|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||48.5 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches|
|Item model number||LES481|
|Size||48 Inch x 15 Feet|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Limited Warranty against manufacturing defects. Replacement at no charge with submission of valid warranty claim.|
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Gila LES481 Heat Control Residential Window Film, Platinum, 48-Inch by 15-Feet
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Reflects up to 70% of summer heat Low-e coating helps retain winter heat Blocks up to 99% of UV rays to reduce fading Light tint won't block the view Safe for dual panes
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Gila films are the brand leader in DIY (do it yourself) window films. Our best in class deep dyeing, coating, and adhesive technologies have helped design higher performing, longer lasting films that are among the best in the marketplace. We manufacture and package our films at our world class manufacturing facility located in Martinsville, VA USA in order to measure and ensure tight quality and performance standards from start to finish.
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First, there are a few things worth pointing out that make this job a little easier:
1. wear pants with pockets or a loop you can use. I found it easier to keep the bottle of solution with the trigger hanging in my pocket, and therefore always available when I was us in the window vice anything else.
2. keep your fingers moist with solution while handling the film.
3. realize that when the film comes out of the box it is rolled up with the plastic protection TO THE OUTSIDE. Do NOT lay anything heavy on the film side facing up when you unroll it, as the side facing up (i.e. the inside of the curl) is the film and it scratches VERY easily, even with a kink or fingernail (in fact, you should probably remove all jewelry and have short nails for this job, just a thought)
4. you CAN mark on the film with a standard ballpoint pen. No issue to do this if you cut the film larger than the frame as intended (the marks will come off in the refuse).
5. work top to bottom on the windows for both cleaning and applying the film. That way you aren't leaking down on recently applied film if you start on the bottom.
6. don't do this in bright sunlight, it dries the fluid too quickly.
7. don't fight the film. If it's wet and so is the window, it will pretty much stick itself... LET IT.
8. keeping the film wet is tantamount to success. use LOTS of fluid, or when it sticks to itself you'll never get it undone. The fluid is cheap and even cheaper to make.
9. same goes for the squeegee part... keep it wet on the outside, or you'll scratch the film.
10. start in a upper pane typically above your POV so if you mess up in the corner a little bit, it won't matter. a little tear in the corner will NOT keep the film from working.
11. don't stress over little bubbles, you can't get them all out and most of them will disappear in a couple of days
12. don't put tape as far onto the pieces to separate as they show in the picture. It's a bear to get off afterwards, and you only need the smallest corner to separate the two. So try and keep the tape outside of the field and in the part you'll cut off.
13. Watch the videos on their site.
2nd it's good to establish a protocol or pattern to how you do this, so you can get faster and get more consistent results as you go. Here is a quick outline of the one I used:
1st. clean the upper window panel(s) and wipe them down with a lint free cloth or a microfiber towel (no paper towels allowed in this operation AT ALL.. too much dust).
2nd cut the film for the panel, being sure to leave 1/2"-1" overlap all around, especially if you don't have a factory edge
3rd apply the tape to the corner
4th wet the film on the upper side (curl in side)
5th. wet the window
6th using a helper if necessary, wet your fingers, and then start to SLOWLY separate the film from the backer (your helper can help here if needed) and soak it as you go with the fluid using your wet hands to hold the film, hand the sprayer from you pant pocket
7th. hold the film roughly over the window so it covers all the side and then move it slowly closer to the window. The film should at some point 'pull' toward the window like metal to a magnet.
8th. wet the outside of the film again
9th squeegee from the middle to the left and right working you way up the window from the center, then from the center down to the bottom.
10th if you see anything behind the film as you go, keep your fingers wet, peel the film back, remove the material (keeping the film wet). Then rewet the window, place the film back in place, rewet the outside, and then squeegee again.
Then repeat for the lower panel.
Let it stand for about 10 minutes and then come back and check it for major air bubbles, etc. Fix it if you need to, otherwise leave it alone. :)
This stuff works... and no, you can't grow plants that need sunlight behind it very well.
First, the installation kit is junk. Fortunately for me I got a good look at one locally before I purchased. Get a spray bottle, add a cap of baby shampoo and fill with water. Get a good quality utility knife with a new blade. Plastic 4" wall knife. Long handled squeegee. Squeegee was 2.50 @ sam waltons house of discounts, wall knife was 98 cents at the hardware store, if you lack a utility knife one up to the job is 3 bucks including a few blades. Enough baby shampoo can be had to make gallons and gallons and gallons and gallons of solution can be had at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a buck. You should also have a few single edged blades for scraping the window. You could use the excess blades in your new utility knife but I would recommend a decent quality scraper handle and the associated blades which is a couple of bucks. If you have to purchase everything on my list the bill will be less than 15 dollars and you will have a MUCH better time with your installation.
