How to Print on Static Cling Vinyl

Written by regina edwards
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Windows can be creatively decorated using static cling designs for holidays and special occasions. Static cling vinyl is available as a speciality inkjet paper for personalised projects and designs. Typically, clear film is mounted on a paper backing for use on an inkjet printer. Static cling vinyl is delicate, yet durable for use on smooth, external surfaces, such as car windows.

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Things you need

  • Inkjet static cling film
  • Printer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush or sponge
  • Optional: scissors

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  1. 1

    Prepare your design and select the reverse or mirror image for printing, such as when printing an iron-on transfer.

  2. 2

    Insert one sheet of static cling film into the manual feeder or in your paper tray, making sure the rough side is facing the side to be printed.

  3. 3

    Print the mirror image of your design.

  4. 4

    Allow the cling film to dry thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Cut out the design, if desired.

  6. 6

    Paint a layer of acrylic paint over the design and allow to dry thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Carefully peel the backing from the film.

  8. 8

    Apply the cling to a clean, lint-free window and gently smooth away any visible bubbles.

Tips and warnings

  • Select "Photo" or "Best" for print quality, if the setting is available.
  • Consider using white static cling if your design has a white background, and eliminate the step 6.
  • Coat the printed side with clear, waterproof spray or a clear plastic adhesive sheet if it will be exposed to water (including steam or moisture).
  • Avoid stretching the cling when peeling off the backing or during application.
  • Make sure ink and paint are thoroughly dry to avoid transferring colour to the glass.

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