A lot of things are frequently said about both automotive and architectural window film – including bombastic claims and sensationalised warnings that might not bear much scrutiny in reality.
As one of the UK’s premier window film specialists here at Stockfilm, we therefore decided to take a closer look at some of the things that you should and shouldn’t worry about when it comes to the various and wide-ranging products in our range.
Yes, external films can be applied internally
External window film is suitable for internal application, although unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the external use of internal films. This is because the way internal film is processed renders it unable to withstand external weather and UV rays.
Nor would we recommend the installation of architectural window film on auto glass; for that purpose, we would point you in the direction of our dedicated automotive window films.
No, window film shouldn’t be installed by just anyone
Window film is a specialised product that requires specialised expertise and skills as far as its handling and application are concerned. We would always recommend that you have your window film fitted by a professional installer who realises just how fragile and easily damaged it can be.
Yes, those worrying water bubbles will disappear
It is understandable that you may be concerned by the visibility of a few small particles or “points” after installation. However, you shouldn’t be, as they are mere light reflections that are inherent to film adhesives.
In any case, such bubbles can generally only be seen from the outside and will disappear over time.
No, you can’t expect constant one-way privacy
However much we might wish otherwise, there is unfortunately no window film on the market that can provide complete one-way privacy on a 24-hour basis.
This is due to the way one-way privacy films work – they are dependent on the light level on each side of the glass, so at night or any other time when it is darker on the ‘public’ side than on the ‘private’ side, the actual privacy provided reverses.
Yes, baby shampoo can be used for your slip solution
As detailed in our comprehensive window film installation guide, when you are preparing the glass for the film to be applied, you are advised to make a slip solution in a spray bottle, using one teaspoon of Film-on Application solution to one pint of cold water.
While we would certainly recommend Film-on Application solution above all alternatives – and it can be purchased from Stockfilms – there is also the option of using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo if you have this to hand.
Would you like to learn more about the suitability or otherwise of certain window film solutions for certain purposes? If so, we would urge you to consult our wider Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section or contact our team directly, so that we can advise and guide you.