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How to tint around the spoilers on Honda Civics.

Method 1: The easiest thing, if you have one, is to use a plotter. This will give you the cleanest cut.    Method 2: The other way to deal with these spoilers is to remove them, which should take about 15 minutes. First, you must remove the wiper motor by removing the 10 mm bolt. […]

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Can the backglass on Plymouth Barracudas be done in one piece?

Method 1: Because of the round, tapered corners, these are extremely difficult to shrink and install in one piece, and should only be attempted by very experienced and confident tinters. Lesser experienced tinters should turn these models away, as not only is the tinting difficult but this glass is almost impossible to replace if it […]

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How to check for laminated glass

Method 1: Laminated glass should have a stamp or marker on all 4 corners. If the stamp has been worn off or isn’t there, you can also try tapping a coin or piece of metal on it. Laminated glass has a dull, matted sound whereas tempered glass will have a higher pitched “ping.” (Keep in […]

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How to remove spoiler on a 2017 Honda Civic.

Method 1: The first thing you need to do is remove the wiper motor by unscrewing a 10 mm bolt. Next, remove the wiper by just jiggling and unsnapping it. Under that, there will be a large bolt that can be removed with a pair of pliers if you don’t have a big enough wrench. […]

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How to tint a 2017 Dodge Challenger?

Method 1: The back glass can be more sensitive than other models so be careful with steel wool or anything else abrasive in your prep work, use a clay bar for the defrosters. The door panels can be removed by unscrewing the four screws under the latch. It’s best to pull the sweeps on this […]

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How to choose which film to use on a residential job ?

Method 1: The best thing to do is just ask the client why they are putting tint on their windows. Is it for heat rejection, privacy, reduction of sun, or UV protection? Once you know what they want, give them the film that best suits their needs. The cost of different types of films is […]

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How to remove the door panel on a BMW 7 Series

Method 1: For the front doors, there are torque screws under the plungers that need to be removed. After they’ve been unscrewed, the panel should pop off.    Method 2: For the back doors, you have to dig in with your fingertips to pop off the two-piece weather stripping at the top of the panel. […]

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How to tint the backglass on a BMW i8

Method 1: Remove the glass and tint it, then put it back in. To remove the glass, pull the outside lower window trim by prying it with something. Inside the cavity are two yellow tabs. Insert your bulldozer inside and press against the yellow tabs. Once the tabs are unclipped, the whole window can slide […]

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How to tint the dot Matrix on a Chevy Volt

Method 1: This matrix is actually relatively simple compared to the ones on other models. Sometimes it’s even possible to do no extra prep work to it. To be safe, it’s best to sand the matrix with fine steel wool while wet, and then tint over it as normal.   

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How to remove PPF from glass

Method 1: Use a steamer   Method 2: When pulling the PFF, don’t pull in the direction of the glass, try to pull it directly off the glass towards you, in a “lifting” motion rather than a “peeling” motion.    Method 3: Use hot water before attempting to remove the PPF. You can hook up […]

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The window won’t roll up on Nissan pickup truck after I removed the panel and rolled the window down. How to fix it

Method 1: If you’ve been rolling the window up and down on an older Nissan pickup truck while tinting it, it either came off its track, or the plastic tabs that connect to the actuator have snapped. There are small pieces of plastic that attach the actuator to the door. If they have broken or […]

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After tinting with ceramic film, the window is foggy and blurry, especially in the morning. What happened?

Method 1: What you’re most likely experiencing is known as ‘low angle haze’ which can happen to carbon and ceramic window films. When light shines at a low angle, as it does during morning or evening sun, haziness will appear in the window because of microscopic particle density in the IR layer of the film. […]

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How to tint a 2017 BMW i3

Method 1: The windshield is obviously very large, so it needs to be shrunk a lot. The doors are relatively tight, so it’s best to get those out of the way first. Before you tint the doors, check the sweeps – as some models have a little piece that can interfere with the film laying […]

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How to prep glass before applying film

Method 1: Prep work will depend on the condition of the car; older cars will require more cleaning and perhaps more disassembling, whereas a brand new car will be cleaner and quicker to prep. On a brand new car, you can usually get away with pulling the sweeps (if necessary), spraying the glass, and then […]

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Can you tint the back glass on a Corvette C8?

