Factors that might keep the cost down with adhesive vinyl...
Installing it yourself - can be more hassle than it's worth.
Not laminating the vinyl - cheaper, but more susceptible to UV damage, graffiti.
Using a lower grade of vinyl - Vinyl with a 1 year outdoor life will be cheaper than the 7 year stuff.
Plotter cutting the vinyl as opposed to a full colour digital print.
It was a big solicitors window (shop front) with their logo and loads of text listing all the services.
My wife and I applied it to save money and to be honest I found it fairly easy.
I did it in reverse and applied it inside.
I just made myself a print out to work from and gave the window a REALLY good clean.
I used masking tape to mark out the positions and pencilled centre marks and stuff.
Before applying the vinyl I misted the window with a little soapy water which gives you some movement.
Then I peeled off the backing (it's sandwiched between two) and taped it in place.
Once happy I used a squeegee and a cloth to press out the water before peeling off the other backing and with the vinyl in place just finished it off with a soft lint free cloth.
It's a bit of a learning curve doing it for the first time on the job but it went up treat and I really enjoyed it.
Stuffee is correct, you do need laminate on your signage decal as the process to apply inside the glass is printed onto clear then laminated in white.
To save costs, make sure you ask for a three year product. Inside glass you will find most could last as long as 5 years as you won't have the weather conditions.
Avoid using windex or any products that contain ammonia as this will attack the adhesive of the print over time.
Also when you apply the print, do it wet, ask the sign company to provide you with some vinyl lube, you can use soapy water, but if you dont use the right products or mixture you run the risk of failure.
Spray the lube onto the glass and the adhesive side of the print before you apply to the glass. I would suggest use heaps of it as you don't want air bubble trapped.
Don't worry if you cannot remove all the liquid bubbles as they will evaporate in a week or s
Also if you can help it, try avoiding application on hot or very cold days, it is best early in the morning on a nice day.o. Don't pin prick them trying to get the water out as this will cause the job to fail earlier.
Vinyl window stickers always look better on the outside of the glass.
Even clear glass will dull the colours.
We make these all the time.
Cheap - unlaminated monomeric vinyl printed on an HP latex ink printer.
Permanent - laminated polymeric vinyl.
The graphics can be contour cut too.
Applying a big print on glass is easy.
Wash the window thoroughly with metho then a clean dry rag or newspaper.
Wet the glass with water that has a few drops of dishwashing soap added, plus the print both sides once the liner is removed.
Apply to glass then squeegee all the water out.