Clean the areas to which the film is to be applied, removing all traces of dirt, grime, grease, etc.
Carefully measure the height and width of the glass surface. Oversize the film up to 1″ extra material on each side of the film and cut the film to this size.
Create wetting solution by adding 8 drops (a one second short squeeze) of a very mild detergent (baby shampoo or dish detergent such as “Fairy” (DO NOT USE HAND SOAP!) into spray bottle filled with water. Dish detergents with moisturizers will cloud the adhesive.
Lay the cut-to-size decorative film on a clean, flat surface with the release liner up, or have someone hold the piece to be applied for you.
Remove the release liner and spray the now exposed adhesive surface thoroughly with the wetting solution. (Tip: Place piece of scotch tape on both sides of window film, use tape to peel down release liner)
Spray Hands with detergent before touching exposed portions of film to prevent damaging adhesive
Apply a generous amount of the wetting solution to the glass. The detergent prevents the film from sticking to the surface immediately, thereby allowing you more time in which to properly position the film.
Pick up Film by two top corners, Hold straight to avoid crinkling film.
Place the now wet film onto the clean glass surface.
Keep top edge level with outer edges overlapping frame.
Film should flow smoothly over glass.
Wet the face of the film to be squeegeed. Use squeegee and squeegee from the center out towards the edges pulling out any remaining air bubbles and wetting solution.
Check that the film is flat and smooth.
If any bubbles remain, use hard card wrapped in paper towel to push them out towards the closest edge.
Trim the excess film from the edges of the surface. It is ideal to cut in one continuous movement, using the ruler and razor knife.
Use the paper towels for cleaning the glass surface and for the absorption of excess wetting solution around the edges.
The film may take a few days to dry in order for it to completely adhere to the glass surface.
Additional Installation Tips:
Check the glass to make sure the surface is smooth. Spray the glass with soapy water and use a single edge razor blade to shave the surface. There should be no “clicking” sounds from the glass as the blade passes across the surface.
Make sure the water is clean and use a new spray bottle. Do not use well water. Do not use hand soap.
The glass must be sprayed and squeegeed clean and not wiped.
Rinse/dip fingers in water before handling the film once the liner is removed. This will assist in keeping the adhesive from imprinting fingerprints.
Before applying the window film, ensure the surrounding area is clean and that no fans or wind is blowing.
A good squeegee is needed to squeegee all the water from behind the film.