No, 3M window film will actually reduce so much glare and heat that it will add clarity. The pleasure of the beautiful view will return.

  1. Lower Energy Bills
  2. Reduce Heat & Glare
  3. Eliminate 99% UV rays
  4. Decrease ?hot spot? to increase efficiency of the air conditioner in the summer and heater in the winter.

When you use the mounting application solution as required to do the installation, the adhesive is activated by the soapy water solution. Once the installation is completed, it is common for the adhesive to get a foggy or cloudy appearance to it.

This is due to the solution activating the adhesive. This process can take from 1 day to 90 days depending on the amount of natural sunlight. Once the solution has dried out, the foggy and cloudy look will go away. When the fog has completely cleared, you will know that the film has fully cured on the window and can be cleaned. Small bubbles are also common in films and will evaporate as the film cures.

Different polyesters are transformed during the manufacturing process to produce a thin, transparent film that adheres to glass when a pressure sensitive adhesive is activated by a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water.

What is the procedure to install window film?
The individual installation steps, assuming a typical interior application, would be as follows:

  • Prepare window area by placing drop cloths on floor and / or moving nearby furniture
  • Thoroughly clean interior side of glass pane and gaskets with a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water to remove dirt and other residue
  • Wet glass with solution
  • Place film against glass
  • Squeegee to remove excess solution between glass and film
  • Trim film to gasket
  • “5-way” film edges to ensure film lies flat
  • Wipe film to ensure clean finished product
  • Remove drop cloths and replace furniture to original positions

No. The film?s specially designed adhesive will not adhere to Plexiglas®.

Absolutely! You will notice enhanced energy performance from your tinted / Low-E glass windows after installation.

The life expectancy of window film is dependent upon multiple variables (climate, exposure to sun, etc?). The average life expectancy is ten years and beyond; and, many customers have had 3M window film on their windows for over twenty years.

Absolutely! The amount of money saved depends upon the type of film chosen and certain property-specific variables (location, climate, existing energy costs, HVAC system, etc?). After obtaining some basic energy unit costs for a given building, we can conduct a 3M Energy Audit to estimate the annual dollars saved by different film types.

Absolutely! Furniture / fabric fade is caused by multiple factors. 10% of fading is caused by miscellaneous factors (i.e. fabric color, material, etc). 25% is caused by heat. 25% is caused by visible light. And the remaining 40% is caused by UV rays. 3M window films can mitigate 90% of the factors that cause furniture / fabric fade.

Window films may be washed with common washing solutions (including ammonia-based products) 30 days after installation. Abrasive cleaning agents and bristle brushes which would scratch the film can not be used. Synthetic sponges, squeegees, or soft cloths are recommended in addition to the cleaning solution. To maintain your warranty, do not use tape or other adhesive products on the film.

Yes! 3M has a GSA contract for both labor and material to facilitate government procurement.