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Window Graphics


window clingsWindow graphics, window clings and window signs are great ways to turn unused window space into effective forms of advertising, dress up your home or vehicle windows, and help reduce energy usage at the same time. Window signs, window clings and window stickers are very common for advertising in fast food restaurants, retail window displays, new construction and remodeling, and other places where the use of window space is possible.

carpet decalWindow signage is one of the first things a customer sees when they approach a business, so they are a great way to attract attention, advertise promotions or special events, or provide useful information. As you can see in the photo on the left, they are also a great way to change the look of a store front in a dramatic way while reducing energy usage. The windows in this example are covered with our View Through Adhesive Vinyl, which looks solid from the outside, but can be seen through from the inside. This material blocks 70% of the sun hitting these windows, reducing the amount of air conditioning necessary to keep the interior comfortable, without blocking the view from the inside of the office. Plus, it's a guarantee that no one passing this business fails to notice them with large window decals like these.

floor graphicsThis is the same material that we use for vehicle window graphics which can be seen through from inside so as not to block your view. It's used for window graphics as part of vehicle wraps, but is even more popular as window decals for people who want to use the back window of their car, truck or SUV to advertise their business or just dress up their vehicle with a favorite photo or design, like the example here.

window clings Also for home or business use are window graphics that are designed to provide privacy, while allowing you to convey a message or decorate a window at the same time. The image on the left shows one such product, our GlassTex window film. As you can see in this photo, the upper two panes of glass are uncovered, while the bottom two panes have the GlassTex film applied. Of these, the lower left panel is printed and the lower right shows the unprinted film. These types of privacy graphics allow some light through, but prevent a clear view, as you can see in this photo, so they're perfect for entries, bathrooms, interior office windows or any other glass surface where privacy is needed. If you like the idea of this type of window graphic, but don't have a good image to use, contact us because we may have an image you would like in our large stock photo library. If we don't, we can direct you to web sites where you can search for the perfect image for your window graphic.

The Available Materials tab below shows the wide range of window graphics and window decal products we offer. Look through the materials in that tab to get information for each, and maybe get an idea or two for something different. Our large selection of window graphics materials means we have products to fit any need, and to fit any budget. If you don't see something you're looking for, please Contact Us for assistance.

Be sure to look through the FAQ tab below for helpful information and answers to common questions about window graphics and window decals, and the Our Recommendations tab for suggestions on the best materials to use for different situations.

This page is devoted to window decals and window graphics. If you are looking for wall graphics, floor decals, or some other type of decals, be sure to look at the different options available under Printing Services in the main menu above.

If you would like to get prices on printing and shipping, or place an order, click the Pricing/Order button next to each item in the Printing Materials tab. The Pricing/Order wizard will prompt you for the necessary information such as quantity, dimensions and finishing options to show you prices in real time, and allow you to enter you state and zip code to see the shipping costs. If you're ready to order, you can provide additional information such as how you're sending files or if you need design work, if you want a proof, and how you want us to handle cropping of your files if necessary, and then add the print to your shopping cart. You can also compare product prices in the wizard by clicking the Products tab and selecting different materials from the drop down menu to see how the price changes.

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To find pricing information for printing on any of the materials below, click the Pricing/Order button.

Window Graphics Materials

These window graphics materials are all high quality products that are designed for different applications. Read the descriptions below and check out the Our Recommendations tab for suggestions on which materials are best for different situations.

eco friendlyThis symbol denotes a eco-friendly option. These materials are generally PVC free, recyclable, and printed with water based inks as an earth-friendly option.

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GlassMate - 8 mil

This adhesive-free, eco-friendly material has a micro adhesion suction technology that sticks securely to glass, acrylic, formica and metals. It is removable and repositionable for life and will never leave an adhesive residue. Unlike static cling, this product will stick in cold weather and won’t shrink or fall off. It is free of phthalates, glyco-ether and formaldehyde.

Approximate longevity of 10 years indoors, 2-3 years outdoors.

White GlassMate

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Static Cling - 5 mil

Static cling vinyl decals will adhere to glass and other smooth surfaces, making for easy and economical window clings that can be used again and again. The white static cling should be used for mounting the backside to the glass. Clear clings can be printed so either the back or the face is adhered to the glass. A white flood coat is recommended for good visibility on clear static cling, and the white can be applied over the entire graphic, or just to the printed areas leaving the blank areas clear. If you choose the white flood coat finishing option, be sure to specify in the Special Instructions which option you prefer as a the full flood coat will be used if no preference is specified. Also specify if you want a face mount or back mount for the clear cling material. Available in widths up to 54"

Approximate outdoor longevity is 6 months to 2 years, indoor longevity is 5-10 years.

White Static Cling

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Clear Static Cling

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eco friendlyTacLite - 4 mil

This polyester film has scratch and water resistant finish for indoor and outdoor use, and the back side features a unique suction-cling surface tension coating that allows the material to securely stick to glass, metal, or any smooth sealed surface. Since it has no adhesive, it can be removed and reapplied without leaving a residue, and it won’t stretch or fall off in cold weather like static clings. For a face mount application, the clear version can be reverse printed with a white flood coat.

Approximate longevity of 10 years indoors, 3 years outdoors.

White TacLite

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eco friendlyClear EcoCling - 4 mil

This polyester film has scratch and water resistant finish for indoor and outdoor use, and the back side features a unique suction-cling surface tension coating that allows the material to securely stick to glass, metal, or any smooth sealed surface. Since it has no adhesive, it can be removed and reapplied without leaving a residue, and it won’t stretch or fall off in cold weather like static clings. For a face mount application, the clear version can be reverse printed with a white flood coat.

