How to Install Window Film

Installing window privacy film is an easy process, just stick with our steps below!

Select Your Window Privacy Film Type

Adhesive and Sheer Installation

or

Cling Installation

How to install Adhesive and Sheer Window Privacy Film from Stickpretty.com

Required Tools:

– Pencil or Marker
– Scissors
– Spray Bottle
– Squeegee
– Sharp Craft Knife or Box Cutter

Things Needed?

– Adhesive or Sheer Window Film
– Glass Cleaner
– Water
– Book/Magazine to Weigh Down Corners of Film

Step 1 : Unroll the Window Film

Lay the roll of film pattern side up to allow the film to relax and flatten out. Weighting the corners with a book or magazine will quicken the process.

Step 2 : Clean the Glass

Remove any caulk, paint or glue debris that may be stuck to the window. Clean the glass surface with a household window cleaner and dry thoroughly.

Step 3 : Measure and Mark The Window Film

If your film has not been custom pre-cut with score lines, measure your windows and mark the dimensions on the face of the film with a pencil or marker. Always add 1+ inch on every side when doing this so you have excess film to trim away from the window after positioning.

Step 4 : Remove the Film from the Backer

After you have cut your film down to size, peel a corner of the backing paper away from the film. If you’re having difficulties separating the film from the paper, you may need to use two pieces of tape and adhere to the rear and front of one corner of the film to remove the film from the backer. Continue to lift the film from the backer until it is completely free of the liner paper. (Large pieces will require two people to manage the film.)

Step 5 : Spray the Glass

Spray the window generously with a spray bottle filled with water and 1-2 drops dishwashing liquid (Joy, Dawn, etc.). Spray the back of the film to activate the adhesive. Both window and film should be fully misted without excessive water dripping. Without enough water there will be unwanted air bubbles.

Step 6 : Apply the Film

Starting at a top corner of the window, press down the top edge of the film with your fingers, then continue to lay the film down with your hands, following with your squeegee to ensure full film to window contact. (Hint: Spraying the front of the film lightly will make the squeegee move smoother and avoid scratching). With your squeegee make sweeping movements outward from the top down and center outward to remove excess water and bubbles. It might also be useful to squeegee in very short and deliberate strokes to “chase” the bubbles out to the edges. Be persistent, the water will find its way out if gently coaxed!

Step 7 : Smooth and Trim the Window Film

Using your squeegee, work the film into the edges as tightly as possible then trim excess material away with a VERY sharp knife with a new blade installed.

Step : 8 Remove Remaining Air Bubbles

If bubbles persist, use a fine needle to pierce the bubble and force the air out through the pierced hole.

Step 9 : Allow the Window Film to Cure

For several days the film will cure and adhere to the glass fully. As the adhesive takes hold patches of cloudiness may develop, but these will disappear when drying is complete. Above or below average temperatures may extend drying time.

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How to install Cling Window Privacy Film

Required Tools:

– Pencil
– Scissors
– Spray Bottle
– Squeegee
– Sharp Craft Knife or Box Cutter

Things Needed?

– Cling Privacy or Clear Window Film
– Glass Cleaner
– Water
– Book/Magazine to Weigh Down Corners of Film

Step 1 : Unroll the Window Film

Lay the roll of film pattern side up to allow the film to relax and flatten out. Weighting the corners with a book or magazine will quicken the process.

Step 2 : Clean the Glass

Remove any caulk, paint or glue debris that may be stuck to the window. Clean the glass surface with a household window cleaner and dry thoroughly.

Step 3 : Measure and Mark The Window Film

Measure your windows and mark the dimensions on the face of the film with a pencil. Measure and cut with great care. Trimming down this very rigid material after installation should be avoided if possible.

Step 4 : Remove Window Film from the Backer

When you’ve cut your film down to size, remove the backing liner. If it does not peal away easily, you may need to use two pieces of tape and adhere them to the rear and front of one corner of the film to remove the film from the backer. Continue to lift the film from the backer until it is completely free of the liner paper.

Step 5 : Spray the Glass

Spray the window generously with a spray bottle filled with water. Lightly mist the material as well, but do not oversaturate to the point of large water drips.

Step 6 : Apply the Window Film

Starting at a top corner of the window, press down the top edge of the film with your fingers, then continue to lay the film down with your hands, following with your squeegee to ensure full film to window contact. (Hint: Spraying the front of the film lightly will make the squeegee move smoother and avoid scratching). With your squeegee make sweeping movements outward from the top down and center outward to remove excess water and bubbles. It might also be useful to squeegee in very short and deliberate strokes to “chase” the bubbles out to the edges. Be persistent, the water will find its way out if gently coaxed!

Step 7 : Smooth and Trim the Window Film

Using your squeegee, work the film into the edges as tightly as possible. Trim excess material away with a VERY sharp razor or craft knife, preferably using a new blade.

REMOVAL AND REUSE: The film may be removed, stored, and reused at any time. Take care to remove slowly and gently. Wipe both sides with a wet lint-free rag to remove any debris before storing. Once dry, carefully roll and tuck away. The same application instructions apply for secondary installations.

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