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Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut)

Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut)

Frosted Lettering

Frosted Lettering

Frosted Window Decal

Frosted Window Decal



What Are Frosted Window Decals?

Frosted Decal Frosted Material

A frosted window decal is an image or graphic created from a sheet of translucent vinyl material with a "frosted" or "etched" appearance. These decals are designed to be transparent enough to let light through a window yet opaque enough to offer privacy. You can choose between a traditional frosted window decal or frosted lettering. With frosted window decals, your design will be printed with UV ink onto frosted vinyl material. Each design option displays your custom message or graphic uniquely and you can choose between standard lettering, reverse cut, or frosted designs. Custom frosted window decals provide an elegant, professional appearance at a low cost and will last up to five years with proper installation and care.

Frosted vinyl window decals are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. They are often used to display company logos, advertise products and promotions, offer general business information, and provide privacy for company boardrooms, offices, and retail storefronts.


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Next Day Production
Next Day Production
Order by 9PM EST and we'll have your custom etched glass decal completed and shipped the very next business day.
Free Shipping on Decal Orders Over $99*
Free Shipping on Decal Orders Over $99*
Fast and hassle-free shipping directly to your business, office, or home.
Award-Winning Customer Service
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The easiest and fastest sign experience combined with the best service.

Frosted Window Decal Features

Provides Privacy

Provides Privacy

Fully Customizable

Fully Customizable

Lowest Price

Lowest Price

Professional Appearance

Professional Appearance

Safe for Outdoor Use

Safe for Outdoor Use


Types of Frosted Decals & Lettering Available

Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut)

Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut)

How It's Made

Frosted Decal Apple
Your design will be cut away from the background of a 2-mil sheet of frosted vinyl material. Vector artwork is required (ai, eps, svg, pdf) when uploading a file for this option. Utilize our Free Design Services for any needed design assistance.

Shape

Frosted Decal Apple
Square/Rectangular
The shape of your lettering will be a standard square/rectangle with your design elements cut out from the bigger shape.

Print Surface Options

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Back

Your lettering will adhere to the outside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Front

Your lettering will adhere to the inside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut) Installation

Your frosted lettering with a reverse cut will be pre-spaced and pre-masked with transfer tape. This creates an all-in-one simple installation that allows all components of your lettering to be installed at the same time. This is a wet install that requires a water and soap-based solution to adhere the lettering to your intended glass surface. Follow the step by step instructions below or view the installation video for assistance.

Please Note: For large lettering intended to cover entire windows or large surfaces we recommend professional installation for best results.

Instruction 1

Before beginning the installation of your frosted lettering, gather the following supplies to help with the process:

  • Spray bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking or Painters Tape
  • Application Squeegee (available for purchase with order)
  • Window Squeegee
  • Razor Knife
  • Ruler
Instruction 2

Thoroughly clean the surface where you intend to place the frosted window lettering, removing all dust and dirt. Allow time to air dry or use a window squeegee to wipe away excess water.

Instruction 3

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

Instruction 4

Measure and mark your desired installation location. Hold your decal up to the window in the correct location and apply a horizontal strip of masking or painters tape to the top of the decal with the top half of the tape on the window, creating a hinge.

Instruction 5

Hold the bottom edge of the frosted window lettering away from the window and spray the glass surface with the application solution you created in the previous step.

Instruction 6

Begin to remove the back liner from the lettering, starting at a top corner and working your way down to an adjacent bottom corner. As you are removing the back liner, be sure to generously spray application solution on the adhesive side of the decal.

Instruction 7

Once the back liner is removed and both the decal and glass surface are wet, use a squeegee* and apply pressure to the front of the graphic, adhering it to the window. Be sure to squeegee from left to right from the top down. If bubbles or creases begin to develop during this process, carefully lift the affected portion of the decal away from the window and repeat the application process.

*Available for purchase with your frosted lettering
Instruction 8

Once the entire decal has been adhered to the window without major bubbles or creases, run the squeegee over the entire decal one final time to ensure the adhesive is firmly attached to the surface.

Instruction 9

Begin to remove the premask, starting at a top corner and working your way towards the adjacent bottom corner. If any vinyl begins to peel off the window, use your squeegee to firmly adhere it back to the surface and continue peeling away the premask.

