1. What is Clear Focus One Way Vision film made of and how does it work?
Most Clear Focus One Way Vision films are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with up to 50% of the film micro perforated to achieve the desired image resolution and one-way visibility.  Some Clear Focus One Way Vision films are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is recyclable and contains no PVC.  The black (non-imaged) side of the film through which people see maximizes its transparency. Lighting is the final ingredient: For optimum effect, lighting on the graphics side must be brighter than on the non-imaged adhesive side.

2. What are some of the benefits of using perforated One Way Vision vinyl films?

> New media space
Clear Focus One Way Vision film creates new, innovative media space without obstructing the view. It also creates new business and advertising opportunities that are not available with conventional opaque signage.

> Security/safety 
The film can be used on the windows of emergency, utility and delivery vehicles, banks and other financial institutions, airports – on virtually any glass door or window where visibility is important for safety and security.

> Heat and glare control 
Perforated One Way Vision film reduces heat and glare from the sun, making it ideal for residential and commercial buildings, retail stores, museums and art galleries, show rooms etc.

3. What methods can be used to print the films?

The films with the Universal Liner (AutoVue, EconoVue, PromoVue, OneVue, GrafixVue) are suitable in solvent, UV-cure and latex inkjet printers.

The films with the SL Liner (AutoVue SL, BannerVue SL, ClassicVue SL, ExitVue SL, PromoVue SL) are suitable in eco/solvent and latex inkjet printers.

SunSecure, EconoLam and CurvaLam are not printable. 

PrintLam is suitable for solvent, UV-cure and latex inkjet printers.

4. Are there any special considerations to keep in mind when printing One Way Vision films?

Yes, there are special considerations.  They are listed in our General Instructions document (Support). 

Graphics printed on perforated window films tend to look less vibrant than those printed on solid vinyl because up to 50% of the window vinyl is missing due to the perforation process. 

Given the wide array of inks, printers and other variables involved in printing, we strongly recommend performing a test prior to actual production. This applies to both printing graphics on our perforated window film products and applying an overlaminate to the printed graphics. 

5. What’s the difference between exterior-mount film and interior-mount film?

Exterior-mount (also called “black/white”) film attaches to the outside of the glass. With exterior-mount film, the image is printed in the desired colour sequence directly onto the white layer of the film. Vehicle window graphics, e.g., are printed on exterior-mount film.

Interior-mount film, attaches to the interior surface of the glass.  Window graphics for retail stores are sometimes printed on interior-mount film to prevent vandalism and to minimize weathering.

6. How do I know which Clear Focus One Way Vision film to use?

In order to select the best film for purpose, please refer to Product Guide (Products Tab) and individual data sheets.

7. Do I need to laminate the window graphics?

It depends on desired life span, as well as whether the graphics will be subjected to weathering, including rain. The main reasons for laminating perforated window graphics are: 

1) to protect against UV, weathering, vandalism, dirt/dust etc. and increase the lifespan of the graphics; 

2) to add gloss to enhance the graphics’ appearance; and 

3) to maintain visibility through the film by preventing the holes from filling with water when it rains.

If it is laminated, it is easier to clean.

8. Is Perforated One Way Vision film easy to install?

Using a few simple tools and following some basic rules, One Way Vision window graphics are easy to apply and remove, allowing media to be changed as often as desired.  For graphics that are larger than A1 in size (approximately one square metre), we recommend to engage the services of a professional installer or sign maker.  For installations higher than 2m from the ground or access from the footpath, you may need a permit from the local council.

9. Where can I purchase One Way Vision?

Clear Focus One Way Vision can be sourced, often by the metre, from reputable signage suppliers.  Please refer to Distributors tab for recommended stockist.

10. Do you have a quick reference guide for all things One Way Vision?

Please refer product guide, data sheets and support documents.

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