Decorative Window Film Installation Instructions

Care and Cleaning of Window Films

  • Please treat your window films as you would a work of art.
  • Do Not use harsh ammonia products or abrasives to clean your window films.
  • A soft water dampened cloth is all you need.

Installation instructions for adhesive backed Privacy and Transparent Material and Static Non-Adhesive Films

  • Do not apply window film in direct sunlight during the summer. In winter and the temperatures are colder applying the film when the sun is on the window is ok since the sun’s intensity is less and the sun can warm the windows to a 40 degree temperature most times.
  • Window surface temperatures must be above 40 degrees for the adhesive material but the static film can be applied to temperatures -20 degrees.
  • Do not rush window film installation. Take it slow and easy.

Tools Needed for Window Film Installation:

  • Scissors, Xacto knife or razor blade
  • Firm smooth edged squeegee or soft cloth
  • You can also use your hands to apply the decal, but you are more likely to get air bubbles.
  • Spray bottle of water kept handy to re-wet the window as needed

Tips for Window Film Installation

A liberal amount of water should be used behind the film to make installation easier and help in removing air bubbles.

The exception to this is the adhesive privacy material since the adhesive is water soluble so use water a little more sparingly.

It’s very important to squeegee out as much excess water as possible once the film is installed so that the film won’t release later on, any remaining excess water left behind should¬† evaporate in time, generally 24-48 hours.

Window film installation may look imperfect until water fully evaporates. If installed properly no large air bubbles should remain. Try to use a rubber squeegee if possible so as not to scratch the film when installing or cover your squeegee with a soft cloth to prevent scratches. You can also protect the window film surface with a piece of freezer paper or the backing paper when installing since when the window film is first received it will be more delicate until it has time to fully cure.

Unpack the film and allow the film to lay flat for 24 hours.

Step by Step Installation for Window Films

  1. Clean your window with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, available pretty much everywhere and allow the window to dry.
  2. Rinse the window well with some plain water to remove an residue that might remain on the window.
  3. Soapy water or non-ammonia window cleaners can be used as well,  just make sure you rinse the window well with plain water after since they will leave a residue on the window that may cause problems, Stay away from ammonia and other harsh chemicals since this will damage the window film.
  4. When installing on Plexiglass clean the glass well with denatured alcohol, not rubbing alcohol and rinse well with water. Denatured alcohol can be purchased anywhere they sell paint and associated products.
  5. Make sure you clean the edges of the windows and corners well since the film needs to be able to stick well to these areas or the film may release later on.
  6. Wash your hands to remove the oils on them before installing your films so as not to get the back of the film dirty.
  7. If you have any concerns about the installation it may be a good idea to have someone available to help you. A second pair of hands available never hurts.
  8. Remove about 3″ to 12″ of backing paper by folding the liner down so it’s not in the way but still available to grab. You can also fully remove backing paper to install, whichever you feel more comfortable with.
  9. Mist the clean window with water and also mist the adhesive back on the film as well. This will allow for easy repositioning and help remove large air bubbles.
  10. The non-adhesive static film needs the window sprayed with water and the back of the film as well.
  11. Re-mist window and film as needed.
  12. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to soak up the excess water on the edges as you work.
  13. If you are using a generous amount of water you may want to protect the face of the window film with freezer paper or the backing paper so you don’t get any scratches.
  14. Position the film in window.
  15. Squeegee down the exposed edge of the film starting from the center and working towards the edges. Brush from the center outward using overlapping 45 degree angled strokes.
  16. Slowly remove the backing paper and squeegee the graphic into place using the same 45 degree angle technique as above applying to the window as you go.
  17. Once film is installed squeegee the whole window and film again to remove as much of the water and air bubbles as possible, squeegee from the center out at a 45 degree angle
  18. If you get an air bubble, you can either lift the decal enough to release the air, or if the bubbles are not too large, you can pop them with a pin and squeegee the bubble toward the pin hole to squeeze out the air.
  19. Don’t worry if there are some air bubbles when done, most times they are unnoticeable.
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