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What Are Opaque Window Decals?

Opaque window decals are adhesive decals you can apply on any window, glass door, or other smooth surfaces. These semi-permanent decals can be printed in nearly any size and can be applied on windows on your own — no professional assistance required! Opaque window decals last for years with proper care and can easily be removed when your store ready for a new look.

Opaque window decals work wonderfully for posting store hours or advertising a logo or brand in a window. They can also be cut to the exact outline of the design by selecting Custom from the shape options, or you can have a border added around the outline of your design by selecting Custom with Border.

Opaque Window Decal Features

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Inside or Outside Surface Application

Standard and inside glass options allow you to place your decal inside or outside of your storefront window or door.

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Easy to Install

Install your opaque window decal in minutes even without professional help. Installation instructions are included with every order so you can put it up on your own or with your team. You can also read a detailed guide below to help you with the process.

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Full Color Printing

Your design will be printed on premium white adhesive vinyl in full color using the best printing technologies available. The result is a vibrant design that can be displayed proudly on any smooth, non-porous surface.

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Custom Cut Options

Multiple shape options available including square/rectangle, rounded corners (¼” & 1”), circle/oval, custom, and custom with border.

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Printed to Last

The combination of durable 3 mil vinyl and 4-color UV ink make your opaque window decals weather-resistant and fade-resistant. With proper care, your decal can last for over five years

Popular Opaque Window Decals Templates

Opaque window decals are made to stand out, so make use of vibrant colors and eye-catching images with your design. You can use our free design templates to start your window decal journey.

Some popular templates combine taglines, logos, and brand names, while others provide key information like store hours, contact details, and services offered. Choose the best layout template for your business and work on your design until it's ready for printing.

How to Use the Opaque Window Decals Templates

  1. Select the decal template of your choice and click on it.'s online design tool will open, and then you can start editing the existing template.

  2. Try modifying the size and shapes of the template's images and texts according to your design preferences. You can also type and save messages on the layout.

  3. Add images to the template. You can either upload your original artwork or click on the "Images" tab on the left side of the design tool to search for and insert free stock images into your decal.

  4. Once you're done, click "Save and Continue," and you'll be redirected to the payments page. Proceed with the payment and wait for your order to be finalized. You can also request a free proof of your design afterward.


Create your custom opaque window decal with the easiest and simplest design tool in the signage industry. Upload images, create objects, add text, adjust sizing, change color, and so much more!
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Additional Specs

  • Weight

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

  • Thickness

    3 mil (.003") About the same thickness of a sheet of copy paper

  • Details

    Semi-permanent white vinyl, versatile, bubble-free finish

  • Uses

    Indoor/Outdoor. Retail, home or office windows

  • Print Method

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

  • Estimated Lifespan

    5+ years with proper placement and care

  • Common Sizes

    12"x12", 24"x12", 2'x2', 4'x4', 3'x5'

Simple Installation with No Professional Help Required

The following instructions are to help you have a successful, timely install of your opaque window decal. The installation is a simple process and requires no professional help. We recommend installing your decal in an environment that is dry with a temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cleaning glass door for preparation to install window decal

Begin by cleaning the desired window or surface with window cleaner or light soap with water, removing all dust and dirt particles. If dust and dirt is not fully removed from the surface this may cause small air bubbles in your decal and prevent it from adhering properly. After cleaning the surface, either allow time for the surface to air dry or remove excess water with a rubber squeegee.

Positioning decal on glass door for fit and placement

Lay out your opaque window decal on the window with the backing still on and make sure it is aligned properly.

Using dry-erase marker to mark location for opaque window decal

While holding up the decal where you want it to go, use a dry erase or washable marker to mark where your decal will be applied. Double check your alignment to make sure the opaque window decal is where you want it to be.

Peeling protective backing away from opaque window decal

Gently remove the backing by peeling the decal away from a corner. If you’re having difficulty, a piece of scotch tape placed on the backing can help create a tab for you to grip and peel away the decal. Avoid doing this step in windy conditions so that the adhesive side of the decal does not fold and stick to itself.

Placing opaque window decal on glass surface

Carefully place the decal onto the window or desired surface. Use your alignment marks made in step 3. We recommend holding the decal upright with two hands near the top and placing only the top edge to the surface first, then use your hands to guide the decal on a little at a time. At this point only apply the decal lightly. If you need to reposition or adjust the decal you should be able to slowly and carefully peel the decal away from the surface and reposition it before the adhesive fully sets in.

