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Rear window perf on pick up truck- laminated or unlaminated, what do you do?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by phototec, Jun 16, 2020.

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  1. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    Rear window perf on pick up truck- laminated or unlaminated, what do you do?

    I see a lot of them really cheap on eBay and Amazon and they don't say laminated.

    I attended a Justin Pate vehicle wrap class back in 2010, and Justin recommended laminating window perf so rain droplets don't collect in all the small holes making it hard to see through the window perf material.

    Just wondering if you guys are laminating window perf or not?

    Thanks for any feedback
     
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  2. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    We laminate our window perf w/ Oraguard 290GF.

    The only time I've done vehicles without lam was for a temporary event where the rental vans only had graphics for about a month, and even then they complained that the holes filled with water/dirt. (I was trying to save them money)

    After that, I won't print perf without lam. Easier to install without it, but looks better in the long run with it, in my opinion.
     
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  3. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    I spray with automotive clear. In fact I'm spraying one today. No complaints to date. YMMV.
     
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  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Laminate
     
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    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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  6. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

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    laminate!
     
  7. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Laminate, optically clear of course.
     
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  8. Reveal1

    Reveal1 Active Member

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    We spray clear as our default, but explain options/benefits of each to customer and let them decide.
     
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    Andy D Very Active Member

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    Does that solve the "rain droplets don't collect in all the small holes making it hard to see through the window perf material."?
     
  10. TomClarke

    TomClarke New Member

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    Optically clear laminate. Dirt will not fill the holes with a laminate.
     
  11. Reveal1

    Reveal1 Active Member

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    I guess it's how much the customer views that as a problem. Back of pickup or van rear visibility during rain is still predominately via mirrors for many drivers. The other 95% of the time (at least here in MO) it's not raining. Personally, I would rather have the clearer visibility from no laminate that 95% of the time. Haven't seen an 'optically clear' film yet that is truly transparent without distortion. But again, personal choice.
     
  12. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    I sheet-laminate square/flat window perf for storefronts
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    I spray-laminate perf graphics for car windows....looks wayyyy better & easier to work with, imho.
     
  13. Geneva Olson

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    can you see through it when it rains?
     
  14. Geneva Olson

    Geneva Olson Member

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    We don't laminate it. We did ONCE for side windows because we wanted to protect the graphic. We have it on our back garage window and we can't see through it when it rains. But laminated you can't see through it at all until it does the heat thing to it.
     
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