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Memorial Day DIY Project: Add Privacy Film to Your Windows

Add Privacy Film To Your Windows

Let's add privacy film to your windows! When it comes to adding privacy film to your windows over Memorial Day, this simple DIY window tinting project can leave your home with amazing benefits that you probably have never thought about.

Benefits to Adding Privacy Film To Your Windows

We've listed the top benefits to adding privacy film to your windows, and they include:

  • Enhanced Privacy: As the name implies, the main advantage of privacy film is that it blocks views into a space, allowing the occupants to feel private from watchers or bystanders.
  • UV Protection: Many privacy films filter out up to 99% of UV radiation, preventing skin damage and preventing indoor furniture from deteriorating.
  • Glare Reduction: These films can also lessen the amount of sunlight that enters a room, which lessens screen glare and improves the comfort of the environment.
  • Energy Savings: The quantity of heat that enters a building can be reduced in the summer and retained in the winter by using privacy films as insulators. This may lower the cost of energy.
  • Safety: Certain privacy films can assist hold fragments of glass together in window breakage situations, lowering the chance of injuries.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The appearance of windows can be improved by using one of the many available styles and treatments, such as tinted, frosted, or patterned films.
  • Easy Maintenance: Privacy film is extremely simple to keep clean, in contrast to some window coverings, which might be challenging to do so.
  • Affordability: Privacy films might be a more affordable option than custom-etched or frosted glass when trying to accomplish the same result.
  • Temporary Solution: Because privacy film can be removed without harming the window, it might be a great option for renters or people who change their minds regularly.
  • Increased Comfort: Rooms can maintain a more constant temperature and provide more comfortable living or working areas by shielding excessive sunlight.
  • Reduced Fade Damage: Privacy films shield carpets, drapes, and furniture from the sun's fading effects by obstructing UV radiation.
  • Protection from Prying Eyes: Privacy films can stop potential criminals from readily looking into a building's interior in places like workplaces or homes.

Affordable Windows in Phoenix recommends adding privacy film to your windows as an excellent way to enhance both privacy and aesthetics in your home or office. This film allows natural light to enter while obscuring the interior view from the outside, offering an affordable alternative to frosted or etched glass. Additionally, many privacy films provide UV protection, reducing sun damage to furniture and floors, and can add an extra layer of insulation, contributing to energy efficiency.

Ok, so now you know the benefits of adding privacy film to your windows, it's time to actually get to work!

Adding Privacy Film To Your Windows

How to Add Privacy Film To Your Windows

Don't over think this! DIY projects like adding privacy film to your windows can be a simple and straightforward process. But first things first, let's gather the window tinting materials and window tinting tools needed to get this project completed correctly. Below, find the materials needed to easily add privacy film to your windows.

Window Tinting Materials Needed

  • Privacy Window Film
  • Application Solution
  • Clean Water
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sharp Utility Knife or Precision Scissors
  • Squeegee or Hard Card
  • Spray Bottle
  • Clean Lint-Free Cloth or Paper Towels
  • Straight Edge or Ruler
  • Pencil or Marking Tool
  • Hair Dryer or Heat Gun

You can also check out this list of window tinter tools to make sure you have everything you need.

Now that you have the window tinting materials and tools, let's move to the fun part- actually adding privacy film to your windows. Follow the simple window tinting steps below and you'll be finished in no time.

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Steps to Adding Privacy Film To Your Windows

Keep in mind that these steps to add privacy film to your windows may vary depending on the size of your project. Ready? Ok, let's do this!

Prepare the Area:

  • Remove any window treatments like blinds or curtains.
  • Clean the surrounding area to ensure there's no dust or debris that could interfere with the process.

Clean the Window:

  • Thoroughly clean the window glass using a glass cleaner or a mixture of soap and water.
  • Use the lint-free cloth or paper towels to wipe off any dirt, smudges, or cleaning solution to ensure the glass is completely clean and streak-free.

Measure and Cut:

  • Measure the window dimensions.
  • Add a few extra centimeters or inches to each side (you'll trim this excess later).
  • Unroll the film on a clean, flat surface and mark the measurements.
  • Use the utility knife and straight edge/ruler to cut the film.

Wet the Window:

  • Fill the spray bottle with the application solution.
  • Spray the window generously with the solution. The wetter, the better – it allows you to slide the film around for positioning.

Apply the Film:

  • Carefully peel off the backing of the film to expose the adhesive side.
  • Begin applying the film from the top or one side, depending on your comfort.
  • As you apply, use the squeegee or hard card to smooth out the film and push any bubbles or excess solution out to the edges. Move from the center outward to avoid trapping air bubbles.

Trim Excess Film:

  • Once the film is in position and free of bubbles, use the utility knife to trim the excess film at the edges of the window pane. The straight edge/ruler can be handy here to ensure a clean straight cut.

Final Adjustments:

  • Check for any remaining bubbles. Push them towards the nearest edge with the squeegee.
  • Optionally, use a hair dryer or heat gun on a low setting around the edges to help seal the film and ensure full adherence. Be careful not to overheat or warp the film.

Clean Up:

  • Wipe away any remaining application solution from the window or window sill.
  • Replace any window treatments you previously removed.

Allow to Cure:

  • Depending on the type of film and the environmental conditions, it may take several days to fully adhere and dry out. It's important not to disturb or clean the film during this curing time.


  • Clean the film using a soft cloth and non-abrasive cleaner. Avoid using rough materials that might scratch the film.


This amazing window tinting DIY project of adding privacy film to your windows checks both boxes of being very rewarding and a DIY project that can be completed over Memorial Day weekend. As long as you have the window tinting supplies you need and follow the steps above, your finish this project successfully.

You got this! And if anything, you can always hire a window tinter if the window tinting project becomes too overwhelming.

Need another quick DIY project? Check out this popular DIY window tinting project when you are ready!

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