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Old 11-08-2014, 09:54 AM   #1
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I have been thinking of learning how to tint my own windows in my car and am curious who else on the forum has done it?

I have closely watched professionals do the windows in my previous vehicles and they make it look easy, but then again Jim Furyk makes sinking 100' putts at Pebble Beach look easy when I can barely make a ten footer, so impressions aren't everything...

-Is tinting your own windows as easy as it appears to be, as long as common sense and good prep work is involved?
-How does the tint that you can buy at the local auto parts stores hold up over time?
-Is any brand better than the other?
-Are there any good tutorials that you recommend reading or watching?
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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for the cost to get it done, id rather not deal with the hassle personally. Especially since most places are going to give you some sort of warranty on it.
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I've tried it before, on my suburban, it went pretty well- except for one significant part- the tint that I was able to get my hands on- was not quality at all.

For me, I wanted to learn because I had spent around ~$1200 on vehicle tint in the 4-5 years prior... since i had been switching vehicles so often.

definitely possible and relatively easy- again though- getting your hands on quality tint is tough (mine purpled somewhat quickly since it was cheap autozone shit or whatever it was)
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I watched a shit ton of youtube videos and just took my time.

I'd probably try to buy some name-brand tint like llumar or 3m or something next time though if i were to do it- biggest reason I'd try to do it again though- the material would be ~50-75 bucks... and a place would charge $175-300 to get it done (depending on what vehicle it was)
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I did a car once when i was like 18, Im not very patient with stuff like that, i take all my cars to tip top in morris now
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I did my 1990 jeep cherokee. It was fairly easy because the windows had no
Curves to them and they were squares. My bro helped me with that. Turned out good.

I also did my foxbody notch. My lady help, Again easy windows and small. I did get the back done professionally. It's big and has a huge curve in it. I say try it but you will appreciate the professionals. If it looks bad no worries just simply remove it. Good luck.
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depends on the car. I've put tint on a truck with flat simple windows. Just watched youtube videos on it. I wanted to do my f-body's rear glass but its huge requiring a seam and 2 pieces, its curved, and all has to be done in an award position so I said fuck a whole lot of that.
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Simple front windows I got no problem trying. But no way in hell would I try the rear glass with the defroster lines.

It's a learning curve. But should be easy to pick up. Getting decent, quick and not wasting tint film is another story.
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They sell pre cut on eBay specific for your vehicle. Look into it the prices vary and I'm sure they sell quality tint for a few bucks more.
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depends on the car. I've put tint on a truck with flat simple windows. Just watched youtube videos on it. I wanted to do my f-body's rear glass but its huge requiring a seam and 2 pieces, its curved, and all has to be done in an award position so I said fuck a whole lot of that.
There are places that do one piece
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My Fbody has a one piece in the rear window
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My Fbody has a one piece in the rear window
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One piece on a big curved glass like on the F body is a royal pain in the ass, almost worth it to take the entire hatch off and lay it down rather than working upside-down.

To the OP you might want to look into pre-cut tint film to make your life easier. I've tinted my own glass on my every car I've owned and while it's not 100% perfect (you can always find flaws when you DIY) it's more than close enough. Just be patient, take your time, follow the directions and get good quality film.
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