Method 1: Fingers usually happen when the liner shrinks more than the film. Leave your strip of film there and weed it after it’s already been shrunk. This will ensure that everything gets shrunk at the exact same rate.
Method 1: Try tinting the entire thing into three pieces: One for the middle, and one for each side. Prepare the dot matrix by sanding it down with 400 grit sandpaper. This will allow the matrix to stick to the film properly. Then clean off the debris thoroughly. Install each piece of film starting from […]
Method 1: The main challenge with these backglasses is having the corners scrunch up. To avoid this, cut the film longer in the corner sections. Use one hand to pull the edge away from the vehicle and then shrink starting from the corners, moving inwards to the middle. You can also make relief cuts on […]
Method 1: A tinter may charge the same amount as a Volkswagen or an Audi on these cars based on the tightness of the doors. The side gaskets are really deep, and the glass contains a strong emulsion which makes it very sticky. There are no screws needed to pull the sweeps, as you […]
Method 1: There is an endless amount of little things you can do to avoid particles landing on the glass before the film goes over the top. Mobile peel boards help minimize specks because you always have a clean, flat, easy surface to peel from. This minimizes the chance of the film coming into contact […]
Method 1: Sometimes dried soap suds will build up over time. Your filters need to be cleaned and rinsed with hot water as often as you can to prevent the build-up of gunk. Some soaps are more prone to this happening than others, and there is some debate about which ones are best. Many tinters […]
Method 1: Using the “pre-stretch” technique, stretch out your film beforehand, and then use memory form to shrink it back to fit the light. This technique helps to minimize bubbles or peanuts. You can also lay the bottom half first and make sure to leave no fingers whatsoever. Finally, you can gently pull upwards while […]
Method 1: If you’ve just tinted a window, and now the bottom edge of the film is peeling off after rolling the window up and down, you most likely didn’t slip the film deep enough into the seal. This means that when the window is rolled down, the edge of the film is catching the […]
Method 1: These doors can be tinted relatively easier than most except for the little piece of rubber in the bottom corner (next to the mirror). Nissan claims to have put them there to stop the glass from rattling. However, they are commonly removed for tint jobs anyway in order to get the film to […]
Method 1: If you’ve tinted the back glass of a 2007 BMW 328 and there are bubbles or streaks in the dot matrix, it’s because the matrix wasn’t prepared enough before installation. This means that it won’t completely adhere to the film. Some dot matrixes can be roughened up with a razor blade, but use […]
Method 1: Notoriously “sketchy,” Ford rearview mirrors have a certain system for removal. Before you do it, consider whether or not it’s worth breaking the glass in order to put a piece of tint on it. It’s okay to either turn the vehicle away or ask the customer to take it to a glass shop […]
Method 1: Some film utilizes CDA technology where the adhesive is activated when physical pressure is being exerted. This means that any streaks from glue breakage might mean that you’re pressing too hard with your fingertips when shrinking or installing. If you have already significantly increased the amount of slip solution you use then this […]
Method 1: These weatherstrips are incredibly tight, so if you have trouble, you can remove the entire panel instead. Remove the five screws and pop the panel off. Then remove the sweep. This will give you access to where you need the tint film needs to go. After the sweeps are pulled, apply the film, […]
How to prevent bright flashing lights, such as at a nightclub, from shining through the windows to the outside
Method 1: Try using a tint meter to know how much light needs to be filtered out. If the glass is dual-pane or Low E glass, it’s best not to go any darker than 25% if it gets direct sunlight, especially in hot climates. It will almost definitely overheat and crack and/or shatter eventually. If […]
Method 1: Certain types of dish soap or baby shampoo can eat away at the dye of leather or fake leather on door panels. Additionally, oven cleaner can also leave marks and destroy door panels. Generally speaking, abrasive substances like dish soap or oven cleaners should be avoided, and panels should all be covered or […]
Method 1: This is still a matter of debate. Some say that you should never try to mess with any sensors on a car, while others figure that if a sensor can work with rain, dirt, fog, and other issues, it’s not going to have any problems. When in doubt, either cut around the sensor […]
Method 1: Unfortunately the sweeps on this model will scratch the tint when you roll the windows up and down. If you want to avoid having to replace all four doors, explain the situation to the client and offer to replace the gaskets with fuzzier ones. A general rule of thumb for determining whether or […]
Method 1: These models are similar to tinting a Chevy Avalanche. It’s best just to pull the glass, hand cut it, and then replace it while hiding the slits under the metal bands. There are little clips that allow you to pop the glass. Some tinters will use black caulk around the edges as well. […]
