Some car owners find car window tinting really expensive and some form of luxury for their vehicle, which hinder them from the decision of finally having it tinted. However, with all the benefits promised by it, many are still wanting to have it installed on their vehicles. One option for them is doing it themselves.
While it may be a hard thing to do, it is not impossible. But given the proper knowledge and information, many car owners can do fine DIY-ing it.
What You’ll Need:
- DIY Car Window Tint Kits
- window-tint-film application solution
- lint-free cleaning cloth or microfiber
- razor knife
- scraper blade
- application squeegee
- a heat gun
Do it in a clean, dry work space. Work in a place with a dust and dirt free environment and avoid doing the job in excessive heat or cold or on a day with high humidity.
Keep in mind that doing everything indoors is not a bad idea. But if you want to work outside, you should choose a clean and dry place.
Car Window Preparation
Remove any stickers or adhesives from your car windows. This may create problems with the tint film sticking on the windows. Clean the windows with soap and water. Use the blade to scrape away all the dirt and grime. Make sure you clean both sides of the window well, removing everything.
Get rid of dust and other dirt that could stick on your windows by vacuuming the interior of your vehicle. At the same time, remove all the obstructions inside your vehicle that can get in your way and make the process harder for you.
Measuring and Cutting the tint films
Place the tinting over the outside of the window so that it covers the entire window. Unroll your tinting so that it covers the entire window, with at least 2-3″ of extra tinting over the edges. The liner should be facing you. Never remove the liner when you’re just measuring so that the tint film wont stick to the windows just yet.
However, you can make everything easier for yourself thanks to the DIY kits available in the market that already has pre-cut tint films suited for your vehicle type.
Fix the film to the corner of the window with a piece of clear tape and start to peel the protective liner from the film. Then, spay the adhesive surface of the film with application solution as you peel the protective liner before discarding it. Fold the bottom edge back onto itself to avoid it touching the door trim.
Move the tint into place at the top of the window, leaving a 1/8-inch gap from the top of any sliding window. Run the squeegee along the top of the window, pushing any air and water out of the top as you go.
Roll up the window and spray the film again with the application solution. Use the squeegee to hold the window gasket out while sliding the film in underneath it. Use the squeegee to push all the air and water out from beneath the film.
Finally, use the microfiber cloth and wrap it around the squeegee. Run it across the entire window. Doing this will help the cloth absorb any remaining application solution and wipe down door trims and paint.
If you spot any bubbles or fingers of trapped air or application solution remain in the film, use a heat gun to gently warm the area and then run the squeegee over the bubbles toward the closest edge of the window. Repeat this process for all windows until the job is complete.
Clean up any of the corners that have excess film. If there are extra inches of tint film in the corners, use your knife to clean it all up.
You can also realign the films so that it fits the window perfectly, with some excess on every edge. You may need to reapply water to make it stick on the glass. If so, remove the cut tint, spray some more soapy water, and reapply the film to the window.