Method 1: Since the powerful engine is directly below the glass, it’s going to give off a lot of heat and put stress on the film. Although you can still tint this glass and have it last,  it’s best not to warranty the job or at least explain the situation to the customer. If you […]

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How to tint the back glass on a Honda CRV

Method: If it’s an older model, it may be better to take the glass out completely, clean out the grime, tint, and then reinstall the glass. Regardless, you have to take out the wiper motor, the cable around the windshield, and the brake light. If you don’t have a plotter to cut around everything, cut […]

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How to tint the back glass on a 1979 Camaro Z28

 Method 1: This model is a lot easier if the glass is removed because you can stretch shrink it with clamps on the corners to prevent the film from lifting. If you have to do it in place, make a standard H pattern and be ready to heavily manipulate the film. First, lay your pattern […]

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How to tint the back glass on a Crown Vic

Method: Cut your film long, at least a few inches on each end, and make relief cuts if needed. Tack the film down with an H pattern, and start heating and shrinking in the corners, keeping the fingers up and down. It’s important to keep the fingers vertical and split half of them to the […]

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How to repair knife scratches on windshields

Method 1: If the scratch is light enough, it can be sanded down, and then polished out. But if you try this process on a bigger scratch, the amount of sanding and polishing you’ll have to do will create a dip in the glass causing optical distortions. In situations where the scratch is too deep, […]

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How to tint the windshield of a 2020 GMC Denali

Method 1: Before doing anything keep in mind that there is a computer behind the glove box at the base of a pillar. The dealership cost to replace these computers is $6,000, so always thoroughly cover your dash, use a soak rope and towels, and try not to use more water than you need on […]

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How to tint a 2010 Volkswagen Beetle

Method 1: Remove panels and sweeps on all the doors to keep it cleaner and avoid light gaps. The roundness of the back glass makes it the most difficult part of the car. Cut the film for the back glass with lots of excess and pull shrink it past the ceramic all the way to […]

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How to tint the back glass of a 2016 Chevy Camaro

Method 1: Always be conscious of the computer on the left side of the back trunk. Water will run into it and destroy it so make sure to cover it up nicely before tinting.  The back windows are very tight, so unless you’re an experienced tinter, remove the back panel before tinting. If the car […]

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How to tint over the matrix on a Chevy Volt hatchback

Method 1: Sand the dots down with fine steel wool first. Tinting the matrix on Chevy Volts usually requires more heat than normal, so consider using lots of heat or using your heat gun on a higher temperature if the film isn’t sticking right. Apply lots of pressure and squeegee upwards. Glue can also help […]

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How to tint the front doors on a 2014 Chevy Impala

Method 1: First remove the door panels by undoing the 7mm screw just above the interior handle.  Then you can unclip the top of the panel, which gives you access to the gasket. Pull the gasket and cover your door if necessary. Then begin the tinting process as normal. Replace gaskets and panel components in […]

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How to avoid staining door panels when tinting

Method 1: Sometimes removing panels completely is the best way to avoid damaging door panels while tinting, but it’s not always practical. When tinting with the door panels in place, cover them up with specially made car door cover. They can either be draped right over the top of the window cavity or be fastened […]

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Traction control light, tire monitor light, and echo lights are all on after tinting a 2017 Honda Accord. How to make them turn off.

Method 1: The Honda Accords are programmed to notify you when the battery has been drained to critical levels. So if you’ve had the doors open or lights on for an extended period of time or if it goes dead and you have to jump it, those lights will usually be on. Just drive it […]

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Traction control light, tire monitor light, and echo lights are all on after tinting a 2017 Honda Accord. How to make them turn off.

