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How To Tint Your Windows – 5 Easy Steps

Window tinting your car can cost a fortune, but it adds such a nice touch your vehicle as well as giving you nice shade during the summer. So is there a cheaper alternative for getting your windows tinted? Yes. You can easily do it yourself with little cost and little labor. Check out these tips for window tinting your car.

First you are going to need a few materials at hand before you begin. Make sure you have window cleaner, certified roll of window tint film, spray bottle of hot water, small hand squeegee, tape measure, application solution and flat edge razor. Once you have all these items you can begin.

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1.      Clean & Clean Some More

This first step is very important so make sure you do it right. You don’t want to cut any corners when it comes to cleaning the glass. If there is any dirt or dust left on your window when you begin then you could make your tint look very bad and bumpy. Make sure you use soap and water or a specified glass cleaner. Do this several times, at least 3 or more. If you can, do your tinting in a garage to protect from dirt and dust settling on your windows.



2.      Measure Twice Cut Once

Before you buy your tint use your measuring tape to measure the surfaces that you will be tinting. You want to make sure you purchase the right amount. Make sure you have enough for your front and rear windows, while allowing an extra 2 inches than you measured for each window.


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3.     Cut

Now you can cut the tint into the sizes that you measured for each individual window. Lay the sheets of tint over each window to ensure you have cut a piece of film that is at least two inches longer than needed on each end. You can cut the excess off as you install the window tint.

4.     Install

Next, you will want to spray the application solution onto the glass and remove the adhesive backing of the film. Make sure the sticky part is facing the window. Do not place the whole film on the window. This can cause bubbling. Beginning at the bottom of the window, attach the sticky portion and smooth it out as you move upward. Cut off the excess edges with the razor.

5.       Smooth it Out

Take your hand squeegee and smooth out any bubbles and/or creases. Use your spray bottle full of hot water to spray on the glass to make it easier for your squeegee to smooth it out. Cut off any extra film tint and wipe away any excess water with a towel.

Extra Tips

The window tint you bought should have cleaning instructions on how to clean your windows, but as a general rule of thumb don’t use any harsh window cleaners as it could fade your tint. Also, refrain from rolling your windows up or down for at least 3 days.

Henry H. Hernandez

Henry H. Hernandez

Henry Hernandez is a veteran and entrepreneur from Texas. Henry works with an Austin, TX window tint company Shades of Texas Window Tinting.. Henry can be found on Google+.

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