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Should frosted vinyl be installed on the interior or exterior side of windows on storefronts?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by WhatsYourSign?, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. WhatsYourSign?

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    Question says it all...thanks for your input!
     
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  2. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    We do pretty much all of ours on the inside of the window. Though I guess if you have an outdoor rated vinyl and want it to be easily viewed from the outside as cleanly as possible. The outside couldn’t hurt.
     
  3. Reveal1

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    Just personal taste, but opposite side of the viewpoint you want the most impact would be my preference. The glass adds depth when etch is placed on opposite side from view.
     
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  4. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I'd say interior, but we have done exterior frosted. Not full coverage though, just decorative border stuff. Really just depends on what the customer wants. If it's tinted windows, then it'd probably need to go on the outside if that's the look they're going for.
     
  5. Billct2

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    Inside unless the glass is tinted
     
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  6. djhotwheel

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    Inside / 2nd surface.
    Less chance of window cleaners messing up the vinyl, weather, UV damage. Make sure not to apply to the glazing on the windows though.
     
  7. Chuck B

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    We default to the exterior...seems to show up better for viewing. Once though, we created and installed a design in where we had elements on both the first and second surface. It was a really cool effect and added an amazing amount of perceived depth.
     
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  8. MikePro

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    exotic vinyls appreciate interior application. not saying you CAN'T do it on the outside of windows, but it lasts waaaaaay longer when you put it on the inside.
     
  9. elitetech

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    I did a job about 7 years ago big job and we did it from outside due to access from inside.. everything A o K..
     
  10. AMGearhart

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    Usually exterior. Usually the customer buys this for the benefit of the public seeing it from the outside. The glossy finish of glass can have a glare, which might make text hard to read. Or for a design, prevent it from having an etched appearance.
     
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