How to Install Home Windows Tint?
Okay, I've seen all of the Do It Yourself Window Tint avaliable on eBay but... Can I REALLY do it myself?
YOU BET!... You will not only save money by doing it yourself but, you will reduce your power consumption costs, and keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, while affording yourself some much needed privacy!
So... How do I install Residential Window film?
Lets get started...
No-tears baby shampoo
Bottled or Distilled water (no tap water)
12 to 16 oz. Spray bottle
6 or 8 inch Rubber Squeegee
Break-away utility knife (for cutting film)
Single-edged razor blades (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.
- Fill the trigger-spray bottle with a soapy water solution: to 1qt. bottled water, add a 1/4 tsp of a no-tears baby shampoo without conditioner. Do not use hard tap water, which can leave spots under the film. VERY IMPORTANT: This soapy water solution (hereafter called "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.
- Plan to use several single-edge utility razor blades to clean the window. A small utility knife with breakaway blades is the best tool for trimming film. NOTE: Film can dull a blade edge quickly; and a dull blade can tear film. Plan to use a new blade after every 10’ of film that you cut.
- A rubber-blade squeegee is necessary to press the film onto the window without creases and to remove the soapy water from under the film. We recommend a squeegee between 6" to 8" wide, preferably with a flexible blade and solid handle.
- Use lint-free toweling (paper coffee filters work amazingly well!), not paper towels, to clean the windows and absorb squeegeed water. Little particles from regular paper towels can get between the film and the window and will be all but impossible to remove.
- To trim the film (Step 8), use the edge of a ruler or a quarter.
Special Points to Remember:
- Handle the film very carefully. As with aluminum foil, once creased, the film will remain creased
- Avoid using concentrated or degreasing detergents to make the Solution or the film may dry cloudy or fail to adhere.
- Larger windows (3-4’ wide) usually are best filmed by two people working together to remove the liner, install, and trim the film. (See steps 3 and 5)
- Apply film anytime other than in direct sunlight (film may stick too quickly) or freezing weather (film will not stick at all). Best temperature is 45-90 degrees F. Best time is early morning or late evening, when the glass is cooler.
- Work in a dust-free area. Turn off fans. Apply film to windows hung vertically. DO NOT lay windows down to tint them or you will trap air bubbles under the film.
- Film may be removed, but not reused.