DIY Window Tinting

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  1. 707hpcharger

    707hpcharger Silver Member

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    Wondering if anyone has tackled doing window tint themselves. I see some pre-cut kits on ebay. Anybody use them yet?
     
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    looked at it...
    lots of compound curves on Charger glass

    Ended up going to the professionals...they pulled all the door panels and did a great job.

    They spent a good 45 minutes just heating and fitting the rear window on the outside before attempting to install
     
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    I rather pay someone the $200 in total parts and labor and have it done professionally and in 2-3 hours
     
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    How do you go about finding a good "professional" to do it? I've had bad experiences with window tinting shops, but that was admittedly more than 20 years ago.
     
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    I tinted windows for years....don't do it

    1. Inferior film
    2. You'll screw up the first few tries
    3. You have a 70k car, drop the $200 for a professional
    4. They are liable if they screw it up
    5. Warranty
    6. See #2
     
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    I went high end film...3m Crystalline. Great stuff but not a $200 tint job especially on sedan.

    I used National Window Tinting (Chantilly) and got great results. Happy and got a warranty too!
     
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    Believe it or not, use the Yelp app...the better shops that have been around will have reviews.

    You can also ask on message boards like this.
     
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    I'm over exaggerating a bit on the price maybe for the best I don't know how good 3M is I know they have a great name but then again here in Michigan a lot of shops use 3M lifetime warranty and around 200-250 deals floating around everywhere on a sedan
     
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    Yes there are a lot of 3m and similar products. 3m, Huper Optik, llumar, etc.
    But only one Crystalline. No other films out there touch the 3m Crystalline for heat rejection performance. Others in ceramics match up on other performance areas. Crystalline performs better without having to be as dark. For those of us with stricter laws on transmitted light, it's just a better product.

    After researching all around, Crystalline is about twice that of other films. In the Washington DC/VA area it's about $220-$320 for ceramics and $500 for Crystalline.

    http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/662303O/3mtm-crystalline-automotive-window-films-brochure.pdf
     

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