Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 78
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by DH204 Good product....but....not for my windows
After installing the window film, I decided to read up on more reviews and some manufacturer warnings. So while the product went on easily and looked great after installation, I ended up taking it down only hours later since the manufacturer indicated that it may cause the interior seal of my triple-pane windows to crack due to the heat. I didn't purchase this product for heat resistance, but rather for the sole purpose of being able to keep my bedroom blinds open during the day and avoid people looking in. So much for that! While I would recommend this product for those without dual or triple pane windows, I wouldn't recommend it for the sole use of daytime privacy. Really wish this was stated on the box.....and REALLY happy I did my research (too bad it was after install...but luckily before curing and issues with my brand new windows!).
July 30, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jimsharp Black privacy window film
The film doesn't completely block out the light but for my garage door application it works exactly like I was hoping. When the lights are off and I am not at home it is pretty close to impossible to see through the windows with the Gila dark film.
First make sure you clean your window (this is extremely important) because once you have applied the film you will not longer be able to clean it, I even went as far as using a razor blade to remove tiny dirt and paint specs. Now you're ready to go.
This stuff is very simple to install, it took me about an hour to do all four of my garage door windows, 17 1/2" X 11 1/2". Don't bother buying any additional items, Ex. squeegee, solution etc. What you will need is an empty (clean) spray bottle that you can fill with distilled water, then squirt 10 or so drops of any dishwashing liquid into the bottle and shake. Make sure that once you have cut the film to size you generously spray the film on both sides with this solution. At this point you should spray your window with the soapy solution as well. Now gently start separating the film from its paper backing spraying the soapy solution on the sticky side of the film as you go. Don't worry about using too much, more is better. Once you have removed the entire piece of film spray it again on both sides and also spray your window again (generously). Apply the film to the window and position it where you want it, at this point it is very easy to move around because of the soapy solution you have applied to the window and the film. Now you will need a credit card, drivers license or anything similar in stiffness to smooth out the bubbles. Start at the top and use the same motion you would use with a squeegee, top to bottom then center to the left and right. Don't worry about the bubbles, if you are having a lot of them just pull back the fill, spray some more soapy water on the sticky side and lay it back on the window continuing to smooth out the bubbles. That's it!
July 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KGAG Great product!
The window tint works fantastic. Not only does it cut down on the extremely bright sunlight entering the rooms, but it also adds another level of privacy and security. It was also very easy to install. Can't wait to see how it affects our A/C bill this summer.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Quality Product! Installation Tip Here!
I have used nearly all of the Gila window films over the years. Some are better than others and it seems to follow the pattern that the darker the film, the higher the quality. This particular film is excellent for increasing privacy and reducing the amount of heat/light entering the subject windows. The material is thick and durable and just feels like a quality product. It is among the easiest film to handle and work with on the consumer market. Some films I have worked with are impossible to detach from itself if accidentally touched by another piece. Some are a "one shot at it" type thing where once you touch the glass, it's there and not coming off unless you scrape it off. This is very forgiving and releases easily when needed but sets in place after a few minutes and won't budge until you're ready to remove it.
The one flaw and the reason why I only gave it 4 stars is that it's not crystal clear. Unfortunately, the product used to create the dark tint of the film makes the view somewhat blurry or hazy. You can still tell what/who you're looking at and make out the smallest of details, it just skews the view a little bit.
I'm a professional auto detailer and window tinter and have worked with many, many types of film over the years. Here's a tip that will save you time, energy (your own), and perhaps even a little bit of sanity. If you try to work with the product without some kind of lubricant, you'll only frustrate yourself.
1. Fill an ordinary spray bottle 2/3 full with clean cool tap water.
2. Add 2-3 drops of dishwashing liquid and shake it up! The sudsier the better. Shake often throughout the installation.
3. Spray the subject window thoroughly - saturate it.
4. Using a good quality squeegee remove all the water from the window and repeat step 3.
5. Lay the film up against the window and press only hard enough that the film stays in place but is still moveable. You want to float the film on top of the sudsy water.
6. Saturate the film with the sudsy water.
7. Gently move the film into place by sliding the film.
8 As you move the film around and as the water evaporates, you may need to spray more water to keep it floating.
Once the film is centered where you want it, use the squeegee to remove the water from under and atop the film. It's important to keep the film very wet at this point (the side of the film facing you.) Use the squeegee to remove all the water from atop and under the film. If you run into a dry spot or you need to remove the film or lift an area and start over, all you have to do is lift the film, re-saturate and remove the water with the squeegee. You'll find your rhythm and discover how much water is just right for your own tastes and needs. As long as you keep it wet through the final swipe of the squeegee, the film will adhere to the glass perfectly without any bubbles, streaks, etc.
If you do end up having a few very, very small air bubbles that are driving you nuts, pop each bubble with a needle and the film will lay right down once the air is removed.
May 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Julieinid SO SIMPLE TO APPLY!
I needed something to put on my window that looks out on my porch right at my door, and is next to my wood stove so now that it's getting colder I had to remove the curtain or have the house burn down! I saw this online and rushed to the nearest Homedepot 45miles away for some. Also got a roll of the bronze glare control since it was on clearence. I don't know how ANYONE could have a problem putting this stuff up! It definately doesn't require any skill the hardest part was cutting the corners and there is a tool included to do this. I even added a 2nd layer for even more privacy(tired of everyone who walks up to knock staring at me through my window first! CREEPY!) This product is as simple as sticking up on of the kids' cute window decoration clings!
September 16, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ari30 Perfect!!
I bought this to put on my son's bedroom windows. It doesn't get a lot of cool air from out unit so I bought this to help & it works! Completely private in the day, super dark, helping the room to stay cooler than usual. I struggle putting it up by myself, but it was my first time. I definitely learned from my mistakes. Would be easier with two people for sure though, if you have help, take it!
August 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tripletmomma Perfect product for my nursery windows
I bought this product because my neighbors lights continually woke my triplets at night shining right into their bedroom. It darkens their room enough to even get them napping again in the middle of a bright summer day. Installation is easiest with the additional kit of accessories but can also be done well with a decent razor, some window cleaner, a squeegee, and patience. My 2 nursery windows were the first to be done but I've since used this & other decorative Gila films on 5 other windows installing them by myself with no issues. There is a bit of a learning curve as my nursery windows were not as great of a job as my last windows were but you can easily pull off some of the film, wet the window down with cleaner & reapply.
March 22, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ImfromChicago Works great!
This Black Primacy Film is less expensive than the flimsy mirrored film. Easier to work with and dark enough so no one can really see inside during the day and at night even with lights on - it is not so clear to see inside.
You don't have to purchase the solution kit - you can make your own solution and buy a squeegee. Solution is make with 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo mixed with a quart of distilled water per manufacturers of Gila Film.
January 21, 2010