Cutting Around Latches






This week's tip:

I think whomever can come up with a less hasslesome way of cleanly cutting around latches and other types of obstacles deserves a TOTW medal.

I'm self-taught so I'm always trying different approaches. They all have one thing in common - they take too much f'in time!

Any ideas are welcome in SQUEEGEE'S world.

I'm all ears.

It's hard to explain the way i do them, i'll try to put some images together. Be right back.

You deserve TOTY for this website TD. I actually meant more of the latches and so forth on truck slider windows or the latches that hold mini-van and suv rear glasses up and so on.

Nice pics though. Very artistic

Pretty much the same deal, make the cross cuts so that it lays down around the obstruction as you cut.

That's exactly how I do 'em TD...

Pretty much the same deal, make the cross cuts so that it lays down around the obstruction as you cut.

Guess I was sorta searchin' for a magic bullet TD.

If it's a round object I pretty much do it the same way you illustrated.

The pic below shows the latches I was talking about.

Same deal, leave them uncut untill installation, the cut them out the exact same way.

Again I can see that with a round object because you can easily use a triangle with the round templates as a guide. But a hinge latch or sliding back glass latch is either square or semi-rectangular.

What I do on latches like those Squeeg is not cut anything out except the basic outer edge. Shrink everything I can. And on the inside of those they are usually rounded. I don't cut those until after I apply the film. Then if there's any extra shrinking needed up top (which there usually is alittle) I do it after I've cut around the latches.

What I do on latches like those Squeeg is not cut anything out except the basic outer edge. Shrink everything I can. And on the inside of those they are usually rounded. I don't cut those until after I apply the film. Then if there's any extra shrinking needed up top (which there usually is alittle) I do it after I've cut around the latches.

I hear you Blade. I've always tried to cut completely on the outside then fully shrink.

I've tried the method you've described before but it tends to get junk around the edges unless you clean really good around the latch.

Maybe I need to be a little more patient and clean, clean, clean.

sliding back glass latch is either square or semi-rectangular.

Those I use the same technique TD showed...only I do it on the inside with a scrap liner. Then when I know I have a good pattern I use it as a template for cutting the film on my wall mounted peeler.

TD's pics were right on the money for these latches too. I think these are even easier because they aren't round. There are only two corners to cut around instead of one perpetual corner. And you don't have to hide the cut shown in pic #2.

If you put a light behind the latch area, you can get an idea of exactly how much of the film you can cut without showing the light gaps when installed.

What I do is use the tip of my Olfa blade and kind of scratch the top of the liner so that I have an etched pattern to know where and how much to trim off. It is best to cut a little less and do a final trim inside if necessary. Just make sure you don't cut too hard on the black frit because you can etch it with your blade.

When I cut around those small circles, I do the same by etching the liner and then cutting it by moving that end of the film onto the flat part of the glass. The only thing is you need to know that the glass usually curves a little towards the ends so you need to make a 1/8" adjustment inwards. So whatever you see under the light, just etch the film about 1/8" over towards the middle.

If you need to cut around a circle, it is best to lift the film so that the starting point is flat to the glass as illustrated by TD.




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