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Tint (do it your self) #332566 Nov 21, 10:13pm Nov 21, 10:13pm
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Tint (do it your self)
im thinking of doing my own tint.. has anyone else tried this?
what do i need besides the tint and cutters.. do yu use a hair dryer and window cleaner?

any advice would be appreciated
thanks!

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: WaWaWAGTS] #332567 Nov 21, 10:15pm Nov 21, 10:15pm
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dont do it... it'll come out like shit ...

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: spaztikid] #332568 Nov 21, 10:17pm Nov 21, 10:17pm
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Originally Posted by spaztikid
dont do it... it'll come out like shit ...


^^^ agree

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: PnOy2nv] #332569 Nov 21, 11:57pm Nov 21, 11:57pm
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get ready to spend hours with a squeegee trying to get air bubbles out


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: Xer0GT] #332570 Nov 21, 11:59pm Nov 21, 11:59pm
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Originally Posted by Xer0GT
get ready to spend hours with a squeegee trying to get air bubbles out


man we did that with my bros s2k, man was that a BITCH

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: rem] #332571 Nov 22, 12:06am Nov 22, 12:06am
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Preparing the work area: One of the most troublesome factors when installing window tint is free-floating dust. Particles that get sealed between the tint and the glass are there permanently and may be a source of damage. This is a job best done in a closed, controlled area -- as dust-free as possible and away from the elements.


Tip: Wet the floor of the work area before you begin the installation. Keeping the floor surface wet will help prevent additional dust particles from being stirred up into the air.
Materials:

Window-tinting film
Spray bottle
Rubber squeegee
Single-edged razor blade
Distilled water
Mild soap (or mild dishwashing soap or baby shampoo)
Lint-free cloth
Butcher paper or craft paper
Pencil

Full article at...
http://www.diynet.com/diy/ab_windows/article/0,2021,DIY_13702_2271201,00.html



...

This may also help...
http://www.tintdude.com/forum/index.php


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: isaac] #332572 Nov 22, 12:17am Nov 22, 12:17am
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Isaac posted some very good info...

Nonetheless, I've seen my brothers try to do tint MANY times. It NEVER turns out right. You might get it 95% right, but you'll have some bubbles, scratches, ect.

I'd install my own exhaust or springs before I'd do this myself.


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: RevMonster] #332573 Nov 22, 12:28am Nov 22, 12:28am
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Such as you are, especially here in Southern California - The 5 Window tint for the Celica can run from $110 to $150... And as low as $90 for this time of the year - You must shop around and be sure to go with something that has a lifetime or even 5 year guarantee with it thumbsup

The material required to do your own (DO IT YOURSELF) tint of this size can be purchased for $40 to $80...

For the small $$$ difference, it is worth it to just pay someone else for a PERFECT installation, instead of trying to do it yourself... BUT if you want to take this project on by yourself - best of luck rice


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: isaac] #332574 Nov 22, 1:03am Nov 22, 1:03am
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It's a pain in the ass, and it best to give it to someone that does it everyday, they just know it better.

But I give you props doing it yourself, but do what the site says that Isaac linked to. It'll help a long way! Also, buy the best possible tint film. Make sure it has a type of material in it to make it last longer. Buy cheap film, it'll fade on ya faster. I'm not sure what the type of material is in the film, maybe someone can help me out here?!?!?

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: shox] #332575 Nov 22, 1:05am Nov 22, 1:05am
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with some time you can do the front 2 and 1/4 2. pay someone to have the rear done.


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: RevMonster] #332576 Nov 22, 5:52am Nov 22, 5:52am
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Originally Posted by RevMonster
Isaac posted some very good info...

Nonetheless, I've seen my brothers try to do tint MANY times. It NEVER turns out right. You might get it 95% right, but you'll have some bubbles, scratches, ect.

I'd install my own exhaust or springs before I'd do this myself.


my parents did it on our old ass taurus, and it sucks...

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: CelicaRacer05] #332577 Nov 22, 6:17am Nov 22, 6:17am
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you have to take off all of the paneling and what not first...wet the floor, and have a steady hand and lots of time...best to do it inside of the garage with a small crack and a couple of fans blowing air outward...better to get someone else to do it...people can tell who did their tint themselves when they drive down the highway

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: AZZKIKR] #332578 Nov 22, 8:22am Nov 22, 8:22am
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i would just save the headache and spend $130 for a decent professional job...

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: ragingpaseo] #332579 Nov 23, 8:50am Nov 23, 8:50am
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Unless you want to start making some side cash and doing it on other cars, then I would just get some pro to do it. Not worth the trouble.


