Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 103
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JonJ Not quite 15 feet
I have crank out casement windows that measure 2' x 5'. I thought I'd be able to get three 5' lengths out of the 3 foot x 15 foot roll, but it came up about 5 inches short (even when cutting to exact size, and not the extra 1 inch as instructions dictate. So why isn't there an extra 2" minimum in case you have a huge 3'x15' window... 15' 2" instead of 14' 8" ?)Sure, I could use the trimmed - extra pieces, but that would detract from the appearance. Not what I paid for. I will go back and get enough to finish the job as I am laying out the pieces and need two more. I've used window films before, and as long as you have a helper to help pull off the one layer and keep it from folding on itself, and the right tools, things go pretty quickly. I use the squeegee from the shower, or one used on cleaning windows. I use a small plastic applicator that came with some Bondo as well to touch up corners. Do not skimp on the spray solution: on the window and both sides of the film; try not to apply when in full hot sun light. Lower rating due to the short length.
June 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sleepygiant13 Spend 20 minutes to read instructions/watch demo
I have a 3 clear glass inserts in my balcony railing and wanted to darken them up for some privacy. I bought the mirrored film and briefly glanced at the instructions before attempting to install - big mistake. I found the installation process cumbersome and my results were awful (lots of creases, bubbles, etc.). Going back to the drawing board, I decided to go to the Gila website and watch the demo videos which were a big help. Key tips: clean the window thoroughly, be generous with the application spray, cut the film at least an extra inch wider than needed on all sides (to be trimmed later), follow their squeegee technique, and put the video on your phone/tablet as you install. Although the film-peeling process was still a bit finicky (would help with two people), my results were 10 times better (bubbles and creases virtually gone), and you can barely see through the balcony from the street. Very nice result!
April 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by StillNeedShades Some notes regarding the night mirror effect, applicability...
Regarding the night time privacy, here are the things you should consider:
* Do you have outdoor lighting near the window where the film is being applied that comes on at night? If so, this will lessen the mirror effect and the visibility from outside in at night.
* Do you have shades or drapes you can close at night? I think this product is most useful for those who already have shading or drapes on their windows for night time and don't really need to look out the window at night (for example, home office).
Also, other tip, make sure there are no signs of damage on the box and no marks or crinks on the film before you unroll. If there are, go return it and get a new one, don't start with film that is already marked...
April 9, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SAM Not what I was looking for
I was hoping to have a solution for my large windows for some privacy during the day and the night.
This film is completely useless as night when the lights are on. you can see everthing inside the home plus it also has a mirror effect on the inside.
I will have to replace mine with a better frost film or something of that sort
May 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Shaun Horrible product -
I bought two rolls and both were a horrible mistake. The product is rolled in the wrong direction causing it to not want to stay in place. With two people, you will still have a bad application experience. Home Depot will not take the rerun, don't waste your time on this product.
May 7, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Firemen78 Blocks your view at night
During the day it does give you privacy. At night your the one out of luck. Installed the tints on my family room windows and at night I can't see out the windows. All I see is a mirror. So I can have some perp looking in at night and I wouldn't know. Wish I was able to look out at night. Now I have to remove them and look for some other brand.
March 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FredG Excellent daytime privacy
The film is relatively easy to install, the one caveat is to make sure the glass is perfectly clean, especially the edges, otherwise the edges of the film will not stick and will curl up, leaving a gap.
The film has a sticky side that is protected with a thin sheet of clear plastic. Getting the protective sheet off is a challenge, until you discover the "tape trick". Use two small pieces of masking tape. Stick one on each side of the sheet and simply pull them apart. The protective sheet easily separates from the reflective sheet. Handling the film with the protective sheet removed takes some practice so you don't get it stuck to itself. For larger panes just start the separation on one edge, stick it to the clean, wet window, pulling the protective sheet away as you smooth out the reflective sheet.
During the day the window is fully reflective from the outside, so prying eyes are unable to see in. At night, as long as there are no lights on inside, the window is still reflective from the outside. Once a light is turned on though the window becomes somewhat transparent and one can see through to the inside. This film is a very inexpensive way to enhance security without having to replace the windows.
August 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lew100 great product
We bought this product in early November and it works great! After we cleaned the windows thoroughly we cut the film to fit while leaving a little for trimming. I found that by taking my time, using plenty of soapy water in a spray bottle and working the air bubbles out, the film did stick quite well. There is one little spot where it will not stick but thats okay. Looking in from the outside, all you see is a mirror effect. After dark...it's a different story. You cannot see every detail but you can see in. I thought it went well, it didn't take very long either. I highly recommend this product if you want daytime privacy and the visibility cleared up in a few days. Take your time, Have the help of a friend and preparation are the key recommendations and yes, it becomes a mirror from the inside after dark.
December 24, 2015