Custom Printed Frost Decorative Window Films

HDFrost: High definition custom frost printed window film

Designers can easily apply custom etch, sandblasted, dusted crystal and frost effects to glazing – thanks to HDFrost, a new high-definition decorative window film developed by HDClear. The process, which can replicate just about any image, pattern or gradient, no matter how complicated or intricate; can be printed onto optical clear polyester window film without the need for any post print ‘cutting/weeding’ or the use of backing application tape.

HDFrost only covers greyscale and color-scale (CMYK) but not white.

This particular line answers one of the most common questions Architects ask, “Can we change the translucency?”

Answer, “Yes!”

For any client asking about custom print frost window film please verify if they are trying to match a mug coming out of a freezer (greyscale) or frosted window shining in the sun (white-scale, see HDWhite).  This will help differentiate the requirements, since the term frost can be misleading.

HDClear can print to any translucency level and usually find that a range between 20% and 40% is adequate for most frost window display graphics.

Should you wish to match a CMYK value or Spot Color, you would need to approve a print sample to confirm the translucency level matches your requirements. ANY COLOR means HDFrost can blend in with the décor and paint of a space.

The purpose of HDFrost is to create uniform color and translucency. Multiple colors would result in an HDClear 1 project and any fade requests would result in an HDFade (fine or hard) project.

Most HDFrost custom decorative window film projects are alternatives to plotted vinyl designs. As in the images below, one can see if the image was plotted there would be hundreds of pieces which need to marry and be installed perfectly. HDFrost was a one-hour installation that left the glass smooth and clean. The glass is completely covered with optically clear polyester film and the printed areas with perfect single color translucency.

Our sample books include a cut sheet with layered frost in which HDFrost percentages are displayed. Recently there have been a group of projects where the architects have specified overlapping layers of frost with 2-3 separate translucency levels. We have clarified the overlaps and labelled the percentages.

Imagine painting a room dark purple and the later painting it a light blue. The darkness will bleed through and deepen the light blue you were shooting for.  There are tricks to layering inks and since the material is only a couple of microns thick, it means the first layer will affect the overlap. We have called out percentages to help bypass initial art fees.

HDFrost custom printed decorative window film is a versatile answer to plotted designs. Some projects may see cut vinyl as the simple solution and some projects will see HDFrost as the simple solution.

Benefits of custom printed HDFrost:

  • Custom printed solutions for decorative and architectural privacy films offers a great alternative to off-the-shelf frost and dusted crystal films
  • Any frost with unlimited translucency and opacity
  • 100% optical clarity in the un-printed areas
  • Intrusion and burglary resistant 4Mil Clear Safety – 7-Mil is available for an additional cost
  •  Available in widths of up to 70.5”, few projects require seaming
  • Film is hard coated with a scratch resistant coating that makes it highly durable and cleanable
  • Smooth surface that does not catch debris nor leaves edges that can easily lift.
  • The ability to use custom images, patterns or gradients give your glass a distinctive flair
  • Perfect for architectural or interior glass



  • 10-year warranty for flat glass applications (conditions apply)
  • Outlasts and out performs traditional vinyl graphic applications to flat glass

Green Benefits

  • 99% UV reduction
  • 16% total solar reduction
  • Keeps your building cooler and more comfortable
  • Safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly polymer is easily recycled
  • Slows fading of furniture and carpeting