We talk about the different types of window film installations we do and all the different window film on the market you can choose from all the time. We go on and on about all the different options you have and things you can do, which don’t get me wrong is great, but do you even know what products are used in an actual installation? I feel like knowing the different products that are used in an installation is just as important as knowing the different types of installations. Currently, we have no content out there like that for you, and that needs to change. So, with that being said, this blog is just a quick checklist of all the different products from start to finish that go into a window film installation. I think you are going to be surprised with what things are on the list and what isn’t included on the list. We will discuss that more at the end of the blog what I mean by that, but for now read on for the full list of products! 😊
First we have a scraper blade. A scraper blade is actually used during a few points of the installation process. As a matter of fact, it's the first thing that's used when the installers get on site. Before we do the installation itself, we make sure the window is thoroughly cleaned. The scraper blade is what’s used to get the dirt off of the window. Later on during the installation, the scraper blade is used to cut the actual window film from the box or the film cutter to fit the piece of glass it is being installed to. Scraper blades are also used to remove window film if necessary. It's important to note that removing window film from windows should be done by a professional company as to ensure your glass isn't scratched or cracked.
The water sprayer is also used before the actual installation to thoroughly clean the window. This helps to ensure no debris is left on the glass to be trapped under the film. The water sprayer is then used again during the actual installation before the film is applied to the glass. Getting the window wet helps the window film stick to it so you can align it properly.
Like we just talked about, water is used to clean the window before the installation, as well as right before you apply the window film to the glass.
Baby soap is the only thing that is mixed in with the water. It helps to make sure your glass is as clean as possible before we do the actual installation.
Our installation crew uses soft towels to dry up the window after it's cleaned. When it comes to cleaning windows even after the window film is installed, you want to be sure to use really soft towels so you don't scratch your glass or damage the window film.
Our installation crew will often use a film cutter to make sure the window film is cut as straight as possible. If you look at the photo at the bottom of this blog you can see our installer getting prepared to use the film cutter.
Once the window film is adhered on the glass, a squeegee is used to squeeze the majority of water out from under the window film so it looks clean with minimal bubbles. With that being said, it is important to note that not all bubbles will go away right away and that's completely normal. Bubbles are part of the drying process and can take up to 60 days to fully go away. Don't press on them or try to get rid of them because it could damage the film or mess up the installation.
A hard card is the tool that is used to comb out the smaller water bubbles after you use the squeegee.
Obviously there is window film involved in a window film installation. Window film is made out of layers of polyester with a scratch-resistant coating. One side of the window film has adhesive, which is how it adheres to the glass. While window film might look different and have different benefits, it is made with the same products.
Finally, we have a drop cloth. Our installers always put a drop cloth down on your floor to ensure the water doesn't drip on it.
There you go! Those are the only products used in a window film installation. I bet you thought there was going to be a bunch of different chemicals and products used right? Nope! Not the case at all. The only real “product” used is baby soap. Window film is completely harmless and uses no chemicals. When it comes to cleaning and taking care of your window film, use soft towels and ammonia free washing solutions. Avoid abrasive cleaning agents and bristle brushes that would scratch the film. Knowing what chemicals and products are being used at any point in your home or office is really important. We created this blog to make you aware of all the different products used in a window film installation! If you have any questions or comments regarding the installation process, leave a comment below or call or office today, we would love to hear from you 😊
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