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FAQ's

 

1. Is there a backing (liner) on the film?

Yes, there is a clear liner on the back of the film to protect the adhesive from contamination. Remove the liner by attaching two 3-4' long pieces of transparent tape to the front and back surfaces of a corner of the film so that about 1" of tape is on the film, the rest is centered and hanging over the pointed corner of the film. Firmly press the two pieces of tape together, and then quickly pull them apart to begin separating the clear liner away from the (dry) adhesive side of the film.

For small pieces, you can remove the liner diagonally, from one corner toward the opposing corner. However, for pieces larger than 2'x2', you should run your finger from the separated corner along the shorter edge to the next corner, then peel back and remove the liner from straight edge to straight edge.

2. What type of soap can I use in the solution to clean the window and apply the film?

We recommend using our FILM AID concentrate mixed according to the directions on the package. One bottle mixes with one quart distilled or filtered water. If you do not have FILM AID, mix ¼ tsp. "no tears" baby shampoo to one quart distilled or filtered water. DO NOT use ammonia products or vinegar to clean the windows or the film.

3. Can I use automotive window film on Plexiglas or plastic windows?

Window film adhesive should not make contact with plastic, Plexiglas, acrylic, or lexan surfaces. The film's adhesive contains chemicals that could react with the organic base of a plastic surface to produce a milky, bubbly appearance. Your plastic surface will never be clear again. If, however, the appearance of the plastic is not important, film can certainly be applied.

4. Can I double-layer the film to make the window darker?

Double layering film usually leads to two problems. First, the adhesive is designed to bond to glass; it will not bond clearly and correctly to another sheet of film. Then, the second layer of film may stick immediately to the first layer, preventing you from squeegeeing all of the water out. Usually, double layer films trap air bubbles and water pockets that grow in size and number over time.

5.How long will the film last before I need to replace it?

The answer depends upon several factors: installation, cleaning, exposure, and wear-and-tear. Presuming the film was installed correctly and cleaned properly, the film should look good for 5 years to life time. Rolling windows up and down, combined with direct exposure to heat and UV rays, can decrease that time. Scratch-resistant and metallized films have more durability and greater longevity.

6. What causes film to fade?

The primary cause of film fading is ultraviolet energy, which breaks down the dyes and pigments. Sun Shield films have advanced UV inhibitors to delay UV deterioration as long as possible; however, colored films will become lighter in time, as they absorb and block the UV rays that would otherwise fade and rot interior vinyl and upholstery. Metallized films maintain their original appearance longer because metal does not fade. UltraShield films will provide the longest protection and look the best over time as they have special UV absorbers made into the polyester itself, in addition to the UV inhibitors in the adhesive.

7. Do you have films larger than 24"?

We have upto 60" wide film rolls. After careful research, we determined that a 24" width would cover 98% of automotive windows with the least amount of waste for the consumer except the back glass. This allows us to provide you with a quality product at a reasonable price. Anyway we can cut film in any size you want.

8. How do I remove the film and the adhesive?

When properly applied film will last several years. The easiest way to remove old film is with the Window Film Adhesive Remover Solution. Or you can loosen the film at the top of the window with a razor blade. Grip the film firmly and pull it from one corner across the window. Adhesive will remain on the glass. Add ammonia as needed to the solution and spray onto the adhesive residue. Rub this mixture into the adhesive to soften. Repeat if necessary until the adhesive turns white and gummy, then shave the adhesive from the glass with a new razor blade. Keep the surface wet until you have removed the adhesive residue. Then thoroughly clean the window with the original soapy water solution and dry with a cloth. Wait at least 24 hours before applying new film to the window.

Or you can sweat it! The "sweat" method involves the use of black plastic sheeting (cut from a black trash bag) and the removal solution discussed above. It works well on warm, clear, sunny days. The optimum temperature range starts at about 60°F.

1) Obtain a large black plastic garbage bag.
2) Carefully slit it open with scissors to its most effective size to cover the window glass.
3) Spray the window on the outside and clean it thoroughly.
4) Spray the pane again on the outside and lay up the plastic sheet from your garbage bag, completely covering the glass.
5) Trim plastic to precisely fit the shape of the window, so the sheet will just cover the ENTIRE film surface when positioned on the INSIDE of the pane.
6) Remove the trimmed plastic template from the outside.
7) Spray the inside (filmed) surface of the window thoroughly with removal solution. Keep your head low in the vehicle as you spray to avoid breathing rising fumes.
8) Immediately lay up your pre-cut black plastic sheet onto the wet inside surface of the pane.
9) Position it carefully to cover all exposed film, smoothing out any large air pockets with the palm of your hand.
10) Place vehicle window in direct sun, oriented so the sunlight most directly impacts the glass.
11) Allow trapped solution to soak through film for about 30 minutes. Keep car doors closed during this period to achieve maximum temperatures and minimize evaporation.
12) Check for film's readiness to release from the glass surface with a fingernail or razor blade by picking at a corner. If it readily yields, proceed with the peel down. Slowly peel it down diagonally ensuring the plastic remains on the film surface while peeling. This will help the temperature of the already softened adhesive to remain high for an easy release. (Glass temperature drops with amazing speed as exposed moisture instantly evaporates, carrying away heat with it.)
13) If the film won't budge, peel down the plastic sheeting, re-spray with solution, re-position plastic, and check again in 30 minutes. Do not allow removal solution to dry up under the plastic. This is equivalent to starting over.
14) Repeat as necessary until film releases from the glass surface. Should any adhesive remain on the glass after peeling away film, IMMEDIATELY re-spray the gummy adhesive with removal solution and rub briskly with paper towels or non-scratching nylon pads. If the glass is still quite warm from being in the sun, the adhesive residue should quickly break down and wipe away. If the window glass has no surface components (antenna or defroster wires), a final razor scraping of the wet glass will work fine to strip adhesive residue.

NOTE: With direct sun exposure in hot climates, very rapid "peel-offs" can occur. In the Desert Southwest for example, release can occur in as little 20 minutes. Parking the vehicle indoors and soaking (undisturbed) overnight should also be considered, prepping the rear window as described in Steps 1-9.

9. Can I use heat to form the film to my curved glass?

Only if you know what you're doing. Generally, only trained professional installers can heat to form film. We do not provide instructions for consumers to do this for liability reasons.