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Old 11-14-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default how long do tints take to dry???

i got tints today. i can see like water or whatever they used under the film. they said this is normal and when the sun gets on it it will disapear. is this tru? how long till this goes away?
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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They should have explained it takes 3-5 days and you should not roll your windows down for that long if possible.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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Cold weather makes it take longer too. They should have told you this.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:46 PM   #4
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I got mine done in the summer, and I waited 3 full days to roll down my windows. However, my car was sitting in the sun and heat all day. Depending on weather could be longer. Better to be safe than sorry, might wait a little longer than that.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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A week or so.

For goodness sake, do not roll down your windows and avoid opening the door unnecessarily!
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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Yeah dont roll them down for a week , depending on your weather , humidity , temperature etc. Out here where its 32c all day our tints dry in 2-3 days
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:53 PM   #7
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i had bubbles terrible streaks for like a week then they went away after baking in the sun
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:02 PM   #8
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I bought my 04 the day after thanksgiving 5 years ago and had them tint the windows before it left the dealership. It took until a couple of freak upper 50 degree days in early January before they looked like they should. Don't roll down your windows until the bubbles go away and there are no streaks anymore...
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:59 PM   #9
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Wow. They told me to go 2 weeks without rolling down my windows... In the dead of summer! Oh that was not a fun 2 weeks. Oh well better safe then sorry I suppose. Sounds like just one week will do the trick though.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:07 PM   #10
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A lot has to do with the brand and quality of film they used. We tint a ton of cars in michigan... in the summer you are good after 2 days in the sun... winter - 3 to 5 for sure. 3m will take a good 2-3 weeks to completely dry. Johnson Window Film is good in about a week, but then again... it all depends on the type of film made by the manufacturers. There are a TON of different window films. DO NOT poke or try to get out any imperfections for a solid week because as the op mentioned in the first post, it is moisture behind the film and it will go away on its own.
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:52 PM   #11
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thanks guy for the answers. it helped. it has rained for 4 days here and the sun came out today and some of the bubbles shrunk so i just need more sun.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:42 PM   #12
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Just out of curiosity can you take a hair dryer to it and just keep going over the windows for a while? or is that to much direct heat to fast.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #13
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i rele dont think that would be a great idea. if it was the places who install would prob do that. i think its sment to be slow heat.
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:35 PM   #14
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ok just to clear things up it is tint not tints!!!
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:30 PM   #15
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same **** dude tints and tint everyone im sure knows what it means. just had to clear things up
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:16 PM   #16
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You can use a hair dryer or heat gun on the outside of the glass 8-10", hold your other hand on the inside over the tint. If the glass gets to hot to touch then you are to hot. This method should speed up the process. Works great for me one those cold winter days.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:18 PM   #17
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Arrgh The guy at the tint place told me 3 days, I waited until 4 and now i have bubble streaks. It had been sitting in a mix of sun and shade.

I read that if I let it sit in the sun for a few more days, they will go away. True?
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:30 PM   #18
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Find and pull the fuse for your window motors, (Not sure if scoobies have one dedicated for that or not, I bought my car with tinted windows)

OR

Put tape over the controls... its almost a givin that you will forget and go to roll down your windows... or you will have a passanger that will roll them down w/o thinking...

I've never done it, but the tape/fuse has saved me a few times with getting new tint installed. You are prolly smarter then I am, I'm pretty forgetful, but its worth the 2 mins it takes, for a 'just in case'

As per your question: I live in Fairbanks Alaska, and have had tint installed in the deep of winter, and the shop tells people about 1 week even then.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:56 PM   #19
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But will the streaks eventually go away?
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:36 PM   #20
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yes they will. i had the same problem and it took about 2 weeks for everything to go away but now it looks real good
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:43 PM   #21
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ok just to clear things up it is tint not tints!!!
Thank you. This bothers me every time.

Oh, and I only waited 2 days, and mine are perfect, but it was summer.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:45 PM   #22
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ok just to clear things up it is tint not tints!!!
X2!
That bothers me also.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:56 PM   #23
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^agreed.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:07 PM   #24
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brand and type of tint also play a role in how long it takes to dry. normally don't roll windows down for about 3 days even though the tint might not be fully cured.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:12 PM   #25
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yea i would say if you got them in the summer it cures alot faster. i got mine dead of winter so it took longer. but after 1 week you should be 100% okay to roll down the windows
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