Senior HTF Member
- Nov 1, 2000
I just tinted my car's windows and I have no idea what to use when cleaning the inside. Windex?? Any ideas??
Hey, speaking of tinting your windows, how hard is this?? I really want to tint my windows and figure I could probably do a decent job of it. I'd just pay someone else to do it, but $50 vs. $250 is a huge difference. Besides, I'd like to go just slightly darker than the legal 35%. The problem is, everyone I know tells me it's very difficult to do.
Anyone want to quickly outline the process and difficulty rating for me?
Well, I live in S. Florida and just about everybody tints their windows, so it is quite cheap down here (figure around $80-$100 for a good high quality tint, down around $40-50 for cheap "turns purple overnight" stuff), but before I moved here, and the last time I tinted a car I did it myself with excellent results.
The process is fairly simple (although describing it I'll probably leave out a bit), make a rough cut around the window you want to tint, peal the backing away, spray the windows with the water/soap solution, spray the adhesive side of the tint with the water/soap solution, throw it on the windows and squegee it out a little bit, trim the excess, squegee some more, do a final trim. That's the short of it.
The last car I did was a 94 Honda Civic hatchback and I had no problems with the side windows, the rear is fairly small and has a good curve in it, so you have to be careful with the cut-out, and it's very helpful to have a heat gun available to "shrink" the problem areas a little.
It's a bit tedious and you have to be patient, but it's not that difficult, and if you live in an area that costs a fortune to have it done (like $240) you can screw up a lot and still come out ahead (I think I spent $40 on a few boxes of top quality tint at the auto parts store last time).