Window tinting is often associated with car and truck windows, but it can be a nice addition to homes as well. Tinting glass doors can help to increase privacy and block areas where your home gets too much sun. Custom tints and designs also can add a decorative touch to a room or block an unwanted view. Although professional glass-tinting services are available, you can tint doors and windows yourself if you are willing to invest a little time. The process is not difficult, but it does require the patience to work meticulously.
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Things you need
- Window cleaner
- Razor blade
- Baby shampoo
- Plastic spray bottle
- Measuring tape
- Window tint
- Paper towels
- Razor knife
Wash and dry the inside of the glass surface to be tinted. Scrape the glass with a razor blade to make sure it is completely clean.
Mix water and baby shampoo in a plastic spray bottle. Use about 1 teaspoon of shampoo per quart of water.
Measure the height and width of the glass in the door to be tinted and cut a piece of tint 1 inch larger than the glass on all sides.
Make a preparation surface by spraying the door next to the one you are tinting with a layer of the water and shampoo mixture. If there is no door next to the one you are tinting, spray the outside of the door being tinted.
Smooth the cut piece of window tint onto the preparation surface with the tint's adhesive backing facing you.
Pull the clear liner off the tint's adhesive and discard it.
Thoroughly spray the window tint's adhesive surface and the door to be tinted with the water and shampoo mixture. Make sure both surfaces are completely covered with water.
Peel the window tint off the preparation surface and smooth it onto the glass door you are tinting with the adhesive side toward the glass. Because both the glass and adhesive are wet, you should be able to slide the window tint around until it covers the entire piece of glass.
Squeegee the window tint to remove the water and shampoo mixture from behind it. Work your way from the top down. Wipe the squeegee blade clean every few strokes because any debris the squeegee picks up can damage the tint. Do not squeegee all the way to the edges of the glass.
Use a razor knife to carefully cut away any tint that goes beyond the edges of the glass.
Wrap the squeegee blade in a paper towel and squeegee the edges of the tint.
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