How to Install Pre-Cut Window Tint

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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


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

Things You'll Need

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