Many people are willing to learn how to tint their windows for their homes themselves. It is not a difficult task. It is however time consuming. There are several types and color options a homeowner can pick from when looking on the internet. Depending on the reasoning for the use of the film will help them decide what would be appropriate for the task.
A do-it-yourself 'how to tint windows' project will consist of a few steps. The first will be to determine what glass surfaces will need the film. Since this project is fairly cost effective, it could potentially be done all at one time. If budgeting is an issue, adding the screening film to the windows that receive morning and evening sun may be what the homeowner will want to tackle first. When looking at how to tint the windows, they may notice that there are a few options for colors, designs, and strengths to protect against ultra violet (UV) and infrared light that is emitted from the sun.
Solar control is a big deciding factor for many. It will aid in the conservation of energy lost through those glass surfaces. The solar protection alone can block a lot of heat (infrared light) coming into the home, thus saving the residents a significant amount of money over a year's time. The next thing to consider is what kind of film does the homeowner want? Do they want something that is aesthetically decorative, like etched designs, frosted, or stained glass? Do they only desire a darker shade that will give more privacy?
The tools that are needed for learning how to tint windows include a box cutter type of knife to cut the film, a squeegee, and a soap and water solution in a spray bottle. The next step would include thoroughly cleaning the glass surface, inside and out. The spray bottle solution and a clean soft cotton towel will be used during this step. Several things can be used to clean the surfaces, but most experts say to add one teaspoon of shampoo or mild dishwashing liquid to one quart of water.
After the surfaces have been cleaned, they will need to be measured. When cutting the film, include an additional inch of material on each side. This is to allow for proper placement when applying the product. The next step is easier if there is an extra set of hands to help out. The protective liner will need to be separated from the adhesive side. Next, spray the glass surface and the adhesive side of the film with water. The water will assist in activating the glue. Once the film has been placed on the glass, it is important to remove any air underneath and make sure the surface is completely smooth. If needed, spray the water solution on the product and continue pressing out from the center to remove the air pockets. Trim the excess film with the knife and discard the excess material. Use a soft, cotton cloth to blot the remaining water from the film.
It will take anywhere from two days to three weeks for the film to properly cure to the glass. Cleaning of the surface can only be done after the product has had sufficient time to cure. Avoid using abrasive towels and harsh chemicals. A simple vinegar and water solution or soap and water will do fine.
It is not difficult to learn how to tint the home's windows, nor is it difficult to maintain them. Check all the manufacturer's specifications and warranties prior to starting the project.