How to Install Pre-Cut Window Tint

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How to Install Pre-Cut Window Tint
tinted window (window image by SdoubleU from

Tinted windows reduce the amount of sun that shines through a window, helping keep a space cooler. Installing pre-cut window tint has several advantages. It will save you money compared to paying someone else to do it. Installing pre-cut window tint also allows you to tint the window whenever you want and not having to wait for someone else to do it. You can install pre-cut window tint on a window in as little as an afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Cloth towel
  • Glass cleaner
  • Razor blade
  • Paper towel
  • Window tint
  • Hard card
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Clean the window with glass cleaner and a paper towel. Make sure the window is completely dry before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Place the window tint against the window to make sure that it is not too big. If it is, carefully trim it down with scissors.

  3. 3

    Pull the protective lining off of the window tint. Start at a corner and slowly peel it off by putting your fingernail under the edge to separate the two pieces. If you can not get your fingernail under it, use a razor blade.

  4. 4

    Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the water on the inside of the window. Make sure you spray the entire window.

  5. 5

    Apply the tint by placing the sticky side of the tint against the window.

  6. 6

    Remove the excess water and air by placing a hard card in the middle of the tint and squeegeeing the air and water out. Have a towel nearby to wipe up the excess water.

  7. 7

    Let the window sit untouched for 48 hours to let the tint fully dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If the tint is too small and does not fully fit the window, cut a piece of tint and add it to the window.

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