Fill the spray bottle with water and add 2-3 drops of dish soap or baby shampoo.
ROLL DOWN WINDOWS
1. Work clockwise around the car, cleaning a
window and installing the film one panel at a time. Save the rear window until
2. Thoroughly spray the
solution on the outside surface of the window you plan to tint. Polish until
clean and dry. Roll the window down a few inches to clean the top edge of the
glass that is generally hidden when window is closed.
3. Spray the inside
surface of the window and use razor blade to lightly remove all contaminants
and residue from the lower half of the window. Spray again and scrub clean with
nylon scrub pad.
Squeegee lower half of window, clean and stroke dry the
borders using your hard card wrapped in a layer or two of paper towel or
lint-free cloth. Be sure to firmly stroke the borders where the gaskets meet
the glass to remove trapped dust.
spray bottle, flush down any vertical gasket borders along glass edge.
roll down window 1-2 inches to expose top edges of glass.
the cleaning process (steps 3 & 4)
for the top portion of the pane, leaving the pane in its slightly lowered
position to provide access to the edge. The film will be installed to
within 1/16" from this top edge.
prepare the glass for the film, spray solution on the INSIDE surface of
the window until it is very wet. Spray fingertips
with spray solution before handling film to prevent fingerprints.
off the corresponding pre-cut panel for the window you are tinting from
the clear film matrix. CAUTION: To
prevent tearing, lift top edge of window film away from clear liner and
generously spray the adhesive side of the film as you SLOWLY peel away the panel. Always peel panels
from top to bottom. Be sure to spray the entire pre-cut panel adhesive
surface to prevent contaminants from collecting and to prevent the film
from sticking to itself.
the wet adhesive side of the film onto the INSIDE of the window. Handle
film carefully. DO NOT CREASE. Allow film
to slide easily into position. Remember to keep your fingertips wet with
spray solution, then smooth the film into place. If the film does not
slide easily on the glass, immediately remove film and thoroughly re-spray
the glass and film adhesive, then reapply and position the panel. Spray
the film surface facing you until it is very wet. Wet all of the
film/glass area. Line up the film at the top edge of glass and left and
right sides for initial positioning. The aim is to leave a 1/16" to
1/8" gap along the top edge of the glass.
- To set
the film in place, squeegee the film from the top-center toward the left
and then again from the top-center toward the right. This
"nails" the film down along the top edge. Then squeegee film
again (one stroke only) from the top center toward bottom, stopping about
2-3 inches from the bottom. Remember that film surface must be wet to
lubricate the squeegee and that you must always press firmly on the
squeegee to remove ALL water and bubbles from under the film.
squeegeeing in horizontal strokes from the center outward to the left and
right vertical edges, completely squeegeeing the upper two thirds of the
pane.The object is to nail down the extreme top
edge to allow you to gently roll up the window without the upper gasket
pushing the film off the glass.The top edge in particular should be
firmly squeegeed and dried. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe up excess water
from these edges. Consider using a hairdryer on the high temperature
setting for a minute or two along the extreme top edge to ensure firm
roll the window up and complete the installation as follows:
up the window (manually or electrically, as the case may be) but hold
the lower 3-4 inches of the film away from the glass.
flush down the area of the glass that just emerged from under the gasket.
(The glass sliding upwards may have picked up some dust or particulate
material that can easily be rinsed back down.)
raise the bottom of the film just above the edge of the window sill
gasket. This will cause the film to create a tunnel across the window near
the bottom of the window. At one end of the lower gasket, slide the
squeegee (a credit card will also work for this purpose) a half inch or so
below the gasket. By prying back gasket at the bottom of the window, the
film will smoothly slide down between the gasket and the glass.
process at one end of the gasket and slide the hard card (squeegee or credit card) slowly toward the
opposite end. Helped by the fingers of your opposite hand, the film will slide
nicely down behind the card as it slides across the gasket. Once film is under
gasket, re-spray the lower 1/3 of pane and continue squeegeeing film downward
to remove remaining moisture and bubbles. When finished, insert the hard edge
of the squeegee below the gasket and stroke across bottom edge of film to
remove water and bubbles from film now tucked below the gasket.
darts appear along lower gasket, the window has a compound curve (that is,
curved top to bottom and left to right). If the darts are small (2"
or shorter), respray the film and squeegee firmly and slowly. If puckers
persist, cut a horizontal slit under the pucker above the window gasket.
The slit should be approximately 1/16 of an inch past the right and left
side of the dart to allow the water to escape. Allow to dry for several
hours before using your hard card to stroke down the dart.
areas too small to squeegee, wrap a clean soft cloth around the hard card
squeegee and firmly press the remaining water toward the nearest edge.
Leave window rolled up for at least 3 days. (NOTE:
As a precaution, put tape over electric window buttons.) At first, film may
appear foggy or cloudy. This is normal; the film will clear in a few days. In
cold weather, using a hair dryer on medium-to-high settings for a few minutes
8" to 12" from the outside of the glass will accelerate curing.