Customer Reviews for Gila 48 in. x 180 in. 3 in,1-Heat Control Window Film

Internet #205866698

Model #50167211

Store SKU #1001290654

  • Reduces glare and prevents fading of draperies and furniture
  • Easy to trim and apply to your window
  • Designed for privacy and protection against UV rays

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  • 207 Customer Reviews
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars overall
67% of customers recommended.
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It's a pain for first timers, me. But so worth the time & cussing to took to put up. After you ge...
It's a pain for first timers, me. But so worth the time & cussing to took to put up. After you get the hang of it & read the directions rolled in the product not as difficult. And I felt an instant reduction of heat.
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Easy to install. Blocks light perfectly!
Easy to install. Blocks light perfectly!
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DO NOT BUY
This product is a joke. First, it is barely any tint. I have very large windows. I did one side, barely noticeable. In fact it was so unnoticeable, a family member came in the room and could not tell the difference. Second, this tint is THIN. No matter how much you spray the application liquid, it will fold over before you get it on the window. Third, it doesn’t stay on the window. I followed the instructions and video Precisely. All four corners peeled back no matter how long i stood there holding it down. I ended up returning the product as defective. I went elsewhere since my Home Depot didn’t have a darker tint. I ended up spending $7 more dollars and bought the black from the same company. MUCH better product. The tint is significantly thicker and extremely easier to work with. My pic is the black.
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Response from GilaJuly 6, 2020
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Easier than I thought it would be!
I am installing the Gila 3 in 1 window tint to all the west-side windows in my Arizona home. There is definitely a learning curve, so I am glad I started in a little-used guest room. Had my husband help with the first panel, but found I could easily do most of the others if a ladder wasn't needed. Watched a ton of tutorials, which helped, and read hundreds of reviews. I have a couple extra pointers that would have helped me if I'd known to focus on them before I started. 1) I agree that using more solution is better for easy maneuverability of the film, but for those saying the film then won't stick, I learned that you REALLY have to go over the ENTIRE window surface multiple times with a squeegee AND hard card to remove as much liquid from between the glass and the tint as possible, soaking up the excess from the edges with a lint-free towel. Again... and again! The good thing is, if you spend the time to really get that liquid out, you can't even tell there's a tint because the result is so smooth. But don't scrimp on this step because if there's any liquid remaining, the film rolls and ain't nobody got time for that. 2) Trimming tip – Really push the film into the crease and corner before even attempting to trim. I mean, keep doing it again and again to create a seam that is easy to follow and trim without ripping the film, then SLOWLY run your razor trimmer along the crease, staying as close to the the frame as possible at all times to avoid a light gap. I ripped my film along the edge on the first attempt because I was in a rush. Start at the top and make sure you keep pushing the water out before moving on because the film WILL roll down and then it's just a mess. So, trim and squeegee and squeegee and squeegee. It's an arm workout for sure! 3) Don't expect zero heat to penetrate your newly tinted windows. It's 106º here today and even the windows with the film feel hot. But they are 9-10º cooler than the un-tinted windows (tested with a laser thermometer). That may not seem like much, but the guest bedroom, which has been fully tinted, is significantly cooler than the family room, which has not. So, they are doing their job. All in all, I recommend this tint. It really is less daunting than I expected and after the learning curve, looks a lot better, too. Take your time, pay attention to the details (like light gaps and stray fuzz, hairs, etc. that may get trapped between the film and window) and I think you'll find this is a DIY investment well worth the time it takes to complete.
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Will not stick to glass
I have thoroughly cleaned my glass and this product simply will not stick to it. At best I have a couple pieces with bubbling at the edges and at worst it just peels off like it didn't even try at all. I've cleaned the glass, I've removed the clear layer, and used the Gila cutter and spray. This seems like a garbage product that I would never consider purchasing again. While writing this review half of a window peeled off.
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This product was easy to install in home windows. I recommend buying the kits that comes with spr...
This product was easy to install in home windows. I recommend buying the kits that comes with spray, cutter, hard plastic to take out the air bubbles. You can feel a difference.
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My craft room is so much more comfortable without all that heat coming in!
My craft room is so much more comfortable without all that heat coming in!
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Took about 4hra to do 5 large windows. Good product, great results.
Took about 4hra to do 5 large windows. Good product, great results.
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It provides minimal heat reduction. Living in south Florida I should have bought the reflective f...
It provides minimal heat reduction. Living in south Florida I should have bought the reflective film which has better heat control but the store didn't have it in stock.
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I have a north facing sliding glass door with each door that measures 44" x 74" of glass. So I ha...
I have a north facing sliding glass door with each door that measures 44" x 74" of glass. So I had to use the 48" x15' roll of 3-in-1. The problem was with such a large amount of glass it let in a lot of light that the glare would strain the eyes. This is in our TV-great room. I cut a two pieces of film 76.5" by 45.5'. I used a drywall T square to get a straight line marking the film with a sharpie on the peel off side if the film. Then used a scissor to cut. All this is shown on the how to video. It's recommended to have a helper for large pieces and since I've applied film before on windows I knew it would be challenge so I got the help with my son and wife. As I held the tint side up, my son peeled off the backing and my wife spray the film down with. The window was sprayed and then I applied the film. I cannot stress the importance of having clean glass. Even after I scraped the glass down with a razor blade and window cleaner, then used the spray solution and scraped again, I still missed some spots. Pay particular attention at the corners. The process went fairly smooth until I got to the edges especially at the bottom of the glass, the film kept curling away from the glass. Part of it was the glass may not have been clean enough but I think when you seal the film down with the card squeegee it stretches the film some and the plastic wants to curl back. For the most part using the lint free cloth you get with separately purchased Window film kit, you used it to absorb a lot of the excess solution at the edges and it helped. But no matter what I did some edges would not stick so I used razor blades pressed into the seal bead of the glass to hold the film down and I worked. Left them in over night. It was well worth buying the Gila's window film fit. The plastic card squeegee really worked good. I had a good edge to work out the bubbles yet smooth enough that it glides over the film. The cutting tool was a life saver. First you push it against the glass at 90 degrees and it allows about a 1/32 of an inch gap from the edge of the film to the edge of the glass frame. This gap is important to get the edges to lay down. As you squeegee the solution to the edges the excess solution must come out from under the film. This helped when I was having problems with some of the edges pulling back. The cutting tool also has round edges so as you glide the cutting tool along the edge it pushed down on the film. Twenty four hours later I was still finding some bubbles and the card squeegee was still able to move bubbles to the edges. A hint is of you have several bubbles in one area use the card squeegee to push them together to make one larger bubble, then push it to the edge. You will need a window squeegee and it does not come with the kit. It's purchase separately. When first applying the film its needed to push the majority of the solution to the edge of the film. The product description reads color as clear but it is not. As other stated it's about the same a pair of medium tint sunglasses. I would estimate is cuts the amount of light about 50%. There is little of no reflection on the inside but the outside it is no different than other tint film. During the day from the outside it is very difficult to see into the home. Very satisfied with the product. If you never have done any window film treatment before it can be quite intimidating trying to do a sliding door. If you have excess product practice it on a window. When the product is first applied it can be easily peeled off the first few hours.
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