Enhancing privacy, blocking harmful UV rays, and reducing glare are just a few benefits of applying auto glass tint to your car. Although professional installation is recommended for best results, if you're up for a DIY challenge, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.
Gathering the Necessary Materials
Before you begin, assemble all necessary materials. This includes the window tint film, a utility knife, a squeegee, a heat gun, a spray bottle, soapy water, and a clean cloth. Ensure you buy a high-quality window tint that meets your local laws and regulations concerning tint percentages.
Preparing the Window
Start by thoroughly cleaning your car's windows using soapy water and a squeegee to remove any dirt or debris. Any particles left on the window can cause bubbles under the tint film. Dry the window thoroughly after cleaning.
Measuring and Cutting the Film
Roll out the tint film onto the outside of the window and cut it roughly to size, leaving an inch extra around the edges. The film should be applied with the adhesive side toward the window, but during this step, leave the protective layer on the adhesive side to prevent it from sticking prematurely.
Applying the Film
Spray a generous amount of soapy water onto the inside of the window — this acts as a lubricant and allows you to slide the film into the correct position.
Peel the protective layer from the adhesive side of the tint film and apply it to the window, starting from the bottom and working your way up, smoothing it out with a squeegee as you go. Use the heat gun to help shape the tint to the window. This step is especially useful for curved windows.
Trimming the Edges
Once the tint is in position and smoothed out, use a utility knife to trim the edges of the film for a perfect fit. Be very careful not to cut into the car's glass or rubber seals during this step.
Drying the Film
After the film is applied and trimmed, use the squeegee again to push out any remaining creases or bubbles, working from the center of the film to the edges. Let the film dry naturally for a few days before rolling down the windows.
Inspect the tint job after a few days. Look for any bubbles, creases, or peeling corners. These should be smoothed out immediately to prevent further issues.
Contact a professional to learn more about auto glass tint.