Polyvinyl chloride is formed in flat sheets in a variety of thicknesses and colors.
As flat sheets, PVC is often expanded to create voids in the interior of the material, providing additional thickness without additional weight and minimal extra cost . Sheets are cut using saws and rotary cutting equipment.
Plasticized PVC is also used to produce thin, colored, or clear, adhesive-backed films referred to simply as vinyl.
These films are typically cut on a computer-controlled plotter or printed in a wide-format printer. These sheets and films are used to produce a wide variety of commercial signage products, including car body stripes and stickers.