Decorative glass films for privacy and light disbursement have become very popular in commercial space. They simulate etched / sandblasted glass at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Unlike sandblasted glass, films are easy to clean and maintain. You can even create custom-cut patterns and designs to personalize your office space.
3M Company manufactures two lines of decorative films: Fasara™ and Scotchcal™. Available in over 60 flavors, with each one having the ability to be computer-cut, Fasara and Scotchcal films are great alternatives to costly sandblasted glass.
3M Fasara interior design films add a new dimension to space. These decorative films are applied to glass to create a beautiful etched appearance without the associated high cost. These maintenance-free, fingerprint-resistant films create a uniform rice paper appearance that is not typically found in traditional window films. Light is dispersed softly, rendering a high-class, tranquil atmosphere. Fasara films are also suited for interior glass partitions or the inside surface of windows. Lastly, they reduce heat and glare, and block up to 99.9% of UV light to reduce fabric and furniture fade. 3M’s complete line includes Aerina, Altair, Arpa, Arpa Black, Astral Silver, Aura 9, Chamonix, Cielo, Essen, Fine, Fine Crystal, Glace, Illumina, Illumina Silver, Illumina Glace for Plastic, Illumina Glace for Glass, Kanon, Kenun, Lattice, Lattice Glace, Lausanne, Leise, Linen, Lontano, Luce, Luna 6, Luna 9, Luna Cell, Luna Pico, Mat Crystal-i, Mat Crystal 2, Milky Crystal, Milano/Milky White, Nokto, Opaque White, Oslo for Glass, Oslo for Plastic, Paracell, Pixela, Prism Astral Silver, Prism Noir, Prism Silver, Radius, Rikyu, Robe, Safu, Sagano, San Marino/Milky Milky, Seattle, Seattle Fine, Shizuku, Shutie, Shutie Black, Silver 1, Slat, Slat Glace, Transparent for Glass, Tsurugi, Vega, Venetian, Vista, and Yamato.
Scotchcal Dusted Crystal and Frosted Crystal films simulate acid-etched and sand blasted glass surfaces when privacy or an enhanced image is needed. These films are a low-cost alternative to traditional acid-etching or sand blasting, and can be applied to thin glass. Scotchcal is very stable with minimal shrinkage, and has a moisture-resistant lining which makes it easier to weed. These durable, cast vinyl films feature a clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive and a clear, synthetic liner. In addition, glare is reduced by the film’s matte finish. Lastly, other Scotchcal films offer privacy and security by blocking out glass with a solid white or black look.
Fasara vs. Scotchcal
Fasara is a polyester film while Scotchcal is a vinyl film. Both Fasara and Scotchcal can be applied to glass. All Scotchcal can be applied to polycarbonate while only a few Fasara patterns can be.