Safety and Legal Precautions
Your tinted windows must comply with state and local
laws, which you should research before installing any film. You can
check your State Tinting Laws
on our website. Please use proper judgement when applying dark tint to
your vehicle. Very dark tint could render visibility, which could lead
to serious injury or death. Florida Custom Tinting assumes no responsibility
for the improper or illegal application of window film. If you have any
questions about your product, you can contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spray Bottle
- Rubber Squeegee
- Single-edge Razor Blade or Utility Knife
- Distilled Water
- Lint-free Cloth
- Baby Shampoo or Film Aid Application Concentrate
Things You Should Know Before You Begin
- Tint vehicle in a shaded, well-lighted, dust-free environment.
- Apply film when air temperature is between 40¼ F and 98¼ F for at least three days.
- Handle film carefully because creases are not removable.
- Two people should work together to handle large pieces of film.
- DO NOT clean glass or film with ammonia, vinegar, or household glass cleaners these will cause adhesive failure.
- If tinting residential windows, please call the factory to receive a residential instruction sheet.
- DO NOT apply any auto film to thermal or dual-pane windows. Any film may be applied to single-pane or storm windows.
- DO NOT apply film to plexiglass, plastic or acrylic windows the adhesive will cause the materials to become opaque.
- Start with the smallest flat window. Become comfortable
handling and applying the film on small fixed windows before tinting
larger or compound-curved windows
Gather all tools. Mix 1-2 caps of baby shampoo into 1
quart of distilled water to make a soapy solution, or mix FILM AID
according to package directions. The more soap you use the longer it
will take for the film to lock. Fill a spray bottle. Use this solution
throughout the entire application process. Identify the release liner
which protects the adhesive side of the film. Usually the liner is on
the outside of the curl of the roll.
Film Installation Steps
1. Thoroughly spray the soapy solution on the inside
and outside surfaces of the window(s) you plan to tint. Use a razor
blade to lightly scrape away any dirt or residue from the glass.
Respray and hand wash both surfaces of the glass. Use a squeegee or
lint-free cloth to dry the surface. The cleaner the glass, the better
the film application will look.
2. Wet the outside of the glass with the soapy solution
and place the film onto the wet glass with the liner side facing
outward. Spray the film then squeegee to hold it temporarily in place.
3. Spray the soapy solution on the INSIDE surface of
the window until thoroughly wet. Gently lift the pre-cut film from the
outside of the window.
4. To separate the film from the release liner, dry
both sides of a film corner, and place two pieces of transparent tape
on each side of the film corner: half of the tape on the film, half
extending over the corner edge. Press the two pieces of tape firmly
together, then quickly pull them apart to expose the adhesive. Peel
liner apart diagonally, from corner to corner. While handling the film,
do not allow the adhesive to touch itself.
5. While removing the liner, spray the adhesive side of
the film. Place the wet adhesive onto the wet INSIDE of the window.
Handle film carefully. DO NOT CREASE. Allow the film to slide easily.
Wet your fingertips with the solution and smooth the film into place.
If the film does not slide easily on the glass, remove film and respray
the glass. Reapply.
6. Spray the outside film surface thoroughly. On flat
glass, squeegee from top downward only, not side to side. On curved
glass, squeegee from the center to the bottom, then squeegee film
toward the sides. Press firmly on squeegee to remove ALL water and
bubbles from under film. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe up excess water.
Trim as necessary with a sharp blade.
7. Lubricate the gasket at the bottom of roll-up
windows with a few drops of solution, then press the 1/4'' flap of film
down between the window and the gasket. If puckers appear under the
film, use a credit card or ruler as a guide and trim the bottom film
edge. Respray the film and resqueegee toward the newly cut edge to
remove air and solution.
8. If any trimming is needed, use a new razor blade to
carefully cut the film. On fixed windows, leave a 1/16 inch gap
trimmed around the film so you will be able to remove the water from
under the film.
9. Respray the top surface of the film then firmly
squeegee to remove ALL bubbles. Repeat as needed. For areas too small
to squeegee, wrap a clean, soft cloth around a credit card or hard
card and firmly press the remaining water toward the nearest edge. If
a V shaped pucker appears, the window has a compound curve. If the
puckers are less than 2 inches long, respray the film and squeegee
firmly and slowly. If puckers are larger, refer to: Tinting Compound
Curved Windows instructions.
10. Leave windows rolled up for at least 3 days. Film
may appear cloudy or foggy at first this is normal. Film should clear
up in a few days.
Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to fully dry, sometimes a lot longer
depending on film type, and weather conditions. Until this time your
tinted windows may appear hazy or lumpy, and it may seem to have water
bubbles. Do not roll your tinted windows down until dry!
