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  • applying vinyl to heated rear windows help please?

    Posted by Timmy Mallet on August 21, 2002 at 1:15 pm

    How do you guys feel about sticking vinyl on a heated rear window. Is it the done thing or a deffinate no no. I’ve got a customer asking for me to sign up his little van and he wants the back door done (on the van that is 😆 )



    Martin Pearson replied 21 years, 8 months ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Andrew Blackett

    August 21, 2002 at 3:57 pm

    On the outside, aint a problem (in my opinion!)

    I had some on my current car and previous one, The heat they generate isnt even to even bother the vinyl to be honest


  • Mike Brown

    August 21, 2002 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Tim,

    It’s no bother on the inside either – something we regularly do.

    just be careful not to be to aggressive with the squeegee and mash into the fine heating lines – go with them rather than against them! Besides often these days the lines are in the glasss not on its surface anyway…

    more soon


  • Martin Pearson

    August 21, 2002 at 4:52 pm

    Theres not a problem with heated windows either inside or outside Tim, I’ve done quite a lot of rear windows and never had a problem yet. Window tinting film goes on the inside of the windows and thousands of cars with heated windows have this done.
    You will find you have far more of a problem trying to get text to look right especially if its one of those silly really curved windows.

  • Timmy Mallet

    August 21, 2002 at 8:13 pm

    Cheers guys……. 😉


  • Teejay

    August 21, 2002 at 8:38 pm

    As an ex windscreen fitter (in the late seventies) I’ll offer this little piece of advice.
    Toughened glass has a hard and brittle surface, while the centre is softer. This puts the screen under tension. This is why they ‘explode’ and shatter into tiny pieces when broken. The heat from the element dissipates rapidly through the surface. Therefore it doesn’t get too hot. Covering them with vinyl could possibly cause local hotspots, causing faults in the suface and shattering the screen.
    I had to fit a lot of rear windows to Rover SD1’s. And according to Rover at that time there was a problem about sticking adhesive badges and stuff to the inside of the rear window.
    I always advise people of this if they ask to have heated van windows blanked out. It’s a remote possibility. Cars I won’t do at all. So there 🙂

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    August 21, 2002 at 10:25 pm

    to be honest i would reckon it to be ok…
    now reading teejays post ….well im no expert and teejay definately has the experience. 😀

    however if you do want to apply graphics to the window with the heating strips. try using a felt squeegee to apply it… its brill and causes no bubbles.. if done correct that is. 😉

    oh and one more thing. dont use a wet application folks…

  • Martin Pearson

    August 22, 2002 at 4:28 pm

    Dont want to argue with Teejay as He obviously knows more about windscreens than I do but I think technollogy has moved on a bit since the 70s, as mike has already said most of the heaters are now built into the windows and all windows are laminated to stop them shattering. If there really is a problem with local hot spots I wouldn’t expect the window tinting market to be so big.

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