One spray bottle
Old cotton diaper
Read the directions. Go to Gila's website and watch the how to video. It has tricks that you will be very grateful for.
CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.
I used windex first and then followed up with solution. Your new squeegee will be very handy. Then I sprayed with solution again and meticulously scraped every inch of window with a single edged blade. You want this to be the cleanest window you have ever cleaned in your life. Buff the streaks out with cotton diaper. Soak your squeegee when done to remove all traces of windex if you opted for this step (recommended). You will also want to remove any bubbled out sealants/caulk on the edges of all panes and PARTICULARLY in the corners if present.
MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE
Use the old carpenter's adage "Measure Twice, Cut Once". You'll want a nice smooth table to lay out on. You absolutely want a helper for this step as the film is tough to manage alone. I used a 9 year old and it worked very well. You REALLY want a perfectly straight cut to avoid wasting material and to make your life easier when you go to install. You'll want a half an inch extra on all cut edges assuming you make nice, straight cuts. Make your mark, check it twice, and use a yard stick for a straight edge guide.
SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY
Hose the window down, then spray it again. Trust me. Use the tape trick outlined in the directions. Trust me. Hose the film down as you remove the backing then spray it again. Trust me. While you might be able to manage this alone your 9 yr old will come in very handy here too. Film will virtually leap on to the window but, because you have hosed down both surfaces, you can play with it for 30 mins if you need to to get it lined up the way you like it. I worked L to R and aligned the factory edge accordingly. If you dont like what you see, peel it back, hose it down, and do it again. I had a gnat get trapped in the middle of one of mine and I removed the entire sheet and reapplied without the first problem. Work all the big bubbles out and then move on to your next window. Come back in about 30 mins and trim all your edges. Hose window down again and then work it with your wall knife repeatedly until you can make a pass without seeing any bubbles being pushed ahead of the knife. Keep the window wet as you do this to avoid scratching your film.
This is not a slap it up project. The first window will take about an hour, each succeeding one progressively less. Once I hit my fourth one it was taking about 20 mins as I'm now pretty good via practice.
READ THE DIRECTIONS. WATCH THE VIDEO. DONT SHORTCUT. USE LOTS OF SOLUTION.
Be patient, use lots of solution just like the video instructs and you can have PERFECT results. I will admit the first window I tackled was not perfectly trimmed (but it was virtually unnoticeable) but even that window had not the first bubble or crease. This is when I discovered the let it stand for 30 mins trick. If you do make a slight screwup the next day come back with some scrap pieces if you are as anal as I am and the only person who ever know your trimming was less than perfect will be you. My other panes were virtually flawless.
I bought this for a kitchen nook that faced the rising sun. Real nice @ 6:00 am, hot as hades by 10 and the HVAC was struggling to keep up. First day the results were simply remarkable and I'm logging on to buy a 100 ft roll to do a bunch more of my windows as the specs claim year round savings and I now believe them.
I'd give this stuff 6 stars if I could...
READ THE DIRECTIONS. WATCH THE VIDEO. DONT SHORTCUT. USE LOTS OF SOLUTION.
************************ Followup 4 years later March 6, 2015*******************************
I logged in to buy another roll to install in my granddaughter's room and discovered my review has been helpful to many, glad I could help.
4 years in all my windows look just like the day I installed the film.No cracks, blisters or peeling. The only thing I am doing to maintain them is I use the baby shampoo installation spray to wash and rinse with a 25% white vinegar and water solution to clean as I had concerns that ammonia based products might strip and/or deteriorate the film. Not sure if this matters or not but better safe afterall.
I can really tell the difference summer and winter; can't feel hot or cold drafts from the windows transferring energy anymore and my HVAC unit runs half as often as it use to. I'm getting the same results from installing this product on all my windows I'd have gotten from installing 5 grand worth of triple pane windows.
5 years ago I started trying to reduce my energy footprint by adding a couple of hundred bucks worth of do-it-yourself blown insulation in my attic (home depot will give you a free blower with purchase), installed a cool roof system on my home, applied a case of caulk to every crack around doors and windows inside and out and installed this film on every piece of glass in my house. Did all the work myself as I'm a tightwad with weekends off so the expense was about 1800 bucks and 6 or 7 days worth of busy but not backbreaking work. I reduced my footprint 30% in the process which allowed me to recover my investment in a little over a year and now pays for a week at the beach with my grand kids. Gila's product has been a big contributor to these savings.