Instruction 10

Once you have removed the entire premask, lay the removed back liner over the top of the installed lettering and apply hard pressure with the squeegee. This will help remove any air bubbles or creases that have formed during installation.

Instruction 11

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

Instruction 12

If your lettering goes to the edge of your window, use a razor blade and ruler to trim excess material away until the lettering is flush with the edge of the window.

Download or Print Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut) Installation Instructions


Frosted Lettering

Frosted Lettering

How It's Made

Frosted Decal Apple 2
Each letter and object in your design will be cut directly out of a sheet of 2-mil frosted vinyl and will have no background. Vector artwork is required (ai, eps, svg, pdf) when uploading a file for this option. Utilize our Free Design Services for any needed design assistance.

Shape

Frosted Decal Apple
Exact Cut
The graphics and letters on your lettering will be cut to exact shape with inner spaces weeded/picked out.

Print Surface Options

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Back

Your lettering will adhere to the outside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Front

Your lettering will adhere to the inside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Lettering Installation

Your frosted lettering will be pre-spaced and pre-masked with transfer tape. This creates an all-in-one simple installation that allows all components of your decal to be installed at the same time. This is a wet install that requires a water and soap-based solution to adhere the decal to your intended glass surface. Follow the step by step instructions below or view the installation video for assistance.

Please Note: For large lettering intended to cover entire windows or large surfaces we recommend professional installation for best results.

Instruction 1

Before beginning the installation of your frosted window lettering, gather the following supplies to help with the process:

  • Spray bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking or Painters Tape
  • Application Squeegee (available for purchase with order)
  • Window Squeegee
  • Razor Knife
  • Ruler
Instruction 2

Thoroughly clean the surface where you intend to place the frosted window lettering, removing all dust and dirt. Allow time to air dry or use a window squeegee to wipe away excess water.

Instruction 3

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

Instruction 4

Measure and mark your desired installation location. Hold your lettering up to the window in the correct location and apply a horizontal strip of masking or painters tape to the top of the decal with the top half of the tape on the window, creating a hinge.

Instruction 5

Hold the bottom edge of the frosted window lettering away from the window and spray the glass surface with the application solution you created in the previous step.

Instruction 6

Begin to remove the back liner from the decal, starting at a top corner and working your way down to an adjacent bottom corner. As you are removing the back liner, be sure to generously spray application solution on the adhesive side of the decal.

Instruction 7

Once the back liner is removed and both the decal and glass surface are wet, use a squeegee* and apply pressure to the front of the graphic, adhering it to the window. Be sure to squeegee from left to right from the top down. If bubbles or creases begin to develop during this process, carefully lift the affected portion of the decal away from the window and repeat the application process.

*Available for purchase with your frosted lettering
Instruction 8

Once the entire decal has been adhered to the window without major bubbles or creases, run the squeegee over the entire decal one final time to ensure the adhesive is firmly attached to the surface.

Instruction 9

Begin to remove the premask, starting at a top corner and working your way towards the adjacent bottom corner. If any vinyl begins to peel off the window, use your squeegee to firmly adhere it back to the surface and continue peeling away the premask.

Instruction 10

Once you have removed the entire premask, lay the removed back liner over the top of the installed lettering and apply hard pressure with the squeegee. This will help remove any air bubbles or creases that have formed during installation.

Instruction 11

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

Download or Print Frosted Lettering Installation Instructions


Frosted Window Decal

Frosted Window Decal

How It's Made

Frosted Decal Apple 3
Each letter and object in your design will be cut directly out of a sheet of 2-mil frosted vinyl and will have no background. Vector artwork is required (ai, eps, svg, pdf) when uploading a file for this option. Utilize our Free Design Services for any needed design assistance.

Shape Options

Square/Rectangle

Square/Rectangle

The shape of your decal will be a standard square/rectangle cut to any custom size.

Custom

Custom

The shape of your decal will be custom to match the shape of your design.

Custom with Border

Custom with Border

The shape of your decal will be custom with a small border around the edge of your design.

