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Some Clarity on Transparent Bandaging…

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Published Jun 06, 2022
Updated Jun 06, 2022
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Over the years tattoo bandaging has evolved, from the much-maligned Saran Wrap era to the “puffy” meat pad years and now finally we’ve entered the transparent bandage generation. Oh, how the times have changed… If you’re still on the fence about transparent bandaging or are looking for a change, here’s some inside information on how these brands measure up.

Laying it down

One of the most important decisions to make when choosing a transparent bandage, is how easily both you and your client will be able to apply it (with gloves on). Here’s a quick breakdown, based on product specs and artist feedback, of which of these brands is the easiest to apply.

Hypafix®

Hypafix is the thinnest of the three brands we carry, making it highly flexible and super easy to apply. The protective removable top layer is made of a rubber-like substance and conforms to the body much more easily than the more rigid plastic used by other brands. This ensures edge-to-edge coverage with no gaps or pockets.

The grid on the back allows you to easily cut the bandage to the required size, which in turn makes it easier to handle. When trimming, be sure to leave the red “easy lift” edge intact. This will help you peel off the top layer cleanly when applying the bandage to your client.

Dynarex View Guard®

The Dynarex option offers fewer bells and whistles than Hypafix and Saniderm but still manages to be applied easily. The protective layer of this bandage has grid lines and the Dynarex logo while the backing is solid white, making it easy to tell which end is up. Not so easy to find are the light yellow/tan colored arrows printed on the top of the bandage to show you where to peel off the protective layer.

Saniderm®

There are some definite pros and cons with this bandage. On the positive side of things; Saniderm leaves some overhang around both edges of the protective top layer, allowing you to peel it off easily from any corner or angle. Where Saniderm struggles is that the protective layer is stiffer and more rigid than the other two brands. This means the bandage doesn't conform to the body quite as easily.

Advantage: Hypafix


Artists Feedback

“Switched to this after using Saniderm for a while. This is thinner, more stretchy, matte finish. Takes a bit of getting used to (especially if you’ve never used any second skin products) but I find it's easier to apply than Saniderm (for both myself and clients) and it’s more flexible so feels easier to wear. Not as visible as Saniderm either. Great quantity of the product in the box too, although it’s a stumpy roll so you need to patch pieces together. Haven’t had any clients complain about reactions or adhesive residue.” - Lynsey - Toronto, Ontario


Got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to applying any one of these bandages? Share it with us using the hashtag #TattooBandageTips and we’ll send you a promo code for 15% OFF your next bandage purchase


Who says Size doesn't matter?

Depending on the size of the piece, or where it is on your client's body, the size of the bandage you need will change (Tell us something we don't know…). Although each of these bandages can be cut down to size, choosing the right size will mean less waste and a quicker, easier application. Read on…

Hypafix®

One area where Hypafix falls a bit short is on its size options. Available in a standard 6” width and smaller 4” width, you’ll have some layering work to do when trying to use it on larger pieces. If you consistently work on pieces that require 10” wide bandaging, you may want to check out Dynarex View Guard, and/or Saniderm which you will see below offers the most options.

Dynarex View Guard®

Like Hypafix, View Guard is only available in 2 sizes, but where it gets a leg up on Hypafix, is that one of the two sizes is the 10” wide version. This is a big help for medium to larger sizes pieces, ensuring you get that 1” clearance all the way around without having to overlap bandaging on most pieces.

Saniderm®

If there’s one area where Saniderm blows away the competition, it’s with its variety of size options. Available in 5 roll sizes and 3 sheet size options, they really do make sure that you have a bandage for almost any tattoo. The rolls are all primarily 8 yards long and include widths of 4”, 6”, 8”, and 10”. The final roll is a 10” x 2 yard option, which is a great choice when traveling to that special collector in your life who just keeps coming back for more.

Saniderm sheets are a great option to sell or send home with your clients who are between sits, to help speed up their healing and have them ready for Round 2.

Advantage: Saniderm


Artists Feedback

“Awesome product. Fast healing with no dryness or flaking. When you finally take the Saniderm off, your tattoo is pretty much healed. I won't heal any other way now.” Kandie-Lee - Strathmore, Alberta


Price Comparison - No Math Required

Let's take a look at the pricing… As mentioned earlier, there are various size options to choose from, to even the playing field we’re only going to compare pricing on the 6” rolls. Why? Because they’re the most popular size across all three brands.

For the sake of argument (and math) the bandage sizing below is all based on 6”x6” pieces.

Hypafix®

Both the 4” and 6” widths come in 11 yard rolls. Using the above sizing, means on average you can expect to get about 66 bandages per box, at a cost per bandage of about $0.72 CAD

Dynarex View Guard®

Just like Hypafix, ViewGuard comes in 11 yard rolls giving you about 66 bandages per roll. Where things start to differ is on the pricing side with View Guard being our lowest priced option. It rings in at $30 CAD per box or $0.45 CAD per bandage.

Saniderm®

Saniderm comes in on the high end and will run you approximately $1.03 CAD per bandage. This is mainly due to the fact that it comes in an 8 yard roll, which is nearly 30% shorter than both Hypafix and View Guard, and yields about 48 bandages per roll.

Advantage: Dynarex View Guard


Artists Feedback

“Works great, sticks just fine if you properly dry the area after you've rinsed soap/glide residue off with sterile water. Best bang for your buck from a reputable brand. This has also been the least problematic so far with reactions, I have used/tried most brands of this type of bandage. It is also very easy to work with when wrapping up your clients, no messing around trying to separate backing from film, comes off easily.” Patrick, Dawson Creek, British Columbia


The choice is clear… or is it? Let's take a minute to look at what makes these transparent bandages the right choice for your clients.

