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2015-08-16 14:00 posted in Tinting Tips
Here are some helpful tips for tinting your auto glass.
1. Make Sure the Tint Complies With Local Laws
Remember to check ordinances in your area. According to federal regulations, window tinting must allow at least 70 percent of light to pass through the front windows. People can only tint the top 4 to 6 inches of the windshield. Other rules depend on the state. There is no limit on how much back windows can be tinted in most locations. However, many states prohibit tints with colors like red, blue, amber, and yellow. In other states, laws only allow law enforcement officers to use colored window tints. Some states also regulate or prohibit metallic or reflective tints. A black, non-reflective tint is the best choice for most people, especially for those who visit other states often.
2. Gather the Right Supplies
After you choose the best window tint for you, make sure that you have all the other supplies you need before installing it. It is also a good idea to check the weather so that rain does not interrupt the application. Window tinting kits have window tints that are pre-cut for particular models of cars. Here are the window tint tools supplies that you will need.
Baby shampoo and bottled water
Knife or cutter
3. Prepare the Area Well
According to WindowTint.com, the car and especially the glass should be perfectly clean so that the window tint bonds well to the windows. Wash the entire vehicle with water and soap designed for automobile washing. Then, dry the car with a lint free towel. Window tint is attached to the inside surface of windows, so those surfaces also need to be cleaned with glass cleaner before applying the tint. To keep tiny pieces of felt from getting trapped in the window film, cover the felt edge at the bottom of the window withmasking tape. If the vehicle is equipped with a third brake light or another accessory attached to the rear window, remove it. This will make cutting and installing the window tint on the back window easier. People who choose to buy a window tint tools kit for their model vehicle instead of cutting their own tint will not have to cut around an accessory. Reattach any accessories when the window tint application is complete.
4. Avoid and Remove Bubbles
Avoid bubbles in the tinting film by working diagonally from the top left corner with a squeegee or an old credit card. Use a heat gun to shrink the film evenly to the glass. This causes the water used to apply the tint to evaporate and improves its adhesion. Be patient and do not try to unpeel the window tint and start over. It will take time to get a smooth, flawless surface.
5. Care for Window Tint Properly
Do not lower the windows for at least three days so that the window tint can dry. Do not clean the window tint for at least 30 days. Clean tinted windows with ammonia free glass cleaner and a soft cloth. To make your auto window tint last as long as possible, park inside a garage if you can, or under some sort of shade, wash the car carefully by hand, and limit the products that come in contact with the window tint.
If you are going to wrap your car body, we'll post another article about vinyl wrapping tools.
2015-07-28 13:30 posted in Tinting Tips
Have you ever thought about doing the tinting work at home instead of paying hundreds of dollars in the car shop?If your answer is yes,now please keep the following steps in mind,then start enjoying your first DIY car tingting .
First Step: prepare your tinting tool
You can find window-tint film at places like window film supplies. You'll also need a window-tint-film application solution, a lint-free cleaning cloth, a razor knife, a scraper blade, an application squeegee, and a heat gun. Find a dust-free place to work in (such as a garage) and avoid doing the job in excessive heat or cold or on a day with high humidity. And most important, check state laws online to find out which windows can legally be tinted and how dark you can make them.
Second Step: clean your car
Apply the application solution to the inside of the window. Don't over-spray onto the door trims.
Run the scraper blade across the window from side to side, starting from the top and gently working your way down the window. This will remove any dust, grime and debris. Be careful not to gouge the glass with the blade.
Run the squeegee across the window from side to side, starting from the top and working down the window to remove any leftover debris and solution.
Third Step: application
Put the application solution on the outside of the window and roll the tint film over the window with the protective-film layer facing upward. The solution will hold the film in place while you cut it to size, but will allow you to maneuver the film to make a precise cut.
Run the squeegee over the tint to make sure it doesn't move.
For sliding windows, roll the window down from the door frame about a quarter of an inch and cut the top and sides of the film to shape, using the window as a template. Round the edges off using your finger as a guide.
Slide the film up about half an inch before cutting along the bottom of the window, using the window gasket as a template. This will ensure coverage beyond the base of the window. For non-sliding windows, use the window gaskets as a template and cut the film right to the edges. Spray the inside of the window with the application solution.
Fix the film to the corner of the window with a piece of clear tape and start to peel the protective liner from the film. Spay the adhesive surface of the film with application solution as you peel. Discard the protective liner and remove the film from the outside of the window and place it on the inside of the window. Fold the bottom edge back onto itself to avoid it touching the door trim.
Move the tint into place at the top of the window, leaving a 1/8-inch gap from the top of any sliding window. Run the squeegee along the top of the window, pushing any air and water out of the top as you go.
Roll up the window and spray the film again with application solution. Use the squeegee to hold the window gasket out while sliding the film in underneath it. Use the squeegee to push all the air and water out from beneath the film.
Wrap the squeegee in a lint-free cloth and run it across the entire window. The cloth will absorb any remaining application solution. Use the cloth to wipe down door trims and paint. If any bubbles or fingers of trapped air or application solution remain in the film, use a heat gun to gently warm the area and then run the squeegee over the bubbles toward the closest edge of the window. Repeat this process for all windows until the job is complete.
For the cost of a few basic tools and materials, a DIY car tint is a worthwhile project. You'll save plenty of money and have a better insulated car.