How to Tint Curved Rear Windows
The back side and rear windows of some vehicles may
have curved surfaces that prevent film from lying flat without v-shaped
or finger bubbles. Film cannot conform to these surfaces without being
heat-shrunk. TintKits.com Rear Window Kits contain one-piece of film
that is 1/4 inch larger than the actual window. This gives plenty of
room for shrinking and forming.
1. Review basic film installation instructions before
applying the film. DO NOT scrape defroster lines while cleaning the
2. Spray the OUTSIDE of the glass and place the film on
the window with the liner side facing you. Spray the film and
temporarily squeegee it into place before heating.
3. Use a heat gun to heat the film and form it to the
back window. DO NOT place the heat gun in one location for more than a
few seconds. Carefully use the heat gun to apply heat and squeegee the
film away from the center of the rear window. If fingers become to
large, split them into two with your finger and continue heating and
squeeging the film. Take your time. This process may take 10-15 mins or
so depending on vehicle. All creases should be out of the film before
proceeding to the next step.
4. Respray the INSIDE surface of the window and spray
the adhesive side of the film. Position the film along the bottom of
the window and squeegee it firmly from the center to the sides. If any
trimming is needed, use a new razor blade to carefully cut the film. On
fixed windows, leave a 1/16 inch gap trimmed around the film so you
will be able to remove the water from under the film.
5. Re-squeegee problem areas in the film as you
proceed, trimming as needed. CAUTION: do not cut defroster lines. Use a
hard card to firmly press out all fingers.
6. Always clean film with a soapy water solution and a
clean, soft squeegee. NEVER use ammonia, vinegar, household cleaners,
paper towels, or brushes to clean.
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Here is a link that will show you how to Shrink Window Film using Soapy Water:
Horizontal Strip Multi-Piece Rear Window Installation Instructions
1 CLEANING THE REAR
¥ Clean the inside and
outside of the window as you
did with the side
windows, using a plastic scrubbie to
remove any stubborn
¥ DO NOT use a razor blade on
rear window defroster
lines or dot matrix.
¥ Clean under the gasket
and around the brake light
to remove any embedded
2 PREPARING THE
¥ The film strips will
be prepared on the outside of
the window (final
installation will be done on the
interior). Wet the top
of the window with the Solution.
¥ Starting at the left
side, roll the first strip across the
top of the glass
underneath the dot matrix pattern,
with the liner side
facing out. (Figure H)
¥ Trim the right edge
with a sharp blade.
¥ Squeegee the strip
into place and then trim the
¥ Spray the window
again in preparation for the next
¥ Repeat these steps
until you have three strips
prepared on the glass,
overlapping the strips slightly
at the middle and more
at the sides. Adjust each strip
so the overlap with the
previously installed strip is
the same at the left
and right, with a 1/16Ó to 1/8Ó
overlap in the middle.
Note that the strips will naturally
have a greater overlap
toward the left and right sides
than in the middle.
¥ The final strip will
be done after the first three are
3 APPLYING THE
¥ We recommend that you
use a fluorescent shop light
to help illuminate the
rear window from the inside.
¥ Remove the top strip
from the back glass then move
to the inside of the
¥ Remove the liner from
the first 8Ó to 10Ó of the film
strip, and wetting the
adhesive as you go.
¥ Spray the top of the
window in preparation for applying
¥ Apply the strip to
the window, moving from left to
right, removing the
liner as you work across the glass.
¥ Using the soft rubber
edge of the squeegee, squeegee
the water from under
¥ Repeat these steps
with each film strip, overlapping
the strips in the same
manner as they were prepared.
4 PREPARING THE
¥ Lay the final strip
across the outside of the rear
window. Trim the bottom
to the edge of the dot matrix
¥ Place the fluorescent
light in the rear window to
illuminate the brake
light area. Trim the film around
the edge of the brake
light. Never obstruct the brake
light with film.
¥ Apply the film to the
inside as with previous strips,
fitting the brake light
cut out around the light housing.
¥ Squeegee the film
into place, removing all Solution
from the corners and
edges of the glass.
You may notice
imperfections such as air bubbles or
debris between the film
and the glass. EZMount adhesive
allows you to peel the
film away from the glass, fix the
problem, and re-apply
for up to 24 hours. Simply peel the
affected area of the
film away from the glass, spray with
solution, and use your squeegee
or knife to remove any
debris or bubbles.
Re-spray the adhesive with the Solution
and re-apply to the
glass. Once applied, re-spray the outer
surface of the film and
The film fully
"cures" over the next week to 10 days. Dry,
sunny weather speeds
curing; wet, cold weather prolongs
it. During curing, the
film may initially look hazy or
cloudy; this effect
will disappear with time and/or exposure
heat (i.e. the sun or a hair dryer).