Window Film Maintenance and Care
The great thing about window tinting (besides all of its benefits) is that it is very low maintenance. With just a smidgen of care, you will be able to enjoy the UV protection, glare reduction, security, and more for years. However, there are a few things you should know about how to take care of your new window tinting to keep it looking great and being effective.
- You May See a Slight Haze: It doesn’t happen often, but, sometimes window film may appear slightly hazy immediately after installation. This fogginess is due to a slight amount of moisture left under the film. This is normal and should disappear after a few days depending on the humidity levels where you live.
- You May See Tiny Bubbles: Immediately after installation, Trapped liquid behind the window film sometimes creates small water bubbles. This is also normal and to be expected. The important thing is that you do not pierce any of these water bubbles and leave the film alone until the full 30-day cure.
- Allow the Window Film to Cure: After window tinting is installed and the workers leave, it will not be fully dry. You should not clean or touch the film for at least 30 days before cleaning your window film. This gives time for the adhesives to set which adds up to a long life for your window tinting.
After your window film is fully cured (30 days after installation) you can begin cleaning it. Cleaning is very simple. Use an ammonia-free solution, such as Sprayway Glass Cleaner or gentle dish soap and water. Always use soft cloths to clean your window film and be cautious of using paper towels. This is because most paper towels are actually abrasive and although you may not see the damage right away--over time they will dull the finish of window film via micro-scratches.
This step is not required to extend the life of your film but it will improve the luster when done from time to time. On interior films, you can occasionally use a silicone-based polish to give a shiny new appearance. This will also keep some unexpected scratching or burnishing from occurring. Suggested silicone products are Plexus Plastic and Cleaner Solar Majik.