MemberJuly 6, 2020 at 4:47 am
Got a poss job coming up, 2m square window needs frosting.
Obviously have to put a join somewhere but what’s the best way?
Had a play with some offcuts but can’t get a nearly invisible join. Any bright ideas?
MemberJuly 6, 2020 at 4:50 am
Hi Gordon, I usually try & make a feature of a join by using either straight or wavy gap lines, sometimes adding multiple gap then frosted lines of a reducing thickness. Or else maybe introducing a logo into the design along a split line.
MemberJuly 6, 2020 at 4:51 am
Agree with Myles. Best to make the join look deliberate than pretend it’s not there.
AdministratorJuly 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm
I agree with both Myles and David if you can create a feature then do so.
You could split the panel up in many different ways. from a small 10mm space with 10mm then around the perimeter of the window or create a pattern of a sort, again just 10mm space. it gives you a place to inlay sections and make it all look deliberate.
Some samples attached here, but not my own.
MemberJuly 7, 2020 at 12:03 am
That’s actually a really smart way of doing it and in my opinion adds a bit of life to a rather boring solid frosted window. Doesn’t offer totally privacy but you’d look a real weirdo staring through the gaps to see in
AdministratorJuly 7, 2020 at 2:47 am
I actually forgot what I meant to post first time round…
if a flush join is the only option for your customer. Run a length of filament cutting tape like knifeless tape down the window. apply both layers of etch over it and pull the filament through both creating a flush but-join.
the downside of this is that knifeless tape can leave glue residue behind trapped under the vinyl and completely spoil the lot. particularly on a window etc where it will be easily seen.
MemberJuly 7, 2020 at 7:12 pm
1. Use a high quality frost so it doesnt shrink later on.
2. make sure both edges have been cut on the plotter rather than hand cut, so the edges are perfectly straight.
3. Apply wet and do the bottom piece first, so the top piece “falls” on top of the bottom piece, thus closing the gap with a certain pressure.
Ive done a number of large windows with joins that are completely invisible unless you know they are there. Not a problem
MemberJuly 7, 2020 at 8:32 pm
Thanks for all your replies folks, some food for thought here.
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