All window films use a water-based application. Although the installers attempt to remove as much of the mounting solution as possible, a small amount will remain behind the window film. This trapped moisture will may appear and either resemble small pockets of water or haziness. This is to be expected and is present in many window film installations. Any moisture will dissipate and should not be pierced as this will create an unsightly hazy appearance around the piercing.
Drying varies depending on the application and can run from several days and up to 6 months in extreme cases. Cold weather and the type of window film you choose affect the length of drying time. Any moisture will eventually dissipate and does not compromise effective protection. Please note that interior windows can be expected to take significantly longer to cure than a window that receives natural sunlight.
After the window film is installed, it is wise to wait 30 days before cleaning your windows. This gives the window film enough time to bond to the window and ensures that you don’t inadvertently lift the edge of the film while cleaning. Please remember that the window film does not have a hard surface like that of glass and that care should be taken not to use a razor blade or any abrasive cleaning materials to clean the window. Suitable cleaning solutions include standard ammonia based products, vinegar and water, and soap and water. Use separate window cleaning materials and water when washing exterior and interior windows at the same time. Water used in the exterior washing may contain particles that will scratch the window film.
With all installations there may be a few dust particles trapped between the window film and the glass. This is virtually impossible to avoid and every care is taken by the installer to reduce the amount of dust behind the window film. Be aware that the window has been thoroughly cleaned and that any dust particles trapped behind the window film was airborne and out of control of the installer. You have noticed a slight gap between the edge of the frame and the edge of the film. This is necessary in all installations as the window film will expand in the heat, and contract in the cold. The distance between the edge of the frame and the window film is generally 1/16” to 1/8″ but as window frames are rarely square; this may vary slightly on each window. This is done to protect your investment and will not compromise the window film’s strength in any way.
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