Adding Tint To Your Vehicle's Windows

Posted on: 9 April 2015

Window tinting can give your vehicle the benefit of shade during warm summer days, some privacy from the outside world, and a sharp look you will be proud of. It is not very difficult to add window tint to your windows on your own. Here are some instructions to help you add window tint to your own vehicle's windows.

Materials You Will Need

  • Window tinting kit
  • Glass cleaner
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Razor blade
  • Utility knife
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Squeegee

Cleaning The Windows

Before you add any tint to your windows, clean them thoroughly so you have no areas with grime or dirt showing through the tint after you apply it. Everything should be cleaned off so the tint will adhere properly, as well.

Spray some household glass cleaner liberally over the surface of one of the interior windows you plan on tinting. Use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub down the window. Dry it with a piece of lint-free cloth. When the window appears clean and dry, you can start applying the tint.

Measuring To Fit

Open your window tint kit and remove the roll of tint. Place it up against the window you are tinting, and use a utility knife to trace along edge of the window, cutting the tint in the process. Add an extra quarter of an inch along the bottom to be tucked into the gasket when applying. 

Applying The Tint

Peel the backing off of the piece of tint you had just cut. Spray this side of the tint with the solution provided in the window tint kit. Spray down your window with the same solution. Make sure both are very wet before sticking the wet side of the tint to your window. It can be moved around for a minute or so before it will start to dry, so make sure it is lined up properly during this time. Slide the bottom quarter-inch of tint into the groove of the gasket at the bottom of the window to help keep the tint in place.

Finishing The Job

After the tint is placed, spray the surface of the tint facing the interior of your vehicle. Use a squeegee to push out any water from in between the tint and the window pane. Mop it up using a piece of lint-free cloth. Wrap a clean piece of lint-free cloth around the squeegee and repeat. This will help dry the interior tint while pushing out the last droplets of water.