Perforated Vehicle Window Graphics: Maximize Prime Advertising Space

Perforated car window decals are thin pieces of vinyl film that are applied to the rear and side windows of vehicles to promote a business, brand, or service. Perforated window decals are designed to create a stunning visual on the outside of a vehicle while enabling the driver to still see out of the window.

The rear window is one of the most prominent and effective areas of a car to add promotional vinyl.  It’s repeatedly viewed by drivers caught up in tailbacks, plus it’s the most likely place for drivers to focus their gaze when stopped at red lights. You may want to use your vehicle as a promotional tool but not want to cover the whole of the bodywork in a vinyl wrap, a rear window decal is a great compromise!

At tinting Chicago, we are experts at custom designing perforated car window decals that enable one-way visibility.  Contact us today at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493 and speak to one of our expert installers.

Benefits of perforated vehicle window graphics

  • Discreet
  • Easily customized
  • Affordable
  • Last up to 7 years
  • Prominent advertising space on a vehicle
  • Allow clear visibility from the inside out
  • Added security – potential thieves can’t see into your trunk
  • Glare resistant
  • Block UV rays

Perforated window decals explained

Custom vehicle window graphics work because they contain hundreds of tiny unprinted holes, called micro punctures, that comprise around 50% of the film.  These transparent perforated holes are crucial for maintaining visibility for the driver, while still providing a complete visual on the outside of the car.

Window decals: local and state regulations

So long as around 50% of printed window vinyl is perforated with unprinted dots, side and rear window vinyl are legal in the United States.

Perforated versus non-perforated decals

Non-perforated window decals that are applied to the windows of vehicles have several crucial drawbacks:

  • Harder to see from a distance
  • Obstruct visibility for driver
  • Legally, can only cover a small area of your rear windshield
  • Won’t prevent people from seeing into your car

Custom designing rear window graphics

At Tinting Chicago we have a team of professional graphic designers who are ready and waiting to place your custom image and copy it onto perforated car window decals. Simply supply us with your logo, business name, and contact details and we will mock up a design for you.

How to care for car window graphics

Perforated side window and rear window graphics require no specific maintenance but to ensure their longevity, it’s worth adhering to the following rules:

  • Hand wash with soapy water
  • Avoid power washers
  • Remove dirt and grease swiftly
  • Avoid using abrasive brushes and cloths

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my rear window wiper still work with a perforated window decal?

Yes, window wipers still work with a rear window decal. Car window graphics don't obstruct the effectiveness of a rear wiper in any way.

How long do perforated window decals last?

So long as perforated car window decals have been properly installed with no grit, dirt, or air bubbles trapped inside, then they should last for between 5 to 7 years before they need to be replaced.

Can I use my rear window defroster with a perforated window decal?

Yes, you can use a window defroster with perforated vehicle window graphics. The vinyl is applied with an adhesive that withstands temperatures of up to 180ºF and a properly functioning window defroster will never reach this temperature.


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