RV APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
RECOMMENDED TOOLS: (Sold Separately)
• Gila RTK500 Complete Application Kit
• Gila RTK100 Basic Application Kit
• Spray bottle
• Break-away utility knife and blades
• Single-edged razor blade
• Ruler or tape measure
• Soft, lint-free cloth or paper coffee filters
(for cleaning the glass and film)
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
GILA ® RV window film is applied directly to the inside glass surface.
Applying window film is a simple process, with only a few basic steps. However, patience and preparation are very important. Before beginning this project, please read the instructions completely and carefully, perhaps using a small piece of film to practice the steps before you actually tint a window.
REMINDER: ALL GILA® films are perfect for use on any glass windows: single-pane, thermal or pre-tinted. Applying film to RV windows will improve their performance
and increase your energy savings. These films are also compatible with all residential glass as well.
CAUTION: Do not apply GILA® RV films to passenger cars, trucks or vans. GILA® automotive films are available for those applications. RV Films may not be applied to the windshield or to the front side windows of an RV. Those windows must comply with state window tinting laws.
CAUTION: Do not use any household glass cleaner containing ammonia or vinegar to clean the glass or film; such cleaners can dilute or dissolve the film’s adhesive. However, extremely greasy or smoke-covered windows may need to be cleaned first with glass cleaner then rinsed thoroughly with the Solution.
Plan to use several single-edge utility razor blades to clean the window. A small utility knife with breakaway blades is the best tool for trimming film.
NOTE: Film can dull a blade edge quickly; and a dull blade can tear film. Plan to use a new blade after every window you tint.
A rubber-blade squeegee is necessary to press the film onto the window without creases and to remove the soapy water from under the film.
Use lint-free toweling or paper coffee filters to clean the windows and absorb excess water.
To trim the film, use the edge of a ruler or plastic credit card as a guide.
SPECIAL POINTS TO REMEMBER
• Handle the film very carefully. As with aluminum foil, once creased, the film will remain creased.
• Large windows usually are best filmed by two people working together to remove the liner, apply, and trim the film.
• Apply film anytime other than in direct sunlight (film may stick too quickly) or freezing weather (film will not stick at all). Best temperature is 45-90° F. Best time is early morning or late evening, when the glass is cooler.
• Work in a dust-free area. Turn off fans. Apply film to windows hung vertically. DO NOT lay windows down to tint them or you will trap air bubbles under the film.
• Once “cured,” the film may be removed, but not reused.
• On hot days, the film will feel very warm because it is reflecting heat back through the window.
• The best way to improve your comfort is to apply GILA film to all the windows in your RV.
• The lighter the film, the less privacy you will have. The shinier the film, the more your daytime privacy. At night, all films will appear more or less reflective inside, depending upon the brightness of indoor lighting. For full privacy at night, close your draperies or window treatments.
1. MEASURE THE WINDOW
Measure the dimensions of your window carefully before unrolling and cutting the film. Film may be applied from side to side, or top to bottom from the roll. Use the measurement that leaves the least waste. You may also choose to pre-trim the film
to the window dimensions.
2. CLEAN THE WINDOW
Spray the window generously with the Solution. Use a razor blade to remove any caked dirt or paint. Use special care cleaning the corners to get dirt from under any rubber gaskets. Rewet the window, then squeegee downward. Wipe off accumulated dirt from
the window gasket with a soft cloth or paper coffee filters. Repeat process until the glass is clean. If possible, also clean the outside to ensure total clarity. (NOTE: Paper coffee filters are lint free and can be used to clean the windows now, and the film later. Remember, the cleaner the glass, the better the final appearance of the applied film.)
3. CUT THE FILM
Unroll the film on a clean, flat surface near the window. Use a ruler as a guide and cut
the film 1” larger than the dimensions of the window to be certain that the film will fit. Of course, you may wish to use the factory edge of the film for one side of the window.
Or, if you choose, pre trim the film to the final dimensions of each window.
4. WET THE WINDOW THOROUGHLY
Generously spray the soapy Solution, which acts as a lubricant for the film, onto the inside surface of the window until beads of the soapy water run down the glass. If the window
becomes dry, rewet it completely before applying film.
