The low tac adhesive on this clear vinyl film makes it a great material for removable window graphics that can be viewed from either side. The material removes cleanly leaving no residue so it's great for store front window and door graphics, POP retail use, or any situation where the image needs to appear as if it's floating in the window. We recommend a white underprint for the greatest visibility in a window. Available in widths up to 60".
The product photos above show the Clear MagicStik sample on a window both with and without a white floodcoat. There is also a photo showing what the graphic looks like from inside looking out. Generally, we recommend the white floodcoat behind all or part of the design when the decals are being used for advertising purposes because they make the image much easier to see. If the graphic is being used for decorative purposes, it's best without the white floodcoat as it will look better from the inside, as shown in a separate photo. Without the white layer, the graphic will always look better on the side where it's illuminated lighting from the other side of the window. In the example photo, the image looks better from the inside because it's sunny outside, but at night with the light on inside, the graphic would look better from the outside.
Also keep in mind that in these photos, the image without the white floodcoat is printed for backlighting so it won't look washed when it's illuminated by light through the window. The image with the white floodcoat is printed for normal frontlit viewing.
Clear window graphics are printed so the colors look correct when installed on glass and light passes through them. If you want your design printed so it looks correct without illumination, chose the 3 Layer Printing white ink option so the graphic will look correct both with and without illumination.
Approx. longevity of up to 3 years outdoors or 5-20 years indoors.
This adhesive backed material will stay on any flat window until it's removed. It's been tested for temperature resistance from -40 F to +176 F, so it's a good option in virtually any location.
It's easy to remove, but it can't normally be reused because it's too difficult to remove the graphic without stretching or damaging it. It's vinyl so it's not eco-friendly.
Short to medium term window graphics where the image needs to float in the window without the background being obvious. Face mounted window graphics that apply to the inside surface of the window to be viewed on the outside.
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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.
This material can be applied either dry or with water. Installing with water requires more time and patience, but it's more forgiving of mistakes and you are less likely to end up with bubbles. Both methods are described below.
- 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.
- Graphics should be trimmed so that they are at least 1/8" away from window frames and seals to allow for expansion. The graphic will not adhere to silicone edging.
- 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 Graphic Dry
- 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.
Applying the Window Decal with Water
- Spray the window surface 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 rubber squeegee, or another type of soft squeege, 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.
I just received my print and it's too dark and the color is wrong.
Clear window graphics are printed by default to allow for illumination through the print, either from the sun in exterior windows or interior lights. In order for the colors to not look washed out in these situations, the colors will look too dark when there is no light through the print. prints are profiled so the color looks correct when the graphic is illuminated, so you need to backlight the graphic for the color to look correct. See the question below for more details on this, but other than Day/Night backlit graphics, colors will always look too dark when the graphic isn't llluminated with a standard amount of lighting and often some colors will shift as well. If the graphics are printed so they look correct without lighting, they will look washed out when lit. Choose the Day/Night Backlit Graphic for displays that look good whether or not they are illuminated.