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Old 12-18-2006
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applying tint... : /

so I dont really feel like spending the cash to get my best friends and my girlfriends back windows tinted (made them custom 5' wide stickers for my company) so my girl saw some "professional window tint" at walmart and picked some up. Im gonna try to do it myself but i want some pointers from people who have done it before. thanks.
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you get what you pay for when it comes to tint..

curves are a *****..

make sure its clean wrap a towel around the squeegee so it doesnt scratch..take your time use plenty of fluid..
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lubrication lots of it... hahaha
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lots of soap and cut out templates. makes it much easier and cuts down big time on the swearing after messing up...
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^x2. Also put tape over the fuzzy felt stuff, especially the bottom part. Best wishes and good luck!!
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I tinted the back glass on my last truck, and boy was it a pain....I made templates but even that was a pain. It turned out pretty good, only a few tiny tiny specs of dust around the edges but wasn't noticeable. I put on 2 layers of 14% because it wasn't dark enough, it sure was reflective tho.. Im going to have the ranger done professionally because tinting is a pain! lol
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Old 12-19-2006
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haha, alright well I have 2 back windows to do and a headlight mod on my ranger, so whenever I get the windows done ill post a pic or two. I got 2.5% LIMO TINT dark grey tint. Is that a good tint or no? i know nothing about this stuff. Its super dark isnt it?
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I want to tint my rear windows on my jeep hardtop, is there a temp restriction? It has been about 60 or so for a while but I did not know if it needed to be warmer. Did your tint come with "instructions?"
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I did tint on my truck and man if id have to do it again id have it done profesionally! Make sure your windows are clean as a whissle! As others said plenty of fluids. What i did to cut the tint is i put it on the outside of the window, much easier to cut out.

Mine came with instructions on it.
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I just tinted my front two windows today to 35%...

It was a serious pain. You have to remove your interior...which isn't hard. But then not only do you have to clean your window REALLY good, you have to clean where the tint will sit when the window is partiall down...I have vent-shades, so that made it even harder.

It turned out good...although there is this one crease on the driver's side that is annoying me. I melted my driver's license with a heat gun trying to hold the air out and heat it up at the same time...I got it to the point that it's not visible unless you're looking for it, but I know it's there...if I ever do it again, I'll go 20% instead of 35.
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screw doing it yourself pay a pro to do it and it your not happy have them re-do it. my back window is turning purple due to a poor tinting job. get what you pay for.
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One thing, the thicker the tint (darker) the harder it's going to be. I have tinted several windows down here and always use the tint from Walmart. I have had no problems with that tint turning purple etc... One of my buddy's has had it on his Z71 for almost 5 years and no signs of it wearing are present. I love doing windows... my hardest window yet I would say is the back window of a 99 Eclipse GSX, now that my friends is hard!
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lubrication lots of it... hahaha
You say that from experience, HA!! sorry I had to!!
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Just got done with mine yesterday actually. I ended up taking my door panels off to be able to get about an inch below the window seal. I havent done a back glass yet, so dont know what to tell you. Like others said, use plenty of fluid. and work the bubbles out to the corners. and make sure you have a fresh, sharp razor blade. If you or anyone else decides to do the front, like I said it makes it easier to remove the inner window seal, especially when tucking the tint down past it. If youve got ventshades, take them off and then superglue them back up later. Trace it on the outside of the window, but be sure to trace it so that the adhesive part is where it needs to be, to seperate the tint from the clear plastic piece, take scotch tape and put it on a corner somewhere. Be sure to trim around the edge of the window, or else it will peel down on you when you roll the windows down, if any edges start to peel, clear fingernail polish and a hairdryer works wonders. Just remember, fluid, sharp razor, and patience<--lots of it.
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oh and forgot, if you have little bubbles, try using a lighter, but dont heat it to long or you'll melt the tint. Use the lighter and watch the bubbles run.
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Get tint on ebay from (elitetint) great tint and laser cut did my front windows and did not have cut it at all fit prefect and it cost $23.00 bucks
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Did tint about 7 or 8 times on many different vehicles and i will tell you what i tell tem, pay the extra money and have a pro do it
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Well Actually Its Eaisier That It Looks.. All You Need Is A Squirt Bottle With Some Soap,any Will Do..and You Also Need A Blade And A Hair Dryier..first Clean The Windows Good With Some Windex.. Then Spary A Lil Bit Of Water On The Out Side Of The Window.. Do Not Remove The Plastic On The Tint.. Then When You Have It On The Outside Get The Blade And Cut Out The Shape.. Remember To Leave At Least One Inch At The Bottom Of The Front Windows So You Can Can Tuck It In.. You Dont Need To Take The Door Pannel Off All You Need Is A Credit Card To Push In The Tint..first Spray On Some Soapy Water On The Inside Window, A Lot Of Soapy Water In This Case..then Take The Plastic Of The Tint And Place It On The Window.. The Soapy Water Will Help You Move The Tint Around. Allighn It And Then Slide The Credit Card Back And Forth To Remove The Water When You Are Done Get The Hair Dryier And Dry The Window.. Try Not To Leave Any Air Bubbles In It...do The Same Thing For Everything And Youll Be Ok.. Just Have Patience Or You Will Mess Up..
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I would advise not to use Windex or any other product with ammonia, ammonia tends to mess up the tint in the long run (turn colors, deteriorate). I would say use the same soapy water and a microfiber cloth to clean the windows!
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i paid 125 yesterday to have 20% all the way around..and i love it.
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Honestly, anyone with steady hands should be able to save a bunch of money by tinting the back 3 windows on their extended cab Ranger or the back window on a regular cab Ranger. I have been tinting a long time as stated above but it's never COMPLETELY perfect. So I tinted the back 3 windows on my Ranger and paid 40 to have the front 2 done perfectly. The whole truck would have cost anywhere from 90 to 150 depending on the quality of the shop I went to.
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well i alwase use windex and nothing happens, but if you dont want to use windex use something with alcohol. why because the alcohol will eat up stuff like over sprayed armoral and things like that...
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when the tint changes color during time and starts to mess up, its because cheap tint was used....
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Actually my friend... ammonia is a cause of that, because of the metallic flakes that are used in most window tints.
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