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What Are Clear Window Decals

What Are Clear Window Decals?

A clear window decal is an image or graphic that is printed directly onto a sheet of transparent 3 mil vinyl material. These decals are transparent anywhere that does not contain your design, allowing you to display your logo or message on your window, glass door, or storefront without entirely obstructing your view.

Clear vinyl window decals are intended for both indoor and outdoor use. The ideal surface they are meant to be used on is glass, but they may also be used on electronic equipment, refrigerators, aluminum, stainless steel, plastics, or laminated surfaces. These decals are commonly used for business/storefront advertising, retail locations, displaying store hours, window decor, product promotion, window signage, and office branding.

Clear Window Decals vs Vinyl Lettering

Clear Window Decals

Clear Window Decals

Vinyl Lettering

Vinyl Lettering

Clear window decals can have a very similar appearance to vinyl lettering when applied. However, they are entirely different products. With vinyl lettering, your design is cut to shape from a solid-colored sheet of vinyl instead of being printed. With clear window decals, your design is printed onto a sheet of transparent vinyl, allowing you to use a wide variety of colors, gradients, etc.

Advanced White-Ink Printing Method

Advanced White-Ink Printing Method

We use a two-step printing process to create your custom transparent window decal. This involves printing a layer of white ink followed by a layer of colored ink. This "spot white ink" is only printed where your design is printed to add contrast and vibrancy to your design while retaining the overall transparency of the decal.

Please note that your decal will only be transparent in areas that do not include your design. We recommend using files that have a transparent background such as PNG when uploading your design. Need design help? Learn about our free design services.

Key Features of Clear Window Decals

Clear Window Decals Customization Options


Clear Window Decals size
Clear Window Decals size
Clear Window Decals size

Choose from a wide range of custom sizes, the smallest being 4" x 4" and the largest being 48" x 96".



Clear Window Decals Shape

Your decal will be cut as a standard rectangle at the size you have selected.

Custom with Border

Clear Window Decals Shape

Your decal will be cut to a custom shape with a border of material around the edge of the design.

How to Use Clear Window Decals Templates

At, we make sure that your custom decal needs are covered whether you’re just beginning to learn design or already are a pro. We created a selection of customizable templates so you can try your hand at designing your own clear window decal.

  1. Choose a template you like from this page. You will be redirected to our online designer tool when you click on a template. You can also type your preferred product into the search bar to see the full gallery of available templates.

  2. It’s time to get creative! Add your preferred text and business logo. You can also modify the elements you see on the template such as fonts, colors, and background options. We provided tools like ruler, bleed, and grid to help you ensure that your design is of the correct alignment.

    Our online design tool is also file-friendly. If you have an existing design and you just need us to print it for you, click “Upload” on the left side of the page. We accept a variety of file types including AI, EPS, PSD, PDF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and TIF.

  3. Our “View Proof” option allows you to double-check your design for printing and make sure all words are spelled correctly. When you’re satisfied with your design, you can click “Save & Continue” and be redirected to checkout. Otherwise, click “Save” if you plan to check your work later.

What's the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Decal?

Our indoor and outdoor decals are made to last a long time but we recommend using them in areas they're made for so you can maximize their lifespan.

Indoor clear window decals are great for indoor signs like offices, stores, and even homes. They're made with high-quality adhesive that's suitable and strong enough for indoor use.

Outdoor clear window decals, on the other hand, are created with a more resilient adhesive to make it weather-proof and withstand the elements. UV inhibitors are also built into each decal so it doesn't fade even with constant exposure to sunlight. This decal type is perfect for exterior glass surfaces such as windows of cars, stores, and buildings

Knowing where you’ll use them and choosing the suitable type will help you make the most out of your clear window decals.

Additional Specs

  • Weight

    .05lbs per square foot (about the weight of 9 quarters)

  • Thickness

    .003" (about the same thickness as a sheet of copy paper)

  • Details

    Repositionable, low tac, transparent vinyl decal that is easy to install without bubbling when installed wet. Works indoors and outdoors on surfaces including glass, aluminum, stainless steel, plastics and laminated surfaces.

  • Uses

    Indoor/Outdoor. Retail, home, storefront, or office windows

  • Print Method

    Four color process, eco-friendly, weather, fade and abrasion resistant UV ink

  • Estimated Lifespan

    3+ years with proper placement and care

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Simple Installation with No Professional Help Required

The following installation instructions will help you with a quick and easy installation of your custom clear window decal. Instructions will also be included with your order, and you are free to refer to this page, download a PDF of the instructions, or view our instructional video for assistance. If you are installing a large decal we recommend having at least one other person assist you.

Before you begin to install your custom clear window decal, we recommend gathering the following supplies to help with the process:
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Application Squeegee (available for purchase with order)
  • Window Squeegee

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the window or glass surface you intend to use for your decal. After cleaning, use a window squeegee to remove excess water or allow appropriate time for the window to air dry.

Create a decal application solution by combining 3 drops of dish soap or detergent (not hand soap) per 1 gallon of water and place into a spray bottle.

Lay your transparent window decal on a flat, smooth surface and begin to remove the black liner. The backing is a frosted, semi-transparent material that can be difficult to remove due to its thin properties. If you are having difficulty, try applying a small piece of tape to the corner of the backing and use that to help you peel it away from the decal.

As you are removing the backing, generously apply the application solution to the back of the decal. Next, spray a generous amount of application solution to the desired surface, making sure both the adhesive side of the decal and the glass surface are now sufficiently wet. Do not submerge the decal into water in an attempt to soak the adhesive side.

You can now apply your clear window decal to the desired window or glass surface. The application solution will allow the decal to slip and move once it is on the window. Use this to your advantage by sliding the decal into its final position.

