Bubbles appearing on your window tint is one of the worst things that can happen, as it not only looks ugly, it stops the tint from doing its job. But worry not! These five easy tips will get bubbles out of your auto glass tinting like they were never there.
Step 1: Get the Tint Replaced Under Warranty
Obviously, this first step only applies to those who got the tint applied by a professional, in which case there would be very little chance for it to develop bubbles. One of the most common reasons for this problem appearing in the first place is improper car window tint installation by someone inexperienced. If, in the off chance that you see bubbles forming on a professionally applied tint, all you need to do is call them they would replace the entire tint completely free of cost, and that would take care of it. Have fun. But for those of you who are out of luck with warranty, read on.
Step 2: Decide If You Want to Hire A Pro or Repair It Yourself
Just like the first time you had to make a decision between going for a professionally installed tint or doing it yourself, when it comes to repair you are now faced with that same question, and once again the correct answer is to hire a professional rather than attempt to fix tint bubbles yourself, as 9 out of 10 times, you’ll make matters worse. Let the first time be a learning lesson that there are some things that are better left to the pros, and car window tinting is one of them. Do not make the same mistake again.
If you choose to not heed this suggestion and proceed with the repair yourself, read on.
Step 3: Make Sure You Have the Appropriate Setting
Now that you have decided to take on the task yourself, you need to make sure you do it right, and that requires some special tools and conditions, in addition to plenty of experience but let’s leave that out for now. For proper window tinting, there is a certain temperature requirement to allow the film to bond with the glass properly, so if you do not have a heated garage, you are simply setting yourself up for failure even before you start. A workaround for that is to wait for a hot day before attempting car window tint repair. An outdoor temperature of at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit is what you are looking for. Before you start, other than gathering necessary tools and your sunglasses, let the car toast out in the sun for a bit. But what if you live somewhere where it’s always cold? Well then, just a hair dryer will have to do.
Step 4: Generously Mist Your Windows with Water
Assuming you followed the above step, your car’s interior should be nice and warm by now. The next step is to loosen up the adhesive, and for that you will need to shock it with a fine mist of some cold water from a spray bottle. The sudden difference in temperature will help the adhesive leave its grip on the glass, making it easier for you to get the air pockets out.
Step 5: Remove Air Bubbles
Followed the above step down to a tee? So far so good. Now how to go about actually removing those bubbles? For that you have a few options. Let us talk about the easy way first. You will need either a squeegee or a library card. Do not, we repeat, do not in any case use a credit card unless you want it to never work again. Then you know the drill. You need to use either of these makeshift contraptions to push the air bubbles in your tint towards the edge and then out to allow the air trapped inside to escape.
Now for the other method we were talking about. Well calling it a method would be a bit of an overstatement. It is more of a brute force method to get rid of those stubborn air pockets – popping them using a safety pin and basically anything with a pointy end. We know what you are thinking: won’t puncturing the film damage it? Well, worry not, because once the air has fully escaped, the glass tint will automatically shrink to close up the hole.
Mission CompleteD – Your Car Window Tint is Now Bubble Free
Provided that you correctly followed the aforementioned steps in perfect order: Congrats! You are now bubble free. Next time you need a car glass tint, always consult a reputable car window tinting shop Springfield to ensure no bubbles are formed during the lifetime of the tint.
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