Over the years tattoo bandaging has evolved, from the much-maligned Saran Wrap era to the “puffy” meat pad years and now finally we’ve entered the transparent bandage generation. Oh, how the times have changed… If you’re still on the fence about transparent bandaging or are looking for a change, here’s some inside information on how these brands measure up.

Laying it down

One of the most important decisions to make when choosing a transparent bandage, is how easily both you and your client will be able to apply it (with gloves on). Here’s a quick breakdown, based on product specs and artist feedback, of which of these brands is the easiest to apply.

Hypafix®

Hypafix is the thinnest of the three brands we carry, making it highly flexible and super easy to apply. The protective removable top layer is made of a rubber-like substance and conforms to the body much more easily than the more rigid plastic used by other brands. This ensures edge-to-edge coverage with no gaps or pockets.

The grid on the back allows you to easily cut the bandage to the required size, which in turn makes it easier to handle. When trimming, be sure to leave the red “easy lift” edge intact. This will help you peel off the top layer cleanly when applying the bandage to your client.

Dynarex View Guard®

The Dynarex option offers fewer bells and whistles than Hypafix and Saniderm but still manages to be applied easily. The protective layer of this bandage has grid lines and the Dynarex logo while the backing is solid white, making it easy to tell which end is up. Not so easy to find are the light yellow/tan colored arrows printed on the top of the bandage to show you where to peel off the protective layer.

Saniderm®

There are some definite pros and cons with this bandage. On the positive side of things; Saniderm leaves some overhang around both edges of the protective top layer, allowing you to peel it off easily from any corner or angle. Where Saniderm struggles is that the protective layer is stiffer and more rigid than the other two brands. This means the bandage doesn't conform to the body quite as easily.

Advantage: Hypafix


Artists Feedback

“Switched to this after using Saniderm for a while. This is thinner, more stretchy, matte finish. Takes a bit of getting used to (especially if you’ve never used any second skin products) but I find it's easier to apply than Saniderm (for both myself and clients) and it’s more flexible so feels easier to wear. Not as visible as Saniderm either. Great quantity of the product in the box too, although it’s a stumpy roll so you need to patch pieces together. Haven’t had any clients complain about reactions or adhesive residue.” - Lynsey - Toronto, Ontario


Got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to applying any one of these bandages? Share it with us using the hashtag #TattooBandageTips and we’ll send you a promo code for 15% OFF your next bandage purchase


Who says Size doesn't matter?

Depending on the size of the piece, or where it is on your client's body, the size of the bandage you need will change (Tell us something we don't know…). Although each of these bandages can be cut down to size, choosing the right size will mean less waste and a quicker, easier application. Read on…

Hypafix®

One area where Hypafix falls a bit short is on its size options. Available in a standard 6” width and smaller 4” width, you’ll have some layering work to do when trying to use it on larger pieces. If you consistently work on pieces that require 10” wide bandaging, you may want to check out Dynarex View Guard, and/or Saniderm which you will see below offers the most options.

Dynarex View Guard®

Like Hypafix, View Guard is only available in 2 sizes, but where it gets a leg up on Hypafix, is that one of the two sizes is the 10” wide version. This is a big help for medium to larger sizes pieces, ensuring you get that 1” clearance all the way around without having to overlap bandaging on most pieces.

Saniderm®

If there’s one area where Saniderm blows away the competition, it’s with its variety of size options. Available in 5 roll sizes and 3 sheet size options, they really do make sure that you have a bandage for almost any tattoo. The rolls are all primarily 8 yards long and include widths of 4”, 6”, 8”, and 10”. The final roll is a 10” x 2 yard option, which is a great choice when traveling to that special collector in your life who just keeps coming back for more.

Saniderm sheets are a great option to sell or send home with your clients who are between sits, to help speed up their healing and have them ready for Round 2.

Advantage: Saniderm


Artists Feedback

“Awesome product. Fast healing with no dryness or flaking. When you finally take the Saniderm off, your tattoo is pretty much healed. I won't heal any other way now.” Kandie-Lee - Strathmore, Alberta


Price Comparison - No Math Required

Let's take a look at the pricing… As mentioned earlier, there are various size options to choose from, to even the playing field we’re only going to compare pricing on the 6” rolls. Why? Because they’re the most popular size across all three brands.

For the sake of argument (and math) the bandage sizing below is all based on 6”x6” pieces.

Hypafix®

Both the 4” and 6” widths come in 11 yard rolls. Using the above sizing, means on average you can expect to get about 66 bandages per box, at a cost per bandage of about $0.72 CAD

Dynarex View Guard®

Just like Hypafix, ViewGuard comes in 11 yard rolls giving you about 66 bandages per roll. Where things start to differ is on the pricing side with View Guard being our lowest priced option. It rings in at $30 CAD per box or $0.45 CAD per bandage.

Saniderm®

Saniderm comes in on the high end and will run you approximately $1.03 CAD per bandage. This is mainly due to the fact that it comes in an 8 yard roll, which is nearly 30% shorter than both Hypafix and View Guard, and yields about 48 bandages per roll.

Advantage: Dynarex View Guard


Artists Feedback

“Works great, sticks just fine if you properly dry the area after you've rinsed soap/glide residue off with sterile water. Best bang for your buck from a reputable brand. This has also been the least problematic so far with reactions, I have used/tried most brands of this type of bandage. It is also very easy to work with when wrapping up your clients, no messing around trying to separate backing from film, comes off easily.” Patrick, Dawson Creek, British Columbia


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