Top Window Tint Tools to Get the Job Done Right

Window tint, if applied correctly, can significantly reduce the heat in your vehicle (by over 60%). It also protects the interior of your car from fading, which results from UV rays of the sun. In addition, window tint holds broken glass together, especially during an accident, protecting those in the car from injuries. It offers protection from the glare of the sun and the bright headlights from overcoming vehicles. From a security to privacy standpoint, window tint has numerous benefits. Below are window tint tools to know.

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4″ Universal Squeegee

Squeegee/ hard card is often used as a finishing tool when performing film installation. When you wrap it in lint-free paper towel or a layer of cotton fabric, you can use it to wick water out along borders after you are done with the installation. You can also use it to sweep film flush to the car glass during heat forming procedures.

Gasket Push Stick

Used for pressing out/spreading minor film creases/crimps. Also used for retrieving tucked gaskets.

(Soft) Diamond Tip Hard Card Squeegee

High durometer angled tool: useful in carding out moisture into corners. You can use it directly on film surface and won’t cause scratching

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This plastic device is harder than the Teflon edge tool and is used for pressing down small film creases/ scraping away film remnants left to scratch-sensitive glass surfaces. Since it is sharp, you can easily get under border gaskets for press down of stubborn “fingers.” Be careful not to scratch film.

Hard Card Sharpener

A sharpening tool that maintains the sharpest and smoothest edge on thin, hard edge tools, such as diamond tips and Teflons. This tool will save you money, as it extends the life of other tools by over a hundredfold. Moreover, it has replaceable blade.

Slammer (Handled Hard Card)

A hard card-finishing tool for various installation challenges. Cleans along edge gaskets and into corners. Used in wicking water out, especially along borders, squeegees film along borders, easily reaches the lower rear window glass. Moreover, it temporarily pulls back rub rails and reaches into sharp angled corners. While it is extremely hard, it won’t scratch glass if clean.

Teflon Edge Squeegee (Black)

The Teflon Edge card offers the best gripping power of the trio (Gold, Black, and White cards). While the White card offers the least friction-grip (useful in many situations), the Gold card delivers medium grip, and the Black card offers the highest grip strength, giving you more control on the film surface without damaging SR films. This tool is fantastic for water and bubble extraction, border checking, film manipulation, especially during heat forming, and gasket retraction. Use a hard card sharpener to maintain edge sharpness.

8″ Flat Foot Pro Squeegee Blade

This film is essential in heavy gauge safety film installation. The radical new design removes application solutions from under all film types during the installation. Flattened edge is used on surfaces of between 11-15 mil films

Side Swiper (Without Blade)

This is a must-have tool. The handled squeegee is used for stroking down auto film along the sides and rear bottom window edges with so much ease and power. The tool not only has an exquisite ergonomic design, it is also great for reaching behind car speakers. Specially designed for auto film installation, the tool is used to access hard-to-reach areas especially in flat glass installation. This is one of the most useful window tint tools today.

Plastic Razor Blades

The plastic razor blades are very useful in removing adhesive and bits of old and tired film from a sensitive glass surface to prevent damage to the elements of the car’s rear window defroster.

Plastic Utility Knife

If you want to trim and cut film pattern, then this is the right tool for you. Use stainless steel blades, with breakaway point, to reduce chances of glass scratching.

12″ Triangle (45 degree/90 degree with Circle Template)

With its aluminum triangles with short, straight edges, you can use this tool to finish out pre-trim processes on a glass table. These holes as used as trim guides to cut precise holes in film, enabling it to fit well around circular bolts or any other hardware on movable vent wings.

Poly II Sprayer (2 liter)

Used for residential and commercial installations, the pressurized spray bottle will hold 2 liters while reducing “finger-fatigue.” This eliminates the need for pumping as you spray using a simple trigger. With its adjustable spray nozzle, use it when working on large windows or long-duration sprays.

