Rated 3.4 out of 5Â by 108
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Axxia Better than I expected
I was just looking for temporary privacy on my front door until I could replace the glass. I read a lot of the negative reviews about installing, but thought I'd give it a try since it's only temporary.
I was surprised how easy it was to install. You really do need to spray down both the window and the film, generously, to avoid static cling or anything sticking to the film before you place it on the window. Don't be tempted to cheap out on it or it will be much more difficult to install.
The frost film gives full privacy and I still get a lot of light. I may go and get another one with a cool design rather than bothering to replace the glass. You really can't tell the difference.
October 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by F1x1t Good product - easy to use
Having done three windows of various sizes using GILA privacy film , I am 100% happy with the result, which is easy to use - PROVIDED YOU READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!!!!
Having tried several other products (including 3M) this is by far the easiest and most cost effective. I just did a 5 x 3 foot bathroom door in about 30 mins bubble free. All you need for the job is a spray bottle, cloth and a sharp knife..
June 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by myDIY Worked for me
Wanted some privacy but still wanted to see out, so I cut this into small pieces with small gaps in between each piece. I also used their spray on solution, but did the cutting with a sharp blade and paper cutter. You can squeegee small pieces on with a credit card (not sure how that'd go with bigger pieces).
The sun lights it up. In the evening, there's a little more privacy.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TheBurns Keeps peeping eyes OUT!
For quite some time I have been checking out different window film products. I went from automotive tints (darkening and mirror tint) to frostings, designs, blackout products, etc. when I finally found this product. My main use is for basement windows that are at ground level so people walking by can't peep in. This product does offer perfect privacy. The window I am covering has an AC unit installed in summer months and to cover the top portion of the glass with a vapor barrier. This product solves this issue. Another reason for choosing this item was for the coverage area for the price. If you don't want anything fancy, then this is the one for you!
Installation: As the directions state, and I HIGHLY recommend, clean the windows very well. I used ammonia water and a razor blade to remove any stubborn dirt and any gunk. Once its clean, I used the Gila solution. I didn't get the kit as I have blades on hand and used a credit card for a squeegie.
October 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by lrene Prepare first for an easy installation and instant privacy.
I rely on reviews so I was concerned purchasing this privacy film due to the numerous reports that it is impossible to put up, especially alone. My neighbor's living room windows and front porch overlook my bedroom window and without air conditioning I need to leave a fan up at night sometimes. Since I have a roll down shade it left my room more than visible as I slept.
**I watched the video on installation and devised a plan for installing as a single person (my young kids were not going to be any help).**
I installed this on my own with no problems, no air bubbles, and no trapped cat or dog hair. Measuring was not that hard and while grid lines would have been nice I just marked a couple places with a marker and eyed the cutting - since you are suppose to leave about an inch around you don't have to be perfect. Make sure you spray the window thoroughly and spray the film & liner as you separate it. Since it was just me, I taped the liner to my work surface then pulled & sprayed, pulled & sprayed until I got it 3/4 done. I put up the top edge on the window and let the wet pull it in, then I placed one hand firmly against the window and pulled the rest of the liner off. Since I had the film & window pretty soaked it was easy to slide the film a little where it had slipped from the top edge. I sprayed the whole thing, as directed, then used the squeegee to push the soapy water out the edges. I did use the installation kit but a sharp blade and a credit card would have worked as well.
Make sure you put down a towel or drop cloth on your windowsill & also your floor before you start. That way you won't have to worry about where the soapy water is going while using the squeegee. I recommend you place the top edge for each window. The video shows this but the directions just recommend using a factory edge so I can see, depending on the size of your window, where you may be tempted to try the factory edge on a side. I don't think I could've made that work without getting the film stuck to itself.
Privacy with this film is nice! It lets in plenty of natural light during the day and even with your face pressed to the window you really can't tell what is on the other side. I now have privacy in my bedroom when the shade is up which is great day & night. I'm very pleased with this product, including the price, and will recommend to friends.
May 12, 2013