Designing and creating a decorative window film is just the first step. Next, you have to install it, which is a delicate process that’s focused on avoiding bubbles, wrinkles, and damage to the film. Depending on the size of the film, a precise installation process might be time-consuming for inexperienced hands. However, the more care and attention to detail you put into the installation, the better the final product will look.
So, with that in mind, let's break down the top five installation techniques that make it easier to install a polyester window film, whether it's in an office, retail space, or other location.
Why Does the Installation Technique Matter?
It doesn't matter how good a decorative window film looks if it's installed incorrectly. Not only can proper techniques prevent uneven or crooked design, but you’ll avoid other problems, such as:
- Scratches and Other Marks: While decorative window films from LINTEC of America come with a scratch-resistant coating, they're not immune to damage. Improper installation could cause permanent scratching that could ruin the facade.
Five Installation Techniques for Decorative Window Films
First and foremost, depending on the size of the window film, it's often best to enlist the help of a second (or third) person. Once you have the right number of assistants on hand, utilize these techniques as necessary for a smoother installation.
Baby Shampoo or Dish Soap
If you're not using an official installation kit, you can recreate the adhesion fluid by mixing a few drops of dish soap with water. This solvent helps to smoothly seal the bond between the window and the film so that it will stay on better over time.
Practice on a Non-Decorative Piece First
If you haven't tried applying window films before, we highly recommend getting a plain section to practice with first. This way, you can master your technique and figure out which step gives you the most trouble. Since the piece doesn't have any decoration on it, mistakes or scratches won't matter.
Use an Application Kit From LINTEC of America
LINTEC of America has an expert installation team that can handle everything flawlessly, but you can also utilize one of our installation kits to simplify a DIY job. These kits come with everything necessary to install a window film, no matter how large or small.
Pay Attention to the Temperature of the Installation Environment
During the hottest part of the day, sunlight can affect adhesion. So if possible, do not install the film during temperature extremes.
You don't have to worry about this technique if the film is being installed in an interior wall, door, or partition, as sunlight won't affect it.
Squeegee From the Center Outward
A squeegee is the best tool for installing decorative window films because it helps strengthen the bond between the film and the glass and removes air bubbles. However, the best strategy is to start in the center of the film and work outward. This way, you won't accidentally move the bubble to a different area, forcing you to start over.
Get Decorative Window Films From LINTEC of America
Whether your clients are trying to update their office space or make their retail storefront more enticing, decorative window films can help. LINTEC of America provides the best materials for these films, and we offer professional installation so your clients can be sure the final results are spectacular.