Window graphics have come a long way from the corner gas station. And while those bottling and promotional graphics are still in high demand, using window space to apply signage and brand messaging or even create a sense of privacy have inspired a new batch of window graphic materials for ease in installation and replacement. Here are a few of our top window graphic tips:
To Perf or Not to Perf?
Perforated window graphic film, such as LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl (70/30), allows you to print on 70 percent of the surface, while 30 percent of it is tiny perforations, or holes. This allows for excellent image reproduction and shading coming into the window from outside, while people inside the building can still see out the window, through the perforations. Since this product is mounted outside, we suggest LexJet’s Optically Clear Cast Laminate for extra protection. Window perf is also available in 60/40 vinyl.
“We always use a laminate on our window perf,” says PSP and installer Keith Bernard of Road Signs in Sarasota, Fla. “One, it makes installation easier, and two, it protects the graphic from fading.” Check out more of Keith’s window perf tips in this video:
Get Stuck on Self-Adhesive
A fast-and-easy solution for temporary window graphics is a one-step product like LexJet Print-N-Stick, which is also available in a Solvent version. Both offer a nice, smooth white finish that has some water-resistance that stays fresh-looking for up to a year.
As the name suggests, it’s a quick and easy print-then-stick application process, and the product is easy to cut into shapes and corners. Check out this video to see it in action. Print-N-Stick works for a number of applications, from retail signage to classroom settings and beyond. It’s ease of use makes it a quick install for nearly anyone.
LexJet WR Window Graphic Film is another easy-to-apply option with a low-tack adhesive, plus the durability of a polypropylene film with a high-performance, water-resistant adhesive that’s reusable and repositionable. Plus, it not only works on windows, it’s a great option for coolers, too, as it will continue to adhere even if the cooler “sweats.”
Our newest pressure-sensitive option is the market-changing HP Adhesive Vinyl line. For example, HP Prime Gloss Air GP provides sharp, vibrant colors and its air release liner and gray permanent adhesive allows for bubble-free installation with excellent opacity, when you want more privacy or to block out glare. Other unique options from the new HP line include the printable HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate, resulting in a frosted window appearance and HP Gloss Polymeric Overlaminate, which offers a clear image finish.
While many office settings are constructed with large windows for natural light and openness, some companies have found the clear “walls” can do double duty by highlighting brand messaging.
Conversely, when the windows are too much transparency, companies are looking to products like the LexJet Simple Grip line of products. These cling-like products are easily installed with a wet technique using a product like Marabu Window Juice.
Original LexJet Simple Grip has a slightly frosted texture, which illuminates nicely with either natural or artificial light. It is a bit translucent, so it offers a bit of privacy in an office setting.
LexJet Simple Grip Clear is completely transparent and will only offer some coverage where it is printed. It works well when adding subtle accent graphics to a window. LexJet Simple Grip White provides the same easy installation and removal as the other versions, but with a white finish that not only provides additional privacy, but allows extra-vivid colors to really pop.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to work with LexJet Simple Grip: