The static cling film is very easy to apply to 3m window film, glass, doors, or even other smooth surfaces including aluminum, metal, fiberglass, and plastic. If the room to cover is small, it is often easy to care for by one person. However, if you plan on covering a larger window area, you may need to ask someone for help as it can be difficult to do on your own.
The first step is to prepare all the materials you will need to hang the film. You will need a putty knife to smooth the film on the window. A few spray bottles with water Lint-free razor blades and kitchen towels Put about half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle as it will clean the windows.
Measure the area you want to cover and carefully cut the film to size. Be sure to leave about an inch on each side to help you position the film on the window.
Clean windows well with a mixture of laundry detergent and water and a lint-free tea towel. This step is very important. Make sure to remove any stains and dirt and dust from the 3m window film and dry them to make sure they are no longer smudged.
When you’re sure your windows are clean, spray a small amount of warm water from the second sprinkler onto the window. You don’t have to soak the window, just spray it lightly.
The next step is to peel off the back of the tint film. The easiest way is to hold the film at an angle and pull it down. This is a handy spot if someone helps you as they can hold the film in place while you remove the backing. If you’re hoping to reuse the film, make sure to back up the data you removed. You’ll need it if you want to keep the film.
Align the top edge of the window film with the top of the window, leaving 1/2 inch hanging down from the top, and gently smooth the film onto the window. You now have the film attached to the window, so there is no need to push the film so hard that it will stick to the window.
Once you’ve loaded the film and you’re happy with its layout, grab the putty knife. You are now going to edit the movie from the beginning to put it in place. Starting from the top, tilt the putty knife at a 45-degree angle and slowly slide it over the top of the window to fix it.
Then run a putty knife through the center of the film and install it vertically down to the end. When finished, take it from the top center, still using the putty knife, swipe first, from the center to right, then left starting from the center. Do this all the way to the edge of the film. Once 3m window film you’ve smoothed from the center to both sides, start over at the top, and work the vertical stroke all the way down.
You should now have a static cling film. It remains now to use a caulk knife to remove any air bubbles under the film to the edge.
When finished, wipe the film dry with kitchen paper. It will take a few days for it to actually stick, so be careful in the first week.
The great thing about this type of foil is that it is easier to remove than to install, which makes it a very easy process. If you want to remove it from the window, simply grab one corner of the film and pull it diagonally across the window. The film can be reused later. But you have to keep it with the same background back.