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Posted: 02/26/12 09:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It isn't that hard to do, you just have to take your time and be patient and squeege the bubbles out if you want it to look great. Make sure that your windows are really clean before you put the film.


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One point not mentioned yet: if you have double pane windows make sure you get tint that is compatible with double pane windows. Using the wrong tint can possibly damage the window.


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I just watched a few videos on youtube. There was one that showed taking a heat gun and going over the the film after cutting it to size. He would go over it with a heat gun, smooth it out with the spatula, then install the window film. This was for a car though. Is the heat gun step really necessary? I'm guessing this is done so it doesn't warp under extreme sun heat.

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benjamin247 wrote:

I just watched a few videos on youtube. There was one that showed taking a heat gun and going over the the film after cutting it to size. He would go over it with a heat gun, smooth it out with the spatula, then install the window film. This was for a car though. Is the heat gun step really necessary? I'm guessing this is done so it doesn't warp under extreme sun heat.

Our trailer windows were all flat. We didn't use a heat gun and we have not had any problems. We put the film on in the spring of 2008.


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Heat gun use is only for curved window surfaces and to help seal the edges when there is a lot of water trapped behind the tint.

Stay away from the gun unless you are experience, or you will be buying extra tint.


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