If you happen to live in an area where high winds are common, whether in the form of hurricanes, coastal storms or even tornadoes, you probably could use safety glass in your windows to protect everyone indoors from the dangers of flying shattered glass. You might even consider laminating your windows to help protect your home from break-ins. It is far less expensive than replacing your windows and it is something the average homeowner can do.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Window cleaner
- Paper towels
- Fine-mist spray bottle
- Dish soap
- Razor knife
Prepare the area around the window so you can access the window easily. There is water involved in the application process and so a dust sheet can be used to protect surfaces that might be damaged by water drops. Move any furniture and remove the window applications.
Wash the window as perfectly as possible. You do not want to be sealing in spots or dirt or you will be looking at them for years to come. Use a streak-free cleaner and lint-free paper towels. Clean around the edges and corners with a cotton swab if necessary. Dry the window completely.
Measure the window and laminate. Cut the laminate to fit the size of the window, but making sure not to cut it too small, using regular all-purpose scissors.
Mist the window with a soapy solution of dish soap and warm water (1 teaspoon soap to 1 quart water) in a fine-spray mist bottle. This is your slipping agent and will keep the film from sticking to the glass until you have it in position. Ensure the whole window is dampened with the mixture.
Remove the backing from the laminate and immediately place it on the window glass. It should slide around a little so you can adjust it so that it will fit the space perfectly. Try to set it in place the first time as close as possible to where you want it.
Use your squeegee to wipe out any air bubbles and soap solution by starting from the middle and working towards the outside. Give a firm and steady pressure until the whole window has been squeegeed and the laminate is smoothly in place.
Use a razor knife to cut any excess laminate around the edges of the glass and remove from the window. Use your squeegee to smooth out the outer edges of the laminate after the excess material has been removed.
Wipe up the water droplets with a dry paper towel, being careful not to touch the laminate for a few minutes or until it has had a chance to dry in place.
Tips and warnings
- Use a higher grade laminate for stronger protection.
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