Drying Time for Automotive Window Film

GLASSESSENTIAL ® window films should be allowed to dry completely after installation. It takes approximately 3 to 5 days for your new window film to dry fully – a few hours during summers and a few weeks during winters. During this time the window will have a hazy or lumpy appearance. You may also notice water bubbles. These bubbles are formed due to excess water between the glass and the film. This disappears after thorough evaporation. Also, rolling your tinted windows down before they dry fully, is not recommended as the film may begin to peel. 

Cleaning Automotive Window Film

The best way to clean window film is using a soft clean cloth and alcohol-based cleaner or just plain water. Avoid using ammonia products as they react to the chemicals used in the manufacturing of the film and cause blotchiness and haziness. Water and soap is ideal. You may also want to try a spray foam, to see if it works on your window film. 

Dot Matrix

You may have seen several models of cars having a black ceramic "frit" edge on the rear window. This could be straight and flat or dotted. These black ceramic dots on most cars are pretty thick in nature and they prevent the film from sticking to the area between the dots. As a result, you get a whitish looking strip that seems to trim the glass. The width of this area makes it noticeable and the effect is unavoidable. You can attempt to reduce the appearance by applying a black vinyl strip to the area. This is called “Tint Wizard” and normally charges an extra $15 on cars requiring the black vinyl strip. We do not supply the “Tint Wizard”.

Seat Belt Chips

Beware! Releasing your seat belts in a hurry may damage your window tinting film. Small chips get formed in the film due to the seat belt hitting the glass while releasing. This is not covered by our warranty. 

Imperfections in Window Tinting

At GLASSESSENTIAL we believe in perfection. However, little bits of dust contamination or minor imperfection are present in every window film application. There is also the possibility of pre-existing flaws or scratches and metal deposits on the glass. These become especially noticeable after the windows are tinted.