I knew i shouldn't have even bothered with this, it was destined to become a disaster.
Anyway I've been looking to tint the glass on my TV cabinet for a while, strange that it isn't already. So I looked around ebay and found a reasonably cheap roll. Perfect!
It arrived a few days later and already the post office had started my slow slide into disaster for me. The roll was clearly marked "not not bend' 'do not crush' etc. The package came bent and crushed so already the roll had creases in it. Fair enough it should have been packed in a cardboard roll but it was in a cardboard box. the post office had just had a bad day.
Anyway it all started well, I prepared and even read the instructions (for a change) then eventually after peeling back the backing film I sprayed the stuff and the cabinet window and applied it. A few deft strokes of the plastic credit card type spreader and there was the most perfect tinted glass you're going to see for a do it yourself job. Hmmm, I wondered, there's enough here to do the car windows. I should have stopped there.
So armed with a razor blade (provided) I went out to the car and set about (with the kids holding the film) cutting the stuff to size. Only they moved, I cut myself and then then the piece I had cut was too small (just) for the back passenger window.
Swearing a little under my breath I set about making a template inside and this time it was big enough for the back window. Outside we went, spray in my sons (he's 15) hand and laid out the film on the back seat. Slowly I peeled the film off to reveal the adhesive side. "spray it Ben" I urged him, but he touched the sticky side with the bottom of the bottle and it stuck. On moving it the whole thing was pulled and it started to stick together. In a fit of temper I scrunched it up and thew it. The air turned blue for a while until I regained my composure and went back in to cut piece number 3.
I like to pride myself that I rarely make the same mistake twice,( just lot's of mistakes once) This time I decided to remove the film inside the house, apply the spray on the floor and then carefully take the film out to the car. It was working a dream until once outside I realised that I had cut it wrong, the kerbside passenger rear window was the one I was aiming for but on removing the film it was inside out and now would only fit the roadside drivers side rear window. Now normally I would have turned the car around but I had the film wet and ready to apply in my hand, I had to go for it.
With traffic hurling past we opened the door and Ben sprayed the window furiously. I sat and held it for a moment, it was a perfect fit and was flat and straight, all I had to do was allow it to fit onto the glass and iron out the few creases with the plastic card. Just as I was about to apply it a fecking bus hurtled past and blew the film, it folded on itself and the air turned blue for a few more minutes. Once again I was left with a crumpled sticky mess.
Throwing it in the bin I realised that I am far too clumsy to fix tint to car windows or in fact it is a skill that only maybe three people in the world have and not someone as inpatient as me. I've not enough now to do one window but if anyone wants a small TV cabinet glass tinted and can stand bad language, I'd be more than happy to oblige.