How To Remove Old Or Damaged Window Film Privacy From Your Windows


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.

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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.


Common Problems That Users Encounter With Stained Glass Window Film


Information abounds on the internet about the advantages that come with the use of stained glass window film. Some of these advantages include your windows having the appearance of expensive stained glass windows at just a fraction of the cost, enhanced indoor privacy, better aesthetics, and potentially other benefits as well. However, with these advantages come some potential drawbacks. Before you run out and buy some decorative stained glass window film to put on your windows, you should be aware of some of these issues. In this article, I will describe some of the more common problems that crop up so that you will be better prepared to handle them.


Beware Of Double-Stick Tape

Before the advent of static cling window films, double-stick tape was used to hold the film onto the window frame. This worked pretty well until it came time to remove or replace the film. Double-stick tape is extremely difficult to remove from any surface, without causing damage to the surface. While there are some powerful solvents that are currently on the market that can remove the tape, these solvents will normally strip off any paint that might be on the surface, causing cosmetic damage to the window frame. If you must use double-stick tape when installing your new stained glass window film, then the first thing that you should do is lay a strip of electrical tape onto the window frame, where you would normally apply the double-stick tape. Then, apply the double-stick tape on top of the electrical tape. The electrical tape will come off of your window frame easily, without leaving behind any residue or causing damage to the window frame. The best thing to do, however, is to avoid the possibility of this problem coming up by using static cling stained glass window film. Static cling films use only static electricity to hold the film onto the window. No messy or cumbersome adhesive is involved when using static cling window films. They are easy to install and very easy to remove from the window when you need to do that.

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Air Bubbles During And After Installation

If you are installing stained glass window film for the first time, then you will probably experience the appearance of air bubbles between the film and the window while you try to install the film. The larger air bubbles can be resolved by flattening the film as you apply it with either the side of your hand or the squeegee that should come with the film when you purchase it. When doing this, start at the center of the window and work out toward the edges and the corners. Once you have the film installed without the larger air bubbles, you may still notice some smaller bubbles, even well after installation, due to anything from human error during installation to thermal expansion and contraction. These smaller bubbles can usually be resolved by piercing them with a sharp knife. Piercing the bubbles will simply pull the film back against the window. If you are installing stained glass window film for the first time, then you should always purchase more film than you think you’re going to need, and then practice the technique on a scrap piece of wood until you feel comfortable with it.


Scratches And Abrasions

Keep in mind that while glass windows aren’t likely to scratch, and probably wouldn’t show the scratches if they were scratched, plastic stained glass window film will scratch, and the scratches have a good chance of showing. This might negate any aesthetic benefit that you might otherwise achieve with your film. This can be a real problem for you if you have pets, like cats that might climb up on your furniture to access the windows. You could also have this problem if you have young children who might scratch on your windows. When using stained glass window film, just try to use it where it can’t be scratched, like in rooms where pets aren’t allowed.

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Discoloration Of Your Film

Many window films, over time, will discolor or show a cloudy appearance due to long-term exposure to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. This problem, of course, will be more prevalent on film that is attached to windows that face the sun all day long. This may take away from the appearance that you are trying to create with the film. In some cases, the film might even be difficult to remove from the window. This is why you need to replace the film every so often. How often you need to replace it depends on recommendations from the manufacturer, as no two window films are the same.


Absence Of Key Benefits

In addition to improved aesthetics and indoor privacy, there are some other benefits that may come with the use of stained glass privacy window film, such as better insulation and improved shatter resistance. However, you may find after installation that your stained glass window film will not provide you with those added benefits. Before you purchase any stained glass window film, you need to verify that that particular film is designed to provide you with the benefits that you desire. This is because window films are produced to satisfy an array of different needs. No two are the same. While it may take you some time to verify the benefits of the film that you intend to buy, it can save you some grief later on.

The problems mentioned above are some of the most common problems that users encounter when they deal with stained glass window film. However, with a little bit of common sense, you can either work around or overcome these problems in order to have a positive experience with your new window film.


Privacy Window Film



Privacy window film offers a wide variety of benefits to those who use it. Some of these benefits may surprise you. In this article, I will discuss some of the many benefits that you can get from privacy window film, along with some of the potential disadvantages that are commonly associated with the film. I will then discuss a few of the leading suppliers of privacy window film in the event that you decide to get some of your own.

Benefits Of Using Privacy Window Film


Enhanced Indoor Privacy

The most obvious benefit of using privacy window film is enhanced indoor privacy. If you live in an area where there are a lot of people, you may find that it can be difficult to maintain a certain measure of privacy within your home, with people constantly looking through your windows. With residential privacy window film, you can put an end to that. Most of this film is designed to allow visible light to come through your windows, while still keeping people on the outside from seeing inside. In addition to that, this film can even protect your property from would-be criminals who might break into your home if they are able to look through your windows and see anything that might be worth stealing. In my neighborhood, crime is on the rise, and I’m glad that I have privacy window film on my windows.

Decorate Your Home With Privacy Film For Windows

Privacy film for windows comes in a wide variety of colors, with the option of having numerous designs on it. This feature allows you to maintain your privacy while improving the look and feel of your home at the same time. When it comes to decorative window film, stained glass privacy window film is a very popular option, as it gives your windows the appearance of stained glass windows at just a fraction of the cost. You can get it with designs that depict everything from religious themes to marine life. The possibilities are endless. I prefer stained glass window film with geometric designs.

