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  • how can i get a see thru look and a mirror effect?

    Posted by steve on July 2, 2002 at 8:45 am

    I have a tricky job to quote at an agricultural show in August- client wants this- 10 off 2300 x 1000 portrait windows- inside he wants a mirror effect so that people already inside a tent see a maze area reflected back to them- outside potential visitors must be able to see in to the marquee through vinyl graphics mounted to the outside of the glass all must be reinstated ie must be easily removed after the show any bright ideas would be appreciated is there such a thing as two way see through yet mirror effect material or vinyl?

    Martin Pearson replied 21 years, 11 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Mike Brown

    July 2, 2002 at 8:54 am

    I’m gunna think about this one Steve – I like a challenge 😕 lol!

    One initial thought would be to silk-screen a design onto one-way window film – that silver foil like stuff for vehicles…but I don’t know whether the silk-screened maze design on the inside (reflective foil side) would then be too visible from the outside (the see through side)?

    it could be applied to thin acrylic sheet and spot-bonded to the existing glass…maybe…?

    I’ll think on…

    more soon

  • steve

    July 2, 2002 at 11:23 am

    thanks Mike its worth a try im still thinking as well Gray usually has an answer for everything got your ears on mate?

  • Steve Broughton

    July 2, 2002 at 11:30 am

    Steve, try these people Fenestra Films on 01324 664488 ask for Lauren, they sell window tinting film for business and vehicles also a guy called Jerry at Vision Plus on 01205 365406 he fits this stuff, nice bloke he may have some advice.

  • steve

    July 2, 2002 at 12:53 pm

    thanks a million Steve i will call them it is a tricky one this ive done lots of intesting jobs all over the world this is a bitch!

  • Sticky

    July 2, 2002 at 5:36 pm

    Or you could try National Window Films, just down the M62 in Whitwood, Castleford.

    0800 3167788 or

    (I’m doing them a new premises sign this week)

  • Robert Lambie

    July 6, 2002 at 8:51 pm

    hi steve
    the one way vision glass is obviously what you need for the windows.
    im not sure of my head what the address of the company we use is. but we use “sun-gard” they have a great range of the stuff and are very good regarding costs.
    now the graphics you are going to apply on the outside of the windows does not need to be one way. i would suggest you contact amari plastics in glasgow. ask for ian and tell him i told you to call. also explain you are a member of the uksg…. that should get you preferential treatment or a discount if anything will. 😉
    what you want to ask is for transparent coloured vinyl. they do a good range and in various widths…
    i would apply this to the exterior windows. it will stand out well because of the colours but because its transparent they will be able to see straight through it just like your customer wants….

  • steve

    July 7, 2002 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks guys ive found a two way mirror perspex at Robert Hornes in Leeds its £150 a sheet!! hope my client has a big budget will let you know how well it works

  • Martin Pearson

    July 7, 2002 at 10:28 pm

    Steve Ive just read your post for help and members replies, I dont want to put a damper on things but before you spend any money get a couple of samples and experiment.
    I have a feeling that your Idea is not going to work if Ive read the post correctly. Both two way acrylic and window tinting film work on refracted light. It has to be brighter on the mirror side and darker on the see through side. If I have read the post right it will need to be brighter in the marquee than it is outside, even with quite well lit tents this is not generally the case. You might be able to focus some hallogen spots directly onto the mirror inside the tent but I would experiment first as this could be an expensive job and the customer isnt going to pay if it doesnt work.

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