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Old 10-01-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
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Window tint with rear defroster

Hello, I was wondering about tinting the rear window on my focus. I'm planning to do it myself, all I need to know is what to do about the rear defrost. Can the tint be applied on top of the defroster a or will that cause it to bubble? Do I need to cut slits in it? Also, please keep the comments to yourself about me being a girl or about how I need to go to a pro... I've heard all that :)


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Old 10-01-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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you can just apply the tint over the defroster line. it will be no problem at all. Theres no need to cut it up to slits or anything like that.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:59 PM   #3
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also there will be no bubbles if you clean the windows and make sure there are no dust particles btw the tint and window
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:20 AM   #4
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just have a shop do it professionally. then theres probably some warranty and they should be good enough with cleaning and making sure theres little to no bubbles
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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I'd say, you should go for it! Try searching for the pre-cut window tint. It'll be way much easier if you're gonna do it yourself.


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Old 10-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #6
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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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Old 10-02-2012, 07:35 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
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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!
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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.
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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
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