Approximate longevity of 5 years indoors, 2 years outdoors.

Clear EcoCling

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Frosted Clear MagicStik - 4 mil

The low tac adhesive on this clear frosted material makes it easy to install, and it can easily be removed, so it’s a great material for making removable window graphics that can be viewed from either side. And, the frosted finish means it can also be used as a privacy film. It provides excellent image quality, and is economically priced. Available in widths up to 54".

Approx. longevity of 2 years outdoors or 5-25 years indoors.

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Clear MagicStik - 4 mil

The low tac adhesive on this clear material makes it easy to install, and it can easily be removed without leaving a residue, so it’s a great material for making removable window graphics that can be viewed from either side. We recommend a white underprint for the greatest visibility in a window. Available in widths up to 54".

 

Approx. longevity of 2 years outdoors or 5-25 years indoors.

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MagicStik - 6 mil

The unique adhesive on this material makes it easy to install on any flat surface including painted walls, and it can easily be removed and reapplied, so it’s a great material for making removable wall graphics, borders, wall decals for children’s rooms, or temporary window clings in commercial environments. It provides excellent image quality, is durable, and economically priced. Available in widths up to 54".

Approximate longevity of 2 years outdoors or 5-20 years indoors.

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Face Mount MagicStik - 4 mil

This product is made from a low tac clear vinyl with a white flood coat over the graphic to make a high quality window graphic that can be applied face first in a window without the problems associated with static cling. It provides excellent image quality, is durable, and economically priced. Available in widths up to 60".

Approximate longevity of 3-5 years.

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eco friendlyRepositionable Window Graphic - 3 mil

This clear polyester film has a special repositionable adhesive that makes it easy to apply without bubbles, and it can be removed and reapplied as long as the adhesive is kept clean. By default, this material is printed for face mounting to the inside of a window with a white flood coat for opacity that covers the entire graphic. If requested, it can also be printed so the back of the graphic will adhere to the glass, and it can be printed so only the printed areas have a white flood coat leaving the unprinted areas clear. You can specify how you want it printed in the Special Instructions area when ordering, and if no special request is made, the default face mount configuration will be used. Available in widths up to 54".

Longevity of 2-20 years indoors.

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eco friendlyCrystal Clear Window Decal - 2 mil

This super clear polyester window film is designed for interior or exterior mounting on untinted glass surfaces. Polyester provides a greater level of clarity for a painted on look that allows for bold, vivid graphics that resist fading and yellowing. Optionally, the image areas can be under-printed with white for the best visibility in a window. This material should be installed wet, and instructions are available in the FAQ tab, as that's the best way to achieve a clear, bubble free appearance on glass. Available in widths up to 60".

Longevity of 2-20 years indoors, 1 year outdoors. Cleanly removable for 6 months.

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backlit graphiceco friendlyRepositionable Backlit Film - 5 mil

This matte finished backlit film features a low tack, repositionable adhesive on the back and is designed for high quality graphics on store front windows, indoor or outdoor menu boards, deli counters, or in backlit boxes. This material is suitable for areas with high humidity and condensation. The adhesive on the back side of this material is made for indoor and outdoor use, and with strong lighting, the image is visible from both sides making for interesting window cling applications.

Approx. longevity of 2 years outdoors when laminated, and 5 years indoors.

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window clings eco friendlyView Through Paper - 7 mil

This perforated black-backed paper makes inexpensive interior mount window graphics that can be seen through from the inside. Perfect for short term uses where the graphic needs to go on the inside of the window. Available in 50% perforation, it can be taped in place, or used with our MicroDot face mount adhesive. Available in widths up to 54".

Longevity of 6 months to 2 years.

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eco friendlyView Through Film - 7 mil

This perforated black-backed polyester film makes interior mount window graphics that can be seen through from the inside. Perfect where the graphic needs to go on the inside of the window without blocking your view. Available in 30% perforation, it can be taped in place, or used with our MicroDot face mount adhesive. Available in widths up to 54".

Longevity of 2-5 years depending on handling.

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View Through Perforated Adhesive Vinyl- 4 Mil

These perforated adhesive backed products creates great window graphics and window signs that can be seen through from the inside of the window. Available with 50%, 30% or 20% perforation, they are perfect for business or vehicle window signs where you need to be able to see out from the inside. These materials are also great for reducing the heat from the sun through the glass, with the materials with less perforations blocking the most heat.

The 50/50 perf is most common for vehicle windows as it has the greatest amount of material removed, so it has the clearest view out from the inside. However, this also means the graphic on the outside is the least visible. The 70/30 perf pattern is a nice balance between image quality and visibility, but check the laws in your state as to what percentage is legal before ordering this for a vehicle graphic. It is legal in many states, but not all. The 80/20 perf has the very best image quality and blocks the most heat, so it's great for business windows and situations where the greatest privacy is desired.

Below is a photo that shows a comparison of the 50/50, 70/30 and 80/20 products from both the inside and outside.

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Can be laminated for extra durability. Available in widths up to 60".

Expected longevity of up to 2 years depending on environment.

50/50 70/30 80/20
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eco friendlyView Through Fabric- 15 Mil

This perforated woven textile has a 20% open area and black back so that can be seen through from the back side. Makes great hanging inside window graphics, room dividers or just about any application where a see-through effect is desired. Available in widths up to 60".

