IMPORTANT: USE OF A BLOW DRYER TO SOFTEN & WARM THE FILM MAY BE NECESSARY FOR DIFFICULT IN-STALLATIONS!
After the film is aligned and tacked down. Its time to squeegee! Always use smooth, sweeping windscreen-wiper like motions. This is especially important in the curved areas! To force the water out from underneath the film, squeegee towards the outside edges of the lens. Do this across the remainder of the light. NOTE: The film will move and shift according to your squeegee direction and pulling pressure or angle. So be aware of this and correct and/or re-apply the film as necessary if misalignment occurs. The film’s adhesive is very forgiving, which will allow you to pull the film up numerous times in order to get the best fitment possible! If any large air bubbles are present or the film is becoming misaligned, you may peel up the film to that area and apply again. However, this is only possible during the initial installation procedure!
If your film has a protective cover it can be removed for final installation once almost all tunneling and fingers are worked out. It is easier to heat without the protective film. BE CAREFULE use a squeegee cover like a micro fiber cloth to protect from scratching and keep it wet. Otherwise remove the film after installation is complete. The backing of films with protective covers are clear, other wise the tint with no protective film has a brown paper backing.
NOTE: If you get winkles (“fingers”) in any area. Wet your fingers, then pull the film up around that problem area. Then re-apply by distributing the film evenly over a larger area. It may be necessary to soften the film using the blow dryer .
IMPORTANT: PRESS DOWN ALL EDGES OF THE FILM AGAIN, 24 HOURS AFTER INITIAL INSTALLATION! DO NOT CAR WASH YOUR HEADLIGHTS FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS!
If all moisture has not been evacuated/squeegeed out from under film then some fogginess of the film will occur. This is completely normal. The film is breathable and porous - cloudiness/fog will evaporate within few weeks, depending on film thickness and sun-light/heat exposure. So be patient! Any surface texture, scratches, or ripples will also disappear during this curing process. If you have a large air or water bubble, you may poke it with a sewing needle. The film is self-annealing, so that hole will eventually heal back up.
The film can be washed with soap and water just as you would use on your car’s finish. Light scrubbing is okay, as well as a mild solvent if needed. It is important to use either Sentinel Vinyl Conditioner or a synthetic carnauba based wax on the film once every 2 months. These products have a U.V. Inhibitor in them that will maintain the films softness and color