General FAQ

- Can I tint my skylights?

Application of window film to the inside surface of skylights is very difficult but possible.  The cost of tinting skylight can also be slightly higher than tinting other windows.  This is due to the difficulty and height of most skylights as well as the length of the tunnel leading of the windows.  The application of window film to skylights is more restricted versus tinting other windows in your home or business.  Home or business owners should consult with their window film professional and be aware of any restrictions.

 

- Can window film be applied to Plexiglass or plastic windows?

Standard window films should not be applied to acrylic or polycarbonate (Plexiglass) windows.  These are plastic sheeting products which all have the potential to outgas.  Outgassing is known as the release of chemical components or moisture absorbed by the plastic.  When outgassing occurs it interferes with the window film’s adhesive and results in bubbling between the window and the window film.

 

- Can patterned glass or textured glass be tinted?

Patterned or textured glass surfaces will not allow the film adhesive to form a strong enough bond to the uneven surface therefore it is not advisable.

 

- Do you fit window film on the inside or outside of the glass?

Most window film applications are done on the interior surface of the windows but exterior applications are available where essential.

 

- Can I fit window films myself?

We highly recommend that our dealer network/installers fit the film in order to guarantee high quality work and issue a warranty.

 

- Is it possible to overlay several films?

Yes it is.  You can achieve an interesting effect by putting a coloured film on a decorative film. Feel free to discuss your thoughts with us.

 

- What happens if I want the film removed?

That is no problem at all. The film can be pulled off the glass which will leave adhesive residue behind. The residue is then removed by spraying the glass with soapy water and using a razor-scraper to scrape the excess adhesive off.

- Do window films cause glass to break?

Glass breaks when stressed. There are five types of stress which may cause glass breakage:

  • Thermal Stress – from absorption of solar radiation
  • Tensile Stress – from the weight of the glass itself
  • Mechanical Flexing Stress – from wind
  • Impact Stress – from flying objects
  • Twisting Stress – from building or window frame sagging or settling

Thermal stress is the only one which film may affect. Window films will increase the thermal stress on glass exposed to sun however, there are also other factors which will increase thermal stress such as: partial shading of windows from overhangs, tightly fitting drapes or blinds, signs or decals on windows, heating and cooling vents directed at glass. Different types of glass have different solar absorption rates and will withstand different degrees of thermal stress. Our installers have many years of experience in film fitment and will provide the correct solutions for the correct glass types.

 

- Is window film scratch proof?

Lamin8 Window Film comes standard with a scratch resistance of 4H. The market standard is 3H. We have specially arranged this for market advantage. If one goes above 4H the film starts to become very brittle.  This scratch resistant coating is applied to the exterior surface of the window film to protect the film from normal wear and tear. 

 

- Air bubbles appeared under the film a while after the film was fitted whereas they were not there before.  Is that normal? 

Yes it is.  This may happen while the film is busy drying. The bubbles will disappear within 4-5 weeks after fitment.

 

- How long do window films last?

Lamin8 Window Films come with different warranties depending on the type of film.  Please see our Warranty tab for more information on the film warranties.

 

- How should I clean my windows after film is applied?

With some extra care and caution windows with film applied are easily cleaned without damage to their appearance.  Below are some guidelines to follow:

  • Use any normal glass cleaning solution which does not contain any abrasive materials
  • Use a soft clean cloth, soft paper towel, or a clean synthetic sponge to clean the window
  • Use a soft cloth or squeegee to dry the window