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: Chelica815] #332580 Nov 23, 11:09am Nov 23, 11:09am
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i know a place over hear in the 714 area that can do it for 120 w/a life time warranty, i got it there w/limo tint all around so pm if you interested...


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: hefner] #332581 Nov 23, 11:44am Nov 23, 11:44am
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yeah man just get it done yourself.. save you a lot of hassle and will come out better if your un-experianced.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: RookieGTS] #332582 Nov 23, 12:16pm Nov 23, 12:16pm
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dont do it, it gets bad allways and no mather how good you try one place you will fuck up

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: oas] #332583 Nov 23, 12:50pm Nov 23, 12:50pm
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You can always spot the "do it yourself" tint jobs on the highway, their purple looking ones with a ton of air bubbles in them.

My tint job was $150. and I got a lifetime guarantee against bubbles and cracking, well worth the money.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: oas] #332584 Nov 23, 3:19pm Nov 23, 3:19pm
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Originally Posted by oas
dont do it, it gets bad allways and no mather how good you try one place you will fuck up


bullshit. I did my own, there are 0 airbubbles or creases, and its been on three years. Mine looks better than my buddies who OWNS a tint shop. It is not hard you just need to have patience, be meticulous, and be a perfectionist. I did 5% back three windows, 20% sides.

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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: grcelica] #332585 Nov 23, 3:44pm Nov 23, 3:44pm
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Wow grcelica you are good thumbsup

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: xcivickillerx] #332586 Nov 23, 4:08pm Nov 23, 4:08pm
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Thanks...theres nothing wrong with paying someone to do something for you, but I get more satisfaction out of doing things on my car myself.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: grcelica] #332587 Nov 23, 5:40pm Nov 23, 5:40pm
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word up, you should charge friends to get it done by you thumbsup


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: eric_h] #332588 Nov 23, 5:54pm Nov 23, 5:54pm
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i helped my friend do his, and we fucked it up. lollol oh well, serves him right. I told him right from the get go that i didnt know squat about applying tint. grin


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: Zero] #332589 Nov 23, 7:18pm Nov 23, 7:18pm
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hey tintin is pretty hard but not that hard with the celica, ive tinted my integra and it was simple except for the back window which i had to cut in strips. but for the celica its a piece of cake...the sides windows are the easiest..take off the side panels and then get some cardboard and trace the shape of the top of the window, cut it out and use it to cut the top of the tint after applied..the reason why i say the celica is so simple is cause the driver and passenger side windows have no frame to it. Also the rear winshield is pretty flat so you can get the job done with one sheet and so is the front(if you want a strip on top)...just take off the rear view Mirror, tint then apply it over it. the back windows i did in less then 30 min


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: Zero] #332590 Nov 23, 7:19pm Nov 23, 7:19pm
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I have done several friends rides. A 98 Eclipse, easy to do, a 96 Camaro (that back window is a nightmare), and I did my wifes last car, a Cavalier. That back window is also a bear. The celica is actually quite easy. Hatch window is close to flat. I had a 56 beetle (with a 400 in front) that I tinted out to because the bucket seats were where the back seat had been and I got tired of hearing "hey back seat driver!" thumbsup

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: grcelica] #332591 Nov 23, 7:28pm Nov 23, 7:28pm
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yeah ive tinted about 4 to 5 cars also, all very simple to do except for the back window..but the celica windows are all flat.


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: ahnjae] #332592 Nov 23, 9:09pm Nov 23, 9:09pm
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i'm gonna try that on my girlfriends car.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: Larry_GTS] #332593 Nov 24, 6:46pm Nov 24, 6:46pm
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hey pretty then.. if you got the know how, then so be it.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: RookieGTS] #332594 Nov 25, 11:25am Nov 25, 11:25am
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tinting sucks, if you watch the pros do it, they make it look so easy. I watch people in awe do full windshields, thats great, it looks impossible. If you do it yourself, use Llumar or johnson tint, that way you can get the back window in one piece , and it wont fade


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Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: ragingpaseo] #332595 Nov 26, 7:37am Nov 26, 7:37am
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Originally Posted by ragingpaseo
i would just save the headache and spend $130 for a decent professional job...


$130 i wish. cheapest around here is $220.

Re: Tint (do it your self) [Re: GTQuentin] #332596 Nov 26, 3:38pm Nov 26, 3:38pm
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It's money well spent if you're iffy about doing it yourself!! rice If you're worried about messing it up, chances are you will and it will cost more to get it done right! That's one of thpse things you don't want to mess up because people will look, point fingers, and laugh!! rofl

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