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What material is used for your clear decals?
We print our clear decals on a 4 mil transparent vinyl material designed for both interior and exterior applications. This unique material comes with the option to choose either a front adhesive or back adhesive, giving you more control over how you want to apply this decal to your window or other intended surfaces.
How do I know where my decal will be clear?
Your decal will show clear on any area(s) your graphic isn’t showing. So the portion of your graphic that will remain clear largely depends on what you are printing. If you are designing a clear decal in our online designer it is recommended to also let us know specifically where you are wanting your decal to appear transparent in the order notes.
If you are uploading your own design, we recommend either an ai, eps, or pdf file format for this particular product. We also recommend you leave instructions in your order notes as this can help clear up any confusion for our graphic designers when processing your orders. As with all our products, your order will not be processed until you have approved your artwork and paid for your product.
Your order will not go into production until you approve your free artwork proof and have paid for your clear decals. If you select ‘Approved as shown, please send to production’ and proceed to pay for your order, we will assume everything on your order is correct and decals.com will not assume responsibility for any printing errors in regards to artwork. For more information on our production and returns policy, please visit our policies page.
When should I use a clear decal instead of a window cling?
The biggest difference between the two products is the adhesive strength and the intended use. If you are looking for a more permanent option when it comes to your clear decal, we suggest choosing our clear decal product. This is due to the adhesive that is placed on the vinyl decal material itself.
If you are looking for a temporary decal option, we suggest you order our window cling product. This is due to the low tack adhesive placed on the decal, allowing you easier removal and repositioning of the decal.
Can I place my clear decal on the inside of my window and have it be visible on the outside?
Yes, we offer both back adhesive and front adhesive options for your clear decals. If you would like to place your clear decal on the inside of your window and have the graphic visible to passersby on the outside please select the ‘Front Adhesive’ product option. This is possible with our clear window clings product as well.
How small or large can my clear decals be?
Our clear decals can be printed as small as 2” high x 2” wide and as large as 52” high and 120” wide. You can also create larger displays by combining multiple decal panels together. Please contact us if you need an extra large decal and we will guide you through the process.
Can I use multiple colors, fonts, and images in my design?
Yes! Because we digitally print our clear decals in full color you will not be charged anything additional for multiple colors, fonts, or imagery.
The only time color will affect your price is if you request a color match proof. If you need a color match proof, please contact us to speak with one of our friendly customer service reps!
What is the lifespan of your clear decals?
Our clear decals have a 3 plus year lifespan when properly installed and cared for.
Are clear decals easily removable or repositionable?
No, clear decals are intended to be a permanent clear decal option. We do not suggest trying to remove and reapplying your clear decal once it has been set in place.
If you are looking for a removable or repositionable clear decal option, we would suggest checking out our clear window cling product. Window clings use a low tack adhesive technology that allows you to apply, remove, and reposition multiple times.
Will clear decals ruin my windows or any other surfaces I place them on?
No, as long as you apply and remove your decal properly you should not see any damage to your windows or whatever surface you place your clear decal on. If you do end up with some sticky residue left behind, we recommend using a light cleaning solution to remove it.
What are some common uses for clear decals?
Clear decals are the perfect decal option for a variety of uses. They are most commonly used as window decals for business storefronts or vehicles, to display sales, business hours, or information, and for seasonal promotions such as Christmas, New Years, Halloween, Easter, etc.
Another common use for them is for branding or labeling products. If you are looking for a unique label to be placed on a glass jar, clear decals are a great option to allow your product to show through this transparent decal, while still displaying your logo and product information.
What surfaces can clear decals be placed on?
Clear decals can be placed on any indoor or outdoor smooth, non-porous surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, aluminum, and plastic.
Can clear decals be used outdoors?
Yes, because we print our clear decals with a UV resistant ink and then place a laminate over the top, your decals will be able to withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions. This laminate helps to protect your decals from UV light, moisture, and scratches.
How to Apply Vinyl Decals
Decals are a great way to add a unique touch to many spaces and surfaces. Whether you plan to display your new decal on your car, laptop, living-room wall, or anywhere else, proper installation is crucial for creating a strong bond that lasts long and looks great. That's why we've put together this guide that teaches you how to apply decals in just six easy steps.
|Plastic Applicator Squeegee or Credit Card
||Warm Water or Other Common Household Cleaning Item
Clean the Surface
The first order of business before you apply your decal is to make sure the surface is clean and dry. Any dirt, debris, or moisture can weaken the adhesion. Use warm water and soap, rubbing alcohol, or other common household items for a good clean. Be sure to wipe away any left-over cleaning product or residue with a dry cloth before moving on to the next step.
Tape & Measure
Before you peel away the backing, tape your decal down on the surface where you intend to apply it. Measure and adjust to make sure it is centered and straight.
Apply a Tape Hinge
Run a long piece of tape across the top of the decal to form a hinge to allow for easy peeling away of the decals paper backing.
Remove the Transfer Film from the Backing
Slowly peel away the transfer film from the white backing. For larger decals, it may be best to peel away the first portion and apply the decal to the surface as you peel away the rest of the backing. With smaller decals, you can peel away the entire backing.
Apply the Decal to the Surface
While holding the bottom end of the decal away from the surface. At the top of the decal, apply pressure with a plastic applicator squeegee or credit card. Start from the center of the decal and, with a scraping-like motion, work your way outward left to right, working your way down the decal.
Your decal has been succesfully placed on its intended surface, enjoy!
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