Regardless of the time of year, whether it's a blindingly bright, winter's morning or in the heat of summer, the interior of your car can seriously bake, and the bright sun can make it difficult to see while driving. Applying window tint to your vehicle is a simple way to block UV rays that can damage the interior of your car, as well as your skin. Window tinting can also keep your car cooler in the sun, so you don't get scorched on your leather seats, and it can reduce glare as well.
Prying eyes can also be a bother, especially if you keep valuables in your car. If you want more privacy, window tinting prevents others from seeing into your vehicle and also reduces the risk of someone trying to break in. Window tinting has the added bonus of increasing the shatter resistance of your windows while making your car look sleek and stylish. These benefits of tinting your car's windows can make your vehicle more comfortable, cooler and even more aesthetically appealing.
No matter your reason for installing window tint in your vehicle, these simple instructions will allow you to tint your own car windows like a pro!
Before diving into the window tinting process, here's a list of things to to keep in mind:
If this is your first time installing tint and you do not have any tools for window tinting, buying an application kit is a great way to get started. The Gila Window Tint Application Kit includes a squeegee, razor blade, low-lint cloth and pre-mixed application fluid to get you on your way. The Conqueror squeegee is designed with a pointed tip to effectively remove water from corners and edges, while the application fluid is formulated for easy installation of window tint films.
If you decide not to buy an application kit, here is everything you will need to install window tint on your car, truck or SUV:
If you want to install your window tint, whetehre it's precut or in rolls, cleaning is an absolute must. Follow this quick and easy three-step process to clean your windows.
If you need a more detailed explanation of how to clean your vehicle before applying window tint, check out our 7-Steps to Deep Cleaning Your Ride.
If you decide to go the precut route and you've purchased pre-cut window tint, you're in luck â€” you can skip the measuring and cutting entirely! However, you will still want to double check that your pre-cut window tint fits nicely before applying it. Simply spray the outside of your car window with soapy water and lay the pre-cut section on the window with the adhesive side up. Align the piece in the middle and check that there is just a little bit of bleed along each edge.
If the pieces do not match, check that the tint kit you ordered is the correct one for your vehicle. If your pre-cut window film lines up, skip down to the next section for instructions on how to install your window tint. Please go directly to the link below:
How to Install Precut Window Tint
If you purchased a bulk roll of window tint film, follow these instructions for cutting your tint to just the right shape and size:
You should allow your window tint to cure for seven to 10 days before rolling down your windows. If the film has not had time to adhere and dry properly, it may wrinkle.
While heat guns are not a necessary tool for installing window tint, they can be very helpful to have handy if something goes wrong. If you notice any lingering air bubbles under the film or creases you were not able to work out with the squeegee, they may be able to be released with a heat gun. Carefully heat the liner and use a hard card or squeegee to work out the bubbles. Avoid heating the film for too long as it may cause it to burn or shrivel. Typically a quick pass with the heat gun will be enough to loosen the film without burning it.
One truly important reason that you might want to use a heat gun is for when you're installing window tint on cars with curved windows. Check out our six step guide (at the preceding link) or follow these quick and dirty instructions:
Now that you've successfully installed your window tint, how can you troubleshoot any issues that may arise? What do you do about upkeep and cleaning? Keep reading for our complete list of aftercare and troubleshooting tips.
There's nothing worse than tinting your own windows or having them tinted by a friend or professional and discovering that there are a bunch of bubbles under the surface of the film. In fact, for most of us, as soon as we discover bubbled window tints the first thing we do is rip it off the glass while muttering a wide and varied assortment of curses and profanities. But, it doesn't have to be that way.
Whether you paid someone to tint your windows or you did it yourself, follow this 5 step process to fix your badly done window tinting job.
When the installation is complete, take a step back and have a good look at your cool new window tint. Enjoy the benefits of tinted windows as you stay cool in the summer and feel comfortable in the privacy of your car. With Rvinyl's large selection of window tint film, you can choose from many different types of window tint to get the look and features you want. Rvinyl.com is your one-stop-shop for DIY window tint supplies, so you can save money by doing the job yourself. Browse our pre-cut window tint kits or buy a bulk roll to complete any window-tinting project.
If you really love the new tint on your car windows, send us a few pictures of your work. We want to see how your projects turn out and will even give you money back for sharing your results with us. Just six photos can earn you a $20 rebate you can use toward your next vehicle upgrade project.
Window tinting is not a job for the faint of heart but is definitely doable
by anyone with a little bit of patience. Best of all, you can save yourself
hundreds of dollars if you tint your windows yourself so read on and find out