Today’s window tinting (window film) has come a long way with combating issues of fading furniture and furnishings, heat and glare. Many homes and office buildings of today have larger windows with more solar issues. Home window tinting can solve that problem because window tinting can reject up to 79 percent of solar energy and block a full 99 percent of the damaging UV rays.
Residential window tinting lets you smartly keep the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer, reducing your energy use. Window tinting will help your home stay more comfortable all year long, with heating and air conditioning more evenly distributed through every room. And you can say goodbye to squinting and eye discomfort with your computer work and TV watching.
Today’s window tint film is coated to make it stronger and more durable. It is specially formulated to resist scratches, yet is easy to maintain since it can be cleaned with everyday household cleaning products. Always check manufactures cleaning instructions because some home window tinting film cannot be cleaned with ammonia products.
Professional window tinting prices can be expensive which makes it advantageous to buy and install it yourself. If you are somewhat handy, this should be easy using the following window tint film installation guide:
Tools Needed: Scissors, Tape Measure, Ruler, Plastic Card Squeegee, Spray Bottle, Baby Shampoo, Towels, and Paper Towels.
- Clean the areas to which the window tinting is to be applied, removing all traces of dirt, grime, grease, silicone, etc.
- Carefully measure the height and width of the glass surface. Allow ¾ inch of extra material on each side of the film and cut the film to size.
- Create your own wetting solution by adding a few drops (about a one second squeeze) of very mild detergent (baby shampoo works best for me) into a 32 oz. spray bottle filled with water.
- Lay the cut to size film on a clean flat surface with the release liner up, or have someone hold the piece to be applied for you. Remove the release liner and spray the now exposed adhesive surface thoroughly with the wetting solution.
- Apply a generous amount of the wetting solution to the glass. The wetting solution prevents the film from sticking to the surface and allows you more time to position the film.
- Place the now wet film onto the clean wet glass surface. Now wet the face of the film. Use the squeegee and squeegee from the center out toward the edges to remove any air bubbles and wetting solution.
- If any bubbles still remain, then squeegee them out towards the closest edge.
- Trim the excess film from the edges of the surface. It is ideal to cut one continuous movement, using the ruler and razor knife. Use paper towels for cleaning the glass surface and for absorption of excess wetting solution around the edges.
- The residential window tinting film may take a few days to completely dry.
Congratulations. You can now enjoy the many benefits of your new window tinting!