Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to fully dry, sometimes a lot longer depending on film brand, type, and weather conditions. Until this time your tinted windows may appear hazy or lumpy, and it may seem to have water bubbles. Do not roll your tinted windows down until dry.
Window film may be cleaned with a soft clean cloth and alcohol based cleaner or plain water. Ammonia products should not be used. We recommend sprayway glass cleaner sold at Hope Depot.
Most cars have a black ceramic 'frit' edge on the rear window. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, sometimes it will have a dotted edge. These black ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the window film from sticking to the area between the dots. This results in a whitish looking strip trimming the glass. Typically this isn't very noticeable, however some cars have a wide band of dots trimming the top of the rear window. This area is so wide that the whitish looking area created is more pronounced. Unfortunately, the effect is unavoidable.
Caution should be used when releasing seat belts. Small chips can be made in the window film due to the seat belt hitting the glass as it is released, THIS IS NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY.
Though we strive for perfection in our installations, due to the nature of the product, some degree of dust contamination and or minor imperfections are present in every window film application, also pre-existing flaws or scratches and metal deposits on the glass are often much more noticeable after the windows are tinted.
Small silvery looking spots or 'metal rubs' on some windows are usually found in station wagons or other utillity vehicles, and are caused by a metalic object (such as a baby stroller handle) rubbing against the inner surface of the glass during travel. This rubbing deposits metal onto the glass creating a silver or grey stain. Usually these these metal rubs aren't very noticeable and often aren't noticed until the windows become tinted.
At night you may notice that the light from headlights will reflect off of the defogger lines. This is caused by the film having to bend slightly around the raised defogger line, it varies from car to car, and there is nothing that can be done about it.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOUR WINDOW FILM IS MOUNTED TO THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF GLASS AND SPECIFIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS ARE INTENDED FOR INTERIOR SURFACES ONLY.
Do not wash film for 30 days after the installation. Visual changes during this period are a natural part of the bonding process. Depending on the product, it may take up to 60 days for the film to fully cure. Small water dimples will diminish and eventually disappear. Please do not push on or manipulate these water pockets as this will distort the adhesion process and may permanently distort the clarity of your new film.
Security and Graffiti films will take the longest to dry and show water dimples the longest. Depending on weather conditions and aspect to the sun these products will take the longest to dry. It is important not to wash these films for at least 30 days due to the fact that these water dimples may be pushed or spread under the film resulting in the smearing of the pressure sensitive adhesive. Please do not push or apply pressure to these water dimples as this will also result in the smearing of the glue.
FOR BEST CLEANING RESULTS, use a mild detergent solution or a commercical window cleaner such as SprayWay glass cleaner, Glass Plus or Windex Plus. DO NOT USE ANY GLASS CLEANER WITH AMMONIA. You may use a soft paper towel, soft terry cloth or a rubber squeegee. A window washer's lamb wool cloth can also be used. Even thought the film is very scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. If in the event that you do scratch the film while cleaning, an automotive wax may be applied to the scratched area and buffed to reduce the imperfection.
Watson's Window tinting has achieved the best cleaning results with the use of Plexus applied with micro-fiber towels.
Plexus is anti-static. It repels the dust and dirt normally attracted to plastic. Plexus also leaves an invisible, micro-thin layer of protectant, sealing the porous surface, making it more resistant to dirt, dust and other contaminants.