Q: How long will window film take to dry once installed?

A:  Drying, or curing time varies depending on film thickness and adhesive type. Typically, “sun control” film will fully cure well within 30 days. A heavy “safety and security” film may take considerably longer than that – but don’t worry! The aggressive, pressure-sensitive adhesive on safety film starts to “tack up” almost immediately; though it is wise to remember that the film may not give you full protection until such time as it is totally cured. If, for example, you are installing safety film for a level of protection against violent summer weather, it is best to install it well ahead of time – don’t wait until the weather man tells you to “batten down the hatches!”

As the film dries, you may notice that moisture remaining under the film is “re-pocketing” into an “orange peel” effect of tiny dimples; or that there is a slight haziness to the appearance. Any haze should disappear within days, or even hours; though a proper PH-neutral mounting solution should prevent the film from hazing at all. The “water dimples” should only take a few days (maybe a week) to disappear.

Remember! If you have concerns about the appearance of your installation, the best time to address them is while the installer is still there. A true professional will be glad to discuss your concerns and take whatever remedial action is necessary to satisfy you.

Q: How is window film installed?

A: Installers will typically prepare the space to be installed – moving furniture away from the immediate area and putting down drop cloths, etc. They will then clean the windows, using a prepared cleaning solution, a professional-quality razor scraper, and any other tools necessary to remove old putty from around the edges of the glass, old paint, etc., and thoroughly clean all glass surfaces and framing adjacent to the glass. Diligent preparation is the most important aspect of any installation! The film is then applied, larger than actual window size using a squeegee; and expertly trimmed to the dimensions of the window. It is then thoroughly squeegeed again, and all edges are carefully dried. That’s it! Prior to reinstalling any window treatments, our installers will polish the film to make sure it is “picture perfect” for you before they leave.  After that, it is simply a matter of curing time.