How to Install Smart Tint®

A Smart Tint® Project Manager will email you shop drawings to confirm all final details and provide engineering time to discuss all installation tolerances and logistics prior to manufacturing. This will be after you provide us rough measurements of the visible glass area you wish to utilize our technology on.

*All or any physical defects or damage are to be reported prior to installation and removal of the protective coating that is on both sides of the material.*

Installation Materials

With the right tools, anything is possible.

Necessary Installation Materials:

  1. Smart Glass Spray: Strengthens glass and fills in any microscopic pits and defects to create a smooth and ideal installation surface.
  2. Nanofiber Cloth: Used to wipe glass clean of any residue or debris before the film installation.
  3. Plastic Razor Blade (For Glass Cleaning Only): Used to scrape off any moisture and residue from the glass. 
  4. Advanced Glass Cleaner: Cleans glass surface.
  5. Smart Tint® Trim Kit Tape: Used to adhere Non-Adhesive film to the installation surface. It also  used to adhere the trim over the Bus Bars.
  6. Smart Film® Edge Sealant: Used to seal in edges of material to prevent damage caused by moisture, dirt, debris, etc.

Additional Recommended Installation Materials:

7. Nitrile Gloves: Prevents the transfer of oils from your fingers to the film.

8. Wire Stripper: Allows for quick, clean and easy wire splices in the field.

9. 18 Gauge Electrical Wire: It is always handy to have extra wire available while working in the field. Our standard wire gauge is 18 gauge, so we recommend this for continuity sake.

10. Soldering Iron: It is always a wise idea to have a soldering iron handy while installing Smart Tint®. With all the handling required, wires may get ripped off and/or broken, so it is critical to be able to make repairs on the spot.

11. Lead Free Solder: We recommend using lead free solder because lead is a highly poisonous material which can affect almost every organ in your body. By using lead free solder, you can avoid the health risks.

12. Heat Shrink and/or Electrical Tape: For strengthening the connection between wires, it is recommended to apply heat shrink or electrical tape. This significantly lessens the chances of wires being ripped apart or broken. 

Measuring Recommendations

"The 1/8" Rule"

  • For frameless glass, measure from beveled edge to beveled edge. For framed systems, our Smart Film® Edge Sealant will seal all edges! Please not that there should be a ⅛” gap between all sides of the film and the edge of the window. This results in the overall piece of film being ¼” shorter in height and width than the window.
  • Provide us the height and width of the visible glass area. We will confirm all measurements and the pre-wiring locations with out shop drawings that we will send you after order confirmation.
  • Please note that all measurements and wire Locations are reconfirmed with shop drawings that we send you upon order confirmation. Any size modifications and custom wiring shall be completed at this time.
  • For odd shapes, measure the rectangle or square they fit in

Installation Tips

Installation Tolerance:

  • We always recommend an installation tolerance of 1/4” ( ⅛” x 2 = ¼”) or 6-7 mm (3mm x 2 = 6 mm) edge to edge of the visible glass area. This ensures that the film will not exceed the perimeter of the glass and leads to a more centered install. The installation tolerance also compensates for any uneven edges of the window frame and reduces the chances of on-site trimming. It is critical to leave installation tolerance for the wiring to be attached to the film. If you do not, the bus bar copper connections can peel from the film; thus breaking the electrical connection which will cause the film to fail.

Adequate Lighting:

  • Ensure your working environment is well-lit. It is best to install Smart Tint® in natural light or under bright and even lighting. This helps identify any dust or debris that may have been overlooked on the installation surface. A well-lit installation environment helps ensure that the glass is clean and no piece of dirt looks overlooked.

A Clean Working Environment:

  • Your installation environment needs to be as clean and dust-free as possible prior to beginning installation. Dust can easily contaminate Smart Tint® as it is being applied, and can be tricky to remove once applied. For those applying Smart Film during a renovation or construction project, this is a particularly important step, as dust, dirt and debris are a common occurrence.
  • If contaminants such as dust and debris are in the air, we recommend taking an extra precautionary step in your installation project. We recommend spraying water mist into the air one hour prior to beginning the installation. This helps remove particulate matter from the air.
  • Smart Tint® has a proprietary Smart Cling® Self Adhesive backing technology. We are the only Smart Film® in the industry that out-gasses on its own with a peel and stick back coating. Our Smart Film® is the only switchable film in the industry that will not cause solar fracturing and will out-gas small installation related air bubbles on its own over time.

