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How to Apply Window Tint to Your Car Windows

Application of window tint to car windowApplying window tint film on your own can be a rather challenging project, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you personally dolled up your vehicle against the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays.

Here’s what you should do to apply window tint:

  • Gather all the materials you will need for the job. You will require a window cleaning solution, sponges, squeegee, single-edged razor blade, lint-free cloth, to name a few. Of course, you should have already purchased your window tint, which already comes with an application fluid that you will need to make it stick to your car windows.
    • Read the application instructions thoroughly. You can save a lot of time, effort and money by simply reading the package instructions on your window film carefully. If you have any questions, you can go back to the car shop or look up further instructions online.
    • Wash and wax your car thoroughly. A clean canvas is important to ensuring the success of your car tinting project. You don’t want stray hairs, dust motes, and dirt accumulating on your windows before you apply the window film. Make sure that the vehicle is completely dry before you work on the windows. Use a razor blade to work on the gaskets that hold the windows in place.

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  • Work in a dust-free, well-lighted place away from direct sunlight and wind. You do not want the film to move a few inches to the left or right as you are pressing down on it; otherwise you will end up having a sloppily-applied tint that detracts from the good looks of your vehicle.
  • Measure each window carefully before cutting the film down to size. It is recommended to work on the smaller windows first so you can get a feel for how the process works, before moving on to the bigger and more challenging windows. Be careful in handling the window film because you cannot smooth out creases or folds. You can wet your fingertips so you don’t leave fingerprints on the film.
  • Unroll the film against the inside of the window, with the liner facing out. Roll the window down a couple of inches when trimming the top of the film so you get an exact fit. Some people prefer to use the razor to trim the film, as using scissors might not produce the right straight lines or curves. Peel off the film liner and spray on the desired amount of application fluid on both the adhesive and the window surface. Press the film against the window’s interior and spray again.
  • Use the squeegee to push bubbles out to the edges of the film. Wrap a lint-free cloth over the squeegee and use it to wipe down the newly-installed film.

Professional Help

That’s it! You are now officially done with applying window film. Getting professional help should be your first option, but if you have already applied or removed window film in the past, you should be familiar enough with the process that you can do it on your own. Be sure to ask your detailer about pertinent car tinting laws in your area so you buy the right kind of window film.

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August 2013
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