Once the decal is in its final position, place the removed backing over the face of your decal and use the application squeegee to remove air bubbles/application solution from under the decal. When doing so, start in the center of the decal and press firmly to the right or left edge. Continue this process until you have run the squeegee over the entire surface of the decal.

Use paper towels to clean the glass surface and to remove excess water from the edges of the decal. It may take several days for the adhesive to fully dry and bind to the glass surface.

Download or Print Clear Window Decal Installation Instructions PDF

How to Care for Clear Window Decals

How to Care for Clear Window Decals

Although we recommend using soapy water to help install your decal, do not expose it to water or excessive moisture for an extended period prior to installation. Once you’ve installed the decal, you may wash the window where it is applied, but we do not recommend power the surface as doing so may ruin the adhesive. You can also clean the decal using a damp, non-abrasive cloth.

Please note that our clear window decals may be removed and repositioned several times. You can take it off the surface by peeling the decal away from the window and reapplying using the same installation guide above.

Additional Window Decals

We offer several different window decal types to ensure you are able to get the decal that best meets your needs. Create a consistent look and make your business stand out by incorporating several different types of decals on your storefront, windows, or glass doors.

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Great product April 2, 2024 by Tommy Crivello ( FL )
“it came just like I ordered it”
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Great experience start to finish March 19, 2024 by Matt Jaffe ( OH )
“ did a great job taking my preliminary design and turning it into a couple great looking signs. Their design team was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and walked me through the process where I was unclear. Their customer service is some of the best I've experienced.”
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Awesome buy June 12, 2023 by A Community of Blessings ( PA )
“Easy to install once you separate the paper”
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Easy peasy May 19, 2023 by Ken Jomo ( NC )
“These decals were perfect for my store. Followed directions online and were able to install both in a couple hours. VERY PLEASED...”
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Worth the purchase! April 28, 2023 by Anon ( CT )
“Looked excellent, price was good, and the customer representative and graphic designer I spoke with were phenomenal!”

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What are clear window decals typically used for?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Clear window decals have a variety of uses, the most common being for storefronts of big and small businesses. These decals are perfect for advertising sales, seasonal promotions, branding, and store hours advisory. Decals can also be used to note warning signs, compliance signs such as displaying building codes, surveillance notices, QR codes and many more.

In addition, clear window decals are great for settings whose interiors are glass centric like conference rooms, reception areas, etc. They can also be used in residential areas for anything from “no soliciting” signs to “beware of dog” type signs.

Will the decal impact the transparency of my window/storefront?
Asked a year ago by Signs

The clear window decal will be completely transparent on areas that it is not printed. If the surface area of your decal is completely covered, you shouldn’t see any transparent portions of the decal. Keep in mind though that even a fully printed decal will still allow some light through. Vision may be fractionally obscured but it will not be as opaque as an actual opaque decal. To achieve one-way visibility, select our perforated window decals.

Can I place my decal on the inside of my storefront/window and have it be visible to those outside?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes. For inside placement and outside visibility, you need to select “Inside Glass” when you place an order. We’ll reverse-print your sign so that you can adhere it to the inside of the window but have people see your sign as they approach your business or home. This is also possible with our clear window clings.

Can the decal be used only on a glass surface?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Our clear window decals are designed for and best when used on smooth glass surfaces. They are also perfectly suitable for laminated surfaces, plastics, stainless steel, aluminum, and electronics such as TV screens, tablets, and computer monitors. Please note that clear window decals will not work on concrete of any type, textured surfaces, and drywall.

Do clear window decals stick to fiberglass?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Our clear window decal does not stick well to fiberglass. We recommend using it on glass or a similar smooth surface. If you're looking for a decal specifically for fiberglass, we recommend using our permanent decal.

Can I use clear window decals car windows?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes, can use clear window decals on your car windows. In fact, they can be great for advertising especially if you want to make it work as a moving business card when you drive anywhere. Please note though that our clear window decals can last about three years only. If you’re looking for something that lasts longer, you can check out our permanent decals.

Does my decal have a backing? How do I remove it?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes, our clear window decal has a frosted backing on it. The easiest way to remove this is to slightly bend the decal at a corner much like you would with a sticker. If this doesn’t work, you can use a small piece of tape as shown in this video.

How do I install my clear window decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Installation of your clear decal only takes two steps. First, clean the window and allow the surface to dry before installing the decal.

The second step involves a little prep prior to the actual installation. Add a drop or two of dish soap to a spray bottle filled with warm water and shake well. After removing the decal’s protective backing, spray the non-printed side of the decal as well as the window itself generously with the water-soap mixture. Wetting the decal and the window will provide you some wiggle room while installing the decal to the window. Be careful not to submerge the decal in water as this can affect its ability to adhere to your window. Once the decal is placed on the window use a flat edge or a squeegee to remove as much liquid as you can. We recommend that you use a rubber or felt-tipped squeegee to prevent puncturing the decal. Allow the decal to air-dry after installation.

Does installing a clear window decal require more than one person?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Installation of the smaller window decals can be done by one person. For larger decals, however, we recommend that at least two people do it. Doing so will prevent the decal from sticking to itself during the process and makes for a much easier squeegee process and overall application of the decal. If the decal sticks to itself nonetheless, it will be easier for two people to pull it apart as opposed to when there’s only one person doing the installation.

How do I store my decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs

If you wish to take down and store your decal, it is best to store it using the original backing. This will protect the sticky side from collecting dust, debris, or other particles that may reduce the decal’s ability to stick to when you’re ready to use it again. If you need to store them for a while (i.e., under one year), store the backing of the decal at room temperature in a non-humid setting.