Blog Introduction: Tinted windows can be a great way to add a touch of style and privacy to your home or business. But if you’ve ever seen a car with bubbles under its tinted windows, you know that it’s not the most attractive look. Before we get into how to fix bubbles under tinted windows, let’s discuss what causes them and how to identify them.
Identifying the Problem
Bubbles can form underneath tinted windows for several reasons. The most common cause is when the film is not installed correctly or is simply old and starting to deteriorate. To tell if there are any bubbles present in your window tint, simply stand at an angle from the window and look for any air pockets or distortions in the surface of the film. If you find any, then you have identified that there are bubbles present under your window tint.
Fixing the Problem
The next step is figuring out how to get rid of those pesky bubbles without having to remove all of the films entirely.
- Check for Warranty
If you hired a professional to tint your windows, you can call them and ask for a repair or a replacement if it is under warranty. This is the easiest option, so why not if you have a warranty and time?
- Find an appropriate setting
When performing the task, make sure you are in warm temperatures and clear weather. Warm weather will hear interior surfaces and help to remove the bubbles easier. If you cannot work on a sunny day, you can use a hairdryer to heat up both sides of the windows and tint.
- Mist The Windows with Water
Once the windows and tint have been heated, use a spray bottle to apply a mist of water to the window tint. Cold water against the hot windows will loosen the film and make it easier to get air bubbles out.
- Remove Air Bubbles
There are a few choices when it comes to removing air bubbles. The best way is to use a squeegee and an old card of some kind. Push the air bubbles to the edge of the tint and release the air. For more difficult bubbles, you can use a safety pin for popping them, but be sure not to rip the film. After thoroughly popping every bubble, use your squeegee to smooth out the tiny ones. Hold it at a 45-degree angle and use long strokes with medium pressure to release the remaining bubbles. If the film dries before popping all of the bubbles, mist the window again. When you are done, dry the window’s surface with a lint-free cloth.
Another method to fix your issue is by removing the tint.
- 1. Dry The Surface: Dry the window’s surface with a lint-free cloth.
- 2. Melt The Adhesive: Melt the adhesive under the film by applying heat from a hairdryer over the area.
- 3. Peel Off Tinting: Begin peeling back the corner of the window tint that is closest to the affected area. Only remove enough tint that the bubbled area is no longer on the window glass.
- 4. Reapply Adhesive: Apply a thin layer of adhesive to the back of the window tint and place it back onto the glass.
- 5. Mist The Surface: Mist the surface with water and use a squeegee to remove the water and any air under the surface. Then, dry the window using a lint-free cloth.
After you’ve followed these steps on all of the windows, you will now have a successful window tint.
Taking time to fix bubbles in your window tints can help maintain their appearance by eliminating distortion and air pockets from view. Plus, fixing them yourself will save you money since professionals who are trained in installing window tints tend to charge quite a bit for this type of service! With these tips in mind, you should now be equipped with what you need to take on this DIY project.
For readers in South Florida, you can always count on Miami Dade Window Tinting for all residential, commercial, and marine window tinting services. With decades of experience in the field, we have become experts in providing top-quality work. We use only the best films available on the market to both protect and enhance your home.