Applying Window Film
This weekend’s project was to apply window film on our garage windows to increase privacy/security. The top row of our garage door has lovely glass panels however, the sidewalk at the end of our driveway is higher in elevation than our garage floor with the windows are at eye level with the street. This wouldn’t be bad except we live on a busy street with many car and foot traffic and wanted a little more security. My husband and I decided to apply Artscape window film found at Home Depot for $30. We picked etched glass because of the solid pattern to the film. Artscape has a few other patterns that did not work for our situation, but I will keep in mind for future projects. Their stain glass patterns that are really pretty.
Application is very simple. First wash your windows, a clean surface always works better. Measure your windows leaving about a 1/16 gap between window trim and film. I drew lines onto the film backing so I would make sure to have a straight cut.
Use a razor or scissors to cut according to your measurements. If using a razor place a piece of wood or cardboard under film to protect surfaces beneath.
Once your film is cut to fit windows grab a clean spray bottle, add a few drops of liquid soap, and add water. Generously spray your windows with soap/water solution. If necessary lay a drop cloth below your window to protect a wall or carpet. Peel backing off the film, apply to window. The film is not sticky. Once film is on the window align it up with trim, gently squeegee all air pockets out. We used a paint scraper but any flat edge will work. As you squeegee excess soap bubbles and water is expelled so have a rag or towel ready.
We are pretty happy with the final look. The film still lets light in but none of our messy garage is visible to the outside. This project only took about an hour including a store trip!