There are many benefits to tinting your car windows. It protects you from UV rays, lessens the heat inside the car, deters thieves who first peer into cars they plan to break into and gives you privacy while you are inside the vehicle. You can go to a car shop and have a professional apply a window tint to your car. But if you are a do-it-yourself kind of guy, you can always save yourself the extra expense. Just apply the window tint yourself. It only takes a few hours to do.
Window tinting kits can come with tools. Some kits have are pre-cut tints for easy application. SnapTint for instance offers window tinting kits for at least 20 different brands. Of course under each brand, there are different models to choose from. You can choose from 6 different colors and specify the degree of darkness you want for your tint. There are other companies offering window tinting kits that you can find and order from online.
- Window tinting kit
- Hard card
- Gasket jammer
- Mild shampoo (baby shampoo works well)
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Distilled water
- Choose your window tinting kit. Check if it comes with the tools you will need. If not, purchase the necessary tools online or at the auto parts store.
- Clean the car windows. Place ¼ teaspoon baby shampoo and 1 quart distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well then spray the windows generously. Using paper towels or a lint free cloth, wipe the windows down. With the chizler, remove any dirt found on the car windows.
- Take out the weather gasket from the window carefully.
- Spray the shampoo solution on the inside window.
- Remove the liner slowly from the window tint film. As you remove the liner with one hand, spray the sticky side liberally with the shampoo solution with the other hand.
- Lower the car window slightly. Line up the window tint film. The sticky side should touch the inside of the window.
- Tuck the film under the bottom gasket. Use the jammer if necessary. Make sure that you align the window tint with the window. Adjust the window tint film until it is perfectly in line with the window.
- Anchor the window tint film. Do this by pressing down at the center of the film using the hard card. Remove all the water and any air bubbles between the window tint film and the window by using the hard card like a squeegee. Start at the center, press the hard card down and move it outwards. If necessary, use paper towels to absorb any excess water.
- Re-attach the weather gasket. Roll down the window and slowly put back the weather gasket.
- Roll up the window and allow the window tint film to cure. It will take three days for the window tint film to properly adhere to the window. Make sure not to put down the window during these three days.
Tinting car windows are easier than ever. Many companies sell window tinting kits that you can use for your specific car brand and model. You can choose from a variety of colors and degrees of darkness. If you have the time, save some money and apply window tints by yourself. It’s a snap!