Method 1: Use the pointy, pizza slice-shaped cards to place the film. The gaskets are very tight, and might not be worth it to try and remove. These windows have to be hand cut in place and slipped under the gasket by stretching them out with a pry tool. When shrinking, use little to no […]
Method 1: You will find wide sweeps in the upper channel. Pop the clip behind the speaker so you can loosen the panel a little bit, and then use a bone tool or pry bar to pry out the top outside edge with your hand until you can fit your hand in to grab the […]
Method 1: It could be that the battery is exhausted. If it’s a brand new vehicle, it could have sat at the dealership draining power for weeks if people were neglecting it there. Try recharging the battery and restarting it. If it won’t start after the battery has been charged, then you can probably rule […]
Method 1: You can usually get away with tinting right over top of it without affecting the camera. However, many tinters would prefer not to mess with warranties or the effectiveness of the camera. Unless the customer is totally adamant on having an entire sun strip across the back glass, it is probably safer to […]
Method 1: The only Lexus that has a factory coating on it is the NX300. Otherwise, no other models have one and it’s fine to use a blade to clean with on them.
Method 1: Some say using a plotter is a good way to consistently save money on labor by allowing the machine to do the work for you. Finding a high-value film to use can also save a lot of cash in the long term. Some tinters find ways to be efficient with their use of […]
Answer: There could have a massive drop in temperature that caused the glass to explode. If the tint shop is very warm while it’s well below freezing outside, this can put stress on older glass. For example, if the tinter heated up the glass with a heat gun while shrinking and then the customer quickly […]
Answer: If you’re very comfortable pulling sweeps off in this manner, you can just “pop them off” by grabbing the top section of the panel, digging in with your tips from the top face, and pulling away. Eventually, the middle will come out and you can slowly pop it off. A safer method though is […]
Answer: Open the door and grab the top panel with your bare hands right in the center. Pull out enough so that it pops off, but not the whole thing – just a section in the middle. While holding the panel with one hand, stick your other hand in through the gap. You should be […]
Answer: If you take the glass out completely, you can easily straight edge cut a piece of blackout tint before replacing it. Lay out the piece, clean it thoroughly, then put the primer on. After letting the primer dry you can tint as normal. If you can’t take it out, then the easiest way […]
Answer: Film takes two to four weeks to completely dry out during the dead of winter or the peak of summer. Some bubbles or “haziness” tend to appear during that period. If this is the case, these types of bubbles are harmless, will go away, and are not evidence of a bad tint job. Some […]
Answer: There are a lot of variables in this situation that could be contributing to the leak in the windshield after it’s been tinted. If the vehicle has a sunroof, then the most common reason for a leaking windshield is that the drains for the sunroof are clogged with dirt. The sunroof drains are grooves […]
Method 1: You can absolutely put electrochromic film on cars, and this product has been in use within the auto industry for a while. However, the film has to be manufactured in pieces per vehicle because cutting the film with a knife causes the chemicals to leak out. This means you can’t custom cut this […]
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. […]
Method 1: Remove the latch completely, tint, and then add it back again. To remove the latch, take a straight pick and push out the pin from the latch that runs vertically. You can go from top to bottom or bottom to top. There is a V-shaped piece of metal inside that acts as […]
Method 1: If you are in a hot climate where you’re forced to use air conditioning to make your home, office, or business comparatively very cold, you will most likely experience condensation. The more drastic the difference in temperature is between the inside and the outside, the more difficult it will be to prevent. […]
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 […]
Method 1: Remove door cards, and use an adhesive promoter to clean the plastic weatherstrip. Attach a 3/8ths wide strip of moleskin or felt. Then move forward and tint the car. Tint shops will often charge more for these models because of the extra time it takes to prepare the windows and the risk of […]
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. […]
Method 1: If a 2020 Dodge Ram won’t start after a tint job, then you have to really hope you haven’t fried the ignition module under the dash. Those modules are about a $3000 fix from the dealership. This one of the main reasons why some tint shops won’t do these models; It’s not worth […]
Method 1: Cut the top before you install. Then install and squeegee out the water – but not all the way to the sides yet. Using just a tiny bit of blade, cut around the sides. Take a card and force the water out and dry off with a paper towel. Method 2: You […]
Method 1: This usually happens because of issues in the module. There is no way to fix it except replace it with a new button. They cost around $100 and will be delivered by customer service.
