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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Sandherr

How long does window tinting take?

So, how long does window tinting take? How much time will be needed to complete the installation? What can we expect?

The process is quite simple from an outsiders perspective. Window tinting does not involve power tools, loud noises, or disruptive practices. The most basic explanation is that we are installing an optically clear performance laminate onto the glass with soapy water.

On the professional side, we are solar and glass experts. We understand the glass type and best film type needed to produce the desired results. The installation is an artistic level of craftsmanship and precision. A true quality installation will have the window tint look like it is a part of the window. No contamination and clean cutting.

Most of our home projects are done in 3-4 hours to a full day. Typically, we install in the high priority areas and very rarely tint all of the glass in a home. It is our job to solve the problem areas and get immediate results for our clients.

How is window tinting installed?

1. Prepare the work area - We move any furniture/window treatments away from the glass area. Then we cover the flooring with drop cloths.

2. Clean the glass - We use our solution of distilled water and mild soap to clean the glass. A combination of stainless steel razor blades and squeegees are used to get the glass completely sterile.

3. Prepare the glass and film - We spray the glass down with our solution. Then, we pull the clear liner off the window film and wet the adhesive side with our solution.

4. Mount the window film - This step takes some gentle movement. The exact placement of an even piece of window tint takes some practice, but is critical to a clean and proper installation. Once the film is placed onto the glass, we squeegee it in place.

5. Precision trimming - This step can be done with a trim guide or by free hand cutting. Personally, I prefer the free hand cutting here. That allows for a tight fit which will look the best.

6. Final squeegee - Once the film is set and cut, we have to try and evacuate as much mounting solution out as we can. This will leave a minimal amount of water pockets and allow for a faster cure time. We also use hard cards to "bump out the edges" and touch up spots.

7. Final cleaning - Once the film is installed, we clean the glass inside and out (outside when accessible) and remove our tools and drop cloths.

8. Final inspection - As we return the furniture and window treatments a final inspection is done. This is a great time to touch up any remaining water pockets.

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