Longevity of 5-20 years depending on handling and exposure to light.

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Vision Mesh - 12.4 oz

This unique flame retardant mesh has an anthracite black backing for a transparent, one-way vision effect from inside, making it perfect for shop window graphics, POP advertising and solar protection. It has a gloss finish and hangs with no edge curl even with heavy ink coverage. Available in widths up to 63".

Approximate longevity of 5-20 years indoors.

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custom vinyl wall graphics

Premium Calendered Matte Adhesive Vinyl - 4 mil

This removable adhesive backed vinyl features an air release liner for easier installation, and a gray opaque solvent adhesive for excellent hiding power. Longevity of up to 3 years outdoors unprotected, or up to 5 years with a cast vinyl laminate. Excellent indoors or out for installation on smooth flat surfaces or subtle curves, making it excellent for custom vinyl decals and bumper stickers, and well as equipment labels. Will adhere to any smooth surface such as Alumalite, acrylic, Sintra, metal, or painted wood surfaces. Available in widths up to 60".


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Premium Calendered Gloss Adhesive Vinyl - 4 mil

This removable adhesive backed vinyl features an air release liner for easier installation, and a gray opaque solvent adhesive for excellent hiding power. Longevity of up to 3 years outdoors unprotected, or up to 5 years with a cast vinyl laminate. Excellent indoors or out for installation on smooth flat surfaces or subtle curves, making it excellent for custom vinyl decals and bumper stickers, and well as equipment labels. Will adhere to any smooth surface such as Alumalite, acrylic, Sintra, metal, or painted wood surfaces. Available in widths up to 60".


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window clingsDouble Sided Window Graphic - 12 mil

This double sided graphic is printed on both sides with a blockout layer in the middle to prevent any show-through from the opposite side. It has an optically clear, low tack, repositionable adhesive on one side with an air release feature for easy mounting. Much easier to apply than static cling without bubbles, simply remove the release liner and stick to the window. It can be removed and reused as long as the adhesive surface is kept clean. Available in widths up to 50".

Longevity of 2-20 years indoors.

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SignUp - 12 mil

SignUp is a revolutionary product for special events, show-rooms, window clings, exhibitions, POS aids, film studios and all sorts of temporary communication needs. This product makes posting easy, just stick it directly to any surface, and you can unstick and restick it for perfect positioning and fast, bubble and crease-free installation, indoors or out. UV and weather resistant. Available in widths up to 54".

Outdoor longevity of 1-3 years, indoor longevity of 2-20 years.

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GlassTex Ice - 6 mil

This privacy film comes in 3 different textures to create stunning looks for window decals, shower doors, glass partitions, store front window graphics, and more! Intended for indoor use, it can be easily applied to any smooth surface by simply peeling away the clear back liner. Has a permanent adhesive, yet with force it can be removed without damaging glass surfaces. Available in widths up to 48".

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window signsApproximately 5-50 years indoor longevity, depending on exposure to light.

This image show GlassTex Ice on a window. The upper panes do not have the film, the right hand panel is the film unprinted and the left hand panel shows the film with a printed image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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GlassTex Rice Paper- 6 mil

This privacy film comes in 3 different textures to create stunning looks for window decals, shower doors, glass partitions, store front window graphics, and more! Intended for indoor use, it can be easily applied to any smooth surface by simply peeling away the clear back liner. Has a permanent adhesive, yet with force it can be removed without damaging glass surfaces. Available in widths up to 48".

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static cling decalsApproximately 5-50 years indoor longevity, depending on exposure to light.

This image show GlassTex Rice Paper on a window. The upper panes do not have the film, the right hand panel is the film unprinted and the left hand panel shows the film with a printed image.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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GlassTex Sandstorm- 6 mil

This privacy film comes in 3 different textures to create stunning looks for window decals, shower doors, glass partitions, store front window graphics, and more! Intended for indoor use, it can be easily applied to any smooth surface by simply peeling away the clear back liner. Has a permanent adhesive, yet with force it can be removed without damaging glass surfaces. Available in widths up to 48".

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large window stickerApproximately 5-50 years indoor longevity, depending on exposure to light.

This image show GlassTex Sandstorm on a window. The upper panes do not have the film, the right hand panel is the film unprinted and the left hand panel shows the film with a printed image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Finishing Materials

These are the laminates and adhesives we recommend for window graphics.

Optically Clear Polyester

This pressure sensitive laminate is designed specifically for use on perforated view through materials to be installed on flat windows. This gloss laminate protects the image from scratching and abrasion, and also blocks UV rays to make view through window graphics even more fade resistant. The special optically clear nature of the adhesive on this laminate is necessary so that it doesn't ruin the view through effect by clouding the view through the holes in the material, like a regular laminate would.

Cast Vinyl Laminate - Matte or Gloss

These pressure sensitive laminates are recommended to protect and extend the life of our Economy Calendered Adhesive Vinyl or MagicStik products. They have the highest degree of UV resistance and add thickness to the print making the graphics easier to install.

Optically Clear Cast Vinyl Laminate

This extra heavy premium gloss laminate is designed specifically for use on perforated view through adhesive vinyl. Unlike the Optically Clear Polyester, this laminate can conform to curved surfaces so it's the recommended laminate for view through graphics on vehicle windows. The special optically clear nature of the adhesive on this laminate is necessary so that it doesn't ruin the view through effect by clouding the view through the holes in the material, like a regular laminate would.