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 […]
Method 1: If the gasket is easy enough to pull out, save yourself the time of trimming it and just pull it out and push it back in afterward. If the glass is very tight or the gasket seems brittle, you may have to resort to trimming. If you’re comfortable with it, you can use […]
Method 1: When tinting, heat it up with a heat gun and firmly push with your finger and a microfiber towel. Method 2: Prep thoroughly with steel wool, or softly scrape with a blade until the dots are smoother. You can also try using small amounts of glue.
Method 1: The way all shops work is different, depending on their process. Though conventional wisdom is usually around 1-3 days, it’s best not to touch any glass that’s under a week old. The urethane on each type of glass can be slightly different and needs to be able to fully cure before being tinted. […]
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. […]
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 […]
Method 1: It’s not recommended to use luxe on these windows. It can stay on sometimes, but generally speaking, there is a high chance that it will fail rather quickly. Because of the way the plastic window contorts as it opens and closes, eventually the luxe will crease up, get bubbles, or start to lift. […]
Method 1: On both front doors of the CLA250 and C300 are holes in the paneling that lead to the modules. Remove the door panels and pull the small tabs off. Then stuff these holes with cloth, paper towels, or anything else laying around that can prevent the entry of moisture. For extra precaution, you […]
Method 1: Some vehicles like certain Mercedes, Camaro, and Cayenne models have delicate defroster lines that can come off when taking off old tint film while not even leaving any leftover adhesive. Unfortunately, the only way to fix it is to pay for a new window or try to get the company to warranty it. […]
Method 1: Tint in three pieces. Prep the matrix with 400 grit sandpaper, clean thoroughly, and then stick the film from the window’s edge to the outer side of the sensor. For easier cuts, remove the plastic light and hand cut around it.
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.
Method 1: Use the liner to cut your shape and use it as a guide to cut the film Method 2: Flip the film upside down to shrink, and then right side up to trim and touch up. Method 3: Dry shrink as much as you can, and then hand cut the bottom […]
Method 1: Keep in mind that there is a foam strip at the bottom of the back glass on Honda Accords. Most of the time, when the bottom of the backglass’ film is lifting up, it’s because the film is slightly butted up against the foam strip, and when water collects near the strip, it […]
Method 1: If it’s an issue with your prep work, try focusing on using 0000 grit steel wool on the defrosters and thoroughly cleaning them afterwards. Put special focus where the lines curve upwards as this is where the peanuts are most likely to appear. Always spray afterwards with your mounting solution and squeegee it […]
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 […]
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. […]
Method: The best way is to remove the hatch panels and just tape off the felt. To remove the panel, look for three clips. Two of them won’t come out until you slide the pillar upwards and use needlenose pliers to fetch them out. There will be holding till tabs that you have to put […]
Method: There should be two torques, one behind the door handle and one in the middle of the door panel. The underside of the door has a plastic bolt that needs to be twisted off. The rest of the fasteners are just push tabs. You don’t always need to pull the whole panel to tint […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: Open the hatch roughly halfway and keep it in place. Next, sit on the back of the trunk to reverse roll your film. Make sure you have shrunken it completely so the fingers don’t pop up on the inside. Since the limited space makes the inside of the glass so tight, cut your […]
Method 1: If you use a lot of water in the area surrounding the module in the door of the rear hatch, it can get wet and cause electronic malfunctions. Since these cars are so sensitive, always cover them up and don’t use more water or slip solution then you need. If you have an […]
Method: Covering the panel or removing it altogether is the best way to remove water stains. But if you have stains after tinting, it is still possible to remove. First, spray the panel with Armor All and then wipe it with a white scrubby. You can also hit the stains with a heat gun and […]
