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DIY Tips for Home Window Tinting

DIY Tips for Home Window Tinting

You can install Roman shades or roller shades to help you reduce your electric bills and keep your home cooler. The drawback to these products is you have to obstruct your view from your window in order for them to help you out. Window tinting leaves the view unobstructed and helps with the electric bill. When you combine Roman shades with tinted glass, you get maximum energy efficiency.

High energy bills and sun damaged carpets, and upholstery, can be eliminated by using simple measures. Many people do not have trees to shade their homes from the glare of the sun, and many people do not have the option to install porches, or awnings to reduce the penetration of the sun. Window tinting is one way to block out as much as 99% of the ultraviolet rays that stream through your window, and you can reduce sun-glare by as much as 50%.

The tinting comes in rolls, or sheets and can be purchased at almost all home improvement centers. You can also buy these products online from some of the home improvement websites, and from the manufacturer’s websites. Some of the most popular manufacturers are Snaptint.com,3M, and Gila Film.

It does not take a lot of tools to install this tinting on your windows. You will need a spray pump bottle, a sharp utility, or razor knife, a window squeegee, a wide putty knife, and soft cloths that are low lint.

Most of the residential window tint companies will provide you with a solution you are to use when you apply the sheeting. You might need more solution than what comes in your package. You can mix ¼ of a teaspoon of a mild shampoo and one quart of warm water.

Measure the panes of glass in your window before you cut your film. You start your measurement in the center of the window pane and then measure out to each side, and measure the distance to the top, and bottom of the pane.

Before you can apply the film, your window glass must be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Any dirt left on the window can cause your film to have a bubble in it that you will not be able to remove with a squeegee. If you use a cloth to dry the window make sure that it is a low lint cloth because a piece of lint can also interrupt the seal of the film over the glass.

You apply this film on the interior portion of the window pane. Saturate the glass with the application solution and you should spray both sides of the sheet of film to reduce static electricity, and stop the film from curling into a roll. Allow the sheet to overlap the edges of your window when you put it in place and smooth the wrinkles out of it as best as you can use your hands first. Then spray the sheet with the application solution (now you see why you might need more than what comes in the package) and use the squeegee to slowly remove all air bubbles from between the film and the glass. Trim the edges with the utility knife and you are finished.

Tip: If your window tint appears to be cloudy at first this is normal. This effect may last for as long as two weeks. Heat and exposure to the sun will help to dissipate the cloudiness from the film.

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