Color & Special Effect Vinyl FAQ

While we pride ourselves on always pressing high quality vinyl, if you’re concerned with audio quality, black vinyl is always your best bet. When you add additives to the small batches that make up color vinyl, it can create a higher noise floor. But it’s going to look really cool and it’ll still sound as good as it can, because we only press records that sound good. Some colors can have a higher noise floor and/or be harder to QC. If you’re pressing jazz or something acoustic, stay away from white, clear, metallic vinyl or anything on the lighter end.

Check out all our color vinyl options and the FAQ on noise floor.

Some of our colors are priced and labelled as “Premium” because of the cost of the material or the time it takes to properly setup, breakdown or QC the records using those colors.  For example, white vinyl requires a thorough cleaning of our extruders to get rid of any color residue from previous pressings. White vinyl also takes twice as long to visually QC because obvious defects that can be seen on black or dark color vinyl are almost invisible on white vinyl.  Sometimes the material is just more expensive such as metallics and crystal clears. There is a method to the madness of our color vinyl pricing and I hope this helps explain why we charge what we do.

Without getting all scientific, noise floor is the amount of ambient sound created by the record and turntable that is not present in the audio recording. Think of it as low-level noise pollution. Black PVC is made in large volumes and is produced to generate the lowest noise floor possible. Color PVC produces a higher noise floor because of the color additives and chemical makeup of the plastic. If your audio is on the soft side or if you are aiming to impress the Audiophile community, you’ll probably want to stay away from color vinyl in general and the following colors in particular: metallics, white, vellum, color blends and mixtures, special effect vinyl. Our owner says, if you want the best sound, choose black.  Everything else is a fun novelty.

Because we run jobs of all colors on the presses, there’s sometimes a bit of the previous job’s color that can mix in with the new job. With all jobs we purge the machines to minimize any color transfer. If you’re extra concerned with not getting any possible color streaks or spotting on your order, you have the option to add on an extruder cleaning to minimize this even more. An extruder cleaning is recommended with any light solid colors, like white, a clear option. Ask your sales rep. for pricing.

If you’re looking for precise uniformity for an effect, go with a solid color. Effect vinyl is literally made one at a time by hand, which means it’s impossible to have each puck exactly the same. Part of the appeal of effect vinyl is that each vinyl is one of a kind, that’s just one reason why collectors love them!

Yes! We can’t promise an exact match, but we will try and get as close as possible to the PMS color you’re looking for. Because of how different colors blend together, your vinyl may have some marbling. If you need us to color match or to try out some options for you to approve, we can do that (for a fee).  Ask your sales rep for more information.

Blends are mixes of our normal colors. They swirl together to create a new color. Based on how the colors react to each other, different mixes have different levels of marbling visible, but it’s generally less pronounced than a Color Melt or Smoke.

Color Blend

Color Melts and Smoke use extra special High Melt PVC to make the variations more distinct. Instead of the color blending in or being absorbed into a base color, High Melt PVC maintains its integrity when mixed with another standard color. This makes a unique, ghost-like effect as seen in the example photo. The big production advantage of High Melt vinyl is that it can be run on fully automatic presses making High Melt records more affordable to make than any Color Effect vinyl. Ask your sales rep which colors we have to create this effect for your project.

Color Melt

Smoke

No. We only offer special effect vinyl as 140g.

1) A Black base eats most colors. They’re still visible but will be more muted and visible mostly around the label.

2) Let us know if you’d like light, medium, or heavy splatter. Think of it as ordering a pizza and choosing light, regular, or extra cheese. Mmmm, cheese.

3) The base colors can be either solid or transparent. For more pop between the base and splatter color, choose a transparent color for the base and a solid color for the splatter. Transparent splatter colors can have less of a pop on a solid base.

Splatter Effect Vinyl Records
1-Color Splatter
Splatter Effect Vinyl Records
2-Color Splatter
Splatter Effect Vinyl Records
3-Color Splatter

Depending on the color choices, there can be an overlapping color gradient. Some vinyl colors go together like peanut butter and jelly, while others have a dividing line like oil and water.  Lucky for you they’ll look cool either way. Just note, we can’t promise that perfect divide with no bleed every time.

This effect has different outcomes depending on the combination of opaque and transparent colors.

Two opaque colors: The inner circle will only be visible on one side 

Transparent base + opaque or transparent inner circle: Inner circle will be visible on both sides.

So if you’re wanting the inner circle to be on both sides, the base, or outer circle, needs to be a transparent color. Think splashing paint on a window vs on a wall.

If you’re looking for the glitter to really pop, opt for a transparent base.
As far as coverage, the vinyl can have some places where the glitter is more heavily concentrated. Again, these are one of a kind pieces, so the variation in coverage makes each record one-of-a-kind.  Our glitter colors available are gold, silver, green, red and blurple… that’s right, blurple.

At this time black dust is the only available in… black. However, you can choose from a variety of transparent base colors. Ask your rep for which are available.

We know, that’s a lot of words.  To break it down, the base must be a transparent color so you see it on both sides. Then the splatter should be opaque.  You will see that anywhere there is transparent vinyl.

Both of the circles must be of the same color. If you’re looking to have circles on both sides, choose a transparent base. If you opt for opaque, the circles will only be visible on one side.

Same as the regular double circles, the base must be a transparent color to see the splatter, and both circles need to be the same color, there’s only one color of splatter.

We make these by chopping up pucks into pizza slices and putting them back together.  

So all of the circles must be the same color.  Mixing too many slices causes a messy pie. If you’re looking to have circles on both sides, choose a transparent base. If you opt for opaque, the circles will only be visible on one side.

Same as with Triple Circles (V45) the base must be a transparent color, all circles need to be the same color.  On top of that, we’ll add the splatter color of your choosing.

This is a 2 color effect. The base color must be transparent and all the dubs have to be the same color. See FAQ about Triple Circles, the same process happens here.

For this effect, you’ll want to choose 1 opaque and 1 transparent color.  When we merge the two together it creates a unique one of a kind geode-esque outcome.

For this effect, you’ll want to choose 2 opaque colors.  That starburst like effect you see will only be visible on one side, the other will have some color bleed around the edges of the other side only.

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