Should You Tint The Windows On Your New Car or Truck?

July 27th, 2010 by


It is no secret the benefits of having your windows tinted. Not only will it provide privacy but it will provide UV protection. Personally I feel like on those warm summer days it helps cool my car down faster and like wise when it’s parked it keeps some of the heat out. If you really wanted to try to tint your windows yourself you could. Be aware that you will want to prefect your skills before you attempt such a task.  At the very least, you’d better be good at measuring and cutting. This is a precision job that requires lots of practice to get it right. If you feel like this is a task you would rather leave to the professionals bring your car or truck to your local Dayton GMC dealer and let us take care of it for you. If you think you can do it on your own here are some step by step instructions courtesy of eHow.

1. Gather the following tools and materials: tinting film, an X-acto knife, razors, a blow dryer or heat gun, 4-inch squeegees, small sponges, a 4-inch hard card or Bondo card, a bone tool, and a spray bottle filled with a mixture of dishwashing soap and water.

2. Cut the film in the shape of the windows. Set the pieces aside on a glass board or an area devoted to cut film. Some companies offer pre-cut film that you can order for specific models of vehicles.

3. Spray the side window with the soap and water mixture.

4. Use a razor to go over the side window to remove any residue.

5. Use a 4-inch squeegee to get rid of any residue from top to bottom.

6. Apply the tint to the side window. Leave 1/4 inch to 1/16 inch from the top edge of the window without tint. This will be covered when the window and door are closed.

7. Employ the bone tool and push the tint below the inner rubber seals of the window.

8. Use the hard card to make certain that the tint goes into all the corners.

9. Take a heat gun or blow dryer in one hand and a squeegee in the other, and heat from the top on one side, working the tint with the squeegee on the other side in a horizontal motion. This should get out any remaining moisture from between the film and glass.

10. Use the same procedure to apply the tint film to the front windshield. Note: In many states it is illegal to tint the front windshield.

11. Follow steps 3 and 5 in applying the film to the rear window. Don’t use the razor blade to prep the rear window because the blade can damage the rear defroster.

12. Count the number of defroster lines on the back window.

13. Cut the rear window film into the required number of panels.

14. Place the first panel on the bottom, the second panel on top of the first, the third panel on top of the second and so on. Identify the defroster line where two panels overlap.

15. Trim the film from over the defroster lines.

Well, what do you think? You think you could do this on your own? If you need help or have any questions just let me know. 

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