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Window Decal Guide: Design and Installation

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Published On: March 15th, 2024
Window Decal Guide: Design and Installation

Want to make a statement? Decals can grab the attention of potential customers, increasing the visibility of your business and drawing foot traffic to your storefront.   

They aren’t just good for your business–they’re good for your budget, too! Compared to traditional print advertising methods such as billboards or print ads, window decals are a cost-effective way to promote your business or group and attract customers, offering long-term visibility at a fraction of the cost.  

Here’s what you need to know about ordering and installing a custom window decal.  

Why Choose Decals? 

Window decals are easy to install and remove, allowing businesses to update their storefronts with new promotions or designs without damaging the window surface or leaving behind residue. 

Depending on your business needs, window decals can be applied temporarily for seasonal promotions or events, or they can be designed for long-term use. 

They are great for promoting local organizations, such as chambers of commerce.  

Ordering Window Decals 

Ready to place an order? First, you’ll need to create a great design to catch the eye of your audience.  Try working with a graphic designer to bring your ideas to life. Then you can work with a professional printer to produce your designs on high-quality vinyl. 

The printer can help iron out the finer details of your order, such as: 

  • How many decals do you need?  
  • Will it be a cutout or one larger piece of material? Will you need assistance installing it?  

Some printers can even create samples to let you preview the final product before ordering. 

How to Apply a Window Decal  

Unlike a sticker, window decals must be installed from the inside of the window facing out, which can make the application a delicate process.  Follow these steps for the best results:  

  1. Clean the surface where the decal is going to be applied.   
  2. Carefully line the decal up on the cleaned surface. A level can help ensure it is on straight.  
  3. Peel back the backing on one side. You’ll want to use a scraper or a credit card.  
  4. Slowly peel off the backing and apply the decal, scraping out any bubbles or wrinkles.  

Want to see these steps in action? Click here to watch Jeremy from Target Print & Mail explain the process.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I clean and maintain window decals once they’re applied? Clean window decals regularly with mild soap and water, avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that may damage the decal or window surface. Gently wipe dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. 

Can window decals be removed without damaging the window surface? Yes, most window decals are designed to be removable without leaving residue or damaging the window surface. Follow the printer or manufacturer’s instructions for proper removal techniques.  

Can window decals be reused or repositioned once applied? It depends on the type of adhesive used and the condition of the decal. Some window decals are designed for one-time use and cannot be repositioned, while others may be removable and reusable if handled carefully.  

What’s the difference between a window decal, a window cling and a sticker? Window decals typically use a low-tack adhesive that allows them to be easily applied and removed from windows without leaving residue.  Window clings use static electricity to adhere to glass surfaces without the need for adhesive. They cling to the window using suction, making them easy to apply, reposition and remove without leaving residue. Stickers use a stronger adhesive compared to window decals and clings, making them more permanent once applied.  

Place an Order Today 

At Target Print and Mail, we understand that your business needs are unique to you. We love working with your developed designs, but we also have a team of on-site designers to bring your ideas to life, including custom decals. Do you need your product shipped? We can do that, too! To view a full list of our products, check out our website here. 

Do you have additional questions? We are here to help. Give us a call at (850) 671-6600.