Clear Window Decals
Clear Window Decals

Clear Window Decals are a great way to advertise. Sport your favorite team, or display your company log with style! These affordable decals are the best way to get your message out there.

  • 3.4 mil
in
x
in
  • 1" All Corners $2.00
  • 3/4" All Corners $2.00
  • 1/2" All Corners $2.00
  • 1/4" All Corners $2.00
  • 3/8" All Corners $2.00
  • Spot White $0.18
  • Flood White - Install from Inside $0.18
  • Spot White - Install from Inside $0.18
  • Transparent $0.00
  • Halo $0.15
  • Circle $0.30
  • Oval $0.30

What Are Clear Window Decals?

Clear window decals are one of the most popular mediums to display logos and short messages on glass by highlighting a graphic put onto transparent sheets made of vinyl. Typical applications include glass doors, storefronts, automobiles, windows, etc.; as long as you can still see through it, the decal doesn’t take up the entire space.

Spot White vs. Flood White Print Option

When it comes to clear vinyl printing, there are only two major print options, either flood white or spot white finish. They are both completely different and achieve complete opposite results. The most important detail to note is if you intend on having transparency in the final design. Click here to read our blog post for a more detailed look into spot white vs. flood white!

Spot White

Does your print-ready file have transparency in the design? If the answer is yes, you should be choosing "spot white" as the print option. Spot white will allow all transparencies in the design to remain clear in the finished product. A layer of white ink has to be printed behind all the file areas where color is defined. All clear materials must have a layer of white ink printed to support the colors. This is so your design does not appear to look like a stained glass window. With the spot white option selected, you indicate you have transparency that is intended to remain clear in the final design. You can choose spot white for both install types, install from inside, or a standard exterior install. 

spot white sale clear decal

Flood White

Flood white is the print option that would be selected if you have DO NOT have clear or transparencies in the final design. Flood white will print a solid layer of white ink behind the entire design virtually, "flooding out" any clear material. Flood white will be explicitly used if you intend to install the product from the inside. This option would reverse print your design, allowing the material's adhesive side to stick from the inside and face outward through the glass. Even though the material is clear with the "flood white" print option, there would be no clear in the finished design's final appearance.

flood white install from inside clear decal

Displaying Options

Because traditional decal material is white vinyl, the only option for installation is to install it from the outside of the glass or flat surface. For decals that stick to the inside of glass, clear window decals are the "clear choice" pun intended.

Install From Inside

Businesses that display sales and promo signage may require the material to apply to the inside of storefronts glass to face outwards to potential new customers. The "Install from inside" option protects the graphics from vandalism and extreme weather.

Print Process

Transparent window decals have the print option to reverse print the designs and allow the adhesive side of the material to adhere to the inside of the glass.

Whether the appearance of the design has clear or opaque, the transparent material has both "flood white" and "spot white" finish options to determine the required feature. These options determine if the final look of the design appears to have some clear areas or if all solid colors are "flooded" out to allow your colors to stand out and pop off the transparent material.

Standard (Outside Mount)

You would only need a clear window decal with a "standard" mount if you required a "spot white" finish because a flood white on transparent material would be best printed on traditional white window decal material. For more clarification, take a look at this image and note the finished style on the "Spot White Outside Mount."
spot white outside mount & flood white install from inside visual

Indoor vs. Outdoor Usage

One of the great things about this advertising medium is that it’s excellent for both outdoor and indoor usage - anywhere there is a window, you can use these decals as long as the surface is smooth (and preferably clean upon setting it). You are not limited as to how to use these, and you can pick the best place to promote your business, store, or brand.

Clear Window Decals vs. Vinyl Lettering

There is a lot of confusion about clear window decals vs. vinyl lettering, and it makes sense - if you’re looking at the two, there can be a lot of similarities. Still, in reality, they are quite different. We know those clear window decals are printed on a vinyl sheet; however, with vinyl lettering, your design is cut from the sheet instead of printed. There is more texture to it, and vinyl lettering can have a little more pop and visual appeal but can be a pain to set up. 