Using squeegee to work out bubbles from opaque window decal

Once the decal is in place, use a squeegee* to remove air bubbles and small pockets. When using the squeegee, start in the center of the decal and move in a straight line to the right and left side of the decal—then move up and down working out any pockets or bubbles. Continue this process until you have run the squeegee over the entire decal. You’ll want to use some steady pressure with the squeegee to work out the pockets. You may place the back liner on top of your decal during this process to avoid damage to the decal. Once your decal has been fully squeegeed, you will not be able to reposition your decal.

*Available as an additional purchase.

**Note: If you are installing an “inside glass” opaque window decal, use a wet installation method: Mix 3 drops of household dish soap to 1 gallon of water. Use a spray bottle to gently spray that solution onto the adhesive side (printed side for inside glass) of your decal as well as the application surface. Place the decal onto the window and move it around while it is still “wet” to the desired position. Finally, use a squeegee to remove all bubbles and excess water. Dry to finish.

Download or Print Opaque Window Decal Installation Instructions PDF


Although we recommend using soapy water to help install your decal, don't allow it to become exposed to water or excessive moisture for an extended period of time before installing. You may wash the window that has the decal applied, but do not power wash your decal after it is installed. When cleaning the decal we recommend using a damp, non-abrasive cloth. If you need to remove your opaque window decal, peel it away from the window, then use a straight edge and window cleaner to remove any excess adhesive residue.


All 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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April 25, 2024 by Mike Ng
“High quality materials, the print colors are vivid as our design, and the cuts are accurate. The design team is very flexible and responsive. Great customer services! The decals look very nice after installation. We have purchased a few times from Recommended!”
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My go to company for all my professional signage! September 8, 2022 by Kevin
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What material is your opaque decal made out of?
Asked a year ago by Signs
Our opaque window decals are made from a polymeric calendered film with a grey pigmented, pressure sensitive adhesive. They are a durable adhesive vinyl for semi-permanent uses.
Will any of the decal be clear?
Asked a year ago by Signs

No. Even if you print nothing on your decal it will be opaque in nature. The default material is white. Thus, there is no way to use an opaque window decal in a location that requires transparency. If transparency is needed, both our clear and perforated window decals will work.

Do you offer other types of decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes, we offer a number of different decals. Clear and perforated decals offer transparency and reverse print as options, we also offer three different types of vehicle decals and wall decals for interior use. And, our interior floor decal that is great for convention centers, retail shops and more.

Is a window graphic or sticker the same thing as your opaque window decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs

The terms are often used interchangeably. For a more detailed breakdown see our window decals page or our blog post in which we discuss different types of window signs. Just keep in mind that by asking for a “window sticker” that the decal you get will be semi- permanent and will not be able to be repositioned and used in more than one location after the initial installation.

How thick are your window decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
Our opaque window decals are 3 mil (.003") thick. Roughly the same thickness as a couple of sheets of normal copy paper.
What is the lifespan of your opaque window decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
With proper care and placement, your decal can last up to five years. The circumstances in which the high end of the lifespan will be achieved will be when the decal is used in an interior setting and is properly installed and maintained. Exterior use that results in constant exposure to the elements and/or poor installation or maintenance can decrease the lifespan of the decal. Notwithstanding, exterior usage should still result in a decal that lasts 1-3 years.
Will the exposure to sun or the elements ruin my decal?
Asked a year ago by Signs
As noted above the decal’s lifespan will naturally be shortened when used for exterior use rather than interior use. While this is true we do print with a UV ink that prevents scratching, abrasions and fading. Thus, assuming that the decal is installed properly your printed design should remain vibrant for several years with the decal firmly adhered to your window.
Can the decals be cut to shape? Individual letters?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Regardless of the end use of your decal we can cut it to shape. We can do this in two different ways. The first is to cut it to the exact perimeter of your design. This shape option is known as "Custom" (previously known as, or sometimes referred to as contour cut). The second way is to cut it to shape but leave a small border around the entire edge of your sign. This is called "Custom with Border" (previously known as or sometimes referred to as halo cut). These two options are available for any window decal but should be used with discretion when complex designs are involved. For complex designs we recommend a simple rectangle or square shaped decal.

Individual letters that can be applied to windows are actually a different product entirely. This product is called cut vinyl or vinyl lettering. Visit our vinyl lettering page for more information on this product

Can I order a decal with rounded corners? What about other shapes?
Asked a year ago by Signs
Yes! you can choose to design your opaque window decal as as square/rectangle, rounded corners (1/4" or 1" radius), circle/oval, custom, or custom with boarder. Simply select these options from the shape dropdown in the design tool. Please contact us at or call us 888-222-4929 if you have any questions about the various shape options you have for your window decal!
How small or big can my window decal be?
Asked a year ago by Signs
Your decal can not be smaller than 3”x3” nor bigger than 52”x1680”. So as long as you can keep one of your dimensions between 3” and 52” you can create a decal of virtually any size.