Tinting FAQ

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6 reasons to tint your car

Tinting Laws

 

Why do you guys use LLumar?

The dot matrix problem

What are those water blister spots in my freshly installed film?

Window cleaning before and after installing film

Does Solar window film block UVa and UVb ultraviolet radiation?

Can you make my window on way privacy glass?

How do I care for my window film?

 


 

 

 

Why do you guys use LLumar?

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The dot matrix problem

 

Most cars have a black ceramic 'frit' edge on the rear window. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, sometimes it will have a dotted matrix edge. These black ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the film from sticking to the area between the dots. This results in a whitish looking strip trimming the glass.

Typically this isn't very noticeable, however some cars have a wide band of dots trimming the top of the rear window. This area is so wide that the whitish looking area created is more pronounced.

 Not much can be done about the narrow strip of dots going around the edges, other than letting the film dry for a few days and then pressing the film down onto the dots with your finger or a hard card wrapped in a paper towel. usually this will greatly reduce the whitish appearance. This usually doesn't work well for the wide band of dots.

 There are a few options for dealing with the very wide dot matrix area.

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What are those water blister spots in my freshly installed film?

 

This the normal part of the drying process after window film has been freshly installed (commercial, residential, automobiles, etc...). Water pockets appearing as small blisters through out the film and any foggy appearances will clear up in a few days to a couple of weeks depending on temperature and humidity of the windows environment. Some larger water pockets (if any) may take longer, but rest assure they will clear as time goes on. 

These descriptions described above above are the result from the window film being installed with water. Water is an essential ingredient in the installation process for film positioning in the "home" spot and to activate the film's adhesive and initiate the film to glass bond (the water causes the adhesive to bind to the glass).

Do not attempt to blatantly smash or press water pockets out for this will leave unsightly adhesive scars in the areas surrounding the pocket where the film has already bound.

Rarely, but some times a larger than normal pocket may develop and seem to remain long past the rest of the film clearing. These still will clear over time and still does not present any problems, however if it should be in an area that is bothersome, the procedure to remove it to accelerate its clearing would be to create an extreme small pin hole using a sharp pin or preferably an extreme point of a fresh razor blade made at a farthest edge of the water pocket to release the water by squeegeeing the water out starting from the opposite side of the water pocket from where the pin hole was made and using a hard card of some plastic type wrapped in a paper towel or soft cotton cloth. The paper towel or cloth prevents scratching from the card type used and absorbs the water as it exits the pin hole. We don't recommend doing this procedure unless you have at least some type experience dealing things of this nature.

Please do not attempt to sit and watch the drying process of the freshly installed film for this would be comparable to watching grass grow :).

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Window cleaning before and after installing film

Cleaning windows during and after installation is very important. Improper window cleaning and preparation usually leads to a bad job.

For rear windows it is important to scrub the glass with a non-scratch scrub sponge and a surfactant such as dish soap or "dirt off", a cleaning solution available from your distributor.

Once the glass is thoroughly scrubbed, lightly go over the glass with a teflon card or a bondo card to "feel" any debris left on the glass. Spray the glass down lightly again with your window cleaning solution, and wipe the edges down with a strong paper towel like a "shop towel" or similar heavy duty lint free paper towel.

Begin squeegeeing the window clean by squeegeeing the top and left edge in one pass, making sure you didn't leave any excess water near the top that could run down.

Wipe your squeegee edge with the shop towel and sqeegee left to right starting from the dry area you just made on the left. Repeat until you get as far to the bottom as you can, then use a "conquerer" for cleaning the very bottom of the window.

Since the initial cleaning removes almost all contamination if done right, we want it even cleaner, so lightly mist the window again, begin cleaning the window again, but this time don't scrub it, just do a second edge wipe and squeegee to get that last 1% of the dirt right before installation.

The same method works well for cleaning the outside of the windows also, though instead of a scrubber, usually a good wipe down with a soapy shop towel before squeegeeing is all that's needed.

If you chose to use a window cleaning agent, I recommend Endust for electronincs and a clean paper towel, followed up by a clean, dry microfiber towel for cleaning any streaks that form as the windows dry.

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Does Solar window film block UVa and UVb ultraviolet radiation?

Yes according to the experts. However, we are not scientists over here, we are just the installers.

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Can you make my window on way privacy glass?

 

We have many that call us wanting to use solar control window film to create a privacy partition so no on can see through day or night. There are two ways in attempting to do this. First we'll address using solar control films.

Solar Control Films
Bear in mind that solar control film is made for solar control and privacy is an added benefit. Window film will work very well for daytime purposes when the inside lighting is dimmer that the outside lighting. However at night, things usually reverse to where prying eyes can see in (unless you have the curtains or blinds drawn). This is caused by interior lights being on and it being darker outside than inside. The only way you can make things work like a one way mirror or privacy partition at night is if you can keep the inside of the building darker than the outside at ALL times (day and night) which night time equates to bright lighting on the exterior and keeping the interior lighting dimmer.

Frosted or Blackout Films
The other option would be to use frosted matt or blackout films. These films diffuse light to prevent clear visibility in both directions, providing a very high level of privacy day and night. The downside of this is that clear outward visibility in daylight hours is eliminated as well. With a white frost film, substantial light may still be allowed to enter the building, and nothing beyond moving shapes would be noticeable. Shadows, however, can be cast on these translucent films at night (from strong back-lighting) which are distinctly visible from the exterior. Bear in mind that these films as well as solar control films increase thermal stress to the glass (especially Blackout films) and you should always go with a recommended film according to the glass and pane type you have.

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How do I care for my window film?

We usually tell people just to treat their window tinting like the paint on their car (except no waxing ) and just don't let it get so dirty you can grow potatoes on it. Clean your window film with mild soap and water on the inside (which is where the film is installed) and on the outside of the glass you can use whatever you like.   

* Note* Use of harsh cleaners such as Windex TM or other ammonia based cleaners if used on any window films out there WILL shorten the life span of the window film.    

We only recommend using a damp towel or a mild dish washing soap and water solution mixture (ratio we like is 1 small drop of liquid soap, or baby shampoo, to 1 quart of water (1 quart spray bottle) or a professional silicone polish/cleaner made specifically for use on window film only. You can remove stubborn garbage such as  chewing gum and crayons (kids), old tape adhesive (from notes, signs, or stickers stuck to the film) etc... by using a very small amount of 100% mineral spirits (not lacquer thinner!) and a soft towel if not done on a regular basis and used very moderately.

If you should have any more window tinting questions other the ones above, please feel free to give us a call at 

239-434-7774

and we'll be more than happy to answer them to the best of our abilities, Or you can email us.

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