Clear Window Decal Features

  • Installation instructions included
  • Vibrant colors
  • Transparent background
  • Indoor and Outdoor Usage
  • Waterproof and Weather Resistant

Clear Window Decal Cut Options

Cut options are a fantastic way to enhance the shape of your final design. Cut options are always optional and are not a requirement for any order. Some cut finish like oval and circle cuts have automated options where no additional art setup is required. At the same time, halo (contour cuts) cut options require advanced artwork setup. Here's a link to our guild on how to set up cut files.

Halo Cut

Halo cuts have also been known to be called contour cuts. The style of the design is entirely custom to the shape, with a border (in most cases white) around the outside of vinyl.
halo cut visual example
circle cut visual guide

Circle Cut

Circle cuts are precisely what you would think they would be. The circle cut options indicate the vinyl decals are cut into perfect round cut decals. There is no additional artwork set, and we do ask you include a .25" bleed or upload a square design with colors flooded edge to edge of the artboard. There is no need to indicate the circle shape in the file or include a dieline. 
circle cut visual guide

Oval Cut

Oval cuts are similar to the circle cuts above; however, the finish is an oval shape. In addition, there is no additional artwork set, and we do ask you include a .25" bleed or upload a rectangular design with colors flooded edge to edge of the artboard.

Rounded Corner Options

A rounded corner is a finish option that allows you to change the exterior shape of your design without having to make any alterations to your art file. The round corner radial bend options are as follows:

  • 1" All Corners
  • 3/4" All Corners
  • 1/2" All Corners
  • 1/4" All Corners
  • 3/8" All Corners
rounded corner options

Clear Window Decal Maintenance

Although our transparent window decals are weather-resistant, they aren’t entirely weatherproof. Extended exposure to water will eventually damage the decal and wear away at the design, so it’s best to dry it right away if possible to ensure you prolong the lifespan.

Many customers ask if they can wash the surface they install it on - that’s okay, but power washing after the decal is applied will damage it and is not recommended. Ensure the area is immaculate before installing the decal, though dirt and window scum may affect the placement and cause ridges and wrinkles.

Ideally, use a damp (not wet), soft cloth to polish the messaging and surrounding areas. This way, you can either remove it entirely or move it around in various positions during the cleaning process. Be careful - you can do this more than a few times, but not forever, since the adhesive will lose its effectiveness.

Material Technical Spec

  • Roll Size 54x1800"
  • Physical Weight .012 per ft.²

Lifespan

If the proper steps are followed on installation, you should expect the lifespan of a clear window decal to be 1 to 3 years, but this can vary depending on extreme heat and or constant direct sunlight.

Other Factors

  • Indoor or Outdoor application
  • Installed in a place without constant direct sunlight.
  • The surface of the install location must be adequately cleaned before installation. 
  • Installed adequately to a flat surface.
  • Exposure to contact abrasive products
clear window decal lifespan

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Frequently asked Questions

FAQ

Clear window decals are a type of sticker that can be applied to windows. Businesses often use them to advertise their products or services in storefronts. The stickers have adhesive on one side, and the other side is clear, so they don't interfere with visibility.

The difference between the two is that a window cling is a thin, plastic film that adheres to the inside of a window. Window clings are often used for advertising or temporary decorating purposes. A decal is an adhesive sticker that can be applied to any surface and removed without damaging the underlying material. Decals are often used in business settings as promotional items because they can be easily customized with company logos and contact information.

A clear window decal will last as long as the sticker is in good condition. If the sticker has been peeled, scratched, or otherwise damaged, then it may start to peel off from inside your establishment's glass.

No, a clear window decal will not damage your window. A clear window decal is an object placed on the outside of a window to add color or design. The decals are often used for advertising purposes and can be easily removed if desired.

The process of applying a decal to glass is relatively simple. It can be done with the following steps:

  • Clean the surface of the window or mirror thoroughly. This will remove any dirt, grease, oil, and other residues interfering with adhesion.
  • Apply an even coat of liquid dish soap to the surface you will apply your decal film on; this will help reduce air bubbles in between layers when you peel off the backing paper later on.
  • Peel the backing paper off of the decal.
  • Once the backing is removed, slowly and carefully place the decal on your desired surface.

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