Frosted glass media or etch vinyl refers to a window application in which a translucent adhesive film is applied to the surface of the glass.

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What you’re actually looking for is frosted glass adhesive media, also referred to as frosted vinyl or etch media. These terms are interchangeable. Frosted glass media or etch vinyl refers to a window application in which a translucent adhesive film is applied to the surface of the glass. This creates a frosted effect that allows light to pass through while still maintaining privacy. Frosted glass vinyl can be used in a variety of ways, from adding decorative elements to plain glass to creating functional privacy barriers. We see frosted media applied most often to medical offices and education buildings, and corporate conference rooms, but frosted or etched glass vinyl can serve a variety of purposes and industries.

The featured image is of a project with LS3P Architecture, one of the oldest architecture firms in North Carolina. In this project, we incorporated both printed and cut window adhesive. The etched glass creates a layer of privacy between the waiting room and the main hallway of the building. The small red pieces represent the firm’s logo.

Here are a few ways frosted glass media can be used:


Offices deal with sensitive information and procedures. Frosted vinyl can provide a level of privacy while still allowing natural light to come through. It can be used on windows and doors to create a barrier between the waiting room, exam rooms, or private offices. The same can be said for schools, corporate offices and conference rooms to limit distractions and maintain privacy.


Etch media can be both printed and cut to showcase a company’s branding or logo or design themes. This can create a cohesive look throughout the office and help patients recognize your brand.


Frosted vinyl can add a decorative element to a plain glass surface. It can be used to create patterns or designs that add interest to the space.


Frosted glass media can also be used for safety purposes. For example, it can be applied to large windows to prevent people from accidentally walking into them. Trust us, it happens more than you may realize.

When designing with frosted glass adhesive or any vinyl window application, there are several options to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Design: The design of the etch vinyl can be completely customized to fit the needs of the office. This can include logos, patterns, or even specific branding images.
  • Placement: Consider where the frosted media will be placed in the office. Will it be used for privacy barriers between rooms, or simply as decoration on the front doors?
  • Lighting: Frosted vinyl can be designed to let in varying amounts of light. Consider how much natural light you want to come through and work with a designer to create a design that achieves the desired effect.
  • Maintenance: Etch media is relatively easy to maintain. It’s important to keep it clean to prevent any buildup of dirt or grime, but it is key to only use a drop of dish soap in warm water as a cleaning agent, in order to protect the adhesive.

Overall, frosted glass vinyl is a versatile and stylish way to incorporate privacy, branding, and decoration into medical, educational, and corporate office settings. With a customized design, proper placement, and attention to lighting and maintenance, etch glass media can enhance the overall look and feel of any office space while also serving practical purposes. When considering a frosted glass adhesive design, work with a professional (cough, cough, Port City Signs & Graphics) to ensure the best results.

At Port City Signs & Graphics we’ll be able to assess the needs of the space and create a design that fits those needs. We’ll also be able to install the vinyl properly to ensure it’s safe and secure.
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