How to Tint a Glass Door to Make an Energy-Efficient Door

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-300
What You'll Need
Glass cleaner
Lint free cloth
Tint films
Wetting solution or water
Measurement tape

Glass doors offer the advantage of allowing a good amount of daylight into your home, but without proper treatment, they do not make energy efficient doors. Glass doors allow a large amount heat inside the home, which, in turn, causes air conditioners to use more power to keep the home cool. One of the ways of avoiding this problem and making glass doors energy efficient is by tinting the glass doors. Tinting the glass doors is usually done by professionals but can be tried as a do-it-yourself project. Here is how to do it.

Step 1 – Choose the Type of Tinting Film

There are different types of tinting films available in the market. Tined films are available in different colors and in different specifications for UV resistance, heat reduction, and visible light transmission. For glass doors, choosing a film with good visible light transmission is recommended since it helps in saving energy for lighting the home. Frosting films provide good UV protection but do not reduce glaring. Low emissive solar control films made of a thin coat of gold or titanium provide good UV protection, reduce glaring, and reduce the heat by 88%. These are best suited for extremely hot climate and reduce the consumption of power by cooling the interiors.

Step 2 – Clean the Glass Door

For the perfect application of tint, the glass door must be clean and free of dust, grime, or any other spots. Use a good glass cleaner and clean the glass door with a clean cloth.

Step 3 – Cut the Tint Film Using the Measurement of the Glass Door

Using a measuring tape, take the measurements of the glass door and add one inch on all sides. Open the tint film and cut it neatly according to the measurements.

Step 4 – Apply the Tint to the Glass Door

Tinted films are made of adhesives which get activated on contact with water. Spray a generous amount of water or some wetting material to the film as well as the glass door. When you apply water, the tint film may stick to itself. To avoid this, take care that the surface of the film is straight and doesn’t get folded. Spray sufficient water so that the tint turns smooth and bubble free. When the film turns smooth enough, cut the excess film to fit the door size. Stick the film with utmost care to the glass door and avoid any wrinkles or folding on the film.

Step 5 – Cure the Tinted Door

Let the tinted door dry thoroughly. Do not try to clean or disturb the tinted door until it is thoroughly dry. Some tints dry quickly, while some take many days to cure. Refer the manufacturer’s instructions to know the time for curing. Once the tinted door dries, it can be cleaned with glass cleaners.