Micro Dot Face Mount Adhesive

This unique adhesive was designed specifically to be used to face mount our View Through Paper and View Through Film products. It consists of small dots of a repositionable adhesive that is applied to the face of the graphic in strips around the perimeter, and through the middle as well on larger graphics. Because the adhesive is in small dots instead of a solid film, there is nothing to block the holes in the view through film and spoil the view through effect. Graphics with this adhesive can be removed and re-applied multiple times.

Window Graphics for Indoor Use

For window graphics mounted to the inside of the window facing out, we recommend one of the clear materials reverse printed with a white overprint. This allows the cling or adhesive side of the graphic to stick to the window so the image reads correctly from the outside, while the white overprint provides contrast for the image so it's easily legible in the window. The Face Mount MagicStik and Repositionable Window Graphic materials are already preconfigured this way, but any of our clear materials can printed this way by selecting the white underprint option and reversing your artwork. White can also be printed only in certain areas leaving the unprinted areas clear if desired.

Another option on clear materials is 3 layer printing. In this case, the image is printed twice with a layer of white in between. Since light shines through window graphics, we print them with this in mind so the colors don't look washed out. This has the effect of making them look too dark at the times when there isn't any light shining through them. With 3 layer printing, the image looks normal regardless of the lighting, so it's a great option to keep the image looking more consistent in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

The Repositionable Window Graphics material is the easiest to install thanks to a special adhesive with channels in it that allow air to escape as you install it, making it difficult to get bubbles. This makes it our recommended product for those who want a simple installation without bubbles.

For interior mount view through materials, we have two options that can attach to the window, and two that would hang in the window. The View Through Paper and View Through Film are both similar to our View Through Adhesive Vinyl, but without any adhesive on the back. That means they can be taped in place in a window, or used with our special MicroDot adhesive to stick them face first in the window while still being able to remove and reposition them. Of the two, the paper version is the least expensive, but it's also less durable so it's best for short term use. Also, because of it's 50% perforation pattern, it doesn't offer as strong an image as the View Through Film, which has 30% perforation. The film version is also heavier and more durable, so it would be our recommendation for long term graphics or for use in environments with high humidity since the film would not be affected like paper.

We also have two view through materials that can be hung in the window. The Vision Mesh and View Through Fabric are designed to hang like a banner in a window while still allowing you to see out from the inside. The fabric version is heavier and is less open, so it presents the strongest image, but it's the more expensive of the two and is less popular as a result.

For interior mount graphics that are designed to provide privacy, the Frosted Clear MagicStik is our favorite. It doesn't have the texture of the GlassTex films, but since it has a removable adhesive, it isn't a pain to remove when it's time to change the graphic so we prefer it for that reason alone.

Window Graphics for Outdoor Use

We prefer exterior mounted window clings to the interior mounted variety whenever possible. Placing window graphics on the outside of the window makes them more visible and gives you more choices of materials compared with interior mounted window graphics. Like the indoor window clings, outdoor window graphics can be broken down into solid materials, and perforated view through materials. For solid graphics, static cling can be used, but keep in mind the short comings we mentioned above. EcoCling and GlassMate are both unique products that are designed specifically for window advertising. EcoCling has a surface tension coating that doesn't actually use adhesive, and Glassmate is an ultra low tac adhesive product. Both are less expensive than static cling and work better since they stay on in cold weather, and the cling side of each can even be cleaned with water if they get dirty to restore their stick. EcoCling has the added advantage of being environmentally friendly and even easier to install.

Like the EcoCling, Static Cling and GlassMate also come in clear, as does the Crystal Clear Window Decal. These products are great for creating a painted on look. An optional white underprint can be added to the printed areas to give the design opacity while still leaving the blank areas clear.

When mounting to the exterior of the window, regular adhesive vinyl can also be used. Our Matte and Gloss Premium Calendered Vinyls are great choices for this type of graphic as they produce good image quality, are inexpensive, and will remove cleanly for several years when you are through with them. They can also be die cut into irregular shapes as needed. For smaller window graphics and window decals, MagicStik vinyl is a good choice. Like the Economy Calendered Vinyls, it can be cleanly removed, but it also has the ability to be reused after removal. However, for larger graphics, it can stretch or tear during removal because it's a fairly thin, so it's best used for smaller graphics if reusability is important. Another excellent material for removability and reusability is our SignUp. This material is thick and heavy so it's very easy to install without wrinkles or tearing, and removal and re-installation is easy as well. Like any adhesive product, care must be taken to keep the adhesive clean or the window decals won't stick any longer, but otherwise, you can continue to reuse these graphics repeatedly.

For business and vehicle windows where you want to display a graphic without blocking your view, our View Through Adhesive Vinyl is the material of choice. It's perforated construction and black backing allow you to see right through it from the inside, while looking like a solid graphic from the outside. This material is cleanly removable, but cannot be reused. Look through the FAQ tab for more questions and information on this product as well as our other window graphics and window decal products.

 

Normal turnaround time is 4-5 business days. During the order process you will be asked if you have a specific due date, and if you do, we will adjust your shipping method, if necessary, to get your order to you on time. If you need your order even quicker, we also have a rush service. If you authorize rush charges, we can get your order shipped in 1-2 days. Rush charges are $75 per order. If we're able to meet your deadline without bumping other jobs, we won't actually charge the rush charge, but you must authorize the rush to guarantee delivery.

