How to Properly Install Window Tint

Hiring a professional installer to put tint on your car windows is costly. The good news is that window tinting is a DIY-friendly task that’s easy to do. Car owners have been tinting their windows for decades. Most tint jobs darken the rear window glass and side windows only. Window tinting is an effective way to block out harmful UV rays, improve indoor comfort, protect the interior of your car from fading, reduce glare, and increase privacy. Once you choose your preferred type of tint, you can easily apply it to your car window in a few easy steps.

There are three types of tint to choose from


There a three different types of tint available for car windows. Manufacturer window tint has a completely uniform look because it’s actually colored glass. Window tint coating can be sprayed onto car windows using specialized equipment. This type of tint is used for cars that need to have a factory-like finish, such as show cars. The window tint film is the most affordable type of tint and can be applied by a professional installer or DIY.

Apply window tint at home following these steps.


You can easily apply window tint at home in a few simple steps. At, you can follow step-by-step instructions on how to install window tint. First, you must clean the surface of the glass. It’s important to remove all grime from the glass and debris from the bottom edge of the windows. Preparing each window pane is essential for the best results. Use a soapy solution to clean and a lint-free cloth to dry wet glass. You need to measure the surfaces to be tinted to ensure you purchase enough film. Allow for two extra inches that you measure for each window. You can cut the excess film to achieve the right size once you apply the film. Lay the sheets of tint over each window pane to ensure it’s the right size.

The next step after cutting your window tint is to spray an application solution onto the glass. Ensure the adhesive side of the film is facing the window. Placing the entire film on the window will result in bubbles and wrinkles. Start at the bottom of the window and smooth the film out toward the top of the window. Use a hard card to squeegee out wrinkles, air bubbles, and creases. Use a spray bottle of hot water on the glass to more easily squeegee the surface of the glass. Allow at least 24 hours for your window tint to dry and set before rolling the windows down.

Don’t worry if your windows look a bit hazy following the application. You use a lot of water solution on the windows during the application process. Within a few days, the tint and adhesives should be fully cured. You can clean your newly tinted windows after a week. Use a mild cleaner that’s ammonia-free to keep your windows residue-free.

Know your local laws before you apply the tint.


Tinted windows aren’t legal in all states, and there are often strict guidelines and regulations around tinting. Many cities limit how dark tint can be, which determines the percentage of visible light that comes through. It’s a good idea to check local laws and regulations before investing your time and money into window tinting. Local law enforcement takes tinting violations seriously, as this is can be a safety hazard. You can expect to get a fine for tinting violations, and depending on the city and the police officer, you may be forced to remove it.

Tinting your car windows at home is a fun and easy DIY project. Follow these steps and enjoy the look of professional tinting without paying the professional price.