Necessary Tools for a typical home/commercial install:
• Hard Card • Flat Glass Squeegee • Stainless Steel Razor Blade • Scrubby Pad • Spray Bottle • Knife • Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo • Distilled Water (contaminate free water) • Lint free towel (Microfiber works best). We have put together home window tinting tool kits that can be purchased on our site. http:/www.thetinteffect.com
*Tip - Clean your hands thoroughly! Even the smallest amount of dirt or dry skin on your hands will transfer to the adhesive causing debris in your tint job. Always spray your fingers off just prior to grabbing the film to prevent the adhesive from sticking to your fingers. It will be necessary to handle the adhesive side of the material but make it as brief as possible and with slightly wet fingers only. This is important because fingerprints will show through the film, FOREVER!
Step #1 - Kit Inspection: Before a kit leaves our warehouse, we have two employees verify there are no defects on the film by running every piece of your kit over a glass inspection table. We are 100% confident that the kit shipped in perfect condition, but please also verify there are no defects with your kit prior to installation. If you find any issues, please contact us prior to starting your installation. We can’t warranty precuts that may have been damaged during installation.
Step #2 - Prepare your Installation Solution: Make sure you are using distilled water to make your installation fluid, tap water will have contaminants that will show up in your film. Your install solution consists of a squirt bottle filled with 32oz of distilled water and about 6-8 drops of Johnson’s and Johnson’s baby shampoo, add more drops if it is hot where you are installing your kit. *Note: The solution will be used for several purposes during film installation. It will be used for the cleaning and preparation of glass as well as a slip agent (for ease of installation) for the installation process, and cleaning of film surface after installation.
Step #3 - Glass Preparation: Your glassmust be perfectly clean. Remove stickers, paint or stain using a single-edge stainless steel razor blade. *Tip: Spray your glass with your solution while razor blading to reduce the chance of scratching the surface during the scraping process. Use a fresh blade for each job or be sure to check blade for imperfections which may cause scratching.
Step 3a – After all contaminants have been removed by the razor blade then spray the glass with solution again and use a scrub pad to scrub the entire surface to make sure it is clean. After you feel the surface is clean, then wipe the entire window with your squeegee (a large window cleaning squeegee works best) in horizontal strokes working from the top of the window to the bottom, then wipe edges dry with your lint-free towel.
Step #4 - Installation: Carefully remove required film from kit. If using roll film, use a knife and trim guide to cut to fit your window. Tip: You should allow at least 1” extra material on each side of the film when cutting. If using precuts select the appropriate precut for the window you just cleaned.
Step #4a (For large pieces a helper is recommended) Remove protective liner from back side of film: Have your helper hold the precut film in the air from both corners with the top side up and the film side facing your helper. *To find the film side and liner side you can carefully fold over one corner and rub it on the back side, if it is smooth when you rub it then that is the liner side, if it is sticky then you are rubbing the film side.
Step #4b - Start peeling the liner… Whileyour helperis holding the film up, begin in one corner and slowly peel away to expose adhesive. You will want to continually spray the film while you are peeling it so that it does not permanently stick to itself while you are peeling it. After you have it completely peeled then thoroughly saturate the adhesive by spraying with installation solution. Spraying the film will allow you to position it where you need it onto the surface. If any area of adhesive is left dry, it will “grab” onto the surface and cause difficulty when positioning. Also, lightly spray the glass, avoiding the edges so you don’t spray contaminates into the area that is getting tinted.
Step #4c Carefully place film onto the glass surface and position it so that there is at least 1” of extra on all sides.
Step #4d Squeegee: Once you have the film in the desired position then you will begin to squeegee out the excess solution. For this first squeegee spray the entire film surface with mounting solution so the squeegee will slide across the film. Using moderate pressure, take the rubber squeegee and work from the center out to the edges of the film.
Step #4e Trim: Using the trim guide (white hard card) and knife, trim excess film from edges of surface. *Tip: It is best to cut in one continuous movement, using the trim guide to keep film firmly in place. Start by placing your knife where you want to start cutting and then hold the white card against it pushing it onto the outside seal. You will then work the hard card and knife down the edge of the glass in one continuous motion while using the hard card to push the knife against the seal so you cut as close to the edge as possible. The hard card will also keep you from accidentally cutting your film too far away from the edge.
Step #4f Squeegee excess water: You will now begin the second squeegee process using the rubber squeegee to remove all the remaining solution trapped behind the film. Spray the film surface again with installation solution and with slightly more pressure squeegee the entire window again. For this squeegee process, we recommend you catch excess solution from edges with a paper towel which will prevent the solution from seeping back under the film and adding contaminates to your film. If your squeegee is not sliding smoothly then spray the film with more installation solution so that it glides smoothly and does not grab the film. *Do not squeegee with anything other than a rubber squeegee on the surface of the film to avoid scratching the film.
Step 4g – Final check: Check film closely for bubbles. If any bubbles are found they will need to be removed by squeegeeing again immediately or they will be permanently trapped in the film. *Remember, always lubricate the top side of the film with the solution before squeegeeing.
TAKE YOUR TIME! This is not something you will want to rush as any mistake is permanent.
*Accidents happen! We have all messed up a piece of film. For that reason, we have set up a discounted replacement program to help our customers finish their project and keep the overall cost down. If you need a replacement, please call us 801-255-5524.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us:
The Tint Effect
Phone: 801-255-5524 - Available M-F 8:30-5:00PM MST