All Years) DIY Window tint tips and Tricks by an Experienced

Homemade Windows Tint Solutions

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Instructions for Installing Window Film Yourself

Recommended Tools:

  • A film aid application concentrate (or no-tears baby shampoo)
  • Bottled water (not tap water)
  • Spray bottle
  • Squeegee
  • Break-away utility knife (for cutting film)
  • Single-edged razor blade (for cleaning glass)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Soft, lint-free cloth or paper coffee filters (for cleaning the glass and film)

Before You Begin:

Residential window films are applied directly to the inside glass surface you can touch inside your home. If you have a removable storm pane, you may remove it and apply the film to the inside surface of the outermost window, then remount the storm pane.

Applying window film is a simple process, with only a few basic steps. However, patience and preparation are very important. Before beginning this project, please read the instructions completely and carefully, perhaps using a small piece of film to practice the steps before you actually tint a window. Many first-time users feel more confident after tinting a few, small windows. Start with smaller windows before applying film to larger windows, such as patio doors, which may require two people.

Preparation:

a. Fill a pump- or trigger-spray bottle with a soapy water solution: to 1qt. bottled water, add a bottle of a film aid concentrate (or 1/4 tsp of a no-tears baby shampoo without conditioner). Film Aid offers the best drying clarity and pH balance. Do not use hard tap water, which can leave spots under the film. VERY IMPORTANT: This soapy water solution (“the Solution”) will serve as a lubricant for the squeegee during glass cleaning, film application, and future cleaning. CAUTION: Do not use any household glass cleaner containing ammonia or vinegar to clean the glass or film; such cleaners can dilute or dissolve the film’s adhesive. However, extremely greasy or smoke-covered windows may need to be cleaned first with glass cleaner then rinsed thoroughly with the Solution.

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