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.

Applying Home Window Tints

Home Window TintsHome window tints add value to your home by increasing your energy savings and adding curb appeal to the outside look of your house.  Many window manufacturers now offer windows with films installed at the factory, and many new homes come with this feature. To retrofit home window tints on your already existing windows, you can hire a professional installer, or choose to install the films yourself.

The Basics of Window Films

A window film is basically a very thin layer that is installed over the glass of a window, and is generally made of a polyester base with a coating of scratch resistant polymer. Some manufacturers use many layers of this polyester film to make their tints, but even these are still only millimeters thick. These films are then glued to the interior side of the window glass.

Some films are dyed during this process, which creates a barrier to the sun and gives the film a tinted look. There are many different formulas used by different manufacturers of home window tints, and each has its own distinct characteristics. There are reflective films, lightly shaded tints, and a variety of metallic looks. Tinted films offer more privacy and usually have a mirror effect on the outside of the window, particularly at night. Clear films are generally less reflective, but offer less privacy.

Applying Home Window Tints

Hiring a professional to apply your window tinting can be expensive. There are many options available for do it yourself installation. As energy savings and environmental concerns become more widespread, more and more manufacturers are offering easy choices for home window tints that can be installed by virtually anyone.

The application procedure is generally the same, regardless of the type of film you purchase. The windows should be cleaned with a non-streaking glass cleaner. Be sure no residue from your cleaning towel is left behind. Window films are delivered in sheets, which must be cut to fit each window during installation. Instructions can vary, but generally home window tints are cut ¾ to 1 inch larger than the window on each side, to allow for overlap of the edges.

Films are made with a plastic cover over the adhesive side of the sheet. Expose this adhesive by peeling off the covering. This can be a two person job, as the glue is very sticky and it’s easy to accidentally stick it to itself.  Some adhesives are water activated; these films require you to spray the film and the window with an even coating of water. The window films are then placed over the glass and a squeegee or hard card are then used to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.  When the film is smooth, a sharp blade is then used to trim the edges against the window trim.

The window films will then require time to cure, which can take up to a month to fully dry. During this time, keep a careful eye and use a hard card to smooth out any bubbles that may come up. When the home window tints are completely dry, they should feel like a solid window and look like a part of the glass.