|10-03-2012 10:33 AM|
YOU GO GIRL!
And get a pro to do it.
Lifetime warranty, higher quality materials.
Hell, 3M on its own might run you 75-100 so is saving roughly 75-100 on labour worth having your work fall apart after 3 months because you didn't know what you were doing?
Ideally you want factory smoked glass, followed up by professionally installed and warrantied tint, and DIY doesn't even show up on the list unless you happen to be on of those YouTube wizards and actually know whats up.
|10-03-2012 10:31 AM|
Do the side windows yourself and get the rear one professionally done. It took me 5 times to do the hatch and its still not that great. Just take your time on the side windows and it should look really nice.
|10-03-2012 10:17 AM|
I've seen it done - pros are amazing with it.
It's somewhat similar to applying contact paper. Prices I've seen are typically $165 to $200 for all 4 windows. You would pay probably at least $75 for all 4 windows for the film alone.
The pro's and the guys on YouTube make it look like it's just slap it on and squeegee it out and you're done, but it's not that easy. The guys on Sunday kick 50-yard field goals with no problem either - but that doesn't mean I could do it.
|10-03-2012 10:02 AM|
And here's my opinion....
Take the car to a shop, and have them do the rear window. I prefer 3M film, it's guaranteed not to turn purple like cheap tints.
If you want to try tinting yourself, I am all for that. I've done quite a few cars myself. Go for it on the side glass, but honestly, leave the rear glass to a professional. If you mess up the rear tint or it bubbles or fades in a year, there's a good chance you'll destroy the defroster grid trying to get it off.
Let a shop do the rear.
|10-03-2012 09:57 AM|
Honestly, I'm gonna tell you exactly what you don't want to hear; take it to a pro.
You get a warranty on the tint, no headaches, and you can sit there and relax while the hard work is done. This car isn't the easiest car to tint, my tint guys had a rough time getting the rear quarter windows to lay down and stay down (and they're the best tint shop in the area).
If you think the cost is too high, shop around. I only paid 165 (with a $15 discount) for my tint. Lifetime warranty, 30% Llumar tint.
|10-02-2012 10:19 PM|
Tinting a curved surface is difficult, but not impossible. If you're only doing the rear, then you should have a couple shots out of a roll. There are some good video's on youtube showing how to go about laying out, shrinking, and applying film to curved surfaces like that, I would take a look. You can shrink with just a blow-dryer, you don't need a heat gun (though it does speed the process up).
Just ensure that you don't knick the defroster lines with anything sharp and you should be good to go
|10-02-2012 09:03 AM|
Not something I'd want to do myself when you can have it done usually under $200 labor and materials with a warranty.
No problems with the defroster grids as others have stated, though.
|10-02-2012 08:49 AM|
If you've never done tint yourself, take it to a shop. The curved surfaces are such a P.I.T.A.
The pre-cut stuff can save some headaches if you get it started correctly. Good Luck!
|10-02-2012 07:35 AM|
You girl! Go to a pro. Sheesh.
Sorry, I had to :) But in all honesty, I use this one guy near me to do it; he quoted me $200 cash and always gives me a lifetime warranty. Much easier to go that route and not mess with it yourself.
|10-02-2012 06:53 AM|
|Some Guy From NY||Tinting is a lot more difficult than it looks. Pay someone to do it. Use high quality tint such as Llumar or 3M. Stay away from Suntek & Sungard.|
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