Window Graphics: More Choices From PrintB3 For Self Installation

Window Graphics: More Choices From PrintB3 For Self Installation

Mactac Dusted film no white ink self-install

B-free™ Frosted, Dusted and Clear films eliminate wet application offer externally facing graphics via internal application

Creating and applying stunning graphics for windows and internally illuminated signs is nothing short of reality with the introduction of three new window films from MACtac® Graphic Products. Continuing the growth of its application friendly, industry-leading IMAGin® B-free™ wide-format digital media products, MACtac’s new IMAGin B-free Window Films are reverse printable for indoor and outdoor applications and feature MACtac’s smooth, proprietary, omni-directional bubble-free adhesive technology, offering installation ease while eliminating wet application and visible adhesive patterns.

IMAGin B-free Window Films consist of a 3.1-mil polymeric PVC facestock designed for solvent-based and UV-cured inkjet printing and are available in three different finishes; B-free Frosted JT5796 for a translucent matte frosted finished, B-free Dusted JT5798 for a translucent dusted matte finish, and B-free Clear JT5999 for a clear gloss finish.

”The revolutionary dynamic with these new products is MACtac’s proprietary bubble-free adhesive technology,” said Mary Ann Kucera, product marketing manager, MACtac Graphic Products. “All of our IMAGin B-free products take ease of application to a whole new level for a much faster, more efficient project turnaround that can only be achieved with MACtac products. With the new window films, installers will experience an outstanding finished look on glass and faster installation without air bubbles or wrinkling while eliminating water and other wet application fluids that often cause messes and extend clean-up.”

Originally developed for window décor, IMAGin B-free Window Films are ideal for indoor and outdoor window graphics, as well as internally illuminated signs or light boxes. With reverse printing capabilities, images can be seen on both sides of a piece of glass; therefore, graphics can be applied indoors, but viewed outdoors for flexibility with local regulations.

The films feature an 80# polycoated liner for excellent lay-flat and print stability and are coated on one side with a repositionable, permanent, clear acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive that is micro-structured, resulting in increased speed of dry application.

“Dependable, trusted and requested – our IMAGin B-free line continues to expand,” Kucera said. “There are many products on the market that feature bubble-free characteristics, especially for vehicle graphics, but installers are looking for more. They want the benefits of those products for the many other applications they encounter time and time again. The addition of the new bubble-free window films was the next logical step in answering that call, and it won’t be the last.”

When used outdoors, unprinted films have a durability of five to seven years. Pairing the films with one of MACtac’s PERMACOLOR® RAYZor™ overlaminates will add durability and prevent graphics from color fade.

MACtac IMAGin® JT5798MBF is a 3.1 mil translucent, matte dusted, polymeric PVC film designed for solvent-based ink jet printing. The product is coated on one side with a microstructured, repositionable, permanent, clear acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive and is supplied with 80# Polycoated, layflat liner. The micro-structured adhesive allows for the increased speed of dry application on windows with no air bubbles or wrinkling. It also eliminates the messy clean up of wet-application fluids. JT5798MBF is designed for indoor and outdoor window graphics and internally illuminated signs (light boxes).

Removal: While this film is designed to be a permanent application on glass, it is still easily removed with little to no adhesive residue. Gently lift one corner and slowly, but firmly, peel off the window at a 90° angle. For larger graphics it helps to score the graphic with a knife in strips 5” – 6” wide by the length of the window and then peel off one strip at a time.

3M™ Changeable Window Graphic Film IJ61

Window Graphics 3M IJ61

No More Static Cling

Window graphics offer excellent opportunities to economically promote products or services; simply provide a decorative element; and more, in a colorful, eye-catching way.

Much like the sign on your store, window graphics serve as a way to bring in business. Window graphics can be used by the store owner to generate revenue by selling the space to vendors that may be represented inside the store. For example, the owner of a convenience store or fast food establishment might allow a soft drink company to advertise on his or her window.

Window film can help filter bright sunlight and provide privacy to store customers. With “second surfacing,” or layering, one image can be visible on the outside of the window and another on the inside, maximizing your customer’s space.

Another great use for window films is environmental or space enhancement – to help customers achieve the elegance they desire. For example, you can achieve a dusted crystal finish – as opposed to installing glass finished in this style – much more cost-effectively. And it’s easy to change out.

Some of the many Uses for 3M™ Scotchcal ™ Window Graphic Films

• Digitally printed first or second surfaceretail, POP and other window applications

• Transparent film intended for digital inkjetprinting with solvent, latex and UV inks

• Create eye-catching visual dimensionand opacity to second surface graphics by using white ink or laminating film IJ61to 3M™ Scotchcal ™ Graphic Film 50-10 (white) or 3M™ Scotchcal™  Graphic Film IJ10-10 (white) to this low-tack adhesive clear film 3M™

Changeable Window Graphic Film IJ61No available from Key Features:

•3-mil non-cast film with extra rigidity to make flat applications even easier, no need for an overlaminate

• Wet or dry installation methods

• Low tack, changeable adhesive makes for easy, clean removal from glass without the need for heat or chemicals

• Optimized print surface for consistent and reliable image quality


• Reverse printing allows mounting on the inside of an outward facing clear substrate

• Reduce the likelihood of damage from vandalism with second surface application

• Excellent degree of clarity for clear viewing

• Increase revenue opportunities by offering striking, clear window graphic

PrintB3 Customer service representatives can help you select the best product and print system for your windows graphics application.  Contact your account executive for a sample and make your window real estate work for you.