For high quality prints that look good up close, we recommend files be 150dpi at the actual size they will be printed. For view through window decals, lower resolution files will work since the material is full of holes which hides the lack of resolution with small files. Also, for window graphics that will be viewed from 5 feet away or more, you can use files that are as low as 72-100 dpi and still get satisfactory results. We use special software to enlarge smaller files for printing at larger sizes, but the larger your original files, the better the results will be so you should always use the largest files you can. When in doubt, send us your file and we'll examine it and let you know how large we think it can go and still look good.

We don't charge either of these common fees. In our opinion, charging setup and RIP fees would be like advertising a price for gasoline, but charging a pumping fee to get it into your car. It's misleading and since you can't print a job without setting it up and processing it through a RIP, like the gasoline is of no use if it isn't pumped into your tank, it should be reflected in the prices already. They are just hidden fees to increase the cost of your job in a way that makes a companies printing prices look more competitive. As long as you provide print ready files, there are no additional charges related to printing your job.

We recommend exterior mount window graphics whenever possible. They are easier to see and will attract more attention, which is usually the idea, and there are more options at a lower price for exterior mounted window graphics. In areas where vandalism or city ordinances prevent exterior mounted window graphics, the interior mounted options are a good alternative.

Static cling window decals can be more difficult to install than adhesive products, but if you follow these instructions, and have a little patience, you will be able to successfully install your static cling window graphics without any problems.

Surface Preparation

  • Static cling vinyl will adhere to glass and other smooth surfaces.
  • Clean the surface and dry with a lint free cloth. Do not use any cleaner that contains ammonia or it can cause the adhesive to fail.

 

Applying the Window Decal Face First

  • Spray the surface of your window cling liberally with water. This will allow you to move the window graphic around some during installation and smooth out any bubbles.
  • Spray the surface you are going to apply your cling to with water as well.
  • Place top of static cling graphic into place. If it is not level or needs to be moved, reapply water to the window surface and the cling.
  • Using a plastic squeegee, driver’s license or credit card type object, slowly squeegee out the air and water going down the graphic in 45 degree strokes, working from the center out. Use paper towels or a soft cloth to soak up the water as it's squeezed out from between the window and the graphic. Be sure your squeegee does not have any sharp edges or irregularities or it may damage the cling.
  • Continue to squeegee out the water and any bubbles until no more water is being removed.
  • Carefully peel the backing paper from one corner and slowly pull it away from the cling at a sharp angle to avoid lifting the cling from the window. Continue to pull the backing paper off and save it in case you want to remove and save the static cling for later use. Gently go over the static cling again with the squeegee to ensure it is stuck well to the window.
  • Over the next several hours, any remaining moisture will evaporate and leave a clean installation.

 

Applying the Window Decal Back First

  • Spray the window you are going to apply your cling to with water. This will allow you to move the window graphic around some during installation and smooth out any bubbles.
  • If you are installing a smaller static cling window decal, you can peel the decal off the backing paper and spray the back liberally with water. For larger graphics, you will need to peel back a few inches of the paper backing at the top to expose a section of the static cling and spray that section with water.
  • Place top of static cling graphic into place. If it is not level or needs to be moved, reapply water to the window surface and the cling.
  • Using a plastic squeegee, driver’s license or credit card type object, slowly squeegee out the air and water going down the graphic in 45 degree strokes, working from the center out. Use paper towels or a soft cloth to soak up the water as it's squeezed out from between the window and the graphic. Be sure your squeegee does not have any sharp edges or irregularities or it may damage the cling.
  • If you are installing a larger graphic, lift the bottom of the graphic so you can reach the paper backing from behind and either pull it off completely, or for very large graphics, just pull back a few feet at time and spray the back with more water. It may help to have an extra pair of hands to help hold the static cling in place during this step so you don't pull it loose from the window while removing the backing.
  • Continue to squeegee out the water and any bubbles until no more water is being removed.
  • Over the next several hours, any remaining moisture will evaporate and leave a clean installation.

 

Routine Maintenance

  • Static cling window decals will tend to come loose from the window over time and may need to be removed an reinstalled.
  • NOTE: Face mounted static cling decals in direct sunlight can transfer ink onto the glass. If you have window that gets a lot of direct sunlight, be aware of this and consider one of our adhesive products which do not have this problem.

 

Removal Instructions

  • Lift one edge of the decal and pull it off the window at an angle. If you intend to reuse the graphic, replace the paper backing to keep the window decal from sticking to itself, which can ruin it.

 

GlassMate window decals are best installed with water. Because of the ultra low tack adhesive on this product, it's important to make sure you don't get oil or dirt from your fingers on the adhesive when you start to peel the graphic from the release liner. Wash your hands before you start and touch the adhesive surface as little as possible during installation.

Surface Preparation

  • GlassMate will adhere to glass and other smooth surfaces.
  • Clean the surface and dry with a lint free cloth. Do not use any cleaner that contains ammonia or it can cause the adhesive to fail. Alcohol is the most effective and safest cleaner to use.

