Installing UV window film is a great do-it-yourself project for energy-conscious home owners. The benefits outweigh the costs in many ways. As well as providing privacy, UV window film blocks the UV rays that cause your furniture, carpet and window treatments to fade. You also can reduce utility bills in summer by keeping the heat out and in winter by keeping the heat in.
Things You'll Need
- UV window film
- Application solution
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape
- Lint-free cloth
Start the installation with clean hands and prepare the window by washing it with the application solution. This can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Use a utility knife to remove any specks of paint or dirt from all areas, including the window corners. When the window is clean, use a measuring tape to measure the area to be covered.
Roll the UV film out on a clean table or floor. Using your measurements, add 3/4 inch around each side of the film. This will allow for adjustments and will be trimmed off later in the installation process. After you have transferred the measurements, cut the film with a pair of sharp scissors. Take note which side of the film has the clear liner, as this is the adhesive side.
Take your solution and spray it generously onto the inside surface of the window. Start peeling the liner off the adhesive side of the film. As you do so, spray the film with the solution. Continue peeling the liner and spraying the film until all the liner has been removed. Place the adhesive side of the film onto the window and position the film by sliding it on the wet surface. Keep the film straight to avoid creasing.
Wet the side of the film that is now facing you. Place your squeegee at the top center of the window and draw it straight down to the bottom of the window. This will help keep it in place. Starting at the top, squeegee from the center out to the right and continue this all the way down to the bottom. Repeat with your squeegee moving from the center to the left for the length of the window. If the film starts to dry, spray with the solution. Continue until there are no air bubbles, and the solution under the film has been squeezed out.
Take your ruler and hold it firmly against the window frame trapping the excess film. With the utility knife, trim the excess film as close to the frame as possible. To finish the installation, take your squeegee, wrap a lint-free cloth around the blade and squeegee all around the edges to soak up any solution. The film will look foggy for a few days and will take up to a week to be completely dry and adher to the window.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid touching the film for a week to allow the film to securely adhere to the window. When cleaning the window, use a soft cloth and a solution that does not contain ammonia.
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