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Question Printed Perf & Optically Clear Laminate

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Centro Graphics, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Centro Graphics

    Centro Graphics Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Hi. Loooking for opinions and or experiences with printed perf to glass with optically clear laminate.

    So the lam wants to stick thru the holes which is understandable, but we have seen some clear lammed perf that it looks perfect, not sticking thru the holes of the perf. When it does stick thru the holes, it can look kinda ugly. This is either of a few things I guess
    • The ratio of hole to media is less
    • or the lam is a particular brand where it does not stick to the glass thru the holes
    Any pointers on experience or advice on a particular brand would be appreciated please.

  2. MikePatterson

    MikePatterson Head bathroom cleaner.

    You will see squeegee marks and imperfections after install. They will bake out in the sun.
    • Agree Agree x 3
  3. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    This X2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. papabud

    papabud Lone Wolf

    Mar 7, 2016
    Toledo, OH
    i do it both ways, lam perf or just straight perf. i see a lot of old wrap jobs and i think they quality fails with laminated perf sooner.
  5. Superior_Adam

    Superior_Adam Member

    Dec 13, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    I personally would never do a vehicle wrap without lam. Rain will fill the holes and you wont be able to see out of the window at all. We use cClearFocus perf 50/50 with Oracal Optically Clear Lam and have never had the lam stick to the windows in the voids.
  6. unclebun

    unclebun Active Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Osage Beach, MO
    This. Except that we use Avery optically clear laminate on our Clear Focus 50/50. Our neighbor is a glass shop that we did a truck window this way six years ago and it still looks good. I change the one on my truck about every 2-3 years, and it still looks great when I take it off. But I like to change the photo on mine.
  7. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

    Sep 8, 2016
    Arlington, TX
    That's not really as big of a deal as you might think. There are many, many vehicles that only have a windshield, driver, and passenger window. You shouldn't be putting perf on any of those windows anyway.

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