As Summer gets in full swing, it's time home owners start getting the same benefits that car owners have been getting all these years: temperature and glare control from window film. If you follow these steps, you will not only save on the AC bill, but will save on installation costs as well. By following these instructions you will gain a new skill, and save dividends in the end.
Selecting Your Film
Selecting your tint can seem overwhelming at first as there are hundreds of options to choose from. Be sure to select the correct tint for the project you are working on. There are a variety of options to choose from - security film, UV film, reflective film- so be sure to select the one that best fits your needs. In addition, there are different lengths, widths, and colors which is why it is important to know your requirements before you start. This will require you to measure your windows before you select your film and write down any requirements before hand that you may have. When you cut the film make sure you have a few more inches than your window requires. 6 inches will give you enough room.
Preparing the Windows and Tint Removal
Prepare your windows by getting a spray bottle half filled with water and containing a few drops of dish soap. Before you spray prepare the glass by using a low lint cloth to brush away any dust you may see. Next start peeling the tint from its plastic backing. To do this, apply a piece to each side, the front and the back. The tape should be firmly stuck to each side, the liner and the film. Using your fingers, use the tape to slowly start to separate the film from the plastic. The tint should start peeling away from the plastic, this is what you want. As you pull the film from the backing, use that spray bottle to spray the inside of the film. This will prevent it from sticking to the backing and will be important when you start applying the film to the window. The more moist it is the better, if you need an extra hand, ask a friend to spray while you peel.
Apply the Film to the Windows
Once the film is separated from the liner, it is time to apply the window film. Be sure the film is as wet as possible on the application side before applying. Once the film is applied it is time to get out the squeegee. Using the fabric side of the squeegee, start at the top in the middle of the window and stroke downward for a couple of rows. Then start from the middle of the these rows and stroke outward in both directions. From there you can use a combination of strokes from any direction to get out any bubbles that may pop up.
Cutting the Edges of the Tint and Finishing Up
Once you are done squeegeeing, it is time to cut the film. Use a razor blade to gently cut the window edges of the film. Once you are finished, it is time to remove any bubbles. Repeat the squeegee process described above, be sure to spray the window beforehand for extra glide. Be careful pushing too hard as you do not want to create any creases. If there is any excess water, wrap the squeegee in a paper towel to absorb any moisture. Once the air bubbles are out, check back periodically as it is drying to make sure there are no residual bubbles.