Are you tired of the heat streaming in through your windows and heating up your home? Window tint can help keep the heat out. Here are some helpful instructions on How to Install Residential Window Tint And Decorative Film On Your Patio Door
If your house faces the sun and you are tired of the heat coming through your windows, consider installing solar blocking window tint film on your south facing windows. Available in home improvement centers and on-line, residential window tint film can save on your summer cooling costs and prevent damage from the sun’s rays to your carpets and furniture. Auto metallic window tint and RV orange chrome window tint film can be found at auto part stores. Decorative window film can provide added privacy and create a attractive window at the same time. Larger pieces of window tint and decorative film may need to be ordered on-line.
Things You will Need: Very sharp Scissors, Tape Measure, Very sharp Razor Knife, 12 inch ruler or yard stick, Plastic Card or Squeegee, 32 ounce Spray Bottle of clean water, and Lint-free paper towels.
Thoroughly clean the window removing all traces of dirt, grime, grease, etc. Rinse the window well. Make sure your window is cool to the touch before starting – the film will not adhere properly to a hot window so if you are doing a window facing the sun, wait until the sun sets. Smaller windows are easier to tint if you can remove them and lay them on a flat surface such as the floor or a table.
Read the directions that came with the window film kit. Especially read the hints and tips part of the instructions. Window tint film should be applied on the INSIDE surface of a very clean window.
Fill the clean 32 ounce spray bottle with clean water and 8 drops (a one second short squeeze) of very mild dishwashing detergent such as “Joy” dish soap or use unscented baby shampoo; do not use liquid hand soap.
Carefully measure the height and width of the window’s glass surface. Then measure the film and add 1″ extra material on each side. Use the scissors to carefully cut the film to the larger measured size.
Lay the cut window film flat on a very clean and flat surface, with the release liner side up, or have someone hold the piece to be applied for you. If you are tinting a large window, such as a patio door, it will be a lot easier to have a helper.
Remove the release liner from the film sheet and spray the now exposed adhesive surface and the surface of the window thoroughly with the soapy water wetting solution. Take care that when removing the release liner the film it does not roll over onto itself. It will stick together and is difficult to pull apart. Wet the film section by section as the liner is removed. Though slippery, the film is much more manageable when it is wet.
Spray a generous amount of the soap solution to the glass. This will help prevent the film from sticking to the window immediately, allowing you more time in which to properly position the film. It also allows the film to slide very easily on the glass, making it easier to get to all the edges of the window.
Place the now wet film onto the wet clean glass surface. If you sprayed enough water, the film should slide all over the window without sticking. Position the film on the window, paying careful attention to the edges and corners. Again, a helper is recommended for a large widow.
Lightly wet the face of the film just enough so the squeegee slides easily. Use the plastic card or squeegee to smooth the film from the center of the window out towards the edges of the window, pressing gently enough to remove any air bubbles and excess wetting solution. Make sure the film remains flat and smooth with no remaining air bubbles and water. If any bubbles are stuck under the film, use the card or squeegee and press them out towards the closest edge.
Once all the bubbles and crinkles are gone, trim the excess film from the edges of the surface. Do not cut into the weather stripping on the glass. It is best if you cut the film edge in one continuous movement, using the ruler and very sharp razor knife. Use the paper towels to absorb any excess wetting solution around the edges of the window film. Then gently wipe down the surface of the film to make sure it is dry. You can now reinstall the window and admire your handiwork.
Tips & Warnings
The film may take a few days to dry in order for it to completely adhere to the glass surface. If you feel it is necessary, use removable tape to secure the edges of the film to the window until the film is secure.