Film Dry-Out Time
During installation, your dealer will remove as much of the mounting solution possible, although a small amount will remain. Trapped installation moisture can cause small water bubbles and/or a slightly cloudy look. This is normal and should be expected. Do not attempt to pierce a water bubble during the dry-out time. Water bubbles and the cloudy look will dissipate. Attempting to pierce a water bubble in an effort to drain moisture will damage your film and is not covered by the warranty.
Climate Conditions and Dry-Out Time
If slow drying occurs, do not become alarmed. The trapped moisture will dry-out completely. Certain climate conditions can extend the dry-out time for as long as 30 to 60 days after installation. Cold and rainy weather conditions can lengthen the dry-out time while warm weather and direct sun light exposure will shorten it. The dry-out time for our high performance metalized automobile films will always take longer than conventional non-reflective films.
Do not clean the film until 30 days after installation. This will help ensure proper curing of the special mounting adhesive to the glass.
A soft cloth or a clean synthetic sponge is recommended for washing the film followed by another clean soft cloth or soft rubber squeegee for drying. To avoid scratching the film. Some brands of paper towels are coarse enough to put fine scratches on the film's protective hard coat finish. While these scratches may be too thin to be seen at the beginning, they can damage the polished look of the film over time. Clean gently.
Though the installers are meticulous in applying the film without visible bubbles, some small bubbles may remain until the windows are completely dry. Also A few small particles or points might be visible from outside. These usually very tiny points are inherent in the adhesive system.
Scratch Resistant Coating
Although the film may have a scratch resistant coating, brushes or cleaning agents containing abrasive material should be avoided. In some rare instances window seals may cause fine scratching on roll up windows.
Newer vehicles have a series of dots either along the outer edge of the back window or a very concentrated area at the top of the back window. These dots make the adhesion of film to glass very difficult, but we do have a technique that allows a better contact between both. Although water may still remain in the dot matrix area, the amount of water is reduced significantly.
How Long Will the Window Film Last?
All too many times I get asked, “how long is the warranty and will the window film look the same 5 to 7 years later from the day it was put on?” Now to answer that question I like to ask this simple question in return. If you were to go and buy a brand new car directly off the show room floor, will it look like the day you drove it off the show room floor 5 to 10 years later? He or she usually laughs and says “well I guess that depends on how well I take care of it,” which is exactly how I respond to their initial question regarding the product life.
Factors that Influence How Long Window Film Will Last:
- Parked inside when at home, or parked outside exposed to the weather.
- Parked inside at work, or parked outside exposed to weather.
- How the car is washed, carefully by hand, tunnel brush wash, chemical wash (touchless) or something in-between?
- Type of wash mitt used to wash the vehicle.
- Type of soap used to wash the vehicle.
- Type of film installed - coated or non-coated films.
- Geographical climate - is the vehicle subject to a lot of sun exposure.
- Type of products used to care for the film. We recommend an application of high quality purpose-made window film cleaner directly after installation and at frequent intervals will help retain the luster and performance of the film.
If you took three black painted fenders and set fender A outside for a period of one year, waxing it daily,fender B outside never touching it, and fender C inside an enclosed dark room that all three will look different after on year? Fender C will look like the day you placed it in the room, fender B will look slightly different from fender A because of the damaging elements of outdoor exposure, and fender B will more than likely show some harsher damage from the same elements of outdoor exposure. Both the paint and paint protection films expand in the hot sun and can absorb dirt and moisture which makes it important to keep both surfaces clean when possible.