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Old 06-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hi, got my windows tinted Friday morning. There are several places where there is like a tiny hair or piece of lint or towel or something under the tint leaving a tiny bubble.. i mean really tiny almost barely noticeable. There are a few other tiny bubbles that I can find if I look closely.

The shop that did it has a very good reputation so my question is whether it is possible to get a tint with no tiny tiny bubbles at all. I realize that it has only been a few days and it may continue to get better under the sun but I don't have a lot of hope for the ones that have that little lint filament or whatever it is under the film. Should I be going back and having them redo it? I'm thinking it wouldn't be difficult to find these things on all of the windows. I'm just wondering if it's impossible to get it 100% perfect and I should just live with it.

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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I just did my windows couple weeks ago, and most my bubbles went away however my driver window has tiny dirty particles under the tint and Ill be taking back for them to redo. If your not happy with it take it back you paid for it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Well of course I want it to be perfect... I'm just wondering how reasonable that expectation is? I mean if they do it again what are the chances that more of those particles end up under it - I could totally see that its something that is just very hard to avoid.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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If lint is causing the bubble, it probably isn't going away.

A fairly popular place I went to for tinting has a small disclaimer that says something along the lines of "we'll try our best but sometimes a little bit of dust or lint can get under." If it was a whole patch of lint/dust then I'd get them to redo it. If it was just one fiber, and everything else was perfect, i'd just let it go.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
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If lint is causing the bubble, it probably isn't going away.

A fairly popular place I went to for tinting has a small disclaimer that says something along the lines of "we'll try our best but sometimes a little bit of dust or lint can get under." If it was a whole patch of lint/dust then I'd get them to redo it. If it was just one fiber, and everything else was perfect, i'd just let it go.
Yep this is just one fiber in a handful of places... I didn't see any disclaimer but am not sure it's worth the trouble taking it back to have the redo it especially if the chances of 100% perfection are very low

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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Go back to them and talk to them about the issue. That's what they are there for.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Go back to them and talk to them about the issue. That's what they are there for.
Obviously. But the problem is that I have a lot of work to do and the entire reason I'm asking is to possibly prevent that trip - it's nearly an hour from where I live and in the opposite direction from work. The shop is reputable and I'm sure if I make a stink they will replace the films where there are issues, the question is whether it is worth doing this. If there is a good chance that there will be very minor imperfections when they do it again then why would I waste my time? The whole point of the thread for me is to gauge how likely these types of very small imperfections are so that I can decide whether to live with it or have them fix it...
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:38 PM   #8
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The bottom line is, is it some thing that you just can't get over?
If so then go back and have it redone.
If you can get past it then forget it and move on. That decision is up to you.

For me, if its in a spot that I do not concentrate on, like a window I might not look out of all the time, then I would probably let it go. If its the drivers window and staring me in the face all the time, then I would go back. Again, it's your call.

Some tiny imperfections do even out a bit, but not 100%.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #9
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Call them and read your first post to them. Talk to them about it.

I don't think it is unreasonable to request perfection, especially with your driver side window. I don't have air bubbles in my tint.

Good luck.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:04 PM   #10
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These are tiny - like pin head size if that... I could see that maybe these are not 100% avoidable which is what I'm trying to ascertain here... I could probably live with them but for close to $300 I feel like maybe I should have them corrected. If I have them "corrected" and end up with the same deal then I will be pissed that I wasted my time.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #11
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My was professionally done, for $130, all 4 windows. With Johnson Window Films which are used in commercial buildings etc.. No bubbles whatsoever on any windows. Found an add on craigslist advertising, maybe you would have luck there? And yes there will be bubbles for a couple days. I went back after a week and pressed a few bubbles on the back window with my finger, but its 100% perfect now!


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Old 06-17-2013, 04:09 PM   #12
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Just to clarify - these are not just air bubbles, there is some tiny fiber/hair in the bubble preventing it from sealing to the window (I think) - THAT is the problem. There are a few of these and they are very tiny - you would never see them on pictures like that ^^ you have to be like RIGHT UP on the glass looking for them... The question is whether this is unavoidable and I should just deal with it - they are miniscule and not noticeable unless you are looking up close looking for something - that being said I paid for a service and want to make sure I got what I paid for so if this is not common or if it's avoidable then I will consider going back. I just don't want to waste my time if this is a common issue with tinting.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:49 AM   #13
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Just to clarify - these are not just air bubbles, there is some tiny fiber/hair in the bubble preventing it from sealing to the window (I think) - THAT is the problem. There are a few of these and they are very tiny - you would never see them on pictures like that ^^ you have to be like RIGHT UP on the glass looking for them... The question is whether this is unavoidable and I should just deal with it - they are miniscule and not noticeable unless you are looking up close looking for something - that being said I paid for a service and want to make sure I got what I paid for so if this is not common or if it's avoidable then I will consider going back. I just don't want to waste my time if this is a common issue with tinting.
yes i was aware that the picture wouldn't help much, it was more or less to decorate the thread. Even looking close i can find very very few miniscule little dust bubbles. The guy that did mine did an absolute amazing job, especially for $130. Most of the imperfections now are due to carrying 2 mountain bikes in the back, which scratched places in the tint.

If the imperfections are something you cant see from a couple feet away, i wouldn't worry about, once the new wears off, you'll forget about it, and no-one in the world besides you will look that closely. If its excessive though, I'd have them redo the ones that are the worst.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #14
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If its excessive though, I'd have them redo the ones that are the worst.
Doesn't sound like it's excessive at all. How many of these 'fibers' can you really see on one window? If they are pin head sized and there aren't multiple ones, I wouldn't bother. If it happened the first time, it will most likely happen again. What did the install facility look like? If they gave you a warranty, or something like that then you can bring the car back in, but I wouldn't bust someones balls over a fiber here and there if they are as small as I perceive them to be from your comments.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #15
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I would say that it's not a big deal. An hour there and back isn't worth it. Assuming that you use your Subaru as your daily driver the windows are going to get dirty anyways. If you can't see the particles and bubbles unless you're looking really close, then don't worry about it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #16
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If you're making it out to be as small as you say, then it's not much of a problem. It's really your own personal preference. If it bothers you that much, then get it fixed IF they are willing to fix it. But if you don't mind, then I'd personally just leave it. If you haven't already, maybe you should give the shop a call and ask about their policies on fixing the tint just in case if you wanted to fix it in the future.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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the only way you'd get 100 percent free lint, etc is if they used a clean room and the techs all wore biohazard suits
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