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 […]
Method 1: There is no way to get clean edges on gasket or silicon that has become jagged or uneven after years of deterioration. The only way tint it properly is to trim it straight with your blade, or cut it all off completely and redo it – either with new gasket or new caulking. […]
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 […]
Method: The 2020 NX 300 has a coating on the inside of the glass that can make it easily scratchable. If you see a scratch, it’s most likely in the coating rather than the glass itself. It is possible to remove the coating. You will need to remove the entire coating on the glass, so […]
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 […]
Method: This depends on the window and the state you’re in. For example, Alaska only allows 70% on the front side windows and 30% on the rear window. Wyoming on the other hand allows 28% on all windows, whether it’s the windshield, front windows, or back window. Exceptions are only made if you have medical […]
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, […]
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 […]
Method 1: The simplest way is to just keep them in boxes or buckets, unfolded; one for dirty rags and one for clean. You can also use drawers. To minimize the collection of dust, roll them up and then stack your rolled rags on shelves. Use a laundry style basket for dirty rags so they […]
Method 1: Subaru completely recommends against this and many tinters refuse to tint over these windshields. That being said, other tinters decide to go right ahead. It has been reported in the past that a tint job over the EyeSight will make the cameras and sensors malfunction, causing accidents or rear ends. It is possible […]
Method 1: The shape of the window makes it easy to get bonds or creases in the bottom and top corners after you tack it. To avoid this and get a clean shrink, use a drier sheet and wet only the center line. Next, go ahead and dry shrink it as normal.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: Trim the inside gasket on the side closest to the roll-up window at a 45-degree angle and slide it in with lots of slip solution. Try creating your pattern by cutting a liner on the outside of the car. You can also cut the liner on your film on a peelboard or other […]
Method 1: Grab the square plastic piece that connects the mirror to the glass, and turn it counterclockwise. It will pop off and come down. You will then see a lever under the mirror. Push that lever down and then slide the mirror off. Don’t pull on the mirror, only slide it after the lever […]
Method 1: The best thing to do is just to remove the spoiler. The spoiler can be removed by removing the plastic cap from the inside. Remove the 4 bolts holding the 2 handles. Then, remove the 2 housings for the lights on the trunk. You will also have to remove the wiper and the […]
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 […]
Method 1: Use your stick to get pop the black cover off, and then use your fingers to pull the rubber off the glass while liberally spraying your solution into the gasket. This should give you enough of a gap and lubrication to slide your film into the gasket.
Method 1: The easiest way to tint these quarter windows is to leave them in place and trim the rubber about a sixteenth of an inch from the high corner downwards along the rounded corner. Leave your knife blade out only a couple of clicks, and slowly slice the rubber while being careful not to […]
Method 1: Make a small back cut on the inside of the rubber lining to make it completely uniform. Cut out your pattern with about an eighth of an inch past the rubber and then cut your sides and top evenly. It should go right in without any issue. Method 2: If you have […]
Method 1: Cutting out the film for these quarter windows by hand can be a lot faster than using your computer. If you’re not confident about hand cutting it on the vehicle, try creating a guide by cutting a pattern out an old release liner, and then using that to cut out the quarter. Once […]
Method 1: Many tinters agree that most tint jobs on Ford Fusions will fail within two years, regardless of the quality of the film or the conditions it is exposed to. These issues usually arise only with the 2013 models and newer ones. It is common for tint shops to void the warranty on these […]
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, […]
Method 1: These trailers have a total of 16 panels, so they’re much more time-consuming. However, the tinting process is relatively simple compared to similar models. Most tinters will charge somewhere between $1100 and $1500.
