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How To Apply A Film That Will Tint Your Windows

As a homeowner, you may want your windows to provide protection for your home's interior.  This is because the ultraviolet light from the sun can come in and cause your carpeting and furniture to fade over the years. Thankfully, window tinting is a simple solution that can solve this problem for you.  The tinting film is made in several styles and shades, while also providing protection from shattered glass as well.  Installing a window film is easy with the correct tools and the following knowledge of how to do it.

Tools and Materials

Before you can get started, you will need to gather the following tools and materials.

  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Squeegee
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Window tinting film

Clean The Window

The window needs to be as squeaky clean as possible before you can apply a window film.  Use a glass cleaner that is streak-free, and wipe down the glass using a microfiber cloth that will not leave any residue or lint on your window. You may have to clean the window multiple times to get it completely clean.

Measure and Cut The Window Film

A window film needs to fit perfectly, as you do not want any gaps or overlapping film. Measure the visible glass of the window, adding a 1 inch onto each dimension.  Don't worry, you'll be trimming the window film later.  Roll out the window tinting film on a flat surface, and cut the film using your scissors.

Apply The Window Film

Fill a spray bottle with some water, and add a few drops of dish soap to it to create some mild soapy water.  Use it to spray down the side of your window film that will stick to the window, covering the entire surface.

You can place the side of the window film that you just sprayed onto the glass.  It should slide around a little, so position the window film so it slightly overlaps the glass on all sides.  Now spray the front of your window film with the mild soapy water, and use your squeegee to force the bubbles out from under it.

Use your razor blade to trim any excess window film along the outside edge, then clean your tinted window with the glass cleaner and the microfiber cloth. 

If you are having difficulties applying a window film, or think it is too complicated to do on your own, remember that you can always contact a professional window tinting company like Reflec Tech glass tinting to do it for you.