 

Applying the Window Decal

  • Spray the window you are going to apply your cling to with water. This will allow you to move the window graphic around some during installation and smooth out any bubbles.
  • If you are installing a smaller window decal, you can peel the decal off the release liner and spray the back liberally with water. For larger graphics, you will need to peel back a few inches of the release liner at the top to expose a section of the graphic and spray that section with water. Take care not to touch the adhesive surface any more than necessary to prevent oils from your hands from getting on the adhesive, which can keep it from sticking.
  • Place top edge of the graphic into place. If it is not level or needs to be moved, reapply water to the window surface and the cling.
  • Using a soft squeegee, driver’s license or credit card type object, slowly squeegee out the air and water going down the graphic in 45 degree strokes, working from the center out. Use paper towels or a soft cloth to soak up the water as it's squeezed out from between the window and the graphic. Be sure your squeegee does not have any sharp edges or irregularities or it may damage the graphic. You can cover your squeegee with a soft cloth to keep it from causing any damage.
  • If you are installing a larger graphic, lift the bottom of the graphic so you can reach the paper backing from behind and either pull it off completely, or for very large graphics, just pull back a few feet at time and spray the back with more water. It may help to have an extra pair of hands to help hold the graphic in place during this step so you don't pull it loose from the window while removing the backing.
  • Continue to squeegee out the water and any bubbles until no more water is being removed.
  • Over the next several hours, any remaining moisture will evaporate and leave a clean installation.

 

Removal Instructions

  • Lift one edge of the decal and pull it off the window at an angle. If you intend to reuse the graphic, replace the paper backing to keep the adhesive side clean and try not to touch the adhesive surface any more than necessary. If the adhesive does get contaminated, it can be cleaned with a mixture of water with a drop or two of dish soap. Once the adhesive surface has been cleaned, rinse it thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry and the tack should be restored.

TacLite window decals can be installed with or without water. It's easier to install without water, but you are more likely to get bubbles. Installing with water makes it easier to prevent bubbles, but care must be taken because the surface tension coating will soften when wet and can be damaged or removed if handled in this state, so it's important to not remove and handle the cling surface until it has fully dried if installing with water. It's also important to note that the Taclite surface will turn milky when wet. This will only be noticeable on the clear Taclite, and the coating will become clear again after the water has evaporated and the coating has completely dried.

Surface Preparation

  • TacLite will adhere to glass and other smooth surfaces.
  • Clean the surface and dry with a lint free cloth. Alcohol is the most effective and safest cleaner to use.

 

Applying the Window Decal with Water

  • Spray the window you are going to apply your cling to with water. This will allow you to move the window graphic around some during installation and smooth out any bubbles.
  • If you are installing a smaller window decal, you can peel the decal off the backing paper and spray the back liberally with water. For larger graphics, you will need to peel back a few inches of the paper backing at the top to expose a section of the cling and spray that section with water.
  • Place the top edge of the graphic into place. If it is not level or needs to be moved, reapply water to the window surface and the cling.
  • Using a soft squeegee, driver’s license or credit card type object, slowly squeegee out the air and water going down the graphic in 45 degree strokes, working from the center out. Use paper towels or a soft cloth to soak up the water as it's squeezed out from between the window and the graphic. Be sure your squeegee does not have any sharp edges or irregularities or it may damage the graphic. You can cover your squeegee with a soft cloth to keep it from causing any damage.
  • If you are installing a larger graphic, lift the bottom of the graphic so you can reach the paper backing from behind and either pull it off completely, or for very large graphics, just pull back a few feet at time. Spray the cling surface with more water. It may help to have an extra pair of hands to help hold the graphic in place during this step so you don't pull it loose from the window while removing the backing.
  • Continue to squeegee out the water and any bubbles until no more water is being removed.
  • Over the next several hours, any remaining moisture will evaporate and leave a clean installation. If you need to reinstall the graphic, make sure it has completely dried before removing it so that you don't damage the tension coating.

 

Removal Instructions

  • Lift one edge of the decal and pull it off the window at an angle. If you intend to reuse the graphic, replace the paper backing to keep the cling side clean.

 

Cleaning Instructions

  • If the cling surface does get dirty, it can be cleaned with water by gently wiping with a, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth that has been dampened, preferably not too much, with warm (not hot) water. The Taclite surface will go milky, which can be more easily seen on clear Taclite, but if left open to the air, this will recover over a few hours to become clear again. Recovery time will depend on atmospheric conditions and can be accelerated by warm and dry air. You can even use a touch of detergent, although this will slow recovery of the coating. It is important to let the surface recover completely before re-applying to a window for maximum clarity.

 

EcoCling window decals can be installed with or without water. It's easier to install without water, but you are more likely to get bubbles. Installing with water makes it easier to prevent bubbles, but it takes more time and patience, so we recommend trying the installation without water first.

 

Surface Preparation

  • First and foremost, be sure the surface is clean, dust-free and free of any oils or grease. Dirt and other contaminants allow pockets of air that undermine the seal necessary for a good installation. Use mild soap and water, rinse well. Do not use solvent-based glass cleaners.

 

Applying the Window Decal

  • Slowly and gently remove the media from the backing or liner. Take care not to crease the media. Place the top edge of the media in position and gently smooth from the top edge of the media downward and outward to seal it against the surface and remove air bubbles. The cling coating has a great affinity for high gloss surfaces so the film will suck down onto surface upon contact making installation even easier. The installer may not even want to smooth down the surface depending on how well the film clings by itself upon contact. To smooth the media we recommend the use of an application roller, squeegee or even a credit card. For wet application, lightly spray the window with water, remove liner and position the film. A squeegee or roller can be used to remove the water and air bubbles.
  • If the piece to be applied is large it may help to remove only the top third or so of the media from the liner, apply the exposed media and smooth it into place.  Then, slowly and carefully peel the backing away and smooth the remaining media into place.  After the whole piece is applied, gently smooth the media down from the top and out to the edges, removing as many air bubbles as practicable.  If large bubbles are trapped it may be necessary to lift the media off the surface and re-smooth it from that point rather than trying to force the bubble to the edge.
  • If repositioning the piece is necessary, use the edge of a squeegee or other thin, stiff object (a credit card works well) and gently slide it under a corner and gently lift the media, reposition it and smooth it as described above.