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: Lay your film over and then cut on the left side. Next, shift the film over the top of the dots about half an inch. Now cut the bottom and the left side of the film. Slide your film over so it just exceeds the dots, and then bump it downward about a […]
Method 1: Take the seals out of the bottom load and tack down one side of your film. With your heat gun on low, slowly shrink the other side of the film. With motions similar to that of back window shrinking, move across slowly and then gradually work your way down. You may get creases […]
Method 1: Remove the two screws on either side and take the panel off. Then remove the clips on the wiring and disconnect the bulb.
Method 1: The most common reason for getting creases on the back glass of a 2020 Toyota Corolla is from doing an H pattern. Instead of using an H pattern, tack the film down with one horizontal line dividing the top from the bottom sections. When it comes to the top corners, don’t pull from […]
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: After placing your H pattern, lay your film down on the window with some excess. Once the film is tacked down, cut 4-6 inch relief cuts from the back corner of the window to about 3/4s of the way down towards the front doors. Then start shrinking with your heat gun, starting at […]
Method 1: One option is to remove the glass. There are 2 bolts behind the door panel and a screw on the top which are easy to pull. Method 2: If you prefer to leave the glass in while tinting, you can loosen the seals while you’re cleaning it. Then stick a card into […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: The most popular tool to get water out of the back windows is a bulldozer, but sometimes its not always practical or sufficient. Another helpful tool is a side swipe. You can also get pretty creative with certain blades or something similar.
Method: Cut your film and then shrink it on the outside. Don’t ever use a torch on this model as the glass will break fairly easily. Cut a 1/16th inch gap on the bottom edge of the rear glass and a hairline gap around the whole thing to prevent the film from sucking up debris. […]
Method 1: Use a soak rope and make sure to thoroughly insert it as tightly as possible. After a clean squeegee job, leave the soak rope in for a few minutes. If you pull out the soak rope right after squeegeeing, the rope will slide against your film and this is what causes the streaks. […]
Method 1: There are many things you can and should do to prevent contamination of your film. The first thing to consider is your environment. If you’re outside, debris can fly onto your glass. If you’re in a dusty environment, you will also be more prone to debris. In debris-prone environments, you have to be […]
Method 1: Many tinters have trouble slipping the film inside the side window seals. To do this effectively, you can pop the tops of the door panels off, and then pull the seals. Once the seals are out, you can clean underneath and tint as normal. The seals will slide back in the way they […]
Method 1: The main difficulties with Elantra windshields are the tight top corners. There is a lot to shrink in a really small amount of surface area. A thicker film will exacerbate these problems, so don’t use a film that is thicker than you need. In order to prevent pockets and creases, try tacking the […]
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. […]
Method 1: Because of the tight narrow corners, many tinters will charge a lot for these. Most of the time, it’s easier just to remove the glass, shrink it from the inside, and then install. Once installed, trim a ⅜ inch around the perimeter to tale the glue into account. Then let it dry and […]
Method 1: If removing the gasket is not possible, there are a number of possible solutions. The first thing you can do is get someone on the other side of the window to pull on it with a suction cup in order to create a gap between the glass and the gasket. Then use a […]
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 […]
Method 1: A 36-inch roll on a back window will be adequate for every Mitsubishi Eclipse model from the year 2000 and up.
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 […]
Method 1: Film rolls should rest on soft surface shelves or racks so as to not put stress on them and cause creases or folds. You can glue foam to shelves, or for a more economical method, you can buy vertical closet racks and put them on your wall side to side, and then use […]
Method 1: Repeated scraping will eventually damage or remove the defroster lines, and scraping around them is nearly impossible. The best way to remove an old film is to use the trash bag method: Soak the whole window in heavy ammonia and then cover it with a black trash bag. Then place the car in […]
Method 1: These dot matrices are prone to heater lines, so it’s important to go slow and shrink evenly. Method 2: Prep work is probably the most important for the dot matrix. Thoroughly scrub down with steel wool or a clay bar.
