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Do it your self tint...

I was going to try to do one of those tints you can get at the auto part store. Anyone done this and how did it come out? Is there a How To's?
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I did my quarter windows, I pulled the glass and still screwed up the mounting holes.

If you want to make it easier get a tint kit of ebay so they are precut for you.

Tinting is an art but the ranger has mostly flat glass so its worth a shot.
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I do my own tint on everything. this is on the new truck, did it last week



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^^^ This guy does AMAZING tint work. I saw it in person today and thought the tint was done at a shop.
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^^^ This guy does AMAZING tint work. I saw it in person today and thought the tint was done at a shop.

its all practice!



btw, he saw my car today not the ranger. i tinted the care about 4 months ago or more

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I have not had good luck with it, but I did just tint a license plate cover that turned out well. Took me about four tries to get it perfect though.
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If you take your time and your careful, its not too bad. I've tinted a few windows that have turned out pretty good. I'm thinking of doing my back glass for practice before getting a new truck since i've never done a slider before. Maybe i'll make a how to.
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I am going to do the back window on out Honda Passport and the fronts in both the Ranger and that so they all come out easy. Figure setting it up off the rig makes it easier. They don't look like a home owner did them. Nice work guys!!!!
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just lay the film on the outside of the window then cut it along side the weather stripping and that will give you a perfect cut. leave about 1" on the bottom so u can line up the top edge of the window. its pretty easy. I use a "hard card" and a bluemax squeegee i bought on ebay for about 25 bucks and combined they work great
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just lay the film on the outside of the window then cut it along side the weather stripping and that will give you a perfect cut. leave about 1" on the bottom so u can line up the top edge of the window. its pretty easy. I use a "hard card" and a bluemax squeegee i bought on ebay for about 25 bucks and combined they work great
What do you do with the extra 1" of film at the bottom? I'm **** about **** like that and would want to apply it to the unexposed glass.

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What do you do with the extra 1" of film at the bottom? I'm **** about **** like that and would want to apply it to the unexposed glass.

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when you trace the window its closed so when you roll it down there will be extra space the tint will need to fill so that extra 1 inch at the bottom allows you to move it upward since it will be the same shape at the top. the excess can't be seen as its on the low end of the window thats inside the door. you gotta squeegee it on though with the hard card.
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diy 5% over factory rears and 5% up front pretty hard to see. flash light necessary. but still take you time and it will come out good. right around now is a big no no for tinting with all the pollen in the air you'll get little particulate bubbles. GILA brand from Autozone


the only glass i did not tint is the windshield and that is 35% and here is a comparison picture side by side. the red ranger is tinted 20%
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Dave... you did your tint yourself too?

Looked great from what I remember. Hard as **** to see inside though. lol
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Biggest issue with kit supplied tint is the quality of the tint film itself. A low amount of yellow dye found in most "kits" or small quantity rolls which causes the tint to turn purple faster than that of a higher quality film with a higher amount of yellow dye.

With that said, I used to be able to do it (did my Mustang), but lately take it to the local tint shop that will do two windows in 15 minutes and gives you a 2 year installation warranty, and tint quality 5 year warranty.
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Dave... you did your tint yourself too?

Looked great from what I remember. Hard as **** to see inside though. lol
yea its wicked easy minus 5% cuz it's impossible too see.

Yea it "looked" great till i had to peel it off for a court date that i was found NOT RESPONSIBLE for today lol. Gonna go with 20% this time. Yea my back windows you can see in through

ps how was your date today?
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bought the best film i could find at autozone, watched a few youtube videos and came out damn near perfect, aside from a few specs of dust near the weather strip but you can see them unless your inside the truck and looking extremely close for them. No bubbles and im very pleased. Im quite the perfectionist and its about as good as it gets.
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diy 5% over factory rears and 5% up front pretty hard to see. flash light necessary. but still take you time and it will come out good. right around now is a big no no for tinting with all the pollen in the air you'll get little particulate bubbles. GILA brand from Autozone

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pretty sure thats the same brand i used when i redid my fronts, i cant remember what i used on the back. but i have the same set up. 5 over back and 5 up front and its pretty damn dark.
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I did mine myself though it did take a few tries(im impacient and have ADD, plus i kept wanting darker), i found the darker you go is easier cause the 20-30% will leave creases if it bends but the 5% i used was thick and didnt have that problem, my rear-side windows(supercab) are starting to buble a bit around the edges cause i couldnt get all of the dirt off around the trim, i may redo it all when i tint my front windows but i want to fix my power windows first, also has anyone done a brow themselves? i want to go low but it seems like the mirror is gonna be a pain
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pretty sure thats the same brand i used when i redid my fronts, i cant remember what i used on the back. but i have the same set up. 5 over back and 5 up front and its pretty damn dark.
now get the windshield done 35% it's like wearing sunglasses and you dont need your sun visors anymore. At night it's all about adapting to the change. I cant even tell i have it now, new passengers are like WTF why so dark, mind you my side windows at the moment and UN tinted and appear 20%. I will be going back to 5% in a few days. With the windshield at 35% it appears PITCH black and you cant see in the truck what so ever no matter where you look. Pics




Now. Passenger window was down driver up looks black

same thing no tint on sides just back and windshield

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now get the windshield done 35% it's like wearing sunglasses and you dont need your sun visors anymore. At night it's all about adapting to the change. I cant even tell i have it now, new passengers are like WTF why so dark, mind you my side windows at the moment and UN tinted and appear 20%. I will be going back to 5% in a few days. With the windshield at 35% it appears PITCH black and you cant see in the truck what so ever no matter where you look. Pics
damn dude that looks sick with the shield done! im waiting to either redo my tint or do anymore until after may, two reasons really. it needs to be inspected and i'm not sure if it'll pass. they tend not to care up here. and I'm 500 miles away from my truck and then i'll be out of the country. haha. but i've adapted pretty well to it. i had no troubles at all until i stopped driving it, but when i got home over easter i had to adapt all over again because the truck i had been driving doesnt have tint on it. most everyone that rides with me hates the tint. all my friends at school, my buddies at home are like, this is way to dark. the only person that really likes it is my old man. doesnt make any sense to me. I never used to wear sunglasses driving until i drove a tinted truck for a while and then had to drive an untinted one, funny how that works.

but damn dude your windows look good. the shield being done really makes a difference.
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yea its wicked easy minus 5% cuz it's impossible too see.

Yea it "looked" great till i had to peel it off for a court date that i was found NOT RESPONSIBLE for today lol. Gonna go with 20% this time. Yea my back windows you can see in through

ps how was your date today?
Why the court date? Cop gave you a ticket for the tint? That's lame.




The date went alright I guess... P went home with new **** and wasn't walking funny, while I got screwed 'cause I got OLD ****, no module, and no dinner.


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