Stained Glass Window Film With A Mosaic Pattern

Better Home Insulation

Many window films are made with heat rejection and heat retention capabilities that keep heat from passing through your windows. This helps to keep heat from coming into your home during the summer, and going out of your home during the winter. This benefit helps you get more life out of your heat pump and air conditioning unit, and keeps your energy bills down. If you are really interested in this benefit, then you need to make sure that your film is designed to provide it, as no two window films are the same.


Glare Reduction And Protection From Ultraviolet Radiation

Have you ever tried to watch the game on television and can’t because of that annoying sun glare that reflects off of the screen? As a sports fan, I can certainly attest to this. Most privacy window films are designed to block out sun glare, so that you can watch your game or work at your computer uninterrupted by the annoying effects of glare. Ever since I installed my privacy window film, glare has not been an issue for me.

If you’re having problems with your drapes fading in color, it may be due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Anything that is kept within close proximity of the windows can be damaged by ultraviolet radiation. However, there is something that you can do about it. Most privacy window films are designed to reject virtually all ultraviolet radiation so that none of it comes through the windows. For the small cost of a sheet of film, you can save your drapes, furniture, carpet, and other interior items from being damaged.

Potential Pitfalls Of Using Privacy Window Film

While it is true that there are many benefits that come with the use of residential privacy window film, there are quite a few things that could be a problem. You should keep these items in mind before you make any purchases.


Removal Can Be Difficult

Some privacy window films are applied to the windows by way of double stick tape on the window frames. When the film needs to be replaced or when other work on the windows need to be done, this tape can be very difficult to remove. There are some very powerful solvents on the market that might be able to remove it, but they may strip off any paint that you have in the affected areas. You can avoid this problem by using static cling privacy window film, which does not use an adhesive in order to stay on the window. Rather, it uses the power of static electricity to remain in place. This makes the film much easier to install and remove. I installed my static cling privacy window film on several windows in under an hour. Some privacy window films, such as decorative privacy window film or frosted privacy window film, can be difficult to remove when it needs to be replaced. This is especially true in the summertime on windows that face the sun during the day.

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Some Window Privacy Films Can Discolor Over Time

In some instances, the privacy window film may show some scratching that would not be present if there was no film involved. Over time, some types of privacy window film, such as static cling privacy window film, can have a cloudy appearance. It may also turn yellow and become unsightly due to long-term exposure to sunlight and accompanying ultraviolet radiation. As long as you change the film every so often, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.

Problems During Installation

If you are not careful during installation of the privacy window film, you may have a significant amount of air bubbles that crop up in between the film and the window surface. This could keep the film from adhering to the window and compromise its performance. If you have never installed privacy window film before, it’s best to buy a little extra and practice with it until you get the technique down. I had to do this when I installed window film for the first time. It costs a bit to buy more film, but it was money well spent.

Thermal Compatibility Issues

If the privacy window film isn’t compatible with the glass, thermal stresses may develop and eventually cause cracks to appear in the window. This doesn’t happen very often, but there is a small risk and you need to be aware of it before you install any privacy window film onto your windows.


Beware Of Mirrored Privacy Window Film

Many privacy window films on the market, especially one way mirrored window film, keep people from seeing in your house during the day, but at night, they can see inside if you have your interior lights on due to the reversing effects of the film. If you need to maintain your home privacy at night, you should buy a set of blinds.

Mirrored Privacy Window Film That Doesn’t Work So Well At Night

Not All Window Films Provide The Same Benefits

The most important thing to remember when buying privacy window film is that no two privacy window films are the same. There are many different colors and designs. Some are designed to retain heat. Some are designed to reject it, and some are designed to do both. You need to make sure that you have the right type.

From reviewing the problems listed above, and taking proper steps to understand how to overcome them or work around them can go a long way in making the installation of privacy window film successful and something that you will be glad you did.

Places Where You Can Buy Privacy Window Film

If you have made the decision to buy some privacy window film of your own after reading this article, then you will want to know where you can go to get it. Don’t go anywhere, as I am about to provide a list of a few suppliers of window film privacy.

3M – You may know this company more for its Scotch tape and Post-It notes, but they produce a wide variety of items that include traffic safety systems, composite materials, and yes, privacy window film. They have a pretty decent selection from which to choose, and their items are all backed by their solid reputation. You can order online from them at their website at www.shop3m.com.

WindowFilmWorld.com – These guys are a specialty online retailer of window films. When it comes to privacy window films, you name it, they have it. They sell everything from privacy window film to embossed window film to stained glass window film with a wide variety of available colors and designs. You can order directly from their website.

Gila Films – These folks manufacture and sell numerous types of window film through a network of distributors. They do privacy window film, automotive window tints, blackout privacy window film, and energy saving window films, just to name a few. Visit them online to find a distributor at www.gilafilms.com.

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TAP Plastics – This company produces and sells a wide variety of plastic products. While they specialize in fiberglass resins and fabrics, they also sell privacy window films, frosted window film, solar control window film, and automotive window tinting. You can visit them online at www.tapplastics.com.

Lowe’s Or Home Depot – If you can’t wait for your film to be shipped to you, then you may want to visit your local hardware store or home improvement chain. I like these places, as they often have employees who are very knowledgeable about a wide variety of home improvement items, and they can help you select the right type of window film for you, and may even offer advice on how to install it.

After reading this article, you should now be able to make a much better-informed decision regarding whether privacy window film is right for you.