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Window tint home windows for privacy and block sun

Updated on September 29, 2012

The houses in our subdivision are pretty close together. We decided it was time to add a little more privacy to our windows, and still be able to keep curtains open and see outside.

I've window tinted auto windows before, and it was a techique that you got better at, the more you did it. I guess, like everything else. I remember wasting a lot of window film before, I got good enough at it to save me some money, from a professional doing it.

The Gila brand was always the best in auto window film. Now I've used it on my home windows.

STEPS:
1. Measure the windows you plan to tint. The gila brand comes in several different sizes and colors.
2. You will need the trim kit also, which is the squeegee and adjustable razor. You can purchase the Gila solution, or you can make your own. I used a water bottle sprayer and fresh water with a few drops of dish detergent. You don't want the solution you make, real soapy, but you want to feel some smoothness when you squirt some of it on your fingers. Basically it's used to help you get the window film in position on the window without sticking, and it also helps when you squeege the bubbles out. You actually soak the window before and on the film itself.

3. Remove any blinds and curtains if they will be in the way. You don't want any interference from other objects when handling the window film.
4. Clean the window really good with a glass cleaner. Take your time. You want to make sure it's pretty close to spotless. Any fiber from the carpet or hair will show up 10 times larger than the actual fiber or hair.
5. Have a flat surface to work on. Lay your window film on the flat surface and roll it out. Make sure the white backing is facing up.
6. Measure the length you need to cover the window, with maybe an extra inch or so.
7. I marked both sides of the backing and made a line across with a straight edge as a guide to cut the window film with scissors.
8. After you have cut the window film. go ahead an soak the window with the solution. Use the squeege to run from the top to bottom, along the entire window. This process will eliminate any more particles that may be still on the window.
9. Once you have squeege all the solution off the window, spray it again. This time soak the window and leave it wet.
10. Now, peel the backing off the window film, trying not to touch the film where the backing was. Once you have it all peeled off, grab the film on both edges and pick it up.
11. Move to the window, and gently start at the top, and lay the film against the window. Try to get it aligned as close as possible. What I did, was used the top and left edge of the film to align perfectly against the top and left edge of the window. The overlap of extra film was on the right and bottom.
12. With the film on the window, spray the film with the solution, soaking it. Use the squeege to gently push the bubbles to the edge and out. I started in the middle and moved upward and downward. I removed most all the bubbles in this pattern.
13 Keep the window film wet with the solution, more is better. You don't want to scratch the film. Continue removing all the bubbles.
14. Once you feel like all the bubbles are removed, You want to trim the right side carefully. I used the edge of the squeege as a guide to run my razor down. Remove the excess window film.
15. Continue with trimming the bottom excess window film. With the adjustable razor, break off the edge, to have a clean edge to cut with between trimming. Believe me, you want to make sure the razor is new and sharp.
16. It doesn't hurt to soak the window film again and lightly squeege any more bubbles. Take your time, and go slow.
17. Wipe up any excess water around the window.

KEY POINTS

1. Sharp adjustable razor. Break off the edge for a new sharp edge between every trimming
2. Clean window with glass cleaner
3. Remove any curtains or blinds.
4. Soak the window with solution prior to placing window film.
5. Soak window film, once you have it placed on window.
6. Take your time trimming the window film edges.

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