Method 1: The Honda Accords are programmed to notify you when the battery has been drained to critical levels. So if you’ve had the doors open or lights on for an extended period of time or if it goes dead and you have to jump it, those lights will usually be on. Just drive it […]

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How to tint a Lexus IS 350

Method 1: Because of the finicky nature of the gaskets and seals, it’s always better to remove the door panels before tinting and shrinking. The panels can be removed by accessing the two screws on the bottom. Once the panel is removed, remove the bottom load as well. With the bottom load and panel removed, […]

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How to identify the causes of large peanuts

Method 1: Peanuts aren’t always caused by bad tinting jobs. Sometimes if a sticker is placed on top of the film and then ripped off, the force of ripping off the sticker can pull the film from the glass. Similarly, too much force from a suction cup can also lift the film up from the […]

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How to peel film on a mobile-tinting job

Method 1: Bring a piece of plexiglass and lay it down somewhere or lean against something.    Method 2: Use a folding table and stand it upright    Method 3: Sometimes it’s easier to just peel your film on top of the car. Peel the film for the front doors on the rear door, and […]

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How to strip off decades-old CDA adhesive

Method 1: Very old adhesive can be the most stubborn to remove. First, try a quality adhesive remover with a sharp blade. If you don’t have access to a high-quality adhesive remover, sometimes paint thinner, acetone, or oven cleaner will actually do a better job than the adhesive remover itself.   Method 2: If scraping […]

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How to remove the sweeps on a Lexus LC500

Method 1: The sweeps are clipped into the panel from the back, so in order to access them and get them back on, you need to remove the panels altogether. There are 2 screws on the driver side and four screws on the passenger side. The pins are embedded in the rubber. These clip holders […]

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How to tint a Ford Fusion 2013 and up

Method 1: Many tinters have issues with film failing on these models, especially the rear glass. Some believe it is the angle of the rear glass, while others believe that the defrosters are too thick, which causes them to get too hot when they’re turned on. There is a coating on the glass that causes […]

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How to tint the wings of a Ford Transit Connect

Method 1: Most tinters find using a plotter to be easier than hand cutting on these models. Removing the panel and the sweeps will make things much smoother as well. Loosen up the seals, slip in a bone stick and slide it around until there’s enough space to slip your film in. Then place your […]

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How to tint a 1990 Toyota Sera

Method: Most tinters will opt to shrink in a side to side manner rather than top to bottom. The doors can be done with a 30-inch roll. The rear screen can be done in one piece, shrunk up and down. Sometimes having a second person assisting with the tint on the rear screen makes the […]

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How to remove glue from back glass

Method 1: Sometimes there is no easy way. First, scrub it with fine steel wool and soapy water. This should remove most of the glue.    Method 2: Try using a razor blade with soap solution and a little elbow grease.    Method 3: There are also various adhesive/glue removers specifically designed for this process. […]

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Can I still tint a window if it’s chipped?

Method 1:  You can still tint a window if it’s chipped, but you have to do it from the opposite side of the chip. The chip may also become more visible when the dark color of the tint contrasts with the whiteish color of the chipped glass. Car owners should be advised that replacing the […]

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Why are there small dots in my tint?

Method 1: If you’re seeing the little dots inside your film after you tint, it just means the film was contaminated by dirt or dust. Make sure you’re wiping down your glass with a microfiber towel and wiping in only one direction. You also need to make sure you’re spraying and squeegeeing. If specks/dots are […]

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Tinting side windows of 2021 Kia K5.

Method 1: The sweeps are easy to remove as normal but the vertical side seals are very tight. If you need to remove the side seals it’s possible to do so by prying the top out a bit and then sliding them upwards.    Method 2: To tint with seals in place, you will have […]

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Tinting side windows of 2021 Kia K5.

Method 1: The sweeps are easy to remove as normal but the vertical side seals are very tight. If you need to remove the side seals it’s possible to do so by prying the top out a bit and then sliding them upwards.    Method 2: To tint with seals in place, you will have […]

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How to tint stationary side windows on Mazda 3

Method 1: These can be tinted without removing by sticking something between the interior gasket and the glass like a bulldozer or pry bar, creating a gap and then cutting the film long and hand-cut the rest. Stick the excess film in the gap you created, and then remove your bulldozer squeegee or pry bar.  […]

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How to tint a 2016 Maserati Ghibli

Method 1: If you want to remove the glass, you can do so by removing the 4 10mm screws underneath the shelf. However, it is fully possible to tint without removing anything and tinting as normal. Using a bulldozer squeegee helps with the tight spaces on the rear window.

