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Buying and fitting window clings

Window clings are used on windowpanes, doors, skylights and similar components. You may install a piece of static cling to make the home or space more energy-efficient, to protect furniture or other items from the harmful rays of the sun or to add decorative effects. Homeowners can purchase clings from shops or make their own by obtaining a few essential materials.

Factors to consider when buying

Cling film is cheap and easy to purchase. Other than the design, it is also important to consider the size of the existing window or door pane. Measure the pane carefully. Look for window decal that has the exact same size or slightly larger than the pane surface. The process is performed when creating business stickers or window signs for shops.

Where to purchase

Dollar stores carry clings that are either plain or decorated. Window sticker film are also available in stores which sell office and school supplies. Check online auction sites for additional designs and options. Homeowners can also choose to make their own designs. Steps Purchase window cling film and paint from shops that sell craft or school supplies. Print a design or make your own. Place the design underneath the film and trace over it using the paints. Depending on the type and thickness of the paint applied, it may take from several hours to a day to wait for the design to dry completely.

Installing the film

Steps Clean the glass or acrylic pane before installing the film. This prevents bubbles from forming once the film is installed. Use detergent and water to remove dust and other particles. The installation method varies depending on the type of film. Glass sticker film can be mounted without using any additional adhesives. There are also cling types which require the use of water and a squeegee to help mount the film onto the clear glass pane. Vinyl window clings require special adhesives to make the film stick to the surface. Sticker film are sold with a paper backing. When removing the backing and installing the cling onto the glass, avoid touching the sticky side as this will preserve one’s fingerprints. Make sure that the film is distributed tightly over the pane. Any bubbles, small gaps or wrinkles can be removed by gently rolling a squeegee. Gently cut off any excess film using a sharp knife or cutter.

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