Handle Smart Tint Carefully:

  • Never buckle, fold or crease Smart Film®. Doing so can cause delamination of the film’s layers; always keep the film flat and straight. When carrying film, roll it into a tube and carefully pick it up. Always lay it down gently on a flat surface.

DO NOT use water or any other liquids for installation other than the Smart Glass Spray (1#)and the Advanced Glass Cleaner (#4) for cleaning beforehand. This is a strictly DRY INSTALL ONLY. No liquids are to be applied once the film is being installed. Final installation surface must be clean and dry. We highly recommend seeking an industry professional for your installation.

How to Cut a Hole in Smart Tint®

Additional Tips

*We are not responsible for improper installations and we highly recommend seeking an industry professional for your installation. Thank You.*

How to Install Smart Tint®

*Please note that this is a dry install only and the only time any form of liquid or spray is used is during the installation surface prep stages.*

Step 1: Unbox Smart Tint® and gently unroll it onto a flat and clean surface. Lay the film flat and wipe down both sides of the release liner with our Advanced Glass Cleaner (#4) or 90% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove any debris, dirt and oil. Allow film to acclimate to room temperature. Keep film in a safe area while preparing the installation surface. DO NOT peel off the front release liner until the film is fully installed on the glass. This prevents damage

Step 2: Clean glass surface thoroughly before installing. Use our Advanced Glass Cleaner (#4) or you can use 90%+ Isopropyl Alcohol. Apply your solution on a Nanofiber Cloth (#2). DO NOT clean glass with a paper towel as it will leave small fibers which are difficult to remove. Also use a Plastic Razor Blade (#3) to remove any debris and dirt. ONLY use a Plastic Razor Blade to scrape off the glass and DO NOT use a traditional metal razor blade as a metal razor blade will scratch and pit the glass. A Plastic Razor blade will not scratch and pit the glass.

 

Step 3: Once the glass has been wiped clean, spray the Smart Glass Spray (#1) or Advanced Glass Cleaner (#4) on the installation surface. Wait five minutes for the solution to settle, then use a squeegee and to wipe off any excess solution.

Step 4: Use a Nanofiber Cloth (#2) to wipe glass 100% clean to remove any excess haze. Feel free to dampen the cloth with water to assist in removing said extra haze. Once completed, use a completely dry Nanofiber Cloth (#2) to dry the installation surface 100% before applying Smart Tint®.

 

*It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to have three or more installers working to install the film as it can be difficult to install by just one person alone. Installing Smart Tint® by yourself can lead to kinking the film and delaminating its layers, and is therefore not recommended.*

Step 5: Test the film before installing it onto the installation surface. Make sure the film is laying on the flat and clean surface. This is to check for any defects or any problems that the film may have in the unlikely occurrence. Wire up the Smart Tint® and power the film on and off to switch between clear and opaque. Do not solder any wires together at this time as after testing the film, it is recommended to detach the wires and then reattach once the film is installed (see step 10).

*Before installing Smart Tint®, it’s recommended to measure the air particles present in the room so the installation area is clean and dust free. You can use an air particulate meter to measure the dust content in the room; it should not be higher than PM2.5.*

Step 6: After the glass is prepared, transport the panel(s) of Smart Tint® by rolling it up and carefully transporting it to the installation surface. We once again recommend having at least three installers work on the project as there is less room for damage and error.

Step 7: Have at least two installers firmly hold up the film against the glass without peeling off the  release liner to confirm that the Smart Tint® is cut to the correct size. *Please note that you should NOT have to perform any on-site trimming to the film. All film is professionally cut in-house utilizing professional equipment at our Smart Tint® manufacturing facility. All Smart Tint® is cut in accordance with the shop drawings that we provide you. All final dimensions, wire locations, etc. can be located on the shop drawings you receive prior to shipment.*

Step 8: Once the film is aligned on the installation surface, begin peeling back the real release liner 6”-8” (15cm-20cm) at a time. Do not peel back the entire release liner all at once, it is a gradual process. As you gradually pull down the  release liner to expose our Smart Cling® Self Adhesive to the glass, use the Installation Card (#5) to adhere the film to the glass by applying moderate pressure. Always start from the top of the film and work your way down. We recommend having a minimum of two technicians firmly holding the film in place to ensure alignment. Holding the film straight in place is a critical step to the install.

