Residential Installation Instructions
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
residential window film should only be applied to the INSIDE surface of
standard 1/8” single and dual panes. This includes single, dual, removable
storm panes, and all window shapes such as patio and French doors, and
Apply film to the INSIDE surface of exterior removable storm panes.
Apply film when the temperature is between 40° and 90°F for at least three
Do not apply Llumar residential films to plastic or Plexiglas surfaces or to
motor vehicle windows.
not apply any film to frosted, etched, leaded, cracked, holed, or deeply
scratched glass, or any otherwise flawed or defective glass or glass that is
over 40 years old.
the film very carefully to prevent creasing.
on larger windows (3-4’ wide) is easier with two people.
- Before you begin applying your
film, make sure you have the appropriate tools for the job.
- The Baby Shampoo &
Distilled Water- Application Solution is recommended for
use throughout the application and cleaning process. Do not dilute or mix
- A low-lint cloth
should be used to avoid any contamination of the adhesive with dirt or
- The razor knife
with breakaway blades is used for film trimming, and you should plan to change
blades after every 10 feet of film cut.
- A rubber squeegee
is necessary to press the film onto the glass without creases and to
remove the Solution from under the film. We recommend a rubber squeegee
between 4” – 5” wide, with a flexible blade.
- The Edging Tool
will allow you to trim a 1/16” gap around the four edges of the film. A
ruler, credit card, or wallpaper trimming guide will also work.
- You will also need some
transparent tape and a razor blade.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR OF THE WINDOW:
possible, clean the outside of the window to ensure total clarity. Spray the
solution generously and use a razor blade to remove any stubborn dirt or paint
that may be on the glass.
CLEANING THE INTERIOR OF THE
a towel or sheet underneath the window to serve as a drop cloth and absorb any
excess water that may drip. Clean the inside of the window as you did the
outside, using a razor blade to remove any dirt or paint. Remember, any dirt
left behind will cause a bubble in the film, so it is important to ensure that
the glass is very clean. Use special care cleaning the corners. Re-wet the
window, then squeegee downward. Wipe off accumulated dirt from the window
gasket with a soft cloth.
STEP 1: MEASURE THE WINDOW AND CUT
the film on a clean, flat surface. Carefully measure your window before
cutting. Using one of the factory edges, cut the film at least an inch larger
than the glass on the other three sides. The excess will be trimmed once film
is applied. *Please note: If you have purchased a Residential or Commercial Pre-Cut Kit, then this step will not be necessary because your film will will already be pre-labeled & pre-cut, barely larger than that particular window. Only installation and a bit of trimming will be necessary.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY THE CLEAR LINER
the liner is on the outside surface of the film roll. Identify the liner by
attaching two 3” – 4” pieces of transparent tape to the front and back surfaces
of a corner so that about 1” of the tape is on the film, the rest centered and
hanging over the pointed corner.
the two pieces of tape firmly together, then quickly pull them apart to begin
separating the clear liner away from the adhesive side of the film.
NOT remove the clear liner entirely. Leave the tape strips in place and move to
the next step.
STEP 3: WET THE WINDOW THOROUGHLY
spray the Solution onto the inside surface of the window. If the window becomes
dry, rewet it completely before applying film. The wetter, the better.
STEP 4: SPRAY BOTH SIDES OF THE FILM
removing the clear liner, spray both sides of the film sheet with the Solution.
This helps reduce film curl and static electricity.
HINT: Have a helper hold the film by the edges while you spray. Flip the film
over and repeat on the other side.
STEP 5: REMOVE CLEAR LINER
the two strips of tape apart to release the liner from the corner. As you begin
to pull the liner away. Spray the exposed adhesive side of the film with the
Solution until the clear liner is removed and the adhesive side is completely
saturated. Try to keep the film from touching itself.
HINT: Have a helper hold the film while you peel the clear liner away and spray
the adhesive side of the film.
STEP 6: APPLY FILM TO GLASS
film so that the adhesive side is facing the window and apply to the glass.
the factory edge to either a vertical or horizontal edge, then use your hands
to smooth the film out and position it so that the excess 1” is overlapping the
window on the other three sides.
STEP 7: SPRAY THE FILM AND SQUEEGEE
the entire surface of the film facing you with the Solution to lubricate it.
squeegee the centerline of the film from top to bottom to set it in place.
Starting at the top of the window, squeegee from the center to the right side
and work downward, leaving a 2” perimeter around the edges un-squeegeed.
this process for the left side. If you need to remove large air pockets, rewet
the film and push squeegee to the nearest edge.
the squeegee drags, re-spray the film with the Solution.
STEP 8: TRIM EDGES OF FILM AND SQUEEGEE DRY
a sharp razor blade or utility knife and Edging Tool to trim 1/16” gap around
the four edges of the film.
gap is essential for the proper thermal expansion of the glass and allows you
to completely squeegee the water and air from under the film.
the film and squeegee from the center to the right side and work downward.
this process for the left side. Press very firmly to remove all the water so
that the adhesive can cure clearly. If air bubbles are present, you should
squeegee them out now. Any remaining small water bubbles should evaporate as
the film cures.
“fingers” appear along any edge, wrap your squeegee with a low-lint cloth and
carefully push the “fingers” toward the edge of the film. Hold in place to
absorb any excess water.
FOR WINDOWS LARGER THAN FILM SIZE
cover larger windows, you may need to seam the film, as you would wallpaper.
obtain a perfect butt seam, vertically overlap two sides, then use a ruler as a
straight edge to guide your knife as you cut through the center of both layers
cutting the seam line, peel the loose sheet of film from the top, then lift the
edge and slide the other waste piece from underneath.
the glass, lay down the film, rewet the film, then squeegee from top to
bottom in a slow, firm vertical motion.
week after installation, you should waterproof the seam with a coat of clear
may notice imperfections such as air bubbles or debris between the film and the
glass. Our adhesive’s allows you to peel the film away from the glass, fix the
problem, and re-apply as quickly as possible. You will have between 5-10 minutes after install to correct any problem.
peel the affected area of the film away from the glass and use your squeegee or
knife to remove any debris or bubble.
the adhesive with the Solution and re-apply to the glass. Once applied,
re-spray the outer surface of the film and re-squeegee.
film fully “cures” over the next week to 10 - 30 days. Dry, sunny weather speeds
curing; wet, cold weather prolongs it.
curing, the film may initially look hazy or cloudy; this effect will disappear
with time and/or exposure to heat (i.e. the sun or a hair dryer).
CLEANING AND CARE
best way to clean the film is to use a Bounty paper towel and a non-ammonia cleaner. Usually the clear formula Windex that contains vinegar instead of ammonia.
spray the area to be cleaned with the Solution. Use lint free towels to wipe
is safe to use ammonia-based window cleaners if the cleaner doesn’t sit on the
film for a prolonged period of time (no more than 1-2 minutes). Only use, if that is all you have.