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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.


Why Signs.com?

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
Award-Winning Customer Service
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 past 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
Your design will be printed onto the frosted material with UV inks for a beautiful and durable matte finish. Utilize ourFree Design Servicesfor 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 do I remove my decal or lettering? Will it leave behind a huge mess and lots of residue?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
Most decals can be removed by using a razor blade or sharp edged instrument to help peel it off the window. Particularly when the decal or lettering has been installed for an extended period of time, the decal can leave a residue on the window. For residual adhesives, a simple window cleaner and sharp edged instrument should be sufficient. In most cases, removal is extremely easy and hassle free
Q:
What is the difference between a frosted window decal and frosted lettering? Which one should I choose?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

You are able to choose between a traditional frosted window decal or frosted lettering, with two different types of frosted lettering available (standard or reverse cut). Frosted window decals and frosted lettering are both made from the same material, use the same general installation method, and create an etched/frosted appearance for the window they are applied to. The major difference between the two lies in how your chosen design is incorporated into the frosted vinyl material. As for which one you should choose, that is entirely up to your preference and depends on which type you think looks best. Here is a quick breakdown on the distinguishing characteristics for each type:

Frosted Lettering (Reverse Cut): Your design is cut away from the frosted vinyl material, allowing you to see directly through the decal anywhere you had placed an image, graphic, or text.

Frosted Lettering (Standard Cut): Your design is cut to exact shape out of the frosted vinyl material. Inside elements of your design that are transparent will be picked/weeded out as well (example - the inside of an "O" is cut out, as opposed to leaving the "O" solid).

Frosted Window Decal: Your design is printed directly onto the surface of the frosted vinyl material using UV ink and an advanced four-color printing process. This allows you to maintain all colors used in your design.

Q:
Can I only create letters with frosted lettering?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
Nope! You are actually able to create much more than just lettering with our frosted lettering product. Aside from lettering, you can also create logos, unique shapes, and various other designs. If, however, you want to stick with just lettering you are perfectly fine to do so.
Q:
With frosted lettering, will all of my individual letters/design elements be placed on the same sheet of transfer tape?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

In most cases, the individual letters contained within your frosted lettering will be appropriately spaced and placed on a single sheet of transfer tape, making installation quick and simple. However, if your frosted lettering exceeds 48" (for colors black and white) or 24" (for all other colors) in both width and height, your lettering will be split and placed onto two sheets of transfer tape. You will also receive your frosted lettering in multiple sheets if you are using three or more different colors. In this case, each separate color will be grouped together on its own sheet.

Q:
What material is your frosted window decal made out of?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Frosted window decals and lettering are made from an adhesive material called etched glass that is roughly .002" thick. The decal comes with a clear backer that can be peeled away to reveal the adhesive. Frosted lettering will also come with a layer of transfer tape placed over the top of the decal, allowing for a simple, all-in-one installation.

Q:
How does color look when it's printed on the frosted decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Frosted Window Decal - Due the nature of the material, the printed color (as well as the areas that are left unprinted) will print translucent, allowing some light and shadow through. Frosted Lettering - Your design will be cut instead of printed and will not have any color aside from the frosted material.

Q:
How do I know where my decal will be frosted?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Frosted areas are indicated by the gray frosted background within the design tool. If you want any part of your sign to be frosted instead of being printed or cut out, that gray background or must be visible on your proof. If you have uploaded a JPG file to the site with a white background, we will NOT print the white of that background. That white portion will instead, be frosted. Please note that if you are creating frosted lettering you will need to use vector artwork (ai, eps, svg, pdf) to achieve the correct frosted background. If you need help, please fill out our free design request form.

Q:
Am I able to order a blank sheet of frosted vinyl material?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
Yes. If you are interested in ordering a blank sheet of frosted vinyl material, all you need to do is get started on a frosted window decal and be sure not to add any design elements to your decal when in the design tool.
Q:
Do you offer other types of decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Yes, in addition to the frosted window decals we also offer clear window decals, opaque window decals, vinyl lettering and perforated window decals. Additionally, we offer clear window clings and opaque clings that cling to your window. A more detailed explanation of the differences and advantages/disadvantages of these decals can be found here: Window Signage Options.

Q:
Are frosted window decals/lettering the same thing as etched glass decals or stickers?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:
Frosted window decals and etched glass stickers are interchangeable terms describing a translucent vinyl film with an adhesive backing that is suitable for installation on windows.