Use the installation card to get rid of air bubbles, place the installation card right before the air bubble and apply moderate pressure force towards it. Slowly push the air bubble the same direction as the edge of the film until you have reached the edge. By this point the air bubble should have been out gassed. To remove any dirt, dust or debris from the Smart Cling® Self Adhesive backing, roll up a piece of painters tape around your finger with the sticky side out, and then tap the piece of debris so it adheres to the tape around your finger. It is a similar concept as applying a lint roller to remove lint from your clothing.

 

Please remember to take your time with the install and do not rush. Rushing will likely lead to kinking the film, an excessive amount of air bubbles, overall damage to the film, etc.

Smart Tip: An easier way to peel back the release liner while installing is to make two handles with painters tape. Simply grab a piece of tape long enough for you to hold on to while folded, then attach it to the top of the peeled back release liner, fold over to the other side, and now you have two grips for while you are installing the film! Please reference the images below.

*For Reference: While installer #1 uses the Installation Card (#5) to adhere the film to the installation surface, installers #2, #3 and #4 are applying pressure to the film against the installation surface to keep it in place and prevent it from sliding while being installed.*

Step 9: Repeat Step 8 until you have reached the bottom of the film. Once you reach the last 6”-8” (15cm-20cm) of film, you can finally peel off the protective release liner completely and proceed as you have been.

*Peel off the release liner on the VHB Acid Free Double Sided Tape behind the Electrical Connection Bus Bars to reveal the sticky side to adhere to the installation surface.*

Step 10: Connect the electric connections to power the film. Any necessary soldering shall be performed during this step.

 

How to Seal Genuine Smart Tint® Edges

To seal the edges of Smart Tint®, we highly recommend using our Smart Film® Edge Sealant (#6) and Smart Film® Trim Kit.

*We are not responsible for improper installations and we highly recommend seeking an industry professional for your installation. Thank You.*

  1. Smart Film® Edge Sealant should not
    make contact with Bus Bars. Keep 1/2”
    (1.3cm) between the Bus Bars and Smart
    Film® Edge Sealant.
    Once applied, allow
    12 hours to dry after installation. *Please note that Smart Film Edge Sealant does not appear yellow once applied; yellow color illustrated is for demo purposes only. Smart Film Edge Sealant is offered in White, Black and Clear.*
  2. Smart Tint® Trim Kit should be
    adhered over Bus Bars and NO Smart
    Film® Edge Sealant is to be applied
    over the Bus Bar electrical connections.
    Smart Tint® Trim Kit is applied with VHB
    Acid Free Smart Tint® Trim Kit Double
    Sided Tape. *Smart Tint trim is offered in White, Black and is paintable.*
  3. ONLY three of the four sides of Smart
    Tint® should be completely sealed
    with Smart Film Edge Sealant. These
    three sides are the sides without Bus Bars.
    The side with Bus Bars can be sealed until
    1/2” away from the Bus Bar is reached.

*PLEASE NOTE: Install our proprietary Smart Film® Edge Sealant when the film is powered OFF. You must wait 12-24 hours before powering the film, allowing the Smart Film® Edge Sealant to DRY 100%. Not waiting the 12-24 hours will damage the film and Bus Bars. If you can NOT wait the 12-24 hours you must apply our Trim Kit Tape to the trim kit instead of using Smart Film® Edge Sealant.*

Warranty void if Electrical Connection Bus Bars are NOT sealed properly with a non conductive trim kit. For frameless glass systems use our Smart Film® Edge Sealant to seal up edges.

*Once applied, allow at least 12 hours for the Smart Film® Edge Sealant to dry.*

Complete Installation: Smart Tint® Smart Film® powered off.