Perforated window graphics are an immensely great way to promote or advertise your business. Big or small, if you’ve got a window on your storefront and any road or foot traffic at all, you could benefit from impactful and colourful perforated window graphics.
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First off, you need to start with a good design. Strong imagery and vibrant colours, combine with clear, easy-to-read text is critical. Keep text brief, you want everything to be able to be read from a distance. The size of the text will vary depending on the size of the window, the distance between the store and the sidewalk or the road.
This means that there are small holes spread across the entire graphic. When properly installed, the media that perforated window graphics are printed on is essentially “invisible” from the inside. You might have seen this media on store windows, and it is very common on vehicle windows. It allows a full colour image to be printed on one side which is visible from the front, but from the back the media appears like a mesh screen, allowing you to see outside.
Now, this means that you can’t have small text. Anything small, say around 12pt, will have holes through it. But, because it’s a window graphic you want people to be able to read from afar, you don’t want small text anyway.
Well, we start with your graphics. If you need design, our experts can help. First things first, size is very important. Measure your windows, the final piece will work best it it is 100% adhered to the glass, not running over onto the seal or the window frame. If you’ve already got your artwork ready, send it along and we’ll start from there.
When the piece is printed, it comes on a backer so that the ink doesn’t spray through and cover the printer. Next, after the ink has time to completely dry (at least 24 hours), the media is laminated with an optically clear laminate. Without a laminate dirt and grit would fill every one of those little holes, as well as sun and rain fading at and destroying the image.
After laminating, the graphics are trimmed to size. After this, the next step is the application on the windows.
So a small piece, it is completely possible for a novice to install. There are many videos on youtube to help with this, here’s one from MACtac to get you started. This video shows both a wet and dry application. Please note that if you are applying a perforated material, you need to do the dry application. If you install using the wet method, liquid will absolutely become trapped in the holes and interfere with both the adhesive’s bond and the visual impact. Only use the wet method when the graphic is solid and you can pushed out all the liquid with your squeegee.
For large windows, or if you have to align two sections so they line up flawlessly, we do recommend having the perforated window graphics installed by professionals. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, you probably need a warm day of 10°C or higher for the adhesive to bond properly with the window, installing it on the window when the temperature is below the recommended minimum could result in the vinyl graphics failing well before they should. Check with your printer for installation requirements if you’ll be putting up the graphic yourself.
So, when we install any window graphics, we begin by cleaning the windows. Old graphics may need to be removed from the surface. This can take both extra time and money. Removing a few letters or security stickers is different then peeling off larger, solid graphics.
Once the window is prepared, cleaned of ALL dust, dirt, and debris, it’s time to apply the graphics. With the backer still on, tape the graphic in place so you can double check all edges to ensure that no part of the graphic runs off the glass onto the seal or frame. This is important. If even a small little corner runs off the side, it becomes a weak point and could end up quickly peeling away. You can still trim small slivers away, using a straight edge and a sharp knife.
Once you’ve confirm the size, and the graphic is taped in place, you can start applying it to the glass. Starting with the top edge, about 1 to 3 inches, peel off and fold down the backer. Using your squeegee, starting in the centre, rub the graphic down, fixing the adhesive to the glass. With the top edge secured tot he glass, you can triple check your edges, making sure you are level and straight to the window.
Now, you can begin peeling the backer off the graphic and carefully adhering the perforated window graphics to the glass. It can be tricky ensuring that you do not have air bubbles and ripples, but with a high quality vinyl and a strong laminate you can usually peel back an inch or two if you need to retry. This is the part that practice and experience really help. Keep your squeegee at about a 45 degree angle. Go slow, start from the horizontal centre, and push out to the sides as you make your way down the graphic.
There. That’s the first one done. Maybe a hiccup or two? Don’t worry, it gets easier as you go. Or did it go on smooth? Well done. If you have more, get to it. You can go around now and clean up any edges. If something went wrong and some of the graphic has made its way up on the window frame, you can carefully trim away the excess with a sharp knife, just be careful not to scratch the glass beneath. Do not leave an edge loose, make sure ALL of the graphic is fixed onto the glass.
Once complete, the optically clear laminate will protect the colour and graphics from the elements, and the adhesive will keep it bonded to the glass. Allow 24-48 hours for it to completely set to the glass. From inside you’ll be able to see out, and from the street your clients will see a professional and impactful design representing your business.
As always, feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.
Are you considering changing the graphics on your Advance or Imagine banner stand yourself rather than ship it back to us in Toronto for the change out, we’ll take you through this process step by step. You can watch a video of the process by clicking the video at the top of this post or follow through each step below. You’ll need the following items to complete this task:
Okay now we’re ready to proceed, let’s remove the cassette from the banner stand base.
Set the base aside. Grab one of the Allen keys and place it beside the end with the small hole (as shown below). Carefully pull the banner out of the cassette using one hand while holding the banner with the other so it doesn’t pull back into the cassette.
With the allen key fully inserted the banner it’s safe to let go of the banner, it will not retract into the base. Place the upper rail on the table with the back facing up. With the second allen key loosen each screw on the upper rail.
Place your new banner face down on the table and carefully align the bottom edge of the banner with the line of adhesive tape on the white leader strip. Ensure that your banner is running square and perpendicular with the leader strip.
Using the aluminum bar that was removed earlier, align it with the top of the banner and remove 4 inches of the red plastic from the double sided tape and stick down the bar, carefully aligning it with the top of the banner as you move across.
While firmly holding the banner, slowly let it retract into the base. Use your hands to guide the banner to ensure it’s going in straight. DO NOT let go of the banner or it will slam into the cassette!
If you’re having difficulty with any of the steps shown don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.
Are you hosting a special event, movie premier, corporate promotion or wedding and considering your options for a red carpet photo backdrop? We’ve got several options available for your red carpet media backdrop and each comes with their own pros and cons. Before we take you through the options here’s a list of additional things you’ll need to consider:
A simple but large banner printed on a matte vinyl will almost always be your least expensive option. We can supply a large vinyl banner that can be hung on an existing frame system, mounted to a wall or attached to a temporary stud wall that’s built to your custom length. We also have framing systems available to support these banners that come in a 10ft standard length but can also be ganged together to form a 20ft or 30ft length. Although this is the least expensive option one small disadvantage would be the inability to completely remove small, subtle ripples in the material, it’s not a stretch fabric material so removing these can be difficult. This type of banner should also be rolled at full height and not folded when being shipped which means shipping the banner in an 8ft long tube. Folding this material can cause creases in the material and isn’t recommended.
Full colour polyester backdrops are a great lightweight option. These step and repeat media walls are printed utilizing dye sublimation printing on polyester fabric. This system comes with a quick pop up frame and is available in 8ft, 10ft or 12ft frames. Frames can also be ganged together to form a 20ft or 24ft back wall. One thing worth noting….This type of fabric back wall isn’t completely opaque, so if there’s strong back-lighting this could cause shadows of the frame to cast through on the front of the fabric. These shadows are rarely an issue in a media event scenario as there will always be strong front lighting for the photography that’s occurring. This type of graphic can be folded down and packed in a small box without creasing issues.
This option also utilizes polyester fabric but in a pillowcase style which means there’s the front facing printed graphic and behind the frame there also a layer of polyester fabric that zips closed across the bottom to form a tight, wrinkle free and glare free graphic. A light blocker can also be added to the back that eliminates any shadows being cast through from the back. This fabric graphic is also folded flat for shipping. These lightweight aluminum back wall frames are a simple snap together system available in 8ft, 10ft or 20ft configurations.
If you’ve got questions about options for a red carpet backdrop banner please contact us for free honest advice!