Installing Car Window Tint - Page 6

Preparing the rear window for film installation should be done after all the film has been cut and laid out ready to peel.

Here the film has been fully heat formed and cut to shape. Right about now is when someone walks into the shop and says, "Hey, I thought it went on the inside!" as if you don't know what you are doing.

Spray the inside of the glass with soapy water and scrub it with a white abrasive dish sponge, paying extra attention to the edges and the dotted areas.

Yup, it's a white dish scrubbing sponge. Only use white or blue scrubbies, the green ones scratch glass. Yup.

Squeegee the glass dry and wipe the dotted edge with a paper towel to lift up the black residue the ceramic edge gives off, (This will help the film to stick to the dots.) and spray the window again, this time squeegee very carefully to get all of the water off. Now flush the window from the top down, avoiding the very top and the dots, if the window has them, to prevent dirt from bleeding down. Just flush the area thats going to receive the strip of film.

Lay all the cut film out on the wet cutting table so you can pull the liner off without it laying over onto itself (if dry adhesive surface touches itself you will need to start over as it will stick firm).

Weather you use a cutting table or mounted glass, keep it clean! Squeegee it clean and dry often. Mist your table or mounted glass and place the film in a good position. You are going to peel the film here so you want it clean, and in such a position that you can quickly pick it up and mount it with a minimum of movement through the air to avoid contamination.

Once you have your glass prepared, mist down the air in the immediate area to control dust and static, then peel your film. Get a corner started with your teeth and slowly peel away the liner, keeping the part that is peeling on the cutting surface to keep it from creasing. If you let the dry adhesive touch itself once the liner is off, you are screwed, so spray the adhesive as you peel.

Wash the windows in preparation to receive the film one at a time. For the back window, use a white dish scrubber not a green one (it will scratch). For the side glass use razor blades and soapy water, squeegee clean, then spray with soapy water, go peel the film, and spray it with soapy water too, pick it up and lay the film onto the wet inner glass, position it until its just right, squeegee most of the water out, then lay the next piece, squeegee both, then cut along the defroster line to make a butt seam making sure not to cross and cut any defroster lines as they will no longer work.

OK, you have the glass all wet, the film all peeled and wet, so we need to get the film to the window. You should rehearse this movement beforehand if you aren't experienced. Without touching the adhesive side of the film, lift it up (yes i really just said that, if you have to, just use the very tips of your fingers or fingernails on the very edge of the film where it's not going to show) and place it onto the glass.

Carefully position the film around any obstacles. The more it gets bumped or the edges lift from touching something, them more contamination will be drawn under the film. If you need to make cut outs for obstacles such as defogger element posts or strut mounts, well, you are on your own Buckwheat because it would take to long to explain how to do all the pre, post and during techniques. You are going to have to experiment.

Start from a small anchor point and squeegee horizontally, following the defroster lines. Those lines grab the film pretty quick, so make sure you have the film in all the right places. After the squeeqeeing is done, mist the film and squeegee again much more firmly to remove as much water as possible. Nothing like some simpering worm calling you the next day snivelling about his windows having "bubbles".

Some cars have the radio antenna on the window with the same type of line, do not cut these as your antenna will not work anymore! Remove the cut away pieces as you lightly spray soapy water where you lift the film away from the glass, squeegee out the seam, then lay the next strip and so on.

After you apply the film for the doors wait a little while before you put the panels back on, or removing the masking tape from the flap. After all the film is laid and cut, here and there parts of it might pop up, push them down with a bondo card then blot any excess water from the window film with paper towels.

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