Window Film - Oddity!

Hey guys,

We have just had window film fitted to our kitchen - which has a large picture window and large sliding doors. All good we thought, looked great this afternoon when it was done, now, at night, a different story...

We can't see out into the garden at all, and the whole room is mirrored into these panes, which since they span much of the back of the house, is quite strange! - You can see yourself constantly when cooking and dining etc, and you can see all your junk (family with two young children!) reflected back at you!


To those that have this, is that normal?! - Strangely enough if I go outside, I can see into the room perfectly, it's almost the opposite to what you'd expect. I'm hoping we'll get used to it, since the room is west facing it turns into a bit of a furnace in summer!

Thoughts much appreciated whilst I get used to seeing myself all the time (I try to avoid mirrors lol)
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  • born_again
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    What sort of Window Film?
    As there are many types.
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  • ChilliBob
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    It appears to be 'solar' window film from what I can see!
  • twopenny
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    I have net curtains on the inside so from outside it's like a mirror.
    I'm thinking if they were on the outside, that would make a mirror of the inside.
    Try something on the outside of another window to see if it's just the wrong side before you change it.

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  • Alderbank
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    ChilliBob said:

    To those that have this, is that normal?! - Strangely enough if I go outside, I can see into the room perfectly, it's almost the opposite to what you'd expect.

    Thoughts much appreciated whilst I get used to seeing myself all the time (I try to avoid mirrors lol)
    I am assuming that the room where you are cooking is well lit and the garden has dim or no lighting?

    If so, that is exactly what I would expect!

    Seeing your reflection confirms you are not a vampire  :)
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    It hasn't been put on round the wrong way has it ?
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  • Alderbank
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    FreeBear said:
    It hasn't been put on round the wrong way has it ?
    That would be sticky side out?
  • Eldi_Dos
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    I would have thought the default for putting foil on windows would be you can see out but those outside cannot see in.

    Was foil placed on exterior or interior glass of the DG units.
  • ChilliBob
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    Alderbank said:
    ChilliBob said:

    To those that have this, is that normal?! - Strangely enough if I go outside, I can see into the room perfectly, it's almost the opposite to what you'd expect.

    Thoughts much appreciated whilst I get used to seeing myself all the time (I try to avoid mirrors lol)
    I am assuming that the room where you are cooking is well lit and the garden has dim or no lighting?

    If so, that is exactly what I would expect!

    Seeing your reflection confirms you are not a vampire  :)
    Yes, Yes and No lol.

    I tried upstairs, which does not have film, but is also well lit - you can see into the garden a bit, but not much. I guess it's more the mirror effect which is more disturbing and claustrophic! - It's like glass at night x100 or something.




  • ChilliBob
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    Alderbank said:
    FreeBear said:
    It hasn't been put on round the wrong way has it ?
    That would be sticky side out?
    I'd hope and suspect not! - As the bloke doing it said he'd been doing it for 27 years! (Tried sort of window film before about 7 years ago, was tricky to say the least, and was just a spare room - we didn't fancy this ourselves!)
  • ChilliBob
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    Eldi_Dos said:
    I would have thought the default for putting foil on windows would be you can see out but those outside cannot see in.

    Was foil placed on exterior or interior glass of the DG units.
    Interior, which I believe is always the default - whether you have all kinds of different films, but I could be wrong!
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