 

Removal Instructions

  • For re-use of a piece, carefully lift one corner (see above), gently remove the piece and replace it on the liner.  Follow the steps above for re-installation.

 

Cleaning Instructions

  • If the cling surface does get dirty, it can be cleaned with water by gently wiping with a, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth that has been dampened with warm (not hot) water.

 

These instructions are provided for our customers that want to install their own window decals. Tools you will need: Scissors, Xacto knife or razor blade, soft squeegee or protect the image with paper (hard squeegee will damage the print), and masking tape. You can also use your hands to apply the decal, but you are more likely to get bubbles in that case.

General Notes

  • Windows should not have been treated with water repellent.
  • If applying a window graphic that is not laminated, use a soft squeegee or protect the image with paper during installation to prevent damage to the printed image.
  • Apply decals in the shade (no direct sunlight).
  • The ideal temperature would be between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wind or wind gusts will cause problems.

 

Surface Preparation

  • All surfaces should be considered dirty and must be cleaned prior to installation. Clean the area where the decals are to be applied with a household, non-ammonia based cleaner. We recommend an alcohol based cleaner such as denatured alcohol or equivalent. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • Air and window surface temperatures must be above 40 degrees.

 

Applying the Window Graphics

  • Position your decal in the desired location and tack into place on each end with small pieces of masking tape.
  • Peel back about 2” of the release liner away from the top edge on the adhesive side of your decal.
  • Cut that section of the release liner off and discard.
  • Squeegee down the exposed edge of the decal starting from the center and working towards the edges. Let the squeegee cause the contact with the mounting surface and brush from the center outward using overlapping 45 degree angled strokes.
  • Flip the graphic up, or have an assistant hold it up and start to peel back the remaining release liner.
  • Pull back a few inches of the release liner at a time and squeegee the graphic into place using the same technique as above.
  • If you get an air bubble, you can either lift the decal enough to release the air, or if the bubbles are not too large, you can pop them with a pin and squeegee the bubble toward the pin hole to squeeze out the air.
  • Once the entire decal is applied, squeegee the entire decal once more to ensure a firm bond with the surface.

 

Special Note for Vehicle Window Graphic Installations

Installing window graphics on vehicles is the same procedure as described above. However, windows that are not flat, particular rear car windows, can be difficult to install if you don't have experience with this type of installation. Since you are applying a flat window graphic to a curved surface, the graphic will need to stretch and distort to some extent to stick without wrinkling. This involves some patience and usually the application of heat to the graphic to make it more pliable, usually with a hair dryer or heat gun. If you are not comfortable with this process, we recommend paying a professional to install your graphics. Contact us if you need assistance locating an installer in your area.

Static cling decals should be applied with water, and it's the recommended method for GlassMate and the Crystal Clear Window Decal material, or any adhesive backed material that does not have an air release feature. TacLite window clings can be applied with water, but it's possible to damage them so extra care must be taken if you choose to mount them with water. Adhesive decals can be mounted with or without water. Some people prefer to use water with just a drop of dish soap when installing adhesive window graphics as well. Except for laminated view through adhesive vinyl, you can use the same technique described above for static cling decals when applying adhesive products. This can make it easier to install without air bubbles or wrinkles, especially for larger graphics, but it takes more time and patience than the described method above, but it's a personal preference and either method will work.

Any material with an air release, or perforated materials, should not be mounted with water. This includes the Repositionable Window Graphic and Double Sided Window Graphic.

Installing window graphics on flat surfaces is a fairly simple process if you follow our instructions above. Interior mounted graphics tend to be easy because they all have removable and reusable adhesives, so it's not difficult to fix any mistakes by lifting and reapplying the window graphics. View through adhesive vinyl without a laminate is also very easy to install on outside mount installations since the material is thicker than regular adhesive vinyl, and the fact that it's full of holes makes it very difficult to get air bubbles.

In general, the larger the graphic, the more difficult it will be to install without making mistakes or getting air bubbles, but if you take your time and follow our instructions, it's not a very difficult thing to install. The larger your graphics, the more you probably spent on them as well, so the larger the job, the more we would suggest you have your window graphics professionally installed.

Installing window graphics on vehicles can be more difficult. Windows that are not flat, in particular rear car windows, can be very difficult to install if you don't have experience with this type of installation. If you are not comfortable with this process, we recommend paying a professional to install your graphics in this situation. Contact us if you need assistance locating an installer in your area.

Yes, we have many clear window decal materials and they can be printed either with or without a white underprint. Because inks are partially transparent, the white underprint provides opacity and makes them easier to read in a window. A white underprint can cover the entire graphic, or just the printed areas leaving any unprinted areas clear. Without a white underprint, they can be very effective for decorations such as stained glass effects, but for advertising purposes the white underprint is recommended.

Usually clear window decals are requested by customers who want the design to float on the window without seeing the edges or background of the decal. The white underprint only in the image areas is ideal for this effect. An alternative to this can be achieved by die cutting the window graphics into irregular shapes that conform to your design. See the question below on cutting window decals into custom shapes for information on how to set up your design for die cutting.

