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This is a discussion on Tinting Windows within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; Well, I'd like to take my current tint off because it has bubbles in it. So any tips/threads on how ...

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    Tinting Windows

    Well, I'd like to take my current tint off because it has bubbles in it. So any tips/threads on how to tint windows? All shops around here are charging 150-180 for JUST the hatch.

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    that sux! I got my whole car done for $90

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    Quote Originally Posted by '02DirtyBird View Post
    that sux! I got my whole car done for $90
    Well, as far as I know there are only 2 people around here that do it. The first said just the hatch for $180 and a newer shop that is just starting to tint said they'd do the hatch for $150.

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    the hatch on these cars and stangs are terribol and most shops wont guarentee that it will come out 100% either. due to the defrost bubbles on the upper rear hatch

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    you'd want $180 if you had to attempt it..... there is so much curve in the hatch window is almost impossible to get it tinted perfectly, not to mention the dot matrix. my buddy payed 120 for the rear window of his stang, he went to a well know and reputible tinter, it came out decent, it still has bubbles around the dot matrix area though. my camaro has the same problem, the dot matrix seems to be a big problem for tinters, sooner or later they will come up with a way to fix it. when i was first looking into tinting my windows i thought the prices were rediculas, so i did my own. took my time and they came out great, tinting takes alot of skill and patients, once you do it yourself you will understand why the prices are so high.

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    I tinted side windows myself, got to rear hatch and had a couple friends come over to help, figure more hands the better to fit it better. I gave up, used razor knife to take off the two I had already done myself so the pro guys would not know I failed then took it to a shop and had them all done.

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    I payed $200.00 for the two sides and rear hatch done with 3M tint. They did a good job but I found 2 spots where the scratched my glass from cutting the tint on it. Apparently the put the tint on the outside of the hatch first and trim it before they place it inside. Of coarse they said they didnt make the scratches. MF idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hossv6 View Post
    you'd want $180 if you had to attempt it..... there is so much curve in the hatch window is almost impossible to get it tinted perfectly, not to mention the dot matrix. my buddy payed 120 for the rear window of his stang, he went to a well know and reputible tinter, it came out decent, it still has bubbles around the dot matrix area though. my camaro has the same problem, the dot matrix seems to be a big problem for tinters, sooner or later they will come up with a way to fix it. when i was first looking into tinting my windows i thought the prices were rediculas, so i did my own. took my time and they came out great, tinting takes alot of skill and patients, once you do it yourself you will understand why the prices are so high.
    there is a way for the tint to be perfect on the rear hatch with the dot matrix. you jave to sand the dot matrix down , not completley off just to is somewhat flat, then appley tint.

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    ^ that makes sense. Mine stuck pretty well but you can see its not perfect.

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    yes... most good tinters will sand it down but it will usally look kind of "cloudy" around the dot matrix because it doesnt stick as good as it does to glass

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    if its that big of deal to somwone, they can buy a rear window w/o the defoger, find the best tinter, or just put a black viynal over the exteroir of the upper rear window

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    Mine cost me $180 for both door windows and the hatch glass. These guys did a different approach. For the hatch, they stopped the tint right where the dots start, and then filled in that area with a tape (like electrical, but really wide). When they finished, you could not tell they just covered it with tape.

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    thats a different approch, do you have pics ???

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    The hatch has been tinted now (with no problems) for 5 years.








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    I can see where the black tape begins-but its not that noticable.

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    not bad, or you could just do it the way "unquie autosports" does it. tint the windows from the outside!!!

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    HUH???^^^^ are you joking?

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    i thought i was going crazy, i know, tinting the outside,LOL , but they do, and there not just getting a fitting for the inside.

    ill try to search the thread i made " asking why to tint the outside" for you

    still ill never do it, but dont know why a million dollar store like unquie is doing that

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    here found it, there is another person here that see them do it on that show, just remember to watch that show to see them do it

    whats up with tinted windows on the outside?

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    weird dude! I never saw that done before.

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