Something we'd like you to keep in mind
One of the many questions we get 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 actual feel and look of the Etched effect is to install you decal on the outside of the 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 trying to accomplish.
Here are two images that might help you better understand the inside and outside mount differences.
Installing Frosted/Etched Effect Decals and Graphics
Frosted/Etched Effect vinyl is thinner and more delicate than others; therefore, we strongly suggest following these additional steps for a better installation.
Please follow our installation instructions and these additional tips when installing Frosted decals.
1. CLEAN YOUR SURFACE THOROUGHLY WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL
Why Alcohol? Alcohol will remove any grease from chemicals used to clean windows, such as wax or 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 thin film which means it can rip easily.
You will need one bottle (Windex size bottle) of water with at least six drops of dishwashing soap.
After you have cleaned and prepared your surface, you will need to spray your decal (side with the adhesive) and 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. It will help you lift your decal if you want to 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 to your desired position, you may now start to press your decal onto the glass.
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.
It will help you avoid bubbles and wrinkles.
4. Using our instructions and these tips, you should now be completed with steps 1-3 and ready to remove the
transfer tape off the decal.
Before removing the transfer tape, you may 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 the 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 encounter a bubble or a few. This is not a problem. Because this vinyl is fragile and delicate, the bubbles are easier to eliminate than other films.
Use a pin or a tip of a blade/box cutter and poke a tiny hole 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 A LARGE FROSTED GRAPHIC ON YOUR OWN.