GlassTex films have a permanent adhesive, which means they can be removed, but it will take time, patience, and probably adhesive removers to get them off your glass so they should not be used for temporarily installations. Also keep in mind that fading from the sun can occur in as little as 3-5 years if placed in a window with a great deal of direct sunlight. In those situations, we recommend the Frosted Clear MagicStik as it's a removable product so it will come off cleanly when you want to remove it, making it much more convenient for short term use, or in windows where direct sun exposure may necessitate the replacement of the graphic more frequently.

Removing window decals is as simple as lifting it from one edge and the peeling it off the window. If you are removing one of our reusable window decals and won't be re-installing it right away, you should replace the release liner on the adhesive to protect and keep it clean until you are ready to install it again. If the adhesive on these window graphics becomes dirty, they won't be able to stick as well and would need to be replaced.

Decals with stronger adhesives can be more difficult to remove, especially if they have been left installed for a long period of time, as most adhesives become more aggressive over time. It's best to remove this type of decal when it's warm, as the heat will soften the adhesive and make it easier to remove. If any adhesive is left on the window, an adhesive remover can be used to to clean it. Citrus based adhesive removes tend to work well, and generally nothing stronger would be necessary.

With the exception of the GlassTex privacy films, all our window graphics materials will remove cleanly from any glass surface. In some situations, the view through adhesive vinyl can leave a small amount of residue the longer it's left on the window, but removing the material when it's warm will generally prevent that.

We can make window decals of any size, but the largest size we can make them in a single piece depends on the material. If you look through the material descriptions in the Printing Materials tab, you will find the largest size available for each particular media. Keep in mind that we cannot print all the way to the edge of the material, so for example, the largest width we could print on a 54" material is 53" wide by just about any length. If you are ordering window graphics with die cutting, the you must limit the width a few more inches to allow for die cutting registration marks.

The inks used in our window graphics are fade resistant outdoors for up to 3 years without lamination, and up to 5 years with a cast vinyl laminate. However, some window graphics materials are not designed to be left up that long. For example, it would be unusual for a static cling graphic to stay up without being reinstalled for more than 6-9 months. View through adhesive vinyl has a shorter warranty than regular adhesive vinyl, but on a flat business window, it should hold up about as well.

Interior mounted window graphics are much more fade resistant, because even without a laminate, they window itself blocks quite a bit of the UV light that causes fading. Look through the descriptions in the Printing Materials tab for estimated longevity of the different options, and contact us with questions about your particular circumstances and we'll be happy to help you figure out which product will best hold up in your situation.

For irregularly shaped window graphics, we can digitally die cut them into virtually any shape. Most of our window graphics can be die cut, with the exception of the view through materials, and some of the interior mount materials.

If you want your window graphics cut out in a shape, we need a vector path that is read by our equipment to determine where to cut your window decals. There are two ways to set this up. The first way is for you to create a cut path yourself. This can be done in a drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, or you can draw the path in Photoshop and we can copy it out and use it. If you decide to do this, be sure you draw a complete, closed path and that you leave approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch of image outside the cut path to allow for variances in the cutting. The smaller your window decal, the smaller the margin needs to be. Make the path a color that will stand out against your image and we will handle the technical details.

If you don't have the ability to create the cut path, or prefer not to, we can create it for you, but we do charge for the service. With most images, the cost is $20 but if you want to send us your file in advance, we can verify what the cost will be to create the cut path for you.

When you fill out the order form, be sure to select die cutting under Other Finishing to add this service to your order.

View through materials have holes that are punched in the film in a regular pattern, and combined with a black backing, create a see through effect. When you look at the back side of the view through material, your eye only picks up the light that comes through the holes in the film and ignores the black backing. That's why the effect works best when there is more light outside than inside. The effect is similar to looking through a screen door or window.

window graphicSurprisingly well. This example shows what a printed graphic looks like from the outside. It looks basically like a solid graphic from even a short distance away. There are different perforation patterns for different products with some having more holes and others having less, and the size of the holes themselves varies from product to product. Our view through adhesive vinyl product is actually available in a 50% perforation pattern as well as a 30% perforation pattern. With the 50% pattern, half of the material is removed so only half of your image is left. This material is common on vehicle wraps which is why the windows on vehicle wraps tends to look more washed out than the body of the vehicle. We prefer the 30% perforation pattern because it leaves 70% of the image, which makes a much nicer graphic with stronger colors. This example shows the 30% perforation product.

window graphicsThis image show the same graphic as viewed from the inside. As you can see, compared with the panes of glass below, the window almost looks tinted, but you can still see through it quite clearly, and this is the 30% perforated material so for even more visibility, the 50% material can be used if desired.

 

Laminating view through graphics requires special materials that have optically clear properties because regular laminates would spoil the view through effect by clouding the view through the holes in the material. Even with these special optically clear laminates, having a film over the holes in the graphic will reduce the visibility somewhat, so we recommend only using them when necessary. On vehicle windows there are several reasons you might want a laminate on your view through window graphics. Without a laminate, the view through the graphic can be blocked by water in the holes, so if it rains you won't be able to see out. Also on back windows with wipers, the abrasion from the wiper will eventually ruin the graphic, so we recommend a laminate in those cases. On business windows, we generally recommend against a laminate because there is less chance of abrasion and if the view is blocked during a rain storm, it's not critical. Also, having a laminate on the graphic makes installation more difficult because without the laminate, air escapes through the holes in the graphic making them very easy to install.

 

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