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 […]
Method 1: There is a risk of uneven heat stress on the glass, but windshields on new models of high-end vehicles – for example, a Tesla Model X – are not as at risk for this. In general, it’s completely fine and problems are uncommon.
Method 1: One option is to take an extra 5 minutes to remove the glass to tint. This will eliminate all possibilities of light gaps. This can be done by slipping a lubricated equalizer shield under the side of the glass next to the door. The whole piece of glass will pop out with the […]
Method 1: It is possible to remove the sweeps on a 2020 Chevy Colorado but it is not advisable due to the risk factor of cracking the door panel. It is still possible to tint without removing by a good tape job and extra slip solution.
Method 1: It is more difficult to tint without removing the seals, but it is possible. The vertical side seals are harder to deal with than the bottom ones. Tape the vertical side seals and use a lot of your slip solution on those seals, getting it extra wet and lubricated so the film can […]
Method 1: First and foremost consider the legal restrictions in your state. Many people who drive high-end models prefer not to be seen, and darker tints on lower-end models can look a bit ‘tacky’ to many. Also, consider what you have to match the other windows to. Most high-end vehicles, and also many trucks and […]
Method 1: Start with good prep, and make sure you prep the defroster lines thoroughly with either steel wool or a clay bar. Method 2: If you’re wet shrinking, be more conservative with your slip solution. Peanuts are usually just tension points caused by an uneven shrinking, so make sure to take your time […]
Method 1: Preventing this from happening with soak ropes and dash towels is the first step. Otherwise, leave the car running with the heater blowing in foot position. If you have fans, set them up inside as well.
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. […]
Method 1: Loosen the film with a steamer and then scrape off with razor blade. Clean off any remaining debris with your window cleaner Method 2: If you don’t have a steamer, soak the glass in Windex or Ammonia and then cover with a black trash bag. Store the car somewhere hot or in […]
Method 1: To avoid peeling after years of opening and closing the top, use a static cling film. Method 2: Tint it with a smoke job instead
Method 1: Liberally spray your slip solution and then lightly scrub left to ride with the clay bar. Keep the window wet with your slip solution the entire time. To clean the clay bar, just run under warm water to get rid of the grit. You can store in a Ziploc bag. With proper care […]
Method 1: Depending on your state, it could be as little as $700 or as much as $1200
Method 1: If you’re going to sand, wet sanding with 0000 steel wool is probably the most abrasive you should use on it to avoid scratches. Method 2: Many tinters won’t touch them with a sander and instead will just rub them down with a scrub pad, especially on new models with cleaner surfaces. […]
Method 1: If you’re confident in your cutting abilities, leave the window in and cut around the screw caps on the glass and tint normally. Method 2: Remove the window by taking off the screw caps. If the screws look like they might strip, you can try heating them a bit with a heat […]
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.
Method 1: Depending on the level of tint, the cameras may or may not be affected. It is best not to go darker than 70%. However, Subaru may void the customer’s warranty if you do put a brow in front of the cameras.
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, […]
Method 1: The mirror will slide upwards from the clip that is adhered to the windshield. Insert a right-angle hook bar in the very center between the mirror and the clip on the windshield. Tap the hook bar inside with a small rubber mallet or even the handle of a screwdriver so you don’t damage […]
How to stop the Tesla Model X from closing up automatically and doing other things automatically that interfere with the tinting process?
Method 1: Take the battery out of the key remote.
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. […]
Method 1: Make sure the blade holder isn’t faulty. The spinning blade can become caught or snagged if the holder isn’t gripping properly. Method 2: Examine the pinch rollers. Make sure that they are locked down and firmly pressing down when the plotter is operating. If the pinch rollers are faulty, it can cause […]
Method 1: Cut around the sensor instead of trying to remove it. Method 2: Unplug the wires, remove the interior mirror, and tint around the sensor. Method 3: There are metal tabs that you can wedge out at either side. The sensor is affixed to the glass with a gel pad. This sticky […]
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.
