So you start thinking in ways to solve that sunny issue. And that’s how you come across perforated. See, perforated vinyl is astonishingly handy. Its advantages vary from its price all the way to its durability. It’s an awesome product and here at DEV1150 we work with only the best in the market. Let’s talk a little about it.
Perforated window vinyl is a sheet of vinyl material with a pattern of tiny holes cut through it. A significant amount of the material is removed and it usually ranges from 30 to 50%. For example, 60/40 vinyl is 60% vinyl and 40% holes. This type of vinyl is also known as “see-through” vinyl and it is used to make signs that are solid, bright, and opaque when viewed from the outside, but are transparent from the inside.
Light-colored perforated vinyl signs are opaque when seen from outside a window because our eyes naturally focus on a bright, well-lit surface rather than on the holes and the relative darkness of whatever is behind the surface. The inner side of perforated vinyl, however, is dark colored. The eye naturally focuses through the dark vinyl to the light and motion outside the window. Because of this, when you’re inside a store, home or automobile with this type of vinyl, you can see through the back of the sign to the world outside.
This form of signage is particularly great for advertising; its ability to adhere to a variety of surfaces while still allowing vision means it is a great medium for business wanting to get the word out in as many ways as possible. You can see perforated window film used for vehicles, buses and storefront advertising applications. Using the perforated vinyl on vehicles and buses’ windows helps to complete the overall look of the graphic, giving the advertisement the greatest overall effect.
Perforated vinyl film can be used in a wide variety of ways, including a few that might surprise people:
- Airport and hotel skywalks.
- Hearses and limousines.
- Entry doors and windows for convention centers for trade show-specific advertising or promotion.
- Retail store windows and glass doors.
Of course, there are a number of problems specific to this kind of signage. For example, sometimes the materials themselves can cause trouble. One of the most common problems occurs when users put polyester laminate on see-through film and try to use it on curved windows. The vinyl invariably wrinkles or pulls up off the glass because the polyester laminates are design for flat windows only.
Another common problem is one that many people might not think about. Washing the windows with solvent-based glass cleaners prior to application is a big no-no! Window cleaner contains a solvent that can break down the adhesive needed when utilizing perforated vinyl film; if that happens, the film will not adhere properly to the glass, resulting in lifting and distortion of the image.
There are those who are hesitant to use perforated vinyl film due to concerns about visibility. Anytime you put something on a window your visibility is reduced. But there are ways to deal with this. Some manufacturers offer various sizes in the perforations. The larger the perforation the better your visibility will be. Remember the fact that your eyes actually compensate somewhat for the reduced visibility.
What about the image quality? Well, of course you are going to lose some. When you remove as much as 50% of the picture, how can image quality not suffer? But if you design for the product, this can be minimized, and the onset of the 70/30 perforation pattern helps to eliminate this problem. The 70/30 pattern improves the image, though it can be a bit darker from the inside of the building or vehicle; it also allows for 20% more picture.
Visibility is a particular worry when it comes to vehicle wraps. Therefore, a hard and fast rule is that windshields, driver-side windows and front passenger-side windows should never be covered. There are laws and regulations in regard of this type of signage so you have to be really careful. At DEV1150, you can be sure that you’ll be working with professionals who knows this and will guide you along the whole project. Contact us now!