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Tinting windows

My truck has factory tinted windows, so there's not like a tint sheet on the glass, the glass itself is tinted. Anyways Its not dark enough for me, I will be putting subs in the back soon and want the rear windows to be VERY dark, and the front 2 to be 20%.
Have any of you ever had a shop put tints on already tinted glass? Would it make it darker than normal? Also has anyone used the precut tints on ebay? any good or pay $200 at a tint shop?
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the precut tints are $25 on ebay with all the windows, Im wondering if they will look horrible or decent since they're a small fraction of getting it done at a shop...
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Anyone who would charge you $200 is ripping you of. Should be in the 100 to 125 range. I have gotten 3 different places to give me a price here in NE. Ohio. I have a regular cab with the rear sliding window. All where between $85 and $110.
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I got quoted 179 at one place and the other place said they had to see my truck????? like they dont know what a ranger looks like.
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Yes you can tint an already stock tinted window an yes it makes it darker if you don't want anybody to be able to see in go 5% in the back and if you are able to tint ourself then do it but its not easy i have been tinting since i was 16 and im still not the best but heres a pic of my explorer with 20% up front and stock tinted windows in the back with 5% on them
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Nice man, can you give me any tips?? If I do 5% on the back, will I be able to see out the rear window when I'm backing up?
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oh ya and does it really have to be warm to install the tints? Or can I do it outside when its like 30 degrees?
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yes you can but not very good like on my ranger i have 2.5% all the way around and a 6 inch tint strip on the windshield thats 5% and i can't see when im back up in that so i just roll my windows down and use my mirrors and heres a link to a video this should give you an idea and some tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkQbq2aDIJU
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Did mine myself. Costed 30 bucks. I went to autozone and got the kit there and the solution. They have 35% 20% 5% tint. I would get some extra just so you can practice and then redo it if it looks bad. I did 35% on front and 35% over back witch is equal to about 10% Loooks good.
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that looks nice man!! were your front windows tinted already? or was it clear glass? Can you see in through the back windows?
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hahah yea backs are about 10%. This is how it was when i bought it and started.
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instead of the solution from auto zone i would suggest dish soap and water in a squirt bottle its alot easier to slide around tint on the window that way
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Mhmm I used regular soap the first time and it didnt look to good. I riped it off and got the solution.
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$200 is too expensive...I did had every window on my Bronco done (except windshield) for 210 bucks. I had the fronts done at 20% (no factory tint) and I had them put 20% over fords "Privacy glass...20% stock...in the back. 20% over 20% comes out to roughly 5%. I think it is a great tint percentage for back windows. You can't see in during the day, and especially not at night, but can see out pretty well. Sometimes at night it gets a little difficult, but not impossible.

In my opinion, find a quote for around 100 bucks, and have that shop do it. It will be worth it. I don't have experience with putting tint on, but tint is what makes or breaks a truck. I wouldn't want mine looking like crap. Plus most shops will give you a warranty, where if it starts to bubble or peel or look bad they will re do it for free.
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pay a shop to do it. it will be done much better, and a higher quality film with a warrenty. i paid $110 for my fronts done to 15% which is the factory match. and they want another $125 for the rears if i get them done. around here we pay $200-280 for a whole car. the windsheild is gonna be $125. i paid $150 for my tbird to be done and it is ****ty. talk to people and see who is the best around and go to them.
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i always use dawn dish soap all of my windows come out good heres my truck but thats just personal preference
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i always use dawn dish soap all of my windows come out good heres my truck but thats just personal preference
What % is that? Looks awesome!
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Alright I will give dawn a try
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I think you should take it to a shop and tell them you want the factory tint and the tint they add to equal 5% for the back and to put 20% on the front 2 windows. I did that with my chevy and had very close to that on my ranger, its perfect. You cant see in during the day but can still see out at night when in town. I had to add backup lights to both of my trucks though, because I live in the country so there aren't many lights around.
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I just ordered a set of pre-cut tints off of ebay, 30$ shipped. I guess all I have to do is getem all wet and stick them on the window, ten squeezee out the water starting from center. Sounds easy enough. I ordered all 20%, so I figure the 20 over the rear windows will probably come out to around 5%, which is what I want, and the front will be a little darker than 20% since they are also factory tinted, I think 35% maybe 50, but definetly not clear.
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I tinted my front windows with 65 pre cut, and tinted over my alretty tinted back window with 5 % super limo, its black from the outside, but tricky to back up at night.
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my truck came with the back pretty dark and at the time i couldnt tell if it was factory or not, so i just had the fronts tinted 20% ... over the summer i had a cot in the xcab rub the window on the pass side and it scratched so its aftermarket tint lol .... im pretty sure the rear is 5% at this point

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I wouldnt suggest tinting your windows in the winter, if it freeze's regualarly where you live.
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how come? Will the solution freeze too when they arent completly dry? Cause on my old accord i went snowboarding two days after i got em tinted and it was in the 20s that day
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