Our safety, security, and privacy should not only remain in our home but should also extend to our cars. One way to prevent snooping passersby from seeing the interior of your car and reducing solar heat is by applying window tints or static cling window film. In this article, we will share how to apply static cling window film on car windows. Plus, you will know the two kinds of window films you can use and the benefits.
What is a Static Cling Window Film?
We need to know first what static cling window films are before we get to how to apply static cling window film on car windows. These films are usually translucent layers used to add security and privacy to your home and cars, especially the windows. They typically come in 8mm thick PVC and can smoothly connect to a clean glass surface. They will cling on it for years until you replace them by peeling them off in one go.
Adhesive-Free vs. Adhesive-Backed Films
The static cling window film is also known as adhesive-free films. You only have to use water to attach it in position on the glass. They can be easily applied, and when they dry, you do not need any more maintenance. You can even remove and reuse them easily.
Adhesive-backed films, on the other hand, are more frustrating to use and apply. They are difficult to remove if you accidentally stick them on the wrong part of the glass surface. Be careful if you are using this kind of film on large surfaces. We will be using the adhesive-free films on how to apply static cling window film on car windows.
The Benefits of Static Cling Window Films
Static cling window films are easier and more convenient to apply compared to window films that have adhesives. These adhesive-free films can hang straighter when you remove them from the protective backing sheet. You can easily pull them off apart effortlessly as well if the film sticks to itself. They also help in conserving your home’s energy by reflecting light and insulates heat coming from outside.
How to Apply Static Cling Window Film on Car Windows
Prepare your Tools
In applying your static cling window film, you need a squeegee to help you smooth out the bubbles or creases that can happen during the attachment. You also need a spray bottle with water and a sponge for application and removing excess spray solution. If you do not have a spray bottle, you can also use a sponge. Just make sure there are water droplets on the window surface.
Before you apply the static cling window film to your car window, there is one important thing you should do—clean the window. Wash the area with soap and water. You can also use a mild glass cleaning solution. The point here is that the cleaner the surface, the longer the static cling film can stick to your window.
Applying the Static Cling Window Film
Now that you know the preparations on how to apply static cling window film on car windows, let us go over through it step by step:
- Roll the window three inches down. Place the dry film on the surface of the window. Spray generously to all any dirt that remained from cleaning to drip off the film.
- Adjust the film and leave at least 3/8-inch from the top of the film to the top of the window. You can lift the edges of the static cling film and apply a spray solution so you can adjust it smoothly.
- Spray on the film, then use your squeegee from the center to the top and then from the center to all the edges to make sure all bubbles are gone. If the film does not reach the edge of your car window, gently stretch it to fill the gap.
- If bubbles are remaining, you can spray and use a squeegee on it again.
- Roll up the window and spray the solution on and under the remaining static cling film.
- Squeegee the bottom half of the car window. Use the gasket stick with the squeegee to push the static cling film into the window seal. Use the squeegee to remove any remaining bubbles.
- Spray the film and squeegee again to ensure all edges are flat, and all bubbles are gone.
- Installation accomplished! Make sure that you do not roll your car windows down for 48 hours.
Now you know how to apply static cling window film on car windows. All that is left for you to do is apply the things you have learned to add security and privacy to your car. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the guide to prevent any problem during application.
Remember that there are two kinds of window films and that the static cling window films are the most preferred films used. It also has various benefits, especially the cooling of your car during sunny days. It all depends if you properly apply the films. Here’s how to learn more about Window Films.