DIY Window Tinting

Having your car’s windows tinted can be a good way to change it’s look and save you money in the long run. However, if you accidentally mess up, you’ll need to remove the tint or replace your window. You can get help from a skilled window tinting installer if you need to.

Before you do anything with this, please read up on the laws in your country. Some states may prohibit certain window tints and harsher penalties may apply for breaking these laws. So, how can window tinting apply to you?

Buying A Comprehensive Kit

If you’re new to window tinting, we recommend purchasing a kit that includes the necessary supplies and is pre-cut. Tinting your own windows is an option, but it can be difficult to learn, and it may take more than one try. And if you mess up for any reason, you’ll need to buy new film.

Pre-cut kits are fitted to your car’s dimensions, with each one constructed specifically for each car – perfect if you’re not sure about measurements. Tint film installation is made easy by cutting it to size. It’s important to cut the film correctly in order for installation to be effective; not cutting it right can lead to ineffective tints.


To get an even installation, it is important to prepare your windows before cutting.

To have your windows clean the correct way, use a glass cleaning solution and a squeegee to remove any excess muck. Do not use solutions that contain vinegar or ammonia if you want to clean your windows! These could harden the coating of your window screens. For the best results, clean your windows in a place free from dust.

The rubber seal around windows can sometimes pick up dust, dirt and grime. Be sure to clean it thoroughly with a window cleaner before putting the window back in to make sure there’s no risk of them coming loose again. Any particles on your window will interfere with the seal leading to blurred or bubbled film.

How To Cut The Film for Your Car Window

You can also use brown paper or cardboard to get the same results. This template will help you produce the perfect seal. Make sure to leave a 3/4 of an inch on each side and a little more for a collar around the top edge to give coverage.

To ensure a clean and smooth cut, place the template sheet on a firm surface and use the shape of the cardboard as the shape of your window.

You should apply the tint film on the inside of your windows and then make sure that it is a perfect fit. There are seals at the top and bottom which you need to be aware of.

Steps to Installing Your Window Film

To start, make sure to measure the size of the window to determine if this film will fit. Apply the solution to the whole surface of side A. This can be done with an aerosol spray or sealable container. Now peel the protective layer off side B and spray that as well – your film is now protected.

Get some help to carefully line up the adhesive film along the bottom edge of your window. Avoid applying too much pressure as this may cause bubbles or wrinkles in your vinyl. Beginning at the bottom edge should reduce these complications. Leaving the film in place can lead to damage to the glass over time, so if you want to remove the film, now is a good tome. Alternatively, you can wait and simply break it away as you near completion.

If you’re satisfied with how your window film appears on the glass, use a rubber squeegee to press it down firmly by using even strokes from the middle and outwards. You might need to reapply more liquid for better coverage on certain corners of the window. To start, wet the surface of your screen with a lubricant that won’t colour or harm your squeegee. One way to prepare a dishcloth is to wet it, squeeze out the excess water and then apply a few drops of chemical-free washing up liquid to it.

Keep going back and forth while wetting the film, while also working out any air bubbles. The best way to apply film is to keep the lever in the middle position to ensure no air bubbles are trapped under the film. This way, you know to leave enough solution on top of the glass until it starts becoming tacky.

Remember that if you can’t reach the corners or edges of the window, there is always a second squeegee that can be used to get the film to stick to those areas as well as in the middle.

Place the squeegee in the film and gradually increase pressure from left to right. As bubbles are pushed out, avoid cutting through them with the squeegee. Continue applying pressure until all of the application solution has been pushed out and fully applied without any air bubbles present on either surface of film.

The information here is not an expert guide on window tinting. Although you can fit yourself results typically will not be as good as what a professional window tinting company can do. Contact Window Tinting Leicester for a free quote.