Installing Car Window Tint - Page 1
If you are planning to tint just one car, it's really not worth the expense of buying tools and window tint and then discovering just how difficult the trade is through trial and error. However, if you plan on tinting several cars, or going into the field, then this is a good place to start. These techniques are by no means the only way to install window tint, some cars demand a combination of techniques. These are merely the basics, a starting point that you can use to begin to teach yourself this most challenging of trades. More help can be found on the window tinting forum.
First, the basics...
Step #1: Let a professional tint your windows!
Otherwise, read on and proceed at your own risk!
Start with a clean car, and a relatively dust and wind free environment. The tint is applied on the inside of the windows, you may work the window film on the outside...
...but the window tint is finally installed on the inside of the windows with soapy water, so you may need to remove the 3rd brake light and/ or rear deck if they are against the clear part of the glass, this can be a learning experience in itself.
First, get the right tools for the job, a heat gun...
A tinting squeegee
Spray bottles and hard cards
A cutting surface (I use linoleum glued to plywood as a cutting table for patterns, a piece of flat glass will work too)
butcher paper (plastic coated on one side), a snap off razor blade knife, razor blades, Baby Shampoo(15 drops per pint or so.), paper towels (preferably paper shop towels), and some hand tools.
On to the job
First you want to clear anything that will get in the way or that is against the glass where the window tint needs to be, like the inner flaps on the door panel where it goes down into the door...
Depending on the car, you can tape this back with masking tape...
...or if that doesn't work you can take off the door panels...
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