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effect window vinyl films
(Plain Sheets - with no cut-out
ensure that the glass is clean, (free from dust,
wax, grease etc.), and try to avoid working in
extremely hot or cold temperatures. If large vinyl
films are to be fitted, it may help if two people
work together. It's also best, before handling
the vinyl, to make sure your hands are perfectly
Although the vinyl can be fitted dry, we
strongly recommend that you use the 'wet application'
method, as the water helps to make repositioning
easier, as well as reducing the risk of air bubbles
Thoroughly wet the glass with water, either using
a spray-bottle or sponge/non-fluffy cloth etc. (a
very slight amount of mild washing-up
liquid can be added if required, though it's not normally
and smoothly remove the vinyl by lifting up from the
glossy 'silicon release paper backing', trying to
avoid finger marks and in particular, avoid creasing
the film. Larger sheets may need two people to work
together; One to hold the vinyl by two corners, and
the other to carefully peel back the white, glossy
silicon backing paper. When it's nearly all removed
the second person should then take hold of the remaining
two corners of the frosted/etched-glass vinyl. It
can now be taken over to the window, keeping it taut
as you go, and avoiding fabrics, carpets etc., otherwise
dust and fluff can be attracted to the static of the
vinyl. Place it on the moistened glass and slide it
into position, lining up one side to the window frame.
you find it easier, or if working on your own, you
can always place the top section of the partly
unrolled vinyl onto the glass, then carefully
remove the remaining silicon backing paper, avoiding
creasing, whilst holding the vinyl firmly against
you are happy with the positioning, give the whole
vinyl surface another quick spray/moistening of
water. Now you can start to flatten it to the surface
using a plastic squeegee, (normally supplied
free with the order), or a soft cloth. It may
help if you hold the vinyl slightly away
from the surface as you proceed. Working from the
centre outwards firmly, but carefully, press down
the vinyl, pushing the water/air out towards the
edges. Try to avoid letting the vinyl slide about
as you are working otherwise it may crease.
Note: The squeegee is normally used on its own,
though you can also wrap a smooth cloth around it,
for extra protection, if required.
trim off any excess vinyl with a craft-knife or
scalpel etc. (Scoring down the sides of the window
frames.) Then re-flatten any areas if needed.
fitted, check for any water/air bubbles. If they
won't push out, use a pin or scalpel blade to carefully
pop them, then squeeze out the water/air with the
back of your finger-nail. (Note: It's always best
to prick one edge of the bubble, rather than the
centre. You can then push the water/air out towards
the pinhole.) The newly fitted vinyl now needs to
be left untouched for quite a while to allow it
to dry thoroughly.
do not wash windows for at least one week.
a normal window cleaning routine can be done, using
mild soapy water rather than polish on the actual
vinyl sections, but care must always be taken, especially
with dusters, where any vinyl edges are exposed.)
on removal of old self-adhesive vinyl:
an electric heat gun or hot hair dryer to gently
warm the vinyl to be removed, taking care not to
overheat any glass or painted surfaces etc. Carefully
lift one corner of the vinyl, using a blade or window-scraper
etc., and peel away the vinyl. Repeat on all required
sections until completely removed. Any slight glue
residue left behind can easily be removed using
a 'Tar and Glue Remover', (which is available from
most car accessory shops), or white spirit.
Important: Please take
care when using the extremely hot heat guns, especially
where glass, paintwork and other similar surfaces
are concerned. They are quite safe and efficient
to use, providing care is taken. Always hold the
heat gun 'well away' from the surface, and your
own hands, while you work. Just enough warmth to
allow the vinyl to be softened is all that is necessary.
Always handle heat guns with care and keep them
away from children. Also always allow them time
to cool down afterwards before storing away.
instructions, as well as any others on this site,
are merely intended as a guide to fitting our various
products. Although we endeavour to be as efficient
as possible with our instructions, and include as
many details as we can, we cannot be held responsible
for any problems, damages or indeed injuries, which
might occur. As with all DIY projects, the person
or persons carrying out the work is/are held responsible.
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