5. REMOVE THE CLEAR FILM LINER (DOES NOT APPLY TO GLARE CONTROL STATIC- CLING)
Take your time with this step: be patient and be careful not to crease the film while removing the clear, protective liner from the adhesive side of the film.
(NOTE: Usually the liner is on the outside surface of the film roll.) Remove the liner by attaching two 3” pieces of transparent tape to the front and back surfaces of a corner of the film so that about 1” of tape is on the film, the rest hanging over the pointed corner
of the film. Press the two pieces of tape firmly together, then quickly pull them apart to begin separating the clear liner away from the adhesive side of the film.
(NOTE: This process may require a quick, snapping pull, much like pressing together and quickly pulling apart two pieces of Velcro.) As you carefully peel the clear liner away, generously spray the soapy Solution onto the exposed adhesive. This spray helps break any static, reduces dirt contamination, and makes the liner easier to remove. Wet your hands with the Solution before handling the film to avoid leaving fingerprints on the adhesive. Remove the liner diagonally, from one corner toward the opposing corner. Try to keep the adhesive side of the film from touching itself. Two people should coordinate
the liner separation on a large sheet of film.
6. PLACE THE FILM ON THE WET WINDOW
Completely remove the clear liner from the back of the film and thoroughly wet the
exposed adhesive surface. Be sure the window is dripping wet: too much Solution is better than not enough. Apply the adhesive side of the film to the wet glass. Start at the top of the window, then allow the film to gently lay down onto the glass. Handle the film carefully at the corners to avoid wrinkles or creases, which cannot be removed. Use your hands to smooth the film onto the glass. As long as the window and film are thoroughly wet you can slide the film to position it correctly.
7. SPRAY THE OUTSIDE SURFACE OF THE FILM AND SQUEEGEE FILM CAREFULLY AND FIRMLY.
Spray the entire surface of the film with the soapy Solution. Begin squeegee the water and air out from under the film. To do this, start about 2” from the top and side and
squeegee from left to right. Second, to set the film on the glass, lightly squeegee the rest of the film downward, but leave the 2” perimeter area un squeegee. If you need to remove large air pockets, rewet the top of the film and squeegee again. If the squeegee drags, re spray the Solution on the top of the film. (NOTE: Always wet film with the soapy Solution before squeegee. You can remove any large bubbles by pushing them with the squeegee to the nearest film edge. Unless they are trapping dirt particles, tiny bubbles will disappear as the film dries.)
8. TRIM EDGES OF FILM AND SQUEEGEE DRY
Use a sharp razor blade or utility knife to trim the film around the edges of the window. Rewet the entire film surface with the Solution and squeegee again. Press very firmly to remove all the water so that the adhesive can cure clearly.
This time, imagine an invisible line dividing the window from top to bottom. Starting at the top of the window, squeegee from the center to the left, then from the center to the right. Repeat this process until you reach the bottom of the window. (NOTE: If your squeegee has a stiff blade, PUSH it toward the sides. If a flexible rubber blade, PULL the squeegee.) If “fingers” appear along any edge, wrap your squeegee with a few paper coffee filters (or a soft, absorbent cloth) and carefully push the “fingers” toward the edge of the vinyl. Hold in place to absorb any excess water.
The film begins to adhere in 30 minutes and fully “cures” over 1- 8 days. Dry, sunny
weather speeds curing; wet, cold weather prolongs it. During curing, the film may initially look hazy or cloudy. This effect will disappear with time and/or exposure to heat (i.e. the sun or a hair dryer).
FILM CLEANING TIPS:
Always clean film with the same soapy Solution and a flexible squeegee. DO NOT USE ammonia, vinegar, household glass cleaners, paper towels, or brushes.
When properly applied and cleaned, window film will usually look good for up to 10 years. Because film protects your furnishings by absorbing up to 99% of the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, the film itself bears the inevitable ultraviolet damage. As a result, over the years, tinted films may lighten in hue somewhat. This is to be expected. Overall product life is affected by climate, geographic location, and exposure to the sun.
Use GILA® FR200 Window Film and Adhesive Removal Spray.