Clear Static Cling Window Decal
Clear 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. Clear clings can be printed so either the back or the face is adhered to the glass. A white flood coat is recommended for the best visibility in a window, and the white can be applied over the entire graphic, or just to the printed areas leaving the blank areas clear. Available in widths up to 54"
The product photos above show the Clear Static Cling sample on a window with the right half of the image having a white floodcoat under the photo, and left half without. There is a comparison of the graphic in full sun with glare, and in shadow so you can see the difference this makes in visibility from both side. There is also a photo showing what the graphic looks like from inside looking out. You can see the half with the white underprint is much darker from the inside, but the image is still visible through the white when there is bright light outside.
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.
Approximate outdoor longevity is 1-6 months, indoor longevity is 5-10 years.
The static cling surface isn't adhesive so it can be reused repeatedly, and cleaned if it gets dirty. Clear static cling can be printed so either the back or face of the print sticks to the glass.
Static cling doesn't stick well to cold surfaces, so it will fall come off in cold weather. It also doesn't stay stuck to windows for long periods of time. It needs to be reapplied periodically to keep it securely on the window. Designed for home or business windows, it's won't stick securely enough for use on the outside of vehicle windows. It's vinyl, so it's not eco-friendly.
Short term window graphics that face mount to the glass from the inside to be viewed from the outside. Window graphics with a clear background.
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Static Cling window decals are best installed with water. 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.
Static Cling 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.
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
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.
Static cling window decals will tend to come loose from the window over time and may need to be removed an reinstalled.
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.
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.