Method 1: Use a dryer sheet, rub an “H” pattern with a damp sponge and then dry shrink. Method 2: For a non-toxic method, use a soap bar on a damp towel, and then blow it dry, and then dry shrink. Method 3: In place of dryer sheets or soap, use a heat […]
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, […]
Method 1: Print out a miniature version and stick it to a window or some glass. Take a photo of them, and then upload the photos to photoshop and edit in the door, car, or window frame. Print out or email to clients.
Method 1: Use a torch to lightly melt and coating or residue to smooth out the surface. Method 2: Use polish to remove any hydrophobic coatings.
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 […]
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 […]
Method 1: Cut the film long and put relief cuts on the excess film. This will allow you to pull the bottom corners tight without causing bubbles or creases.
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.
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 […]
Method 1: Depending on the type of adhesive used, you can get away with doing it a few minutes afterwards, but most technicians will wait 2 days to 1 week before tinting.
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 […]
Method 1: Find the screws on the edges to remove the vertical bars, then slide the glass out sideways.
Method 1: Depending on the car and whether or not you want it on side and rear reflectors as well, it could be anywhere from $100 to $300 a set.
Option A.) Burn off the coating with a torch. This can be dangerous in certain circumstances, so use a small torch (the kind chefs use to make creme brulee). Option B.) There are specialized products that are made specifically for removing this hydrophobic coating. If you don’t have access to these products, try stove […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Option A.) Carry three different types: A budget type, a “standard” type,” and an expensive type. This will allow you to appeal to a range of different customers who have different priorities and budgets.
Option A.) Make sure it’s not overfilled with water. Option B.) Lay the nozzle on the ground, bend the chrome ring on the hose, and let the water drain and sputter for a few minutes. Option C.) Sometimes, you need to wait up to 25 minutes for the steamer to get hot. You […]
Method 1: Use a three-piece approach for the rear window. Method 2: Remove the passenger seat first. Then go in headfirst and tint the window while upside down (on your back).
Method 1: Stack the glare strips on top of each other on a 20-inch roll. Method 2: Set up a custom width on your cutting table. Method 3: Take a 36-inch roll and cut it into three 12-inch sections.
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.
Method 1: Put headlight smoke film on the outside. Method 2: Use two spatulas on either side, with one spatula holding the film in place and another pushing the water out. Choose spatulas that have a significant amount of flex to make the tinting easier. Method 3: Create your own custom tool that […]
Method 1: Make sure the window is clear from any obstructions. Hold the “window down” button for ten seconds. Hold the “window up” button for ten seconds. Finally, hold the “window down” button once again for a further ten seconds. This should deal with any issues.
Method 1: Take the trim level into account. If the trim does not feature woodgrain or chrome, then you can pull sweeps without an issue. If the time does feature woodgrain or chrome, then you cannot pull the sweeps without removing the entire door panel. Method 2: Newer models have an added lip that […]
I’m working with an old, fragile truck. It has brittle gaskets and there’s even duct tape placed on random spots. What’s the best way to approach this job?
Answer A.) Cut one side first. Then, slide it over about ¼ of an inch on the other side for a clean install. Answer B.) First, you need to go in and trim the inside gasket and cut the wing. Then, you need to thoroughly clean the area and let it dry before applying […]
I’m having trouble with my VQ Plotter. After sliding the head to one side, I’m noticing that my side cutting is cutting while the actual blade itself is not. I’ve reset the machine and recalibrated the blade, but nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions?
Answer A.) When you slide it all the way to the side like that, it engages the slitter. Sometimes, the slitter can get stuck as a result. Take the cover off and see what’s causing the slitter to become stuck.
Answer A.) First, pop the panel back slightly. Then, go in and pull the seal. Answer B.) After you’ve popped the panel back, wedge the corners. Afterwards, you can actually sit in the car and bottom load for a clean install. Answer C.) There’s a small screw at the latch. Take it out, […]
Help! I had to redo my film, and when I removed it, the defrosters came off the window while attached to the film. What do I do now?
