Among the hardest issues for novices to grasp when beginning in the car window tinting business is making correct patterns or templates for your installation. I will offer you today a few basic practices that could make your film template making a little easier.
As a novice you want to reduce the number of steps that could trip you up as you study your art, one of these is producing your film patterns on the vehicle. By cutting on the car with your extremely sharp knife, you stand a high risk of cutting and damaging one of the rubbers that run close to the side of the window.
Now how do we simplify this process and decrease the risk of creating this possible damage? Ok, my first suggestion for you can be used when you are making a template or pattern for a roll-down window, so that’s a regular window in the car that goes up and down.
Clean the glass in question previous to doing any type of installation work, you need to reduce the levels and possibilities of dirt in the finished installation wherever you can. For this process, you need to work with a scrap piece of film liner, this is the protective clear part of the window film that you will generally throw away during the installation.
Wet the window in question and set your clear release liner onto the window, smooth it down into place on the glass with a hard card, white colored card is usually great for this job. before you make any changes to this pattern, you need to decide if you will leave inner door trim panels in position or remove them?
If leaving the door panels in place, then you can overlap the bottom edge of the clear release liner below the outer plastic on the car by .5 of an inch, when you’re leaving the door panels in place, then sit the release liner virtually on the top of the outer trim on the window. You must look on the inside of the door glass as evaluate how much overlap you’ll actually need as all vehicles are different.
So, you know have the release liner on the glass, with a marker pen, apply the pen up the area of the rubber trim – at the place where the glass meets the rubber trim at the sides of the window.Now you should have 2 vertical lines on your release liner, make certain the middle of the release liner is tacked down in position and reduce the glass, now cut the top exposed edge of the glass, do not fear if this cut isn’t 100%, because it is only a basic pattern for our actual piece of film.
You can now move this piece of release liner on to the top of your actual window tint, then using your knife cut the edges to be about 5mm past the black lines on the release liner, then cut your top edge about a quarter of an inch past the pattern of the release liner – now you can mount this piece after you’ve shrank the window on the glass.
When making templates in this way it is more suited for shaving the top edge of the film for a factory finish. In forthcoming articles i will let you know more about this shaving method – it is a great one to use and can increase your standing in the automobile window tinting industry.
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