Static Cling Window Film
Whenever static cling window film is mentioned, invariably several comments or questions are raised. Most commonly these questions are:
What is the difference between Static cling and regular window film?
The difference between static cling and regular film is that static cling film is adhesive free window film. Applying an adhesive free film is much simpler and easier that applying the regular type of window film, and there is a lot less mess to clean up afterwards as well. It is not only easy to apply, but also very fast to put up. Static cling film can be used on any smooth surface, so you are not limited to only putting it on glass. It is also not affected at all by steam or moisture, so it is perfect to use in bathroom, on the outside of shower stalls, etc.
A great thing with static cling film is that it is extremely easy to remove without leaving any residue behind. All you have to do is grab the corner of the film and pull it off the window or door. If you want to keep it and reuse it, you simply need to place the backing paper back on the back side of the paper. This means it is ideal if you want to use it for seasonal or holiday purposes. It also means that redecorating just became a whole lot easier.
Does Static cling window film really work, and will it actually stick to my window?
Yes, static cling window film really does work just as well as regular window film. In fact, in some ways you could say it works ‘even better’, depending on what you are hoping to achieve with your window film.
Differences Between Static and Regular Window Film
Vinyl static cling film uses no adhesives, and it can be reused again and again, providing it is stored properly when taken down. It can be applied to virtually any kind of smooth surface, including plexiglass, metal, and of course glass.
It isn’t recommended to use on windows with a view, as it distorts the view and there is much less clarity when looking out through a window with static window film applied. Also, because of the high levels of static on the film it does tend to attract dust and other small particles, and thus is harder to clean. It’s not too hard though, and warm soapy water will do the job just fine.
Some of the pro’s to using static window film is that it is great at reducing glare, so is a perfect choice for placing on office windows or even living room windows if glare on the television screen during the day is a problem. Many static window films are also able to block UV rays, and at the same time can provide insulation as well so they are very useful in rooms where bright sun floods in and heats up the room. Insulating your rooms in this way also conserves energy and money.
There are many beautifully designed static window films available, thus they can actually be used to really enhance your décor as well as provide a valuable service of insulating and reducing glare.
10 Step Application of Static Window Film
- Prepare tools and cleaning materials: 2 inch putty knife, spray bottle of warm water with ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent; 2 quarts warm water; razor knife, lint free paper kitchen towels.
- Wash your windows with the warm water and detergent, using the paper towels. Dry and make sure there aren’t any streaks on the window.
- Spray the warm water (without detergent) onto the window in a fine mist.
- Peel the backing off the film, starting at one corner and peeling down.
- Line up the top edge of the film with the top of the glass, then smooth the film onto the glass with your hands. You may need help if you are trying to cover a large expanse.
- Secure the film to the top of the window by running the putty knife securely over it, using the edge of the blade.
- Secure the middle of the film, again using the putty knife and running it straight down the middle of the window and film.
- Secure the rest of the film onto the window. Go from the middle to either side, and then from the top to the bottom, all over the window, working any air bubbles or excess water out to the side.
- Trim the sides of the film with your razor knife, so that the film is flush against the edges of the window.
- Dry off the film with your paper towels.
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