Window tinting installation and maintenance
Many of our customers are curious about the window tinting process and what it involves, as well as how to maintain their windows once they have been tinted. Just about any window can be tinted; you’ve probably seen tinted windows on cars and buildings before. Regardless of the type of window in question, the basic tinting process remains the same.
Andres Mobile Tinting offers window tinting services for both residential and commercial customers; we have experience tinting windows in homes, offices, and industrial buildings throughout the Gold Coast. If you are considering having the windows in your home or office tinted, contact us today.
Tinting a window involves applying a tinting film to the glass. It is this film that provides the tinting effect. In the case of security tinting and other specialised types, this film can have a variety of properties. Regardless of the type of tinting film used, the window needs to be prepared in the same way.
For building windows, this means cleaning them thoroughly. If any particles are left on the glass when the film is applied, they will lead to bumps and other imperfections. There is no way of removing these once the film has been installed; the surface must be completely clean beforehand.
After ensuring the window is completely clean, it needs to be measured so the film can be cut to the appropriate size. Leaving an additional inch or so of film makes installation significantly easier.
The final step before applying the coating to the window is to expose the adhesive coating. This is a delicate process. If the film ends up sticking to itself, it becomes worthless; great care is required.
Once the glass and the film are prepared, all that remains is to apply the film to the window. Most films need to be sprayed to activate the adhesive, either with water or a special solution. Spraying the adhesive will activate it, making it ready for application. All that remains is to attach it to the inside of the window.
When applying the film, small bubbles can form, even if the glass is clean. Fortunately, if the person installing the film knows what they are doing, there are ways of ironing out these imperfections. After dealing with these, it’s time to trim away the excess film and remove any water that might have accumulated.
After cutting the film down to the right size, the window needs to be left to cure. Moisture often gets trapped during the installation process, potentially leading to small puddles or a cloudy haze beneath the film. These are perfectly normal and should dissipate on their own. Curing can take anywhere from a few days to a month or more, depending on the local weather and environment.
Tinted windows can generally be cleaned in the same way as regular non-tinted windows. However, if you want to maximise the tint’s lifespan, you should take care when cleaning. You should use natural cleaning solutions whenever possible and avoid abrasive chemicals. Similarly, using soft cloths and being as gentle as possible will reduce wear and tear. Microfibre cloths are usually the best choice.
Contact us today
Window tinting installation is a relatively simple process. However, it is best left to professionals like us. If you want windows in your home or business tinted, give our friendly team a call on 1800 885 464 or obtain a quote online to get started.
For more information on window film and the tinting process, read our previous blog Reasons to invest in window tinting