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.
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.
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).
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.
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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