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Old 06-21-2011, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Going to DIY tint, who to get windows super clean first?

(should read *how* to get)

Other than a lot of elbow grease, what can I do to get the windows super clean prior to putting some tint on?

Anyone have tips for (readily) available products. Or maybe a homebrew recipe?

My plan is to use some window cleaner, scrub, scrub, scrub some more. Then dry with some microfibers, blow off any dust/fibers and then get to tintin'.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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-Windex and Ammonia at 4-1 mix
-Then go over the whole window glass with a razor blade or razor scraper
-Finally put rubbing alcohol on clean paper towel and wipe the window again.....if it comes up clean your ready to tint.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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Where are you going to order the tinting from? Ive been looking for some but want to make sure its black and not blueish
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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Solar Gard is good stuff
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:21 PM   #5
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-Windex and Ammonia at 4-1 mix
-Then go over the whole window glass with a razor blade or razor scraper
-Finally put rubbing alcohol on clean paper towel and wipe the window again.....if it comes up clean your ready to tint.
what about the rear window? don't want to mangle the defroster with the blade.
guess I just skip that step?
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #6
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I bought some black magic tint at the store today while I was picking up some oil/filter, windshield washer fluid. I used something similar years ago on my outback, except for the lack of real prep it turned out pretty decent.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:49 AM   #7
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Rubbing alcohol will leave a residue. In any case, it's mostly about technique than product. I use Stoners Invisible Glass with a clean MF towel, turning often. Turn everytime it's unable to pick up liquid, even if it's the slightest. This means I use about 2 towels for just the front glass. I then follow up all the windows with a clean, dry MF towel turning often. It removed any reside that may have been left behind. The stuff you see when it's night and windows barely fogs. The non-plush stuff is better for this task. And when I mean clean towels, I mean washed PROPERLY- detergent, no fabric softeners, no dryer sheets, etc.

When I had my vehicle tinted, my tinter commented to me when I picked it up that my vehicle it had the cleanest windows anyone has brought to him. I did clean them before I dropped it off, but it was mostly maintenance. I'm pretty OCD about clear class, especially at night when you can see everything.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:11 AM   #8
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The rear window is curved/parabolic....unless you know how to thermally curve the tint with a heat gun its pro's job. The rest of the windows are flat and are easily DIY
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If you do use an ammonia based product make sure you get it all off after. If you bought the tint from your local autozone etc Gilla sells a basic installation kit you can use.
I own a window tinting business that started out this same way. There are a few how to's on youtube. Basically a quick break down of my method is to spray the windows down, razor blade them or use a basic scrub pad then wipe them clean with a lint free cloth. Make sure to clean all gaskets too. Then spray the window down, squeegee clean and then take your liner off the tint and soak both the film and glass and install.

Rear windows are a bit trickier. You'll need some dryer sheets and a heat gun to heat shrink the film to the contour of the window.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:24 PM   #10
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How about claying? Never done it, but I've heard it works?
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Don't waste your time. The methods I said work. Its what I use on all my customer cars. Use a soapy water solution.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #12
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I've done rear windows before and had meh results. I've got a heat gun that I used to shrink the plastic over my house windows for winter. I'll have to look into the process for making the back window turn out pretty.
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When I did tint I used Stoners Invisible Glass as well, will get it super clean with 0 residue.

If you tint your windsheild your car is instantly illegal everywhere. The only thing allowed on front glass is UV Barrier, and it has to be perfectly clear. In warmer states with alot of sunlight, I see alot of this being put into cars, and newer cars already have it before the glass is put in.

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When I did tint I used Stoners Invisible Glass as well, will get it super clean with 0 residue.

If you tint your windsheild your car is instantly illegal everywhere. The only thing allowed on front glass is UV Barrier, and it has to be perfectly clear. In warmer states with alot of sunlight, I see alot of this being put into cars, and newer cars already have it before the glass is put in.

+1 to Vew & AirMan
Fwiw I wouldn't say any tint on the windshield is illegal. In ny you're allowed a 6" strip. Might as well not even have one though lol. I have an 11" 5% strip on my tundra I love it. Don't even have to wear sun glasses.
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How about claying? Never done it, but I've heard it works?
Clay is excellent at cleaning debris from windows. Use soapy water as lube.
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