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  • is applying window tint easy to apply?

    Posted by Jill on June 20, 2002 at 10:51 am

    suppliers of window tinting that anyone has used and is it pretty straight forward to apply? Any help appreciated.
    Cheers gang.

    Martin Pearson replied 20 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • red dragon

    Member
    June 20, 2002 at 11:45 am

    Hi Jill,

    Have a word with Tim at Ruthin Car Sales, he does window tinting and may well be able to suggest applications etc.

    Hope this helps

  • Andrew Blackett

    Member
    June 20, 2002 at 4:36 pm

    hi jill,

    you can buy window tinting film from vinyl logistics, i would imagine its very similar to installing regular vinyl

    ANDY

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    June 20, 2002 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve only used this on a few occasions. The film itself can be bought from car accessory shops – it’s not generaly available from the likes of Europoint display. When I’ve used it it has been a silver film – much finer then a normal vinyl, and less pliable and more prone to creasing. I’ve always applied it wet (weak soapy solution) and have to say it’s difficult to apply. It invariably wrinkles, and doesn’t like to touch the window frame edges (otherwise it wrinkles). Best way I have found is to make a template of the window shape (stick application tape straight onto the glass and use a pencil to draw around the edges to get the shape of the window. remove the tape and stick onto a thin (2mm) PVC board. Use a sharp craftknife to cut the board to the exact size of the window. Once done, you can check it on the window itself and trim it down if required. Turning the PVC panel over to give a mirror image that will fit the opposite window.

    Now use the PVC template to cut out the exact shape on the film (use a new scalpel blade) turning the template over to do the opposite window.

    With the film cut to size, remove the backing film, wet the sticky side, and apply it to the wet glass surface. Use a soft squeegee to remove the liquid (wrap it in a cloth to precent scratching the film).

    It’s a lot trickier to apply than normal vinyl so make sure you price it accordingly.

    I’ve also tried trimming it to shape when on the glass itself with dissapointing results. Far easier (if long winded) to make up a template first.

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    June 20, 2002 at 11:55 pm

    I have used it on a number of occassions, both on shop windows and vehicles, it is available from metamark in both limmo black and mirror silver. it can be a pain to fit to vehicles as it goes on the inside and back windows can be a nightmare. I have heard that baby oil is good for application but have never tried it myself. It does tend to be expensive if bought from a vinyl supplier as opposed to somewhere like hallfords but if you need it more than about 500mm wide a vinyl supplier may be your best bet.