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Durability of PVC Patches

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When it comes to customizing patches for your hats, uniforms, jackets or backpacks there’s no material that’s more versatile and convenient than PVC. Patches have been a fashion and embellishment accessory for many years because there’s no better way to let your unique style, associations, affiliations, and interests show through your accessories.  

However, as time goes on, patches; specifically the embroidered ones, tend to lose their vibrancy and end up looking worn out. Patch enthusiasts have been searching high and low for an alternative material that would allow these accessories to withstand the test of time and stay fresh looking for years on end. As it turns out, creating customized PVC patches is the best solution to this problem.

But what exactly is PVC, and how does it help improve the durability and vibrancy of a patch? Are PVC patches really as good as people say they are? 

You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more in the text below.

What are PVC Patches?

PVC is an abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride, which is a form of synthetic plastic. This material is known not only for its superior durability but also for its enhanced vibrancy. The manufacturing process for PVC patches involves multiple stages and even small details can be clearly visible at a distance on designs made from PVC, not to forget the durability, longevity and resistance to wear and tear. For this reason, it is the material of choice for patches made for military, police and emergency service uniforms.  

Traditional embroidery material tends to wear out after a few years and the patches start looking worn out with ripped off threads and frayed edges, small details and text can get merged in the overall design when viewed from a distance. Customizing your patches with PVC is the perfect solution when trying to avoid these negative features of embroidery.

What Makes PVC Patches Unique?

Several features make PVC patches stand apart from patches made from other materials like vinyl and embroidery threads. Here are some of the most noteworthy:


Polyvinyl Chloride patches are best known for maintaining their quality over long periods of time and surviving rough conditions. There’s no stronger or longer-lasting material better suited for your patches. Expect minimal rips, tears, and distress with PVC.

Color Vibrancy

Polyvinyl chloride can be dyed in any shade of any color, so the contrast between different colors on a patch like this is starker than those made from other materials. 

Defined Details

If you want a patch with a relatively complicated design, polyvinyl chloride is the only material for you. Embroidered patches can’t handle the complexity of certain small patterns, and they end up looking monotone. 

But with PVC, small details never get lost in the big picture, and the final product always comes out looking crisp and clear.


PVC patches certainly bring a lot to the table when it comes to long-lasting, crisp-looking accessories and embellishments but there are also some design limitations to consider when you customize your PVC patches. Embroidered and woven patches are still a great option to have and have their own set of pros and cons, but for those with a priority for longevity and durability of their patches; PVC is definitely the way to go.