White vs Clear Waterslide Decal Paper (Which is Best)

White vs Clear Waterslide Decal Paper (Which is Best)


So what exactly is the difference between white and clear waterslide decal paper?

White waterslide paper is printed on a white background, whereas clear waterslide paper prints the decal on a clear background, meaning the background will blend in with the printed ink.


clear vs white waterslide decal paper example
Clear inkjet waterslide decal

The process is the exact same for both white and clear waterslide paper however the application is different. 


Clear waterslide paper works best for white or light colored items. 

White waterslide paper will show more brilliantly on all darker or non-white surfaces. 

However, with white waterslide paper you must be mindful that the white background will show very noticeably if not trimmed properly to the edge.

👉If waterslide decal paper is not your forte we recommend you look into printable vinyl and printable sticker paper by taking a look at the top 5 printable vinyls that we highlight in this blog post.

difference between clear and white waterslide decals
Top: clear waterslide Bottom: white waterslide

As you can see, the clear waterslide decal faded against the darker green background, but the white waterslide remained clear and brilliant. However, for a white background, clear waterslide would show just as brightly as the white waterslide. 

Clear waterslide is very popular for its transparent background which makes it more visually appealing on white items, however it could also be used  on darker backgrounds to give a faded look to add an extra layer of depth to your artistic design. If you plan on putting a waterslide decal on a custom tumbler you MUST seal it with a clear casting resin. Alumilite clear casting resin was used to seal this custom waterslide tumbler.

clear waterslide decal paper tumbler royal elements

For the above white and blue tumbler, the clear waterslide decal of the turtle shows brilliantly and the edges and nearly impossible to detect, making it a better choice than white waterslide in this case.


White waterslide paper is more versatile on the color spectrum however, and it is often used to create a vibrant decal that really catches your eye.

Clear waterslide has a beautiful low profile, however it is limited to being placed on white or very light backgrounds in order for the image to show up.

 Both are an excellent addition to any serious crafters stockpile- you never know what idea will pop into your head next so it is best to be prepared to create!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sandi Louque

    I bought the white waterslide paper for laser printer, very disappointed. it will not feed into my HP printer model # mfp m281 cdw. I have been using the clear waterslide paper for laser printers in the same printer and haven’t had any problems.

    1. Michael

      I’m so sorry about this. Feeding sheets one at a time by hand has helped customers in the past. Also adjusting your printer to the thickest paper setting may produce better results, something like “Card Stock” may help. If these suggestions don’t help I would recommend returning the product to Amazon.

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