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How to tint around the sensors of a 2021 Toyota Highlander

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 […]

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How to tint a 2021 Kia K5

  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 […]

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How to avoid specks on tint jobs.

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 […]

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What causes scum/soap coagulation?

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 […]

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How to tint the taillights on a 2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

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 […]

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Why are there bubbles in the dot matrix of my 2007 BMW 328?

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 […]

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How to remove the rearview mirrors on a 2021 Ford F-150

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 […]

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How to prevent glue breakage on backglass tint jobs

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 […]

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How to tint past the weatherstrip on a 2021 Ford 150

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, […]

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Why is my door panel fabric stained after tinting?

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 […]

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How to tint side doors on a 2021 Mercedes AMG GT43

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 […]

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How to tint the back glass on an Escalade ESV

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. […]

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How to remove the sweeps on a 2020 Mazda 6

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 […]

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How to tint around the smart camera in a 2019 Subaru Ascent

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 […]

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How to save money in an auto tinting shop.

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 […]

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How to remove the sweeps on a 2019 Ford Ranger

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 […]

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How to put a blackout line on the backglass of a Camaro

  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 […]

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A windshield leaking after I tinted it? What happened?

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 […]

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Can you put electrochromic film on cars?

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 […]

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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 you prevent condensation on windows?

  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. […]

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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 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 long after getting a windshield replaced can you tint it?

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. […]

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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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What to do about broken defroster lines and how to prevent it

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. […]

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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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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 of a 2019 Porsche 911 Targa

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 […]

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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 remove blade scratches on a 2020 Lexus NX 300

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 […]

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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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What is the darkest you can tint a windshield?

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 […]

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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 store your clean rags and towels for tinting

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 […]

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Can you tint the windshield on a Subaru Crosstrek with EyeSight?

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 […]

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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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How to remove the rearview mirror on a 2017 Honda Accord

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 […]

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How to tint the back quarter windows of a 2007 Ford Fusion

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 […]

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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 quote for a 1987 Airstream trailer

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.   

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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 tint the front passenger doors of a Ford GT

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 […]

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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 the back window on a Corvette C6 XPEL XR

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 […]

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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 tint a 2016 Jaguar F-Type

Method 1: This is one of the easier models so just tint as normal. Some tinters prefer preheating the door windows. Make sure to tuck the film under the rubber gaskets with your preferred tool. 

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How to tint a 57 Chevy without removing the glass

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. […]

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How to avoid water streaks on the back window of a Tesla

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. […]

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Preventing contamination of tint film

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 […]

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Tinting the side windows of a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis

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 […]

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Tinting the windshield of a 2019 Nissan Elantra.

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 […]

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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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How to tint the back window of a 1978-1987 El Camino

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 […]

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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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The best way to store window film.

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 […]

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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 the quarter windows on a 2016 Honda Accord.

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 […]

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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 use clay bars.

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 […]

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How to prep the side dots on BMW windows

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.  […]

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How to cut out side windows on a 1988 GMC truck

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 […]

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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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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 avoid pinch marks when using a plotter

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 […]

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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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Tips for removing hydrophobic coating on the windshield

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 […]

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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 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 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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How to tint the back window on a 2019 Toyota Tundra.

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. 

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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 […]

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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. 

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do I stop pinch points from showing up in the final product?

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, […]

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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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Is it true that having a car with a tinted windshield is illegal?

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 […]

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What’s the best way to get a good “before and after” photograph of my hard work?

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. 

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What can I do to avoid film peeling at the top of windows?

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 […]

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Can the temperature affect my window tinting jobs?

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. 

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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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