Film Adhesive Remover (3.8 liters)

This will soften adhesives on glass surfaces to allow easy removal using a scrub pad.

Film Guard (Window Film Cleaner)

Apply film guard after an installation. This silicone base polish and cleaner is used on film surfaces to help reduce friction between the film you are applying and rubber gaskets on your car’s side roll-up windows. It will also prevent condensation (an anti-fogging agent).

Jiffy Steamer (3.8liter Capacity)

This professional steamer is helpful in removing films with adhesive from tempered glass. This steamer is very effective on tempered glass to rapidly remove film. Laminated glass is highly susceptible to thermal breakage.

1″ Single Edge Stainless Steel Blades

You can use these razor blades alone for necessary glass scraping and cleaning. Durable stainless steel will not rust, thus, less likely to cause damage to glass.

1″ Blade Aide

With standard single-edged razor blades, this scrapper is useful where film or other glass contaminant need to be removed using small blades. It primarily acts as a holder to allow better gripping. Blade can be reversed for safe storage.

Film Marker

Used for 3 primary purposes: 1) marking film before installing windows with irregular shapes (such as trapezoids, arches, etc.) which have to be cut to approximate shape prior to the final shape; 2) marking film edges to monitor glass movement on your car’s side roll-ups as you trim; 3) circling a contaminant (fiber or hair) shortly before you pull back the film to remove it. The grease mark can easily be wiped away.

Now that you know window tint tools and the benefits of window tinting you can make an informed decision on whether you would like your car to have one. While tinted vehicles offer several benefits, make sure you research well about the topic before making your final decision.

How to Find a Reputable Home Window Tint Installer

Once you’ve decided to use a window tint on your home windows, you’ll need to find a window tint installer. Finding a reputable and trustworthy professional to work on your home is never an easy task, and takes no small amount of research.  There are some ways to ensure that you make the best choice.

Compile a Short List

Begin by putting together a short list of companies that you will investigate further. Ask friends, families and neighbors if they can recommend anyone. Often word of mouth is the best recommendation a company can have. Check your yellow pages, and look for ads that include certifications, names of owners and length of time in business. Add these to your short list. Once you have compiled a short list of companies to further research, you’ll want to ask each of them some questions to further narrow down your choices.

Ask Questions

Your first step is to check each company with the Better Business Bureau. This is often the first line of complaint against a company, and you can check by phone or online. If there have been any complaints filed against a window tint installer that you are considering, cross them off your list. Next, check with your local and state licensing agencies, to find out what kind of license a professional installer needs to have in your area, so that you can be certain to ask if they’re licensed appropriately.

Call each company on your list. Have a list of questions ready, and a pen to jot down your notes and thoughts. Gauge your feelings and impressions of the company as you speak with their representative on the phone. Ask questions, and don’t apologize for taking their time; this is their job and if they don’t have time to answer your basic questions, they’re probably not the right installer for your job.

Questions to Ask a Window Tint Installer

Initially, ask basic questions to get a feel for the company and to spot any glaring problems that will make it easy to exclude the company from your list. Such questions as: Are you licensed? Can you provide references? How many years have you been in business? Do you provide a warranty, and what is covered? As you ask these questions, keep note of the answers and your impressions of them. You should be able to narrow down the field from these first phone calls alone, until you have two or three window tint installer companies left to consider.

Finding the Best Window Tint Installer

Meet with Potential Companies

The best way to decide upon one window tint installer is to meet with your final two or three potentials personally. Schedule a consultation with each. This meeting will give you a chance to judge face to face who you will be working with. You will get a feel for their professional appearance, demeanor and business sense. Ask for estimates, and remember that the least expensive isn’t always the best choice. Check references and licenses, and go with your gut instinct when judging between two companies that seem similar.

Taking the time to do your research will help you make the right choice of professional installer. As the window tint industry becomes more popular, there are more and more companies forming to install them. Choose the best window tint installer for your budget and job, and your window films will help your energy costs for many years to come.

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