These days you can apply just about any design or effect you want on your windows with decorative window film. Decorative window film is just what is sounds like. It is a thin plastic film that sticks to any flat, clean glass surface to alter its appearance. There are films made to look like professional glass etchings, stained glass windows, frosted glass and much more.
What is really neat about using decorative window tints is that they actually look a lot like the real thing. For example, it is hard to determine the difference between a glass etching and a decorative window film that was made to look like an etching. Likewise, the stained glass films look a lot like real stained glass windows, but both are accomplished at a fraction of the price of their real counter parts.
Applications of Decorative Window Film or Tints
Not only are they used to put etchings or patterns on the glass of your choice, they can be used for privacy glass such as on front doors and showers and a whole lot more as demonstrated by the following list of practical applications for decorative tints and films on glass:
-Security applications such as privacy tints, frosted glass or colored tints that stop peeping toms and thieves from seeing through your windows.
-Stained glass window effects that look amazingly like the real thing for a fraction of the cost.
-Etched glass effects that look wonderful.
-Tinting of any imaginable color is available.
-Geometric patterns of different colors and shapes
-Scenery for windows that have a dismal view
-French pained windows
-Decorative glass doors
-Living room windows
-And much more
This list of applications could go on forever, but you get the idea right?
What you will need for the project
Plastic Card Squeegee
Installing Decorative Window Film
Installation is quite basic and can be done by the average stay at home mom or dad. Anyone can do it. So let’s get started. First gather the things you will need for the job listed above and then follow the below steps to apply the film of your choice to your window or other glass structure.
1. Clean the glass where ever you will be applying the film with a normal glass cleaner and make sure it is completely free from any dirt or grime.
2. Measure the width and height of the glass surface you are working with. Add ¾ of an inch to each side of your measured glass and cut the film to this size.
3. Find a mild detergent such as baby shampoo or dish detergent, but not hand soap, hand soap will not work. Mix a solution of 8 drops of the detergent with 32 ounces of water into a spray bottle.
4. Lay out your cut film on a clean dry surface with the peel off liner facing up. Peel off the release liner and spray a generous amount of water onto the adhesive back of the film.
5. Spray a good amount on the glass where it is to be applied as well. The water solution prevents the film from sticking permanently to the glass to fast so you have time to position it perfectly before it dries.
6. Place the wet film onto the wet clean glass surface and wet the face of the film when it is exposed.
7. Now use the plastic card squeegee and work out the air bubbles by starting in the center and working them out towards the edges. Do this until the film is free from both air bubbles and the water solution.
8. If there are any air bubbles left after step seven, carefully squeeze them out towards the edge before continuing.
9. Trim any excess film from the edges. Try to do this in one continual motion using your ruler as a straight edge and your razor knife. While doing this, also use your paper towel to clean off any excess water remaining near the edges.
10. Now let the film dry completely before allowing it to be subjected to any contact or stress. I can take up to a couple of days to completely dry.
There you have it. Not too difficult, but there are a couple things to watch out for. One is when you peel away the backing from the film, be careful not to let the film roll over on itself and stick to itself because it will be a mess and may not separate without damaging the film beyond use.
Also make sure you work with perfectly clean glass because any dirt can cause the film not to adhere properly and can cause it to look bad and have air bubbles. Good luck with your window film project. Take your time and do it right and you will have a window to be proud of when you are done.