Window Film Maintenance and Care

The fantastic thing about window tinting (other than all of its benefits) is that it is extremely low maintenance. With just a bit of care, you will enjoy UV protection, glare reduction, and security for years to come. However, there are a couple of things you should know on how to take care of your new window tinting to keep it looking good and being effective.

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Immediately After Window Film Installation

You May See a Slight Haze: It doesn’t happen a lot, but, sometimes window film may appear slightly hazy right after installation. This is due to a little moisture left under the film. This is not something to be concerned about and should disappear after a few days depending on the humidity in your area. 

You May See Tiny Bubbles:  Right after installation,  a slight amount of liquid may still be trapped behind the window film.  This sometimes creates small water bubbles. This is to be expected and quite normal.  The critical thing is that you do not pierce any of these water bubbles and leave the film alone until the full 30-day cure.

Allow the Window Film to Cure: After window tinting is applied and the workers leave–your film is not totally dry. You should not clean the film for at least 30 days and be cautious when opening and closing windows.  The 30-day waiting period gives time for the adhesives to set.  This helps guarantee the long life for your window tinting.

Throughout the Life of Your Window Film

Cleaning Your Window Film: After 30-days when your window film is fully cured, you can begin cleaning it. Cleaning is very easy. Simply use an ammonia-free solution, such as Sprayway Glass Cleaner, or mild dish soap and water. Be sure to use soft cloths to clean your window film and be cautious of using paper towels.  Most paper towels are actually abrasive.  You may not see the damage right away from these rough paper towels but over time they will dull the finish due to micro-scratches.

Polishing Your Window Film: This step is not required and won’t extend the life of your film but it does increase the luster.  It should, however, only be done from time to time. On interior films, you can use a silicone-based polish to give a glowing, new appearance. This will also inhibit some scratching or burnishing from occurring. Suggested silicone products are Plexus Plastic and Cleaner Solar Majik.