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How to Make PVC Patches

PVC Patches are slowly becoming one of the most popular Soft PVC products in our product line. They are so resistant, cool looking and the high versatility they bring, especially when compared to embroidered patches is rapidly making them a crowd’s favorite.
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What is a PVC Patch?

The first characteristic one must now about a PVC Patch is the way they are built: PVC products are manufactured by pouring colored soft PVC into molds. There is a base color and each new layer is placed on top of it, creating an unique, cohesive soft PVC item. Each custom design will have its own physical metal mold, if you want to make the same design but at a smaller size, you will have to create a NEW mold for it.

How resistant are Soft PVC Patches?

Very resistant. The Soft PVC makes them sturdy enough to deal with outdoor use, they can resist sun, rain, extreme temperatures and humidity conditions without breaking or fading.

Is there any size limitations? How big can a PVC patch be?

PVC patches can be as long as 11″

What about the layering capabilities?

One of the coolest features of PVC Patches is the freedom of using as many layers as you want: this allows to create eye-popping designs WITHOUT increasing the price of the product (How cool is that?)

How do PVC layers work?

In order to understand the way layers are built, let’s think about a coloring book design where you have a design per color: you add colors to each area and then overlay these designs on top of each other, creating a layered design, where each layer can have its own height and colors.

How is PVC better than Other Patch Types?

The best patch type for your project will depend on your likes and dislikes, the nature of the project, the place it will be attached to, among other things. But, the one use where PVC definitely wins the battle is a custom design used as Velcro Patch, on Tactical Gear (commonly known as a Tactical Morale Patch). Always accompanied of their respective American Flag Patches

What Makes These PVC / Rubber Patches So Special?

They look amazing!
You can have very small text on your design, without those stinking jump-stitches (read our article about PVC vs Embroidered patches)
They have “substance”. The weight of a PVC patch is much more than the one of woven patches (read our article about PVC vs Woven Patches)
Did we mention they do not have threads? The MAIN reason custom rubber patches are the Preferred Choice of any Law Enforcement Agency that is looking to get new patches for their uniform or tactical gear is that rubber Will Not Get Stuck, unraveled or Ripped (unlike thread in custom embroidered patches) while you are doing your job.

Can I Have My Patch Design Made in PVC?

99% of the time, the answer is Yes! In occasions we will have to simplify some elements if they will not work with the PVC manufacturing process, but it will be worth it!

How to attach a PVC patch to your item?

You don’t need to be an expert to attach a patch to your jacket, vest or hat. You just need to choose the right backing for it.
1- For a permanent use (You will sew them on) Choose no backing. But don’t worry, all of our patches come with a sewing channel, which will make it easier to stitch them up to your item.
2- For temporary use (Easy on and off) Choose Velcro backing. Easy peasy. Take them off before washing your jacket, or vest, and reapply when needed.
3- For a one time use (Or for items that will not be washed) Choose Adhesive backing. They will stay on as long as the conditions of moisture and heat are favorable. – Ask for samples and test them yourself –
Learn more about the differences between a PVC patch and a PVC label.

Learn more about the differences between a PVC patch and a PVC label.

 Understanding PVC Patch Terminology

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We can break the options for a PVC patch in

  1. Basic Elements
  2. Layer Options
  3. Element Options
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Basic Elements

The basic elements of a PVC Patch are:

  • Base Layer: It is the base layer where the whole patch will be “resting” on. It is the main color on the design. It can (or not) be the same color as the…
  • Border: It is the edge of the patch. It can be raised (or not), it can be the same (or different) color than the Base Layer.
  • Design: Any other elements that “rest” on top of the Base Layer.
  • Sewing Channel: It is a little channel or recessed line made with the purpose of making it easy to attach the Backing (i.e.Velcro). It usually follow the contour of the patch.
  • Backing: Applied to the back of the patch, its purpose is to help with the application of the patch on the item. (ie. Velcro and Adhesive backing)
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Layer Elements

