For greater privacy, apply Gila 36 in. x 78 in. Privacy Window Film to darken windows that face neighboring properties The film is suitable for garages, bedrooms and home offices. It is safe for dual panes (with outside mount) and installs in minutes.
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85%of customersrecommend this product50 of 59reviews
Rating Breakdown62 reviews
85%of customersrecommend this product50 of 59reviews
I have used nearly all of the Gila window films over the years. Some are better than others and it seems to follow the pattern that the darker the film, the higher the quality. This particular film is excellent for increasing privacy and reducing the amount of heat/light entering the subject windows. The material is thick and durable and just feels like a quality product. It is among the easiest film to handle and work with on the consumer market. Some films I have worked with are impossible to detach from itself if accidentally touched by another piece. Some are a "one shot at it" type thing where once you touch the glass, it's there and not coming off unless you scrape it off. This is very forgiving and releases easily when needed but sets in place after a few minutes and won't budge until you're ready to remove it.
The one flaw and the reason why I only gave it 4 stars is that it's not crystal clear. Unfortunately, the product used to create the dark tint of the film makes the view somewhat blurry or hazy. You can still tell what/who you're looking at and make out the smallest of details, it just skews the view a little bit.
I'm a professional auto detailer and window tinter and have worked with many, many types of film over the years. Here's a tip that will save you time, energy (your own), and perhaps even a little bit of sanity. If you try to work with the product without some kind of lubricant, you'll only frustrate yourself. 1. Fill an ordinary spray bottle 2/3 full with clean cool tap water. 2. Add 2-3 drops of dishwashing liquid and shake it up! The sudsier the better. Shake often throughout the installation. 3. Spray the subject window thoroughly - saturate it. 4. Using a good quality squeegee remove all the water from the window and repeat step 3. 5. Lay the film up against the window and press only hard enough that the film stays in place but is still moveable. You want to float the film on top of the sudsy water. 6. Saturate the film with the sudsy water. 7. Gently move the film into place by sliding the film. 8 As you move the film around and as the water evaporates, you may need to spray more water to keep it floating. Once the film is centered where you want it, use the squeegee to remove the water from under and atop the film. It's important to keep the film very wet at this point (the side of the film facing you.) Use the squeegee to remove all the water from atop and under the film. If you run into a dry spot or you need to remove the film or lift an area and start over, all you have to do is lift the film, re-saturate and remove the water with the squeegee. You'll find your rhythm and discover how much water is just right for your own tastes and needs. As long as you keep it wet through the final swipe of the squeegee, the film will adhere to the glass perfectly without any bubbles, streaks, etc.
TIP: If you do end up having a few very, very small air bubbles that are driving you nuts, pop each bubble with a needle and the film will lay right down once the air is removed.
Pros: Excellent Quality, High Quality of Material, Easy to Install, Functional
Cons: not clear
28out of28found this review helpful.
Review 2 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I was having issues with my bedroom always being extremely hotter and extremely brighter than the rest of my home. Especially in the winter time. From about 11am-4:30pm it was the worst. This product was very easy to use. Takes some practice but at about the second window you get the hang of it. The kit they give to you is just ok. The cutter worked great on straight aways but I recommend using flat nail clippers to find tune the edges. You can achieve a professional look with patience. The black version dropped the heat in the room immediately about 20% and significantly reduced brightness, and even more with blinds and a curtain. On the downside it is impossible to see through at night if there is no light source outside. During the day things look blurry through it but the benefits definitely outweigh the cons.
Pros: Easy to Assemble, Easy to Install, Functional, Comfortable
Cons: Easily Damaged, Unaligned
11out of12found this review helpful.
Review 4 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
The back of my house gets full sun all after noon. The house being a new build on a cleared lot. I needed something to block the heat of the sun while the newly planted trees matured. This product was the answer. After I installed the film on the windows I noticed a difference on how much cooler the house was.
Pros: Easy to Assemble, Excellent Quality, High Quality of Material, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Well Made
19out of19found this review helpful.
Review 5 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I bought this product because my neighbors lights continually woke my triplets at night shining right into their bedroom. It darkens their room enough to even get them napping again in the middle of a bright summer day. Installation is easiest with the additional kit of accessories but can also be done well with a decent razor, some window cleaner, a squeegee, and patience. My 2 nursery windows were the first to be done but I've since used this & other decorative Gila films on 5 other windows installing them by myself with no issues. There is a bit of a learning curve as my nursery windows were not as great of a job as my last windows were but you can easily pull off some of the film, wet the window down with cleaner & reapply.
28out of28found this review helpful.
Review 6 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I used this privacy window film to make the bedroom windows in my camp trailer darker. It works great, no more extra light in where we do not need it. Really easy to install and goes up in minutes. It sticks great and goes on smooth. I would recommend this product for anyone looking to darken any windows, either in your house of trailer.