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How to tint a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Method 1: This car is one of the most difficult models to tint because of the curvy dovetails on the bottom corners of the rear window, so many tinters will either refuse or charge a significant premium to do it. Tinters also may not offer a warranty. In order to tint all in one piece, […]

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My customer is complaining about a “squeaky window.” When they pull the side windows up and down, they say there’s a squeaking sound that wasn’t there before. What should I do?

Answer A.) Try cleaning the outside seal with a tri-edge and slip. This should solve the issue.    Answer B.) Sometimes, the molding can get dry and creaky due to residue from dried soapy solution. To deal with this issue, put some silicone spray on a paper towel and emulsify the rubber. This should help […]

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How to tint Jaguar XJL

Method 1: When pulling the rear deck, there is an alignment peg directly below the brake light. This can become a nuisance during the tinting process, and you may need to cut some of it off in order to reinstall.    Method 2: Be aware that the seals are very tight, including the rear 1/4s. […]

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How to use a soakrope before windshield tinting

Method 1: After protecting the dashboard with a microfiber towel, use a flat object such as a spatula or plastic wall scraper to insert the soakrope as deep as you can in between the glass and its perimeter.  Start in the middle and work your way to the outsides. Remove the rope afterwards.   

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How to remove CDF adhesive film from a window

Method 1: Cut 4-inch strips and peel off what you can. Make sure the glass is wet with soapy water, and then use a single-edged wall scraper with stainless steel blades to scrape away the residual pieces. Afterward, do a last wipe-down with acetone. If you plan on putting HPR or PS adhesive on next, […]

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How to use a steam to remove film from inside of the window

Method 1: Allowing the steamer to do the work for you, start at the corner and slow pull with your hand as the steam disconnects the film from the window.    Method 2: Using the more efficient  ‘Curtain Technique’, start at the two top corners and remove the film until there is one straight horizontal […]

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How to remove trapped hairs from under film.

Method 1: Assuming you’ve caught it before drying, use a marker to circle the hair so you don’t lose track of it. Start peeling from the nearest corner and thoroughly spray the window with your solution. Use your finger to remove hair, and then spray the area again. Reapply the film and then use your […]

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How to do mobile tint installs on cars

Method 1: Get the car out of the wind or use a camping-style tent to put the car under to prevent wind and falling debris. Thoroughly wipe down any surface that you plan on tinting before and during your installation. If you can, work quickly to reduce the chance of hair/debris landing under the film. 

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How to tint a 2020 Dodge Durango

Method: The glass on the inside of the windshield on the 2020 Dodge Durango will scratch when scraped with a stainless steel blade, so if you need to hand cut the film, use a cheaper metal blade. If you need to scrape the window, use an alternative like steel wool. It’s also imperative to properly […]

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How to tint 1954 Chevy truck corner windows

Method 1: Shrink to the sides with the windows in, keeping it clean with glue.    Method 2: Cutting the film long, tack it down in the middle of the bend and then pull shrink the sides. Try using a jig or clamps in order to keep the window still    Method 3: Some corner […]

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General tips for tinting a C8 Corvette.

Option A.) Don’t bother tinting the window covering the engine. It’ll inevitably fail.    Option B.) Watch out for the back window, as it can be a little tricky to maneuver in that tight space.   Option C.) Tinting the visor can be a potential issue, as there’s a built-in dashboard cam. A 5% film […]

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General tips for tinting a 2020 Audi A7.

Option A.) The defroster tabs on this car are hidden behind the panels on the hatch. Avoid jamming your squeegee past the plastic trim. This might end up damaging the defroster tabs.    Option B.) The seals are pretty tight, but this is actually a pretty easy car to tint overall because the windows are […]

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How to deal with inspection stickers and toll tags on the glass.

Option A.) Remove the inspection stickers prior to installation. After the installation is complete, carefully reapply the sticker. This way, it’s easier to remove stickers and add new ones without removing the film. When customers need to add/remove a sticker, tell them to come in and I’ll do it for them. This ensures the film […]

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How to shrink the back glass of a Kia Soul.

