You have some window film privacy that has been installed on your windows for quite some time. It’s starting to show some signs of wear and tear, such as scratching and discoloration due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It’s starting to look rather unsightly. On top of that, you’re thinking about changing the designs that are on the film. This means that you need to replace the privacy window film that is on your windows. In order to replace your film, the first thing that you have to do is to remove it from the windows. Depending on the type of window film that you have, this may be quite easy or rather difficult. In this article, I will outline a general procedure by which you can remove most types of window film privacy.
Removing Static Cling Privacy Window Film
If you have static cling window film on your windows right now, then you’re in luck. This is because most kinds of static cling window privacy film can be removed quite easily due to the fact that they rely solely on static electricity in order to stay on the window. No messy or cumbersome adhesives are involved. A lot of times, all that you have to do is to peel the film off of the window, starting at the corners and working diagonally across the window. You might need to use a sharp razor blade in order to get it started, but once it gets started, the film will usually come right off. If you do need to use a razor blade, then you need to be extremely careful that you don’t scratch the window. If the film comes off in one piece, then you can use it on another window if you want to, assuming that it is in good enough condition. If your window film is particularly stubborn, and the above procedure doesn’t work, then you can try wetting the film down with water from a spray bottle, or you can apply heat from a hairdryer. The heat will make the film pliable, which should help you get it off of the window.
Removing Privacy Window Films With Adhesives
If your privacy window film has adhesives on it, then your task will probably be a bit more difficult. In order to remove your film, you will need to get a spray bottle that is filled with an ammonia-based glass cleaning solution. You should also cover up any surfaces that are adjacent to the window in order to avoid spilling ammonia on them. You can do this with a sheet of plastic or cloth. You might even want to wear goggles and gloves while applying the ammonia.
However, before using any ammonia, you should first try to remove the film by peeling it at the corners and working diagonally across the window. You can use a razor blade to help you do this. Just don’t scratch the window with it. If there is still film left on your window after this, and there probably will be, then spray the ammonia on it, as well as where the film broke off when you were peeling it. Then, let the ammonia sit on the film for a while before doing anything else. This will allow the ammonia time to soak into the film and break down the adhesive that is keeping it on the window. You can let it sit for an hour or even longer to allow for this to happen. Some have even drenched their film with the ammonia and let it sit overnight.
After the ammonia-coated film has had time to sit, spray the film again with the ammonia and start trying to peel it off the window. It should come off a lot easier. You can use the razor blade here if you need to. Try to keep the blade on the film rather than on the window.
Once you get all of the film off, there will almost certainly be some residue left on your window from the adhesive. You can spray the window with the solution again, and that should take care of the residue, and make your window ready to go for your next sheet of window privacy film. If you haven’t considered it yet, then now would be the perfect time to consider using a static cling window film so that you won’t have to deal with any adhesive the next time you have to remove the film.
Now, you are armed with a procedure that will help you remove that old or damaged window film from your windows, so that you can put on something that is brand new and more visually appealing.
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