GlassMate Clear Window Film
This clear 8 mil adhesive-free, eco-friendly material has a micro adhesion suction technology that sticks securely to glass, acrylic, formica and metals. It's designed for easily installable window graphics for advertising, POP window signage, decals, seasonal window graphics and more. It is removable, repositionable and reusable 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 can be installed in temperatures from -20 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, making it far more versatile than most adhesive window decals. It is PVC free, and also free of phthalates, glyco-ether and formaldehyde. Available in widths up to 54"
The product photos above show the Clear GlassMate 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 adversiting 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. If you want your design printed so it looks correct when there's no light passing through it, chose the 3 Layer Printing white ink option so the graphic will look correct both with and without illumination.
The cling surface has no adhesive, but it still sticks securely. Because it has no adhesive, it can't leave any residue. The heavy weight makes it very easy to install and reuse.
Designed for flat windows on homes or businesses, it won't conform to compound curves or stick securely enough to be used on the outside of vehicle windows while being driven at higher speeds.
Promotional or decorative window graphics for business or residential windows. It's great for graphics that need to be easily removed, such as promotional graphics, and since it can be reused, it's also excellent for seasonal graphics or repeating promotions where the graphics can be saved and reused at a later date.
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Do Not Laminate: may cause GlassMate products to curl over time. To obtain optimum suction, the bonding surfaces must be well cleaned and dried. (Clean surface with hot water, dry with a squeegee & if needed wipe with a non-fraying cloth.) Do not bend or crease GlassMate products because it may tunnel or bubble which may remain after squeegeeing.
For Wet Application: spray water on your GlassMate product and the surface it will be applied to. This process helps eliminate bubbles and ensure an even application. Clear and Frosted GlassMate require water for application. While water is optional for the block out white version of GlassMate, water installation does make it easier to eliminate bubbles.
Use a rubber or flexible squeegee with rounded corners so as not to scratch the material, and use a fair amount of force to push the air bubbles out. PRO TIP: When installing use the release liner to cover the printed surface to prevent scratching while squeegeeing out the air bubbles and water. Start in the center of the material and work your way out to the edges. GlassMate is repositionable, so if you have a problems you can always remove the graphic and try again, but be sure to keep the graphic and mounting surface clean, or clean them again before re-attempting installation.
During installation do not allow the material to ride over any caulking. This will cause air to seep behind the material and GlassMate's Micro-Suction Technology will not adhere to silicone.
CLEANING: When cleaning GlassMate products, start in the middle and work your way out. Cleaning from the glass towards the middle of the product may cause damage to the edges/corners. NOTE: Using standard window cleaners on GlassMate products will not damage the image.
REMOVAL: While removing GlassMate products, do not bend back the corners. Apply at least 3" to 4" of Scotch Tape onto any corner of the printed piece. Pull the extended tape to lift the corner of the GlassMate graphic from the mounting surface. This will eliminate any bending of corners. If a crease or bend is created, you can try bending the material in the opposite direction to flatten. If you plan to reuse the material, be sure to save the release liner and use it to cover the cling surface to keep it clean between uses. Roll the product for storage with the cling surface to the inside.
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.