DIY Automotive Window Tinting
Automotive window tinting is now very common among DIYers. Tinting your own windows could save you a lot of money compared with having a glass shop do the tinting for you. There’s a lot of information available today on how to tint windows yourself. The tint adds a great look to the car and helps protect you interior from harmful UV rays.
With a little bit of time and patience you can install your own tint with relative ease. The first thing to do is select your tint. 2 Ply film is recommended for DIY jobs. It is easier to handle and will not rip or tear as easily as 1 ply film. It is also important to make sure that the tint is legal in your area. Limo tint looks great but you are probably going to find yourself getting pulled over all of the time for illegal tint. You might be able to get around this by asking an optometrist to write you a note saying that you can not be in bright light. More than likely though, it will probably be easier to just go with a lighter tint.
An area free of dust and grease is the best place to work. Everything must be very clean before any film can be applied. Clean the glass a few times with a solution of water and a few drops of baby shampoo. Use a lint-free rag to clean the window, then repeat once again using a razor blade scraper to dislodge any stock particles of dirt. Any dirt will show up on your tint. Dirt also causes delamination over time.
Select the window tint film for the window you are working on and lay it flat on a smooth surface. The windshield usually works well, just make sure you clean it thoroughly before laying any window tint film on it. Spay the windshield with tint solution and lay the tint film backing side down on the windshield. Spraying the windshield will help the backing stay put making it easier to peel away the window tint film.
Separate the backing from the tint and place the tint onto your window. Do not be afraid to over use the solution so that the tint can be moved into its proper place. Start from the bottom and work up on door glass.
When you have the tint where you want it you can squeegee the solution and any bubbles out. Star out in the middle when removing air bubbles. If you start on the outside you could get air stuck in the middle of the glass. Don’t be afraid to use a firm hand when applying the squeegee.
In many cases you will have to use a heat gun to lay the film down. When glass has sharp or compound curves the film has to be shaped with heat. Run the heat gun back and forth over the parts that don’t conform to the curves and the film will begin to take the shape of the glass. You can help this along by applying a little squeegee persuasion to lay the film down onto the glass. Careful not to concentrate the heat in one spot for too long as you could start to melt the tint.
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If you can get your hands on a spare piece of glass to practice on that will probably help quite a bit. The hardest window will be the first one that you do. Once you learn how to do it you will find that automotive window tinting is a pretty simple process. Just remember to take your time and do not be in a hurry.