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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Karen Titanium vs Platinum Gila Window Film Installation
These products are significantly different in quality. Having used Titanium and Platinum in the past week, the Titanium is notably thicker and therefore installs much easier.
The Platinum had a flimsiness that caused it to spring easily while removing the film and adhere to itself despite soaking it. There was even a foil sound to it. When smoothing out bubbles, several times the product actually creased onto itself (small, inch long creases) no matter how careful I was. Worse, there are a few spots where some of the finish scratched off when smoothing.
The Titanium is thicker and more like a poly coating than foil. The weight helps it not to spring easily when removing the film thus not adhering to itself (a definite plus when working alone). When smoothing out bubbles, I had no occasion where the film creased rather than ride out bubbles nor did it scratch.
Although the Titanium is more money, it's a FAR SUPERIOR product to work with.
May 9, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SunnySouthEast Needed replacement after a few years.
Pretty easy to apply, and did a great job of cutting down the solar gain in my kitchen, which faces West and gets a LOT of sun directly onto it here in Alabama. However, some of the window film started to turn very cloudy after about 3 summers, so I have had to buy more to replace those. I expect the difference between the old ones and the new ones will be so obvious that I'll need to redo them all.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LisaC Love it.
This is the 2nd time we've used this product on every window in our house. It's wonderful and pays for its self in energy savings.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1NHsage Saves energy, saves my sanity; I have to hide from UV radiation.
We love Gila UV film, and have been buying it at Home Depot for over 10 years; I have an extreme allergy to UV radiation, and Gila film allows me to see the outside, even though I can't go outside.
July 31, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tom26764 Great!!!!!
I installed it in the garage window, to practice. Must watch video before install, it gives good advice. I did the whole house, including french doors to deck. I love having the blinds open during the day,with No glare on the TV. plus no one can see in from outside. AC runs a little less, but the house seems cooler, during the hottest part of the day.
Glad i did it.
July 31, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cdidit Good product overall
Overall I am very satisfied so far like the other reviews recommended it is much better with two people and the clothes peg works to stop the curling. Ideally if you have 3' by 6' table top to cut on it would also make sizing go easier. I also used baby shampoo instead of the solution sold and it worked well. The affect was immediate heat was gone as soon as it was applied ...should have done sooner
July 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CoachP So far, so good
I read all the reviews before buying. I wanted a way to cool down my house, especially the west facing bedroom windows. We have done about half of the windows in our house and it has made a difference. The bedrooms are now cooler in the afternoon than the east rooms! They do block out quite a bit of the light so be prepared for that, but I thought it was worth it in the AZ heat. You could see and feel the difference right away.
As other reviews have said, use plenty of application solution and watch the installation video before starting. The printed instructions and video instructions are slightly different.
We bought a complete application kit too. We really liked the yellow hard card but the rest of the stuff you can do without. You can make your own solution, we bought a nicer squeegee, and then snap off razor blade (replace after every window). We also just used nice paper towels instead of the lint free cloth.
No matter how hard we tried we did end up with some tiny bubbles. None are large or noticeable unless you are looking up close for them. I found it tricky to cut the corners too. Its definitely a two person job.
It is time consuming too. First you have to clean the windows real good, cut the film, apply the film, etc. We worked several hours each night after the kids were in bed. We did that for a week and we are almost halfway done with the house. Hard work but worth it! I can now nap in my bedroom again without dying of heat!
July 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by azdesertdweller Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film
This window film has definitely made a difference at our house in Phoenix, AZ. Our goal was to lower our summer electricity bills this year. We accomplished our goal with a savings of $112 over July, August & September 2013. This Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film has a mirrored reflective look on the outside, which provides additional privacy during the daytime hours when blinds or curtains are open. The application process is fairly easy, but you do need to have two people working on this project.
INSTRUCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. First remove the blinds or curtain currently hanging in the window. 2. Measure the inside dimensions of your window. 3. Cut the film using window dimensions plus 1/2 inch. 4. Clean and dry the inside of window tmaking sure all debrie is gone. Use lint cloth from kit to remove all lint from window. 5. Spray the cut window film with the film solution on both sides. 6. Use scotch tape at the top corners to mark cellophane side. 7. Peel off the cellophane, and spray that side with solution. 8. Make sure to put that side directly onto the glass. 9. Take your squeegee and begin removing bubbles. Make sure you begin in the center and work your way out. This will help keep the film in place. 10. Remove the excess film with a box cutter for all areas but the corners. Use your Exacto Knife in the corners to avoid tearing the film. 11. Squeegee again to make sure all the air bubbles are gone. 12. Let film dry for a couple hours before putting back your blinds or curtains.
HELPFUL TIPS: 1. It's easier to complete the entire application process if you have two people working on it together. 2. Make sure to clean your windows extremely well prior to starting. All dust and lint must be removed, or it will remain under your window film. 3. Use a box cutter to trim all the excess film, except for the corners. 4. Purchase an Exacto Knife to trim excess film in tight places, such as corners. 5. Start using your squeegee from the middle of the window and work your way out to sides, top and bottom. 6. Make sure you saturate the window film on both sides with solution, after removing the cellophane. 7. Spray on additional solution to inside window film when using the squeegee. It helps smooth out the film better without scratching or tearing it.
October 9, 2013