our one color graphics offer fine line detail which is often difficult to achieve in foil application.

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