How to Install Window Tint or Decorative Film on Your Patio Door

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If you think window tint is just used on blacked-out car windows, think again. It can be used on any window of your home for many reasons. Some people install it to keep sunlight out, protect their furniture and prevent fading. It can also be used as a decorative element. Several designs are available, from a stained-glass finish to children's murals.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 tsp. baby shampoo
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint free cloth or paper towel
  • Sponge
  • Old debit or credit card (optional)
  • Craft knife
  • Add 1/4 tsp. baby shampoo to 1 quart of water and mix. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray it over the entire glass surface. Wipe it dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.

  • Wet the inside of the glass thoroughly with a wet sponge.

  • Remove the window tint or film from its backing liner.

  • Place the film onto the glass carefully and put it into the correct position. Check that it is aligned with the top edge of the glass panel. Run the plastic card that came with your film or an old credit or debit card along the top of the film to secure it in place.

  • Wet the surface with a damp sponge to reduce friction. Squeegee out the soapy water, working from the center outwards and getting rid of all bubbles.

  • Trim off any excess film, if necessary, with a craft knife.

  • Repeat for each section of your patio door glass if it is made up of several panels.

Tips & Warnings

  • Order the tint or film precut so that it is the exact size you need.
  • Each brand will have its own particular installation procedure, so if you have the manufacturer's instructions, read those as well.

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