What To Expect

 Film is an aftermarket product, installed in various environments and with variables such as airborne debris, condition of frames, conditions of rubbers and silicone, and existing damage to glass (slight scratches etc). These are generally not viewed during the quotation (site visit or sight unseen) stage, and can become evident during the installation.

The Tint Shop makes every attempt to exceed the minimum requirements as per our Industry body (Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand – WFAANZ), but they have defined the minimum acceptable requirements as follows (These points are extracted from their document – “PD inspection Procedures”)

  • Dust particles and / or inclusions shall not be acceptable when visible from three (3) meters within an area through which a person would normally be looking 
  • Dust particles and / or inclusions outside the normal viewing area are acceptable providing they are not larger than 1.5mm for films less than 100 micron in thickness, or up to 3mm for films 100 micron and thicker. The particles and inclusions shall be no more than five (5) per square meter of the total glass area of any single pane of glass 
  • It is acceptable for dust particles and / or inclusions to be present within a 50mm wide band around the perimeter when difficult frame and / or seal condition makes high quality installation difficult. These particles should not be larger than 1.5mm for films less than 100 micron in thickness, or up to 3mm for films 100 micron and thicker, and no more than five (5) per linear meter 
  • Viewing shall be against a clear or totally overcast sky and without direct sunlight on the glass 
  • On occasion and with pre-approval from the customer, film installers may trim up to 3mm off the edge of the window perimeter gasket to aid in the quality of installation. This is an acceptable installation technique in order to ‘hide’ the perimeter gap as described below – providing the gasket has been neatly cut. 
  • A perimeter gap of between 1mm and 4mm is acceptable on clean aluminium or timber framed windows. With irregular edges such as putty or paint, a larger edge gap will be acceptable providing it has been carried out in a workmanlike manner. For Safety / Security films having a gauge of 200 micron or greater, an edge gap of up to 5mm is acceptable. 
  • Where a pane of glass is larger than the largest roll width available and it is necessary to have a join/splice, this join/splice will have a gap no wider than 0.5mm. Spliced film pieces will colour match. 
  • Film peeling / lifting off the glass is not acceptable but it is foreseeable that this type of fault could be the result of tampering after installation so the inspector may note the fault but is not in the position to infer responsibility for the fault