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. Available in widths up to 54".
Approximate longevity of up to 10 years indoors, 2 years outdoors.
It's very easy to install, just stick it to a glass surface. The cling surface is very strong, as strong as a removable adhesive graphic, so it will stick to surfaces other than just glass. It's polyester so it's eco-friendly.
The cling surface coating is water soluable, so you shouldn't install with water or you risk damaging the coating. Because you can't install with water, it's almost impossible to install a graphic without some bubbles. They would only be visible from the back, but keep this in mind if the appearance of the graphic from the back side is important. Designed for home or business windows, it's won't stick securely enough for use on the outside of vehicle windows.
Short term window graphics where back of the graphic sticks to the window. An excellent, eco-friendly alternative to static cling.
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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.
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.
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.
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. Be careful to touch the cling surface as little and as gently as possible while it's wet or you will damage or remove the cling coating.
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.
Applying the Window Decal without Water
If you are installing a smaller window decal, you can peel the decal off the backing paper and stick it directly to the window. If you make mistake, you can peel off the graphic and apply it again. For larger graphics, positon the decal where you would like it and ensure it's level. Tape the graphic in place near the middle on the right and left sides. Peel back a few inches of the backing at the top to expose a section of the cling and either cut off the section of release liner, or fold it back and crease it so it's out of the way.
Place the top edge of the graphic into place. Using a soft squeegee or your hand, press down the graphic in 45 degree strokes, working from the center out. 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.
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 inches at time 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 smooth down the graphic a few inches at a time, working from the center out at a 45 degree angle until the entire graphic is in place. Go over the entire graphic one more time to ensure it's securely attached to the window, paying particular attention to the edges.
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.
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, 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.