Basic Installation Instructions
If you are new to window film installation and you want a “perfect” job;
we recommend that you have a professional installer do the work. They get it right the first time.
Solar Control will recommend a professional authorized tinter in your area.
tools required for tinting:
Spray bottle (with baby shampoo & water)
· Olfa knife (cutter) & Olfa SS blades (always be careful not to cut yourself)
Scraper & blades (always be careful not to cut yourself)
o Baby Shampoo
o Paper Towels (lint free)
o Razor (1” razors) –
careful not to cut yourself or others!
see pictures of tools go to:
1: Preparing the Installation Solution
Get your spray bottle
Put 5-10 drops of baby
shampoo in a one quart spray bottle
Amount of shampoo depends
on how much lubricant you want/need. Beginners usually want more shampoo. The more shampoo,
the more “slippery” it is. Too much shampoo can cause the film to slide off the window.
In cold environments, it takes longer to dry & can slip off
§ When installing safety film, too much shampoo can cause the heavy safety film to slide down the window before the
adhesive has time to activate with the glass. Thus, use less shampoo.
o Amount of shampoo also depends on your water’s ph balance. Each area & tinter uses a
different amount of shampoo based on water and experience
· Fill the bottle up with water & shake
· Adjust nozzle to have a nice even spray
2: Preparing the Glass Windows
Note: All dirt & debris must be taken out of
the glass windows. Any debris or “dust” on the glass, window frame or air that gets trapped
between the film & glass will show. So clean, scrape, clean, and clean. Then clean
the window again.
Wash the side of the
glass on which you want to affix the film with your tinting solution. After that, spray it again
with the soapy solution.
Scrape the window clean
of any adhesive, grease, paint, varnish, stickers, dirt and any other foreign matter using a scraper / razor blade.
Be careful not to cut yourself. Clean the corners extra well. Wipe clean and
dry with paper towels (lint free)
Clean the glass window surface
o Wipe excess water with squeegee
o Wipe down corners with lint free paper towel
· Spray the entire glass window surface again with the soapy solution.
Step 3: Preparing the Film
Measure the surface
of the glass and cut the film one inch wider and one inch longer than the glass surface. (Be careful not
to get “paper cuts” from the sides of the window film)
· Stick a piece of tape on either side of the film. Pull
each piece of the tape outwards in the opposite direction.
· Remove the liner and activate the adhesive by spraying it with the
Apply the solution on
the film thoroughly, including the edges.
4: Applying the Film on the Glass
· Prepare the window surface for application by spraying it thoroughly with soap solution so that it’s wet.
Pick up the film by
the corners and place the adhesive side against the glass, moving it around until it’s positioned properly.
Look at it from various
angles to check whether it’s been placed properly.
Step 5: Squeegee out Excess Water and Air Bubbles
Spray the exposed side
facing you with the soapy solution.
Using a squeegee, squeegee
the film from top to bottom to remove the excess water and air bubbles.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
· Trim the excess film carefully using an olfa knife (cutter)
o Be careful not to cut yourself!
· Spray the film with the soap solution and squeegee again to remove
all excess water and air bubbles from under the film.
· With safety film, use extra pressure to make sure you get all the water out.
· If needed, squeegee again (spray solution on top of the film to avoid
Place a paper towel
on the squeegee and squeegee all the edges by stroking towards the glass frames. View the window from outside; if any air
bubbles are seen, squeegee and remove them.
Clean up and make sure
you picked up all olfa blades & razor blades
There you have it! Your
glass window now has a cool new look, offering you protection against the sun.
you are experiencing difficulties with any of the procedures and need more information, you can e-mail us or check out some
of the online videos below: