Something we'd like you to keep in mind
One of the many questions we get is, what is the difference between Frosted vinyl and Etched effect vinyl. The answer is "There is no difference" It is the same vinyl.
The difference is in the way you install your vinyl. In order to accomplish the true feel and look of the Etched effect is to install you decal on the outside of glass instead of the inside.
Of course both ways have a beautiful outcome.
There is no right way or wrong way to install this particular vinyl.
It only depends on what type of look you are going for.
Here are two images that might help you get a better understanding of the difference between the inside and outside mount.
Installing Frosted/Etched Effect Decals and Graphics
Frosted/Etched Effect vinyl is thinner and more delicate vinyl compared to others therefore we strongly suggest to follow these additional steps for a better installation.
Please follow our installation instructions as well as these additional tips when installing Frosted decals.
1. CLEAN YOUR SURFACE THOROUGHLY WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL
Why Alcohol? Alcohol will remove any grease left by chemicals used to clean windows such as wax or even finger grease.
It will help the decal adhere to glass.
2. USE WATER AND SOAP MIX. IT'S EVERY SIGN MAKERS SECRET.
Why water and soap, and how much do I need? Remember it is a delicate film which means it can rip easily.
You will need 1 bottle (Windex size bottle) of water with at least 6 drops of dish washing soap.
After you have cleaned and prepared your surface you will need to spray your decal (side with the adhesive) as well as your surface with the water and soap residue.
REMEMBER the glue on the actual decal will not dissolve once you spray the water and soap mix. This will help you lift your decal incase you need reposition it to your desired space.
This water and soap trick will also help you install your decal avoiding bubbles.
3. Once you have completed steps 1 and 2 and applied your decal into your desired position you may now start to press your decal onto glass or the surface your applying your decal.
For best results, adhere your decal CAREFULLY pressing with your squeegee (or the tool you are using for installation) from the middle out.
You will see the water and soap residue drip out from under your decal.
This will help you avoid bubbles and wrinkles.
4. Using our instructions and these tips you should now be finished with steps 1-3 and ready to remove the
transfer tape off the decal.
Before you will remove the transfer tape you may it spray the transfer tape with the water and soap residue you have prepared for the installation. WHY?
Once you spray the transfer tape it becomes less stiff and more flexible.
(Remember, this vinyl is delicate. We can use any help we can get)
Once the transfer tape is softer it is easier to remove from the applied decal. If you notice the decal is coming off the surface along with the transfer tape, try to press the decal onto glass once more and
give it a few more minutes before removing the transfer tape. The mix might be too soapy so you will need more time before removing the transfer tape.
Once you have removed the transfer tape you might see some bubbles.
If you do not have any bubbles then pat yourself on the back!
Of course most of us will come across a bubble or a few. This is not a problem. Because this vinyl is very thin and delicate, the bubbles are easier to eliminate compared to other films.
Simply use a pin or a tip of a blade/box cutter and poke a tiny whole in ONE spot. Once you have done this you may now put pressure and press the water residue out through that poked spot.
You may also use a heat gun to smooth creases out.
6. LARGE GRAPHICS
If you are installing large graphics we strongly recommend using an extra helping hand.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL LARGE FROSTED GRAPHIC ON YOUR OWN.