Print Surface Options

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Back

Your lettering will adhere to the outside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Decal Apple

Adhesive on Front

Your lettering will adhere to the inside of the window you apply it to.

Frosted Window Decal Templates

Want original frosted window decals for your business? Signs.com will help you with the design and printing processes. You can start your decal journey with our free layout templates, which you can edit and design using our online design tool. Choose the motif that suits your business and work your artistic expression into making an original artwork that we’ll print on high-quality frosted vinyl.


How to Use the Frosted Window Decals Templates

  1. Choose whether you want frosted lettering, reverse cut, or frosted decal for your windows. Then, select the best design to go with your vision from our custom templates.

  2. Click on the template, and you'll be directed to our online design tool, where you can freely edit the existing template.

  3. Insert your brand logo on the template and write your company name. You can also use repeat patterns and add custom shapes to make your design more visible and appealing.

  4. If you're done with the edits, you can click "save and continue" and proceed with the payment or ask for a free proof and inquire about more improvements to your design. Once the design is finalized, you can confirm your approval, and we will do the rest.


Frosted Window Decal Installation

Please Note: Frosted window decals can be difficult to install. We recommend either professional installation or a thorough review of our installation instructions before attempting to install. This is a wet install that requires a water and soap-based solution to adhere the decal to your intended glass surface. The instructions below also apply to a blank piece of frosted window decal.

Instruction 1

Before beginning the installation of your frosted window lettering, gather the following supplies to help with the process:

  • Spray bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking or Painters Tape
  • Application Squeegee (available for purchase with order)
  • Window Squeegee
  • Razor Knife
  • Ruler
Instruction 2

Thoroughly clean the surface where you intend to place the frosted window lettering, removing all dust and dirt. Allow time to air dry or use a window squeegee to wipe away excess water.

Instruction 3

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

Instruction 4

Spray a generous amount of application solution to the desired glass surface or window.

Instruction 5

Lay your frosted window decal on a flat, smooth surface and begin to remove the back liner (be sure to keep the liner nearby for a later step). As you are removing the back liner, generously apply the application solution created in the previous step to the back of the decal. You may want to apply some application solution to your hands when doing this so you do not damage the adhesive side of the decal withyour fingers. Do not submerge the decal into water in order to soak the adhesive side.

Instruction 6

Pick up the decal by grabbing the two top corners. Be sure to keep the decal straight so that it does not krinkle when moving it to the desired surface.

Instruction 7

Now that both the adhesive side of the decal and the glass surface are now sufficiently wet, apply your frosted window decal to the window. The application solution will allow the decal to slip and move once it is on the window. You can then slide the decal into the final position you would like it to be.

Instruction 8

Lay the removed back liner over the face of the decal and begin to use the application squeegee to remove air bubbles/application solution from under the decal. Be sure to start in the center of the decal and press firmly to the right or left. Continue this process until you have ran the squeegee over the entire surface of the decal. For optimal results, we recommend using two people during this step, having one person hold the decal away from the glass surface as the other squeegees in a downward motion.

Instruction 9

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.

Instruction 10

If your decal goes to the edge of your window, use a razor blade and ruler to trim excess material away until the decal is flush with the edge of the window.

Download or Print Frosted Window Decal Installation Instructions PDF


Additional Specs

  • Frosted Lettering

    Frosted Window Decal

  • Weight:

    .07lbs per square foot (about the weight of 7 quarters)

    .07lbs per square foot (about the weight of 7 quarters)

  • Thickness:

    .002" (2-mil or 50 microns (about the thickness of half a sheet of copy paper)

    .002" (2-mil or 50 microns (about the thickness of half a sheet of copy paper)

  • Details:

    Semi-transparent, provides privacy, permanent, easy to install with transfer tape

    Semi-transparent, provides privacy, permanent, installation requires water

  • Uses:

    Indoor/Outdoor; Retail, home or office windows

    Indoor/Outdoor; Retail, home or office windows

  • Print Method:

    Cut, not printed, from vinyl sheet

    4-color printing, eco-friendly, weather, fade and abrasion resistant UV ink. No white ink will be printed

  • Estimated Lifespan:

    Approximately 8 years depending on climate and use

    5+ years with proper placement and care


Care

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Don't allow your frosted window decal or lettering to become exposed to, nor submerged in, water or excessive moisture for an extended period of time before installing. Do not power wash your decals after they are installed. Lightly clean them with a damp cloth. Remove by peeling the decal away from the window, using a window cleaner and razor blade to remove leftover residue.


