Custom Window Decals vs. Window Clings

Custom Vinyl Window Decals & Window Cling Vinyl

One of the areas of printed advertising that improved the most during recent years has been window graphics. More efficient techniques were created, enhancing the quality of the final product.
Both window advertising decals and window clings are among the most accessible resources. They look fantastic and are highly competent to catch everyone’s attention. The only problem is that they look similar, so the line to difference both is thin. Most people cannot conceptualize the many distinctions between these window graphics.
At FoamCorePrint, we want all our customers to know what exactly they have at hand to make their projects a reality.

What are Window Decals and What is a Decal?

custom window decal

Custom Window Decal

We must begin with the window stickers which are usually vinyl window stickers, which are the most popular type of window graphics out there. In simple terms, these are adhesives graphics, glued directly to the glass and other similar surfaces. They serve well as removable car window decals or even car window clings.

Window Decals vs Window Stickers

Also known as window stickers, decals are high-quality materials with excellent printing options. There is technically no difference between decals and vinyl (vynal) window stickers – they are the same and often used interchangeably. However, some argue that there is a difference with stickers  vs decals . Stickers tend to be removed from a (paper) backing and then put on another surface while decals are TRANSFERRED from a backing to another surface, making decals more reusable. For the purpose of this article though they will be used interchangeably.

Transparent window decals for cars or any types of windows are installed either inside or outside, depending on the client’s preferences. Either way, window decal printing is a great investment because our decals are entirely resistant to water and direct sunlight which is part of what makes them so popular.

Most of the time, the main worry is the residue left by removable window decals when they are taken off. Truth be told, only companies that work with low-quality materials suffer from this. At FoamCorePrint, we use the best materials in town, so no adhesive elements remain on the glass after the removal.
Before talking about window clings for cars, it’s necessary to mention that there are two predominant types of window decals: clear window graphics and custom vinyl stickers and you can print them both.
Clear window graphics is a large sticker with the graphics printed on a background, which is usually transparent. On the other hand, custom vinyl stickers have no background, enjoying a more impressive, high-end appearance with eye-catching detailing. Perforated window films are good options as well  that allows one way visibility. We compare perforated window films with decals here. While they’re good options they don’t have the same flexibility as clear or transparent decals.

What are Window Clings?

Clear Window Cling

Clear Window Cling

While they seem alike, window clings are very different from the removable window stickers we addressed before. A clear window cling sticker is a high-quality printed material that doesn’t use adhesive to stay adhered to the glass. Instead, window clings use static electricity. They are also referred to static cling decals which are great for all types of windows, including automobile, truck, and car decals.

Static Window cling materials consist of vinyl plastic and ink – it’s a simple, but powerful marketing tool.
Window clings are cut exactly according to the shape of the printed advertising and are installed in seconds, without the hassle of the adhesive. Because of this, they can be removed and installed again for an infinite number of times – a big reason why car window cling printing is becoming more and more popular. The removal, as expected, is even cleaner in comparison with custom vinyl stickers, which leave minimum residue in some rare cases. Cricut window clings or cricut car decals are an option, but not recommended as they tend to not be worth the price.

The Bottom Line

Now you know both window graphics, you can make a smarter, well-informed decision. At FoamCorePrint, we don’t go exclusively with either, because both are excellent and provide superb results.
It is fair to say that window clings have a small advantage over window stickers / decals: the former can be removed and installed multiple times without any issue. This is important for clients on the run or having ongoing adjustments in their strategies.
Of course, this is not always good. Because window clings are easy to remove, they can be victims of vandalism. Nevertheless, FoamCorePrint invites you to include these fantastic resources in your campaign.


15 comments on “Custom Window Decals vs. Window Clings”

  1. Max Jones says:

    I’m glad that you pointed out that the only time people suffer from window residue from decals is when they use low quality materials. I’ve been looking to get a state decal for my car, so I think that making sure I’m getting something that is high quality is going to be the best option to reduce residue. Hopefully I can find some good quality state decal stickers, and not have to worry about the residue problems! Thanks for the info!

  2. David says:

    What about installation? Window decals go up with a soap/water mix and if saturated enough you can maneuver them very easily. Once a decal is up its up, even if its not positioned right. Plus decals tend to stretch during instillation making ot almost impossible to install 100% to size. I personally recommend clings over decals any day.

  3. Carl Smith says:

    Thanks for differentiating the difference between window decals over clings. Knowing which is which will help you make an informed decision when purchasing one.

  4. Kathryn Pell says:

    I’m making a office directory on a sheet of glass and I’m not sure if clings or decals will hold up better. It appears some lettering has pulled away from my previous lettering, but I can’t remember which material was used. Suggestions??

    1. Foam Core Print says:


      I would suggest a window decal because a window cling is removable. If you like the decals to be semi permeant you should for sure go with a custom decal.Use this link to find our high adhesive decals Let us know if you have any other questions at all!

  5. marco says:

    I guess their is a lot of factors to consider here:

    Duration of the stickers
    Budget of the client

    We may give the best and performing stickers, but do clients can afford it? Between window decal and window clings, our clients would always prefer decal as they are removable, given their are China brands floating ever in the sticker niche. Clings are ok too but given we have limited distribution of it in our area, clients would opt in for window decals anytime of the day

  6. print on canvas says:

    thanks for sharing very helpful post.

  7. Douglas Ross says:

    I have 3 different photos that I would like to use as the “view” as would be seen looking out of real windows. In this case the graphic would be facing front on the backside of clear plexiglass mounted inside a wooden frame built to resemble an actual window(s). This would be a permanent display piece. I’m hoping you can help. I’m looking forward to your response.

    1. Foam Core Print says:


      Yes, sure we can help! Sounds like you’ll want a clear window decal (print option flood white, instal from inside) if you had clear in your design you would choose (print option spot white install from inside)

      You can get pricing if you follow the link > and add the item fully to your shopping cart! If you need anything else please start a live chat for help instantly

  8. Hawaii Glass Cute says:

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