Answer A.) Speak to your customer and tell them what happened. If it’s a concern for them, you may have to replace the entire window for them. Answer B.) There’s not much you can do now. However, in the future you might want to let your customers know that you can’t guarantee their defrosters […]
Answer A.) Use the wet shrinking technique. Leave the center as a large bubble first, or pull it down from both sides. Answer B.) This is actually easier than it looks. No shrinking is required if you take your time, wet the entire surface, and card out all the water.
Answer A.) You may have to remove some of the panels to ensure a clean install. Answer B.) Make sure to cover the sides with plastic or towels if you’re working on the roof.
I’m seeing newer car models with a built-camera for driver-assisted technology near the windshield. Is it okay to remove the camera or get it wet?
Answer A.) When tinting windows with a camera nearby, it’s important that you don’t get it wet. This is especially true when you’re dealing with driver-assisted technology since this is safety equipment designed to protect the driver. Answer B.) Whatever you do, don’t tamper with the camera in any way. Doing so could make […]
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. […]
Answer A.) Spray it with a mixture of alcohol and water. Answer B.) Clean it with ammonia and go over it with steel wool. Answer C.) Heat the outside of the window while applying pressure. Answer D.) Go over it with a copper mesh pad. Answer E.) Wet sand the blackout […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Answer A.) This car can be a little tricky. First off, you can’t really remove the headrests, and this leaves you with almost no room to install film on the back glass. In addition, the rear windows have seals that you have to avoid when you tint. Answer B.) Watch out for water dripping […]
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 […]
Answer A.) There’s no easy way to eliminate visible pinch points on the final product, but bottom loading has provided good results for me personally. When bottom loading, you may want to pull sweeps out for even cleaner results. Answer B.) Pinch points are relatively normal, and they go away with heat. That being said, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Most professionals will tell you that it’s best to remove the existing tint before you start your work. With this approach, you can guarantee your work without having to worry about existing defects from someone else’s job. That being said, the customer is always right. If they insist that they want a new layer […]
Proper maintenance of your tank goes a long way. Some tinters prefer to power wash the inside and then wipe the inside. Others simply rinse it out or soak with warm, soapy water. In any case, you should aim to clean your tank at least once a month.
Laws differ from state to state, but it’s generally illegal to completely tint a front windshield in the United States. Remember, it’s the customer’s responsibility to adhere to the law when they operate their vehicle, not yours. That being said, if a customer requests a window tinting service that prevents their car from being street […]
Yes, this is true. You can avoid this by keeping your heating gun mobile, and not keeping it in one location for too long. In addition, you might want to look over the windshield for small, pre-existing “spiderweb” cracks before you begin work. If you spot them, you should notify your customer. A soak rope […]
Although photographs are an excellent way to promote and advertise your services, certain lighting may not be ideal for “showing off” your finished window tinting jobs. For best results, simply photograph the car in the sunlight. Alternatively, some tinters claim that LED lighting helps cameras pick up the added layers of film more easily.
A good solution is to use some clear lining and trace out a template using a sharpie. Using this template, you can ensure that your cuts are accurate every time.
In some cases, customers might be rolling down their windows too early after the installation has been completed. Politely ask them to wait longer before rolling their windows down in the future. If the customer insists that they’re waiting long enough and it’s still an issue, make sure to heat the top edge of the […]
Yes, removing the spoiler is usually a good idea if things seem tricky otherwise. Anything that gives you more room to maneuver is going to be a big help.
There are a number of things you can try. First of all, you might want to clean the window once again. Sometimes, cleaning the window three or four times is necessary. Defrosters might also be the root of the issue, especially on back windows. You can sand down the defrosters or go over them with […]
Yes. During hot days, you might want to work in the shade. If this isn’t possible, add more tint slip or slime to your bottle. The opposite may be necessary in cold temperatures. Many window tinters like to add dish soap or baby shampoo to their dish soap to their squirt bottles.
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 […]
Always remove the top strip and start from scratch. It’s best to provide your customers with 100% new film, and leaving behind an old top strip just doesn’t make sense. In addition, you can be sure you’re using top-quality films when you do the re-do the entire job.