Static Window Cling – The ULTIMATE Guide (EVERYTHING You Need to Know)

Static Window Cling – The ULTIMATE Guide (EVERYTHING You Need to Know)
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What are window clings?

Window clings use static electricity (not adhesive like vinyl) to stick to windows- so there is no glue involved. They are made from a rubberlike substance can be cut using a Cricut, Silhouette, or any other die cutting machine into custom shapes. There are also custom printed window clings available on the market from retailers.

How do window clings work?

Static window clings do not have any sticky material, they rely on static electricity much like how you sometimes notice objects stick to clothes or mirrors due to electric attraction between the positive and negative electrodes. So when you go to cut out and stick on your window clings you will find that the two surfaces naturally tend to be attracted to each other and are help together by static electricity. This imbalence of electrons creates a bond between the two surfaces which allows static cling to stick to mirrors, glass, and other smooth hard surfaces that are capable of carrying an electrical charge.

Do window clings go inside or outside?

Window clings by nature are not permanent, so they are best placed inside. If you place a static cling decal on your car windshield for example it will likely fall off an blow away in the wind after a few short minutes of driving. For this reason, we advise keeping your static window cling film indoors on surfaces such as mirrors and glass. Static cling is a short term option display designs or print outs and are not able to withstand harsh elements such as rain.

What are window clings made out of?

Window cling is made out of a thin yet durable vinyl material. It is scratch and tear resistant, though there is no adhesive gel material involved. Cricut static cling for example comes in a roll with a paper backing and the vinyl static cling material attached to it. It is machine cutter compatible and often comes in a single solid color. It is more difficult to use printable static window cling material, though there are options available on the market.

How do you get window clings to stick?

If your window cling is not sticking to the surface the best option is to remove the cling and clean the surface, either with rubbing alcohol or water to remove debris. You can also gently rinse your static cling with warm water and let it dry. This will also encourage both surfaces to recharge the imbalance of electrical charge, allowing the window cling film to re-stick to the surface. 

How long do window clings last?

Static window cling can last for 1-2 years indoors before the surface needs to be cleaned again. For outdoor use the lifespan is significantly lower, lasting as little as a couple of days in harsh elements such as wind or rain. If the area is commonly disturbed by touching or brushing it frequently, such as a front door or mason jar, the static cling will likely fall off quickly. In this case we recommend using adhesive vinyl instead of static window cling for a more permanent solution

What is the difference between a window cling and decal?

Window cling relies on static electricity which is not permanent. Decals have an adhesive that sticks to surfaces more permanently. Depending on the surface and your goals, either option could be viable. For Mirrors and windows that you don’t want to have to remove adhesive goo from- static window cling is a better option. For surfaces that will be exposed to harsh elements such as outdoor signs, car decals, and water bottles, adhesive vinyl decals are a better, longer lasting option.

Do window clings work on mirrors?

Window clings absolutely do work on mirrors just as well as they do on windows. Just make sure the surface is clean for a long lasting deal. Mirrors and windows both are smooth and hard, allowing the flow of electrons to be imbalanced between the static cling film and the mirror/glass window. Metal is also able to be used with static cling film as it is capable of holding a static electric charge.


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