Easy to Use Design Tool

Design Tool

Create your etched glass decal with the easiest and simplest design tool in the signage industry. Upload artwork, create objects, add text, adjust sizing, change color, and so much more!

Start Designing

Free Professional Design Services

Free Professional Design Service

Whether you need help uploading your design or are interested in creating something entirely new, our team of professional graphic designers is here to help. Nothing beats free!

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Q:
How thick are your window decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Our frosted window film is razor thin. Technically speaking they are 2 mil or .002". The easiest way to visualize this thickness is to say that it is just thinner than four pieces of standard computer paper.

Q:
What is the lifespan of your frosted window decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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With proper placement and care our frosted window decals will last for five or more years in an interior application. For an exterior application, depending on the amount of exposure to the elements and other considerations, the lifespan is three or more years.
Q:
Will the exposure to sun or the elements ruin my decal or lettering?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
Your decal or lettering is designed to be used either inside or out and is weather resistant. However, exposure to extreme elements over a long period of time can eventually degrade your decal. While a decal placed on the interior of a window will last longer than one placed outside, both placements of the decal are within the intended usages of the sign.
Q:
Can the decals be cut to shape? Individual letters?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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Cut options and possibilities differ depending on the type of decal ordered. Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut) - The decal itself will stay square/rectangular with the exact shape of your design and lettering cut to exact shape away from, or out of, the background. Frosted Lettering - Your design and individual letters will be cut to exact shape with inside spaces picked/weeded out. Frosted Window Decal - Individual letters cannot be cut to exact shape. You can choose between several shape options, including Square/Rectangle, Rounded Corners (1/4" or 1" radius), Circle/Oval, Custom or Custom with Border. The Custom shape option (previously known as Contour Cut) allows you to have your decal cut to the custom shape of your design, but still retain a background. The Custom with Border shape option (previously known as Halo Cut) allows you to have your decal be cut to a custom shape with a border of frosted material around it.

Q:
How small or big can my window decal be?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

At Signs.com, we offer all custom sizes for your decal or lettering. However, we cannot make frosted window decals that are smaller than 6" x 6" or larger than 48" in both directions. Assuming that one of your dimensions is under 48" then regardless of the other dimension we can print your custom-made decal. If you need something larger than 48", you may need to divide your graphic into two or more pieces and then install them side-by- side.

Q:
What if my printed frosted decal has more than 2 colors? Will it cost more?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

We print all of our signs in full color at no additional charge, no matter what design you have on your sign. We charge only based on the amount of material used, not by the color choices. Please note that color will only be seen on your frosted window decal if you select the printed frosted option above.

Q:
Do I have to use one of your templates for my decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

We offer templates only for your convenience. If you see something you'd like, feel free to use it and tweak it to fit your needs. If you don't see what you're looking for in our templates, there are a few more options. You can always upload your own design using our easy uploader, or you can start from scratch and create your sign using our design tool. We also offer free design services, if you are in need of assistance.

Q:
How do frosted window decals differ from clear or opaque window decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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Frosted window decals bridge the gap between clear and opaque decals. Clear decals allow light to pass through them, while opaque decals don't. Frosted decals allow some light and shadow through, making them ideal for privacy and decorative elements.

Q:
Will the decal or lettering damage or ruin my window?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
No. While the decal does have a strong adhesive, they are easy to remove. Generally, they peel right off. Sometimes when the decals are removed, they leave adhesive residue on the window. Residue can be removed using cleaning solution and/or a razor blade.
Q:
What are frosted window decals and frosted lettering typically used for?
Asked a year ago by Signs
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Frosted window decals and lettering are used most commonly in businesses and homes as a way to add privacy and a decorative element to some windows. Business uses include in conference or meeting rooms, as a partition for a reception area, or a decorative, unique way to display business hours or logos. Home uses include using the decal for privacy in bathrooms or bedrooms or as window decorative elements.