Bubble formation is one of the common concerns most people have when installing tints on their cars or home windows. These bubbles that appear on your tint can pose a potential threat, especially when driving. Those that appear on your car window make it nearly impossible for you to have a clearer view of what’s outside, putting you and your passengers at risk.
Let’s take a look at some types of bubble formation on window tints and why they happen:
- Soap/air bubbles – While they tend to get smaller as the tint has cured, they will not completely go away unless you have the windows re-tinted. Soap/air bubbles look like whitish, soapy residue and occur when the film is installed without properly preparing and cleaning the windows.
- Dirt and contamination bubbles – The difference between dirt and contamination bubbles and soap/air bubbles, is that the former gets larger as the film has cured. These bubbles will not go away by themselves, so it is best recommended to have the tint re-applied.
- Water bubbles – Also known as blistering, water bubbles are normal occurrence after window tint application and should go away over a certain period as the film cures.
How to Prevent Bubble Formation on Window Tint
While bubbles can be normal, it expands over time as it gets more sun exposure, resulting in an unsightly appearance. Not all window films and tints are created equal because some installers would use sub-standard quality that’s not built to last. They may be cheap and look good at first, but after a few years, many other problems will begin to manifest.
Before having a window tint application on your home or car, make sure to hire a skilled and reliable installer. One of the many ways to avoid bubble formation is by making sure that installation is done with the right standards. It is highly important that the surface is cleaned properly before tint application. Thorough prepped and cleaned windows will go a long way and prevent any formation of air pockets in the tint. Also, invest in high-quality window tint to reduce bubble formation.
Another reason for bubble formation is the poor execution of the installer. Whether you are doing a DIY installation or have a professional installer, make sure that all proper procedures and guidelines are strictly followed.
How to Remove Bubbles on Window Tint
Although it is really not advisable if you think it is only a small bubble and something you can manage on your own, there are some ways on how you can remove them on your own:
- Prepare the window to make it easier to manage. This can be done by warming the surface using a hairdryer or have your car parked in the sun for a few hours.
- Get the window moist (but not soaking wet). When it’s all warm to touch, use a spray mist bottle with room temperature water to lightly spray on the film.
- Poke a small hole in each bubble using a very tiny pin. Be careful when doing this so that you will not rip the entire film or poke too much and end up scratching the window.
- Slightly re-heat the window film and use the edge of a card or any straight-edged tool to smoothen out the bubbles gently.
Remember that tint installation is a technical process. The quality of the work done is crucial in ensuring problems like bubbles on the tint are prevented.
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