What will window film look like installed?
Please visit our residentialcommercial, or automotive simulator to gain an understanding of how 3M Window Film will look after installation.

Can I install 3M Window Films myself?
3M Window Films are installed by professional 3M Authorized Dealers. To locate the dealer nearest you, please click here.

What is window film made of?
Different polyesters are transformed during the manufacturing process to produce a thin, transparent film that adheres to glass when a pressure sensitive adhesive is activated by a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water.

Do you install window film on the inside or outside of a building?
Window film is typically installed on the interior side of a window. As it is a finished product, is best installed after all other nearby construction is complete. If access to the interior side of the window is difficult to obtain, an exterior application can be performed.

What is the procedure to install window film?
The individual installation steps for an interior application are as follows:

  • Prepare window area by placing drop cloths on floor and / or moving nearby furniture
  • Thoroughly clean interior side of glass pane and gaskets with a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water to remove dirt and other residue
  • Wet glass with solution
  • Place film against glass
  • Squeegee to remove excess solution between glass and film
  • Trim film to gasket leaving a small light gap
  • “5-way” film edges to ensure film lies flat
  • Wipe film to ensure clean finished product
  • Remove drop cloths and replace furniture to original positions

Can you apply window film to Plexiglas®?
No. The film’s adhesive will not adhere to Plexiglas®.

Can you apply window film to tinted / Low-E glass?
Absolutely! You should notice enhanced energy performance from your tinted / Low-E glass windows after installation.

What is the life expectancy of window film? 
The life expectancy of interior window film is dependent upon multiple variables (climate, exposure to sun, etc). The average life expectancy is ten years and beyond; and, many customers have had 3M window film on their windows for over twenty years. The video to the right goes into further detail on how 3M tests the life expectancy of their window films.

How is 3M window film warrantied?
Please visit the warranty section for more information.

Will my energy costs decrease?
The amount of money saved depends upon the type of film chosen and certain property-specific variables (location, climate, existing energy costs, HVAC system, etc). After obtaining some basic energy unit costs for a given building, we can conduct a 3M Energy Audit to estimate the annual dollars saved by different films.

Will my furniture fade be reduced?
Furniture / fabric fade is caused by multiple factors according to the International Window Film Association. 10% of fading is caused by miscellaneous factors (i.e. fabric color, material, etc). 25% is caused by heat. 25% is caused by visible light. And the remaining 40% is caused by UV rays. 3M window films can mitigate 90% of the factors that cause furniture / fabric fade.

How do I clean the filmed surface after installation?
Window films may be washed with common washing solutions (including ammonia-based products) thirty days after installation. Abrasive cleaning agents and bristle brushes which would scratch the film cannot be used. Synthetic sponges, squeegees, or soft cloths are recommended in addition to the cleaning solution. To maintain your warranty, do not use tape or other adhesive products on the film.

Where can I find CSI-formatted window film specifications?
On our website! Just go to our specifications page.

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