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Window Perf Finishing

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

window perf 01Window perf has shown that it has many benefits, from advertising to heat reduction.  It is also a great way to create some privacy.  Window perf is a vinyl that has between 30% and 50% of the surface punched out. After window perf is applied, only your printed graphics are visible on the outside of the window, but from the inside of the window, you can still see through the window to view outside.

After we print the graphics, how do you protect the ink and materials from the sun and elements? In most cases, we use what is referred to as a "hard" laminate.   This is a clear vinyl film that has a pressure sensitive adhesive that we laminate to the front of the window perf.  On vehicles, it is essential to use a laminate that has properties of being clear, often referred to as "Crystal Clear."  Optically, this is the best match when using window perf on vehicles.  What about in a retail situation?   There are a couple of choices.

  1. Use a clear hard laminate
  2. Use a liquid laminate

We know about the hard laminate, but what about the liquid laminate? It is either sprayed or rolled on, and performs the job of protecting the print from the elements and UV light damage.  The advantages over a hard laminate are that the liquid laminate is less expensive to apply, and the installation is easier and often less time consuming.   The liquid laminate protects the material just as well as a hard laminate against the elements, but not against physical damage like scratching.  The one drawback is that it is more time consuming to remove than when a hard laminate is used; however, liquid laminate is on glass, which is usually one of the easiest places to remove vinyl.

If you are interested in window perf for the windows on your business's building or vehicle(s), contact Blue Water Signs today.

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