The basic elements of a PVC Patch are: Any Design Can be:

  • Single-Layered: All elements are at the same level, when you pass your hand through the top, it feels smooth, nothing sticks out above the rest.
  • Multi-Layered: Some elements are at different levels, it feels a little rough to the touch, with some elements (i.e. left picture: text is resting on top of the shield)
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Elements Options

Any PVC Design element can be

  • 2-Dimensional: the top of the element is flat, as if it was sliced with a knife. Edges are at 90 degree angle.
  • 3-Dimensional: the top of the element is concave, there is no edge, just a curved border. They are usually a little thicker than 2-D elements.

How To MAKE WHOLESALE CUSTOM PVC PATCHES?

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Turnaround time :

15

Days

5

Minutes

Total Cost:

2.5

USD each (for a custom logo PVC patch with: 3 Colors, 2D Design, Size: 3″ x 2.5″ and Qty: 100 Pieces)

Required Tools:

– An smartphone or a computer with internet conection.

Things Needed?

– A logo or artwork idea. If you don’t have a vector file (.ai, .cdr, .svg), please provide referential images and explain what you want. Our experts graphic designers can help you to achieve a professional outcome.

Steps to order your Custom PVC Patches:

Step 1 – Request a Free Quote

The first step in ordering wholesale Custom PVC Patches is to require a Free Quote. This can be done by filling a simple web form (right below). To do this you don’t need to give us your check-out payment info. You will only need to submit the following information:
Personal Info Required to Request a Free Quote:
– Your Full Name
– Your Email
– Your Phone Number
– Zip Code / State
– Country

Product Info Required to Request a Free Quote:
Type of product: Choose one option from the drop-down menu. Choose Patches for PVC Patches
Quantity: select one option from the drop-down menu. Remember that we offer wholesale prices, this means that the more you buy the cheaper the price per unit will be.
Size: The size of a patch is crutial for determining the production cost. The size of PVC patches commonly ranges from 1.5 to 3 inches, however, some orders exceed that number by width or length, going from 5 to 10 inches. This depends on the client’s needs, we can make them as big or as small as you need.
– Design Type: select one option from the drop-down menu. 2D or 3D, we already explained this in a segment above. Nevertheless, you can always choose the option: I don’t know and skip to the next part.
– Backing: and last but not least you have to tell us what kind of backing option do you want. As PVC doesn’t allow iron-on backing, the only 2 options are velcro or adhesive. All our patches come with sewing channel to help attaching the patch permanently to the clothing. But if you need to remove or change your patches frequently we always recommend to use the hook and loop system that allow to put on and take off your patches easily from hats, jackets or vests.

Step 2 – Check out your email in 24 h

Once you submit your quote form you only have to wait 24 hour and checkout your email. We will send you a message with a formal quote attached. Compare and take your decision. In the case you want to proceed with us, just let us know answering the email and we will send you a link to our checkout page.

Step 3 – Approve Artwork

You have received your quote and you approve it. Afterwards, we will start working in your design, adapting it to the PVC Patch format. This can take up to 3 days. We will send you an email for you to approve or make corrections. In this stage of the process you can make as many changes as you need.

Step 4 – Approve Digital Sample

After approving your artwork but prior to going to full production process we will make a real sample of your product. You will be able to actually see the final turnout, the colors, the details, and therefore make final corrections or adjustments before we run into massive production. This way we please our customers including their decisions in every step of the process, assuring the desired outcome.

Step 5 – Wait for our delivery

The last thing you have to do is to wait. Turnaround time may varie from 3 weeks to a month (max.). We will deliver your complete order to your address in a timely manner.

Advantages of Working with Us

100 Satisfaction Guarantee
Friendly Customer Service
The Highest Quality Patches
Color Matching – Free Design
Cost Effective Price
Low Minimum Order: 100 pieces only
Scratch and weatherproof
US based Manufacturer and Supplier

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