Installing window tints can protect you from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. It can also reduce your heating and cooling expenses. This article will give you some tips on how you can install window tints yourself so you won’t have to pay a professional to do it for you.
First, you need to get the window’s measurements before you go the hardware store. Give an allowance of one inch for each side. There are different colors of window tints available at the store, but all kinds of window tint offer the same protection against ultraviolet rays, even the clear tints.
Prepare the window for tinting by cleaning it first. Spray the window with a detergent and water solution. Gently scrape any dirt or grime on the glass. Wipe the glass with a lint-free rag or cloth. Don’t forget to clean the window gasket. For hard to remove spots on the window you can use a razor scraper to remove bumps or dirty spots in the glass.
Cut the film to fit your window. Make sure that there is an allowance of one inch for each side. Carefully peel off the liner that protects the adhesive. As you peel the liner, spray the back of the liner with the soap and water solution that you used for cleaning the windows. Spray the glass with solution as well.
Make sure that the window film is well-placed. Begin from the top and work all the way to the bottom. Use a squeegee to smoothen and flatten the window film, working from the middle and going outward from the center. Do not touch the edges of the window film. Make sure that there are no bubbles between the glass and the film. You can use the detergent and water solution as needed.
Once the window tint is in place and there are no more bubbles, use a plastic card (an ATM or a credit card) to smooth the film all the way to the edges. Use a razor blade to trim any excess film. Then, spray your window again and seal the window’s edges with your squeegee. Dry the window with a paper towel by pressing it against the film’s surface. Allow the film to “cure” before washing the window. Check the instruction manual or the label for the curing time.