How to Apply Window Tint to Your Car Windows
August 19, 2013
To apply window tint to your car poses a challenge for some drivers. However, the steps are easier than expected and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you personally installed protection against the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Gather all the materials for the job. You will need a window cleaning solution, sponges, squeegee, single-edged razor blade, and a microfiber towel. Of course, you should have purchased a window tint, which comes with an application fluid to 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 ensure a successful application. You don’t want stray hairs, dust motes, or dirt accumulating on your windows before you apply the film. However, make sure the vehicle is completely dry before you work on the windows.
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Work in a dust-free, well-lit place to avoid direct sunlight. This helps to avoid any movement as well, by keeping your car out of the wind.
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 once you begin, because you can’t fix any creases or folds. Additionally, wet your fingertips to avoid leaving marks on the window tint.
How to Apply Window Tint
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 the film 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. Finally, wrap a microfiber cloth over the squeegee and use it to wipe down the newly-installed film.
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 DIY. However, double check with your detailer about pertinent car tinting laws in your area so you buy the right kind of window film.