Attaching Paper Signs to Windows

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TomPM, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    I am in the process of adding some paper signs that I printed out on my non-laser printer for some windows in structure models. Any suggestions on what type of glue to use? Or should I use something else? Do I need to do anything to the signs before I attached them?
  2. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    I think your talking about a bubble jet printer. I have one too, and have done the same thing. This is what I would do.

    You have to seal the printing, or else it will smear when glue, or any moisture for that matter, touches it. You can buy a can of Art Fix Spray, that is used to fix charcoal drawings, or use Dull Coat to seal the prints. To much money for me, What I did was to use Scotch Brand Magic Tape to seal the printing behind a thin plastic sheet. The magic tape is best for this I found as it all but vanishes once applied. Then the sign can be cut to size and stuck to the window with a drop of white glue. Once I used clear box tape to secure the poster to the window, covering the entire window with the clear tape. I've used clear box tape to seal bubble jet printing before too, but this dose put a shiny surface on the sign. That's the thing with the magic tape, it has a flat surface when applied, but it's not good to apply the sign to the window because it is not clear on it's own.

    TrainClown :)
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Try Double sided scotch (transparent) tape trimmed to size with a razor. Fred.
  4. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    For the moment I am trying canopy glue.

    Given my usual prowess with scotch tape and my natural ability to knot strings of Christmas lights I shied away from the scotch tape for the first attempt. This image of a twisted mass of tape and the windows attached to a cat with me and two kids chasing it kept going through my mind.

    Once the glue is dry I will update all on my experience.
  5. rksstl

    rksstl Member


    You might check out this. It's a 3M automotive product called Press N Place Emblem Adhesive stock # 051135-08069. I thought about your thread while using it to put some emblems back on a car yeaterday. A thin layer of glue (looks almost like rubber cement) on a plastic sheet. place what you want to glue on it peel it off whala no mess and the glue is right where you want it. If you need to remove the sign just peel it off from where you place it. The glue will also rub off. :thumb:

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  6. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Oh, now that's something new to try. :thumb:
  7. DavRed

    DavRed New Member

  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    try a automotive product called clear hi tack it is used to hold gaskets in place it is stickey and most of the time if applied thin will not make ink run.
    ps there are several spray glue brand names. :)
  9. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    As I stated before I would post my results with using the canopy glue. The glue worked great. It went on very easy. The first couple I used a little too much and had to soak up the excess. I was surprised how quickly it grabbed the sign. I only had a minute or two to position the sign before it set up. The glue dried clear within a couple of hours.

    An unexpected benefit to using the canopy glue came when I went to paint the shades and curtains. Basically I was able paint over the signs with no trouble.

    Again thanks to all those who responded.

    And now here are some pictures of my first attempts at window signs.

    Side Window

    Rear Window

    Front Window Right

    Front Window Left

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