Pros: Vibrant Color, Excellent Quality, High Quality of Material, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Perfect Size, Good Size & Weight, Functional, Well Made, Comfortable, Nice Design
1out of1found this review helpful.
Review 7 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I bought because of the price and description of how easy it is to apply, and hoped for the best. I wasn't disappointed! It is an excellent product, easy to apply (though I would suggest, as they do, to have 2 people putting this up on large windows such as sliding glass doors). I did this myself and it took far less time than I thought it would, and it looks terrific. Blocks out a lot of sunlight, provides privacy, etc. I will likely buy more for other projects.
Pros: Rich Looking, Excellent Quality, High Quality of Material, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Perfect Size, Well Made
13out of14found this review helpful.
Review 10 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I needed something to put on my window that looks out on my porch right at my door, and is next to my wood stove so now that it's getting colder I had to remove the curtain or have the house burn down! I saw this online and rushed to the nearest Homedepot 45miles away for some. Also got a roll of the bronze glare control since it was on clearence. I don't know how ANYONE could have a problem putting this stuff up! It definately doesn't require any skill the hardest part was cutting the corners and there is a tool included to do this. I even added a 2nd layer for even more privacy(tired of everyone who walks up to knock staring at me through my window first! CREEPY!) This product is as simple as sticking up on of the kids' cute window decoration clings!
17out of17found this review helpful.
Review 11 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
This Black Primacy Film is less expensive than the flimsy mirrored film. Easier to work with and dark enough so no one can really see inside during the day and at night even with lights on - it is not so clear to see inside.
You don't have to purchase the solution kit - you can make your own solution and buy a squeegee. Solution is make with 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo mixed with a quart of distilled water per manufacturers of Gila Film.
20out of20found this review helpful.
Review 12 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
I bought this for our sliding doors which get all the sun in the afternoon and to try to keep some privacy at least in early evening which it does. But as everyone else has said it doesn't work at night, which it says on the box for daytime privacy so it does that. It was easy to put up took about 15 minutes this was way easy and I didn't buy the kit which I didn't need as I used the soap solution that everyone talked about all in all this product was great and is still holding up well after several weeks. Loved it so much I put some on the windows upstairs although not black, smoke color keeps rooms nice and cool. Again if you want it for night don't get it as it causes a mirror effect which you can't see out but they can see in. I ordered this on line and picked up in store so convient thanks a bunch.
13out of13found this review helpful.
Review 15 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
First time for me to use tint material. My Home Office gets too much sunlight and heats up. Also, kids playing outside can see me working in my P Js. Tint is just right for daytime use. Of course at night, with inside light on, you can see in, if you are close enough. Plan on using this color, black, on lower part if my dining room windows.
Review 17 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
Age Range:25 to 34
Home Improvement Profile:Other
It ok, but could be better
PostedAugust 21, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
So i put up the Black privacy window film today and it does keep the light out, i think as much as it easy to put up you should have at least extra help. I was looking for something that i could do my self with little hassle. When i was applying it the film would start coming off at the top as i was securing the bottom. I'm not really good at "do it yourself" items, which is the reason i pay extra to have someone else put anything i normally buy in.
Though it doesn't look pretty at least it does keep the light out, if i had an extra pair of hands it may have gone better. The spray application really doesn't work to well either, and drys kinda fast and was running down the window. In turn, this was just something temporary till i got new blinds. I think i rather just get windows with the tinting in the glass.
So final thoughts if your good at installing things and have extra help and are looking for a cheap easy way to block the light with your blinds up, or curtains open, this will work for you. Otherwise I'd look for something else that will look better even if it cost a little more.
Cons: Poor looking, Unaligned, Appearance
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Review 18 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
Added this privacy film to help reduce the discoloration of our master bedroom white faux wood blinds. Direct south sunlight in the desert Southwest caused discoloration and melted the last set of blinds. Added the film and LOVED the amount of darkness in the bedroom, helps us sleep better and longer. Easy to install, especially with an extra set of hands.
The Black Privacy Window Film was the best purchase I have made. It does exactly what it says as far as keeping the rooms cool and sunlight rays low. It was extremely easy to install. I have one window remaining to cover and project will be complete.
Pros: Easy to Install, Looks Great
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Review 20 for 3 ft. x 6.5 ft. Black Privacy Window Film
This product is perfect for lowering the temperature in a home really fast when combined with the Gila Black Privacy Window Film. I used the bronze film on the outside of the windows and the blackout film on the inside and lowered the inside temperature an easy 20 degrees in my house. The product is so easy to use that you can install it with up to two people. And just a friendly reminder the instructions are about half way down the roll of film so open it up a ways and read the instructions for a better installation.