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Old 10-03-2012, 10:57 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #13
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Ditto.

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.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:31 AM   #14
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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.
^ I agree.
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.

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #15
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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.
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