DIY Window Tinting Tips

Window tinting can serve many purposes, from being a way to add privacy or keep the interior cool, to simply making your car look sleeker and cooler. Regardless of your reasons, you may be considering a DIY tinting job. Read through the following tips before you make the attempt to make sure you are up for the challenge.

Tip #1: Schedule Plenty of Time

Modern car windows are curved, and this lack of a flat surface makes it difficult to successfully cut the tint and apply it so it is smooth and without bubbles. It may only take you an afternoon to complete the job, but it is best to clear your schedule for the day just to be safe. To do this correctly, you need to commit yourself to taking your time and being very attentive of every detail. If you can't do this, it is a better idea to opt for a professional tinting.

Tip #2: Get the Right Tools

You will need window tint film and an application kit. These kits typically contain an adhesive and a bubble scraper – which resembles a squeegee. You also need window cleaner, lint-free towels, butcher paper, and a pencil. Scissors or a utility knife are the final tools.

Tip #3: Start With a Clean Surface

The smallest speck of dust can result in an ugly bubble in your tint. The trick is to clean each window right before you apply the tint. Wipe it completely clean with a lint-free towel so there is no dust left on the window. Working inside a garage is helpful since this will minimize the debris that settles on the window as you are completing the installation.

Tip #4: Make Templates

Don't attempt to eyeball the size of the window. Instead, use the butcher paper to trace the windows and make an accurate template. You can tape the paper in place with a low adhesive tape, like painter's tape, or have someone hold it in place as you trace. Once you know it is accurate, place it over the tint and cut out the specific shape.

Tip #5: Work Slowly

Finally, it's time to apply the tint. You begin by spraying the clean window with an adhesive. Start applying the tint at the top edge of the window, working downward and toward the side edges. Use the bubble scraper to force out the bubbles as you work. Once it is on and bubble-free, you will need to wipe it down firmly with a towel to remove any moisture or adhesive residue. This is a good time to also perform a last bubble check.

If this process seems complicated or too time-consuming, contact a professional window tinting service. They have the experience, tools, and knowledge to make the process much simpler.