How to Apply Frosted Window Film

If you want to save money and apply frosted window film by yourself, here are some easy and simple to follow instructions.

Window film can be applied to any smooth, non porous substance making them useful to apply to windows, shower stalls, hard plastic and glass. They can be used to enhance surroundings and windows in kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and offices. You don’t have to be limited to only white or cream. If you feel like livening up your room, try green film, or pink, or silver! They’re all readily available.  

First thing, you should apply the film when it’s not too hot, therefore probably either early morning or late afternoon or evening would be best. The heat of the sun can cause damage to the film, so avoid the peak of the day.

Buy extra film. Measure your windows, the area you want to cover, then add about 15 percent so that you have extra in case of mistakes, and to give you leeway with your trimming and cutting.

Clean your windows. A great thing for cleaning windows is baby shampoo. It has the perfect alkaline balance. Mix a few teaspoons with water, put it in a spray bottle and prepare to use it. 

After you’ve cleaned the window, cut the piece of film. Add a little extra to the width and height so you have plenty to work with.  

Spray the window with the same solution you used to clean it. The window needs to be kept moist, you can even use it on your hands too, keeping them moist.

Take the backing off the film, peeling it down from one of the top corners. If you have a hard time starting it, or getting it off, stick some transparent tape onto the back of the film and pull. It should peel off pretty easily. As you peel off the backing, spray the film with that same cleaning material.

When you have all the backing off, prepare to put the film up. Start applying it at the top and work down, squeezing out any bubbles as you go. Don’t worry if you don’t get them all, you can work on it more once the film is up. Keep film wet as you’re working with it, the outer side that you’re squeegying. Makes it easier to get the bubbles out!

Once it is in place, adjust it so it’s square. Push any bubbles out towards the edge of the film, don’t worry if it doesn’t go all the way out but get them close to the edge. Trim the film, leaving a small 1/16 of an inch border to allow for shrinking. After about thirty minutes the film should be sticking to the window, though it will take a week to ten days before it’s totally attached.

It is a pretty easy thing to do, and if you follow these instructions you shouldn’t have any  problems with it.

Susan L. West, a professional interior decorator, offers advice on how to decorate on a budget. Check out her updated advice all about blinds, and tips on applying frosted window film.

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