Option A.) Dry shrink it. If you’re using an H-pattern, this might cause issues. An easier method is to simply tack it straight across. Also, let the edges float and put some air under the corners with the heat gun if you’re having issues with the corners.    Option B.) Do a wet line directly […]

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How to tint a sunroof.

Option A.) Explain to the customer that there is a possibility of the sunroof shattering before installation.   Option B.) Only tint sunroofs with tempered glass. This results in a lower possibility of shattering.    Option C.) Use a plotter when tinting sunroofs.

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How to stop film from peeling back on a new Ford F-150.

Option A.) Don’t use too much soap in your slip solution.   Option B.) Go the extra mile when it comes to prepping the window. Scrub harder, and make sure to hit the small dots before installation.   Option C.) Do not over shrink.    Option D.) Do not use sandpaper.   Option E.) When […]

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How to tint the plastic windows on old Jeeps.

Option A.) Order new windows from the manufacturer that are tinted. These zip into place.    Option B.) Various types of light films and wraps are suitable for Jeep plastic windows.   Option C.) Remove the entire top, lay it flat on the ground, and tint it like you would any other window. Remember to […]

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How to remove minor scratches from window tint.

Method 1: The best way to deal with this issue is to remove the scratched film and replace with new film.   Method 2: Buff the scratched film.    Method 3: Spray the affected area with ammonia. Then take steel wool and scrub the area until the scratches fade away. 

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How to remove brake light on BMW Series 6

Method 1: Push metal tabs out with a small flathead screwdriver. Slide the brake light from the inside out through the small hole covering. When you’re ready to put the brake lights back, slide it back in – no tools required.   

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Any general tips for tinting a 68-72 Chevrolet Chevelle?

Answer A.) The back window doesn’t require much shrink. Just make sure you carefully examine the glass before you begin installation. Typically, these cars have silicon all over the place. It might be a good idea to cut just a tad short.    Answer B.) These cars have a reputation for accumulating dirt, so make […]

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How do I deal with the seals on older Jeep models?

Answer A.) First, fully clean the seals with a scrubby. Then, cut the films dead on the outside for a clean install.    Answer B.) You can remove the seals by pushing them out and then rope them back in when you’re finished. Just be sure to loosen or remove the interior panels first.    […]

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What are the downsides to bottom loading?

Answer A.) Bottom loading can lead to costly mistakes if you’re inexperienced. You can lose a lot of money if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if you don’t understand how the panels work. That being said, the best way to learn is to jump in headfirst.   Answer B.) Sometimes it’s better to […]

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Any general tips for tinting a 68-72 Chevrolet Chevelle?

Answer A.) The back window doesn’t require much shrink. Just make sure you carefully examine the glass before you begin installation. Typically, these cars have silicon all over the place. It might be a good idea to cut just a tad short.    Answer B.) These cars have a reputation for accumulating dirt, so make […]

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I’m new to window tinting, and I want to practice on a car before I start working with real clients. Are there any particular cars that are easier than others. What’s a good “training car?”

Answer A.) Just head to the junkyard and buy a broken down car for cheap. If you scratch it or make mistakes, it’s no big deal.    Answer B.) The back windows of SUVs are typically some of the easiest areas to tint. If you wanted to give it a try, I’d recommend starting with […]

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My customer is complaining about a “squeaky window.” When they pull the side windows up and down, they say there’s a squeaking sound that wasn’t there before. What should I do?

Answer A.) Try cleaning the outside seal with a tri-edge and slip. This should solve the issue.    Answer B.) Sometimes, the molding can get dry and creaky due to residue from dried soapy solution. To deal with this issue, put some silicone spray on a paper towel and emulsify the rubber. This should help […]

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Why does the rear window appear lighter even though I’m using the same film for each window?

Generally speaking, the rear window will always look slightly lighter, even though the exact same film is used. You can inform your customers that this is something of an optical illusion. The dynamics of certain windows and the type of lighting can sometimes cause strange effects. At the end of the day, film that appears […]

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