Residential Window Tinting Installation

Residential window tinting installation – How we do it!

1 – Every installation large or small starts with protecting the floor, furniture, and walls with towels and drop cloths. Then it is time for a thorough cleaning of the glass and frame. This really is the secret to a good installation. Ron is a perfect example of the type of craftsmen that we employ. Like almost all of our installers, he has over 10 years of experience in every conceivable type of installation. Ron knows the importance of this first step. He uses a razor scraper and a mild solution of dish soap and water. The glass and frame are thoroughly cleaned and wiped to make sure there is no loose debris to get trapped under the film.
2 – The next step is to remove the release liner which protects the factory-applied adhesive and apply the film to the glass. Ron is using a technique called “back-rolling” to roll the film onto the glass in one smooth step. The trick is to get the film onto the glass without wrinkling or creasing it. It takes “soft hands” and a lot of experience to properly handle todays thin films. Luckily, our installers are all trained in the latest techniques.
3 – The film is now squeegeed to remove some of the water and “tack” it in place. During this first pass of the squeegee, it is important to get a substantial amount of water out from under the film. Ron is using a special squeegee that was made to our specifications by a local glass shop. It allows him to get maximum amount of water out from under the film with a minimum amount of effort. At this point it is possible for Ron to inspect the body of the film for cleanliness. If some debris or dirt is found under the film, the film can be lifted and the debris rinsed out.
4 – Next, the film is trimmed to fit the exposed glass. A snap blade knife and trimming tool are used to get the right sized edge margin. A mistake here is not easy to cover up. One slip of the blade and the piece of film could be ruined. The edge margin is approximately 1/16″ and serves two purposes. First, it gives the remaining water somewhere to be pushed out from under the film. Second, it allows for glass expansion when the weather turns hot. When done correctly, the border will not be noticeable, especially with lighter films like the one Ron is installing in this beautiful home.
5 – The remaining water is now squeegeed out. This is one of the most important steps in the process. Less water under the film means a shorter curing time and less anxiety for the customer. This is also a good time for a final inspection of the film. Ron is a perfectionist. If there is any touching up that needs to be done, the film can still be lifted and rinsed to clear any remaining debris out from under the film.
6 – Ron is now applying a pressure seal to the edges of the film. He does this step by wrapping a towel or diaper around the edge of the trimming tool then he pushes out any remaining moisture near the edges of the film. This prevents any foreign matter or water from being “wicked” back under the film and ensures that the edges of the film will be clean and will bond to the glass properly. The installed film is then rinsed clean, inspected one last time, and once it meets Ron’s approval, it is time to move on to the next window.