Scrutinizing Companies That Print Transparent Window Decals Before You Hire Them!

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Custom clear decals are decals that are typically printed on clear polyester decal material or clear static cling material. These transparent window clings and decals are a bit tricky to quote, as two color transparent window decals have to be printed a third color, white, because clear decals require that all colors be backed up with white.

Why Transparent Stickers/Decals are Backed Up With White

Why do we have to back up transparent window stickers with white? Clear stickers are printed with inks that have some degree of translucency, and when the ink is printed onto a clear decal or window cling stock, the stickers look kind of like stained glass, but not quite as vibrant.

Most decals are printed on a white background, so the white helps make the printed colors look normal. So, with transparent decal material, if it is a back adhering decal, we print white first to inline all the colors (excepting very small letters or objects), then any colors next.

If your custom clear decals are face adhering, you’d print your colors first, then back-print everything white behind the objects and letters. This way your window clings or stickers will look great and the colors will look normal.

Ways to Find Shops that Print Custom Clear Decals

There are several ways to research printing businesses that print custom clear decals. You may be looking for a neighborhood company to create static stick window clings, or you could be searching online for custom adhesive transparent decals, looking to find a print shop that you want to print your window decals for your school, business, or organization. The worldwide web has made it easier than ever before.

There have been a multitude of instances where, if I’d followed the advice I’m about to give to you, or had the online resources we have today, I’d have saved a lot of money! As you search for a print business to print your transparent window decals, either offline with the yellow pages, or online, you may find a few companies whose websites show the type of clear decals you’re looking for, so you make some phone calls and fire off some emails.

One company seems to be more oriented to your needs than the rest. So what’s the next step?Do you whip out your credit card and place the order for the stickers you need?

If you’re at all like me, you like to be in control, believe you’ve found the best custom sticker printer online, then make a quick and hopefully informed decision. And maybe you did. But is there a better way to discern potential problems with this or any company? Yes, there is.

1. First, go to bbb.org.

You should be able to find this printer’s address on their website. Put the company’s ZIP code into the field on this page and hit enter. Now you’ll go to a new page that asks you to search for a business or charity. Enter the name of the company in the appointed field and hit enter again. A new page will tell you what the sticker printing company is rated and why, and if there are any complaints regarding the quality of their label and sticker printing, pending or solved, as well as a few other items that help determine their rating.

I wouldn’t discount a company that has an A- to A+ rating with no complaints, even if they’re not BBB accredited. BBB accreditation simply means a company paid them an annual fee.

2. Google the shop or company you’re planning to deal with.

Next, since you may not see the whole story with the BBB – we’ve had our own not-so-positive experience with them – there’s a couple more steps I’d take in checking out the decal printer. Google the name of this transparent windows decals printer, and if there’s any dirt on them, it’ll show up on the front page of Google on RipoffReport.com.

While this site isn’t perfect either, if the company you’re wanting to print your custom clear decals shows up, you’ll certainly want to investigate or move on to finding a different print shop. If there’s just one complaint about the decal printer, a single complaint could mean one patron couldn’t be pleased regardless.

Personally, though, depending on what the issue was and how the company responded to it, I’d probably look for a different printing company. However, in the aforementioned issue with the BBB, had we checked out a certain credit card processing company on one or more of the consumer watchdog sites I’m mentioning in this article, we would have saved ourselves many hours of hassle, many painful headaches, and over $1200.

3. Do a background check on consumer watchdog sites.

Finally, simply check the first couple pages of Google’s search results for this company to see if any other consumer watchdog website come up with info on the prospective print shop. Go to any of these sites if they show up on your search. If they have zero complaints against them on all three of these previous steps, go ahead and order those transparent window decals!

LAST UPDATED ON: November 30, 2017

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