If you love the big, open windows in your house but not the UV rays that come with them, you don't have to choose. You can enjoy all of the benefits of the natural sunlight without worrying about the color fading on your carpets and furniture or the damage of the ultraviolet rays on your skin. With residential window tint, you'll block out the harmful UV rays while letting natural light filter in. If you're looking to install the film on your own, here's what you should know.
Clean The Window First
Before you can apply window tint, you need to make sure the window is as clean as possible. Use a streak-free glass cleaner with a microfiber cloth to do this. The microfiber cloth ensures that you don't leave any lint behind, and the streak-free cleaner won't leave residue on the window glass. Depending on how dirty your windows are, you may need to clean them a couple of times to get them completely clean.
Trim the Film to Fit
Before you can apply the film to the window, you should cut it to fit so that it's easier to apply. You'll have to get as close as you can to a perfect fit on the glass, otherwise you'll face gaps and overlaps on the outer edges. Those gaps and overlaps can interfere with the proper adhesion of the window film, so the more you can do to avoid them, the better.
Measure both the height and the width of the glass panels. Add about an inch on each of those measurements so that you'll have a half-inch of space on each side. That's easy to trim, but enough to ensure that you get complete coverage.
Apply the Film to the Glass
Fill a spray bottle with warm water, then add a few drops of dish detergent. Mix it well, then spray the adhesive side of the window tint, covering the entire surface. Put the film on the outside of the window, adhesive-side first. It will probably slide a little bit over the glass because of the soap and water solution. Put the film in position so it's centered properly over the window.
Spray the top of the film with the soapy water solution as well, then use a plastic card, squeegee or something with an edge to smooth the film out on the glass and eliminate any bubbles. Once the film is smoothed in place, use a razor blade to cut the excess off the edges. Keep your tinted windows clean by using a streak-free cleaner and microfiber cloth on a regular basis.
Whether you're investing in security film to keep your windows from shattering while protecting from the sun's rays or traditional window film, the application process is basically the same. If you aren't comfortable doing the work yourself, talk with a residential window tinting professional about doing it for you. You can also check out sites like http://www.plucys.com/ for more information.