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Legalities reguarding tint vary from state to state. I can tell you basically how much you're allowed to tint up to, if I knew where you lived. (most states don't allow more than 30-40% on the side windows) and you can only have a 6" lip from the top of the windshield down tinted. The rear window is the same as the sides, upwards of 30-40% and you can tint all of it.

Call around where you live, there has to be a few tint shops there. I know of two in my city... One is called Pro Tint, they charge $189.95 to tint all four windows, including the rear window and it's guaranteed for life.

This is really something you should be looking through the phone book for. :wink:
 

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Here in Ontario you can have everything aft of the B pillar as dark as you want, and they have 5% which is pretty dang dark! The front doors can only be 35% or lighter. Most people do 35% on the front doors and 20% behind. I did 35% all around so it would all look uniform, which is not a criteria for everyone. I got a 5% strip on the windshield. The whole job was $200 CDN taxes included. It was an independent shop and I really had to haggle hard for that price. On my wife's Saturn I did it myself with 35% film I got at Canadian Tire. Turned out pretty good. I am having that shop do the liftgate because I can't deal with those curves.
 

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They just apply the film as with any other window. There is no special method for a window with defog elements.
Well with a large window like the back window they do it a half at a time. they'll cut it in half and apply it in sections. Sometimes companies don't offer a "warranty" on the back window because it's 10x harder to do it that way. Which is why I'm glad I found pro tint. 4 windows, and the back window...all with a lifetime guarantee. :D :wink:
 

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They almost didn’t want to do my black in the in tracer cause the windows curves.. Some thing crazy like 90 degrees in the corners.

Anyhow for the back window once they lay in on they cut of the little strips for the defroster, or if they don’t it will bubble :D
 

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The tint will not bubble unless it is cheap tint. If you are going to attempt it yourself. DON'T BUY canadian tire tint. Do yourself a favour, and buy good tint from a glass shop. It is a lot easier to work with.
And when you do it, apply it on the outside of the window and rough trim it. You can also get it to shape to the glass ( for really curved windows) with a heat gun. The peal the backing, and apply it on the inside of the window. Use lots of spray. And slowly work it for the center out. You can still use the heat gun to get it to form really good to the curves.
Also, if you have the fader dots alonge the edges of the glas ( then it goes from black to clear) you can use some cotton cloth or batting ( even a piece of soft carpet) to rub it into the spaces. Just make sure that you test it on a scrap of tint first to make sure you dont scratch it.
As long as you take your time, it is not that hard to do. Just always use lots of spray on it, and keep it wet till you are finished working it.
 

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I can see what you're saying about Canadian Tire stuff, but it's been on there over a year and it looks as good as the day it went on, which is nearly indiscerible from pro. This stuff wasn't dirt cheap, and it was light years from what, say, Wal-Mart has.
 

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Dont get me wrong. The canadian tire tint will work. And does look real good, It is just harder to work with. But canadian tire can also get the proffessional tint. They only special order it in my area. But may stock it in others.
 

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I can't argue for or against you on the difficulty to work with aspect, because I never tried that true pro film you were talking about. In fact, that was the only time I ever tinted a car myself. I didn't know you could heat the film, either. The Saturn's liftgate glass is wicked compound curved!
 

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old topic.. yea I know...... but i've been trying to figure out what tint i wanna go with for my scort... and i don't know what percentages i want, any sites that can help me decide, without going to the shops?..i'm lazy and i dont want to go to the shops if i don't got the money yet, so please help!

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This is Meijers cheapie tint I put on myself, the rear window is 35%, the rear door glass is 20%, and the drivers doors are 50%... We are not allowed andthing under 4 inches, so I cheated....I cut the ford emblem from the tint.



Fore more photos... http://www.wryday.com/~edson/escort/index.html

My EXP with Blue tint... all glass 35% http://www.wryday.com/~edson/exp/exp.html

Grav1ty

P.S. I have heated even the cheap stuff to make curves... A Miata hard top in one strip.
 

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Well, I know that mine looks real nice, I asked for the legal limit (here in ontario) and they still put 17% on the front, 7% around the back, and a 7% at the top of the window - looks great, and after talking to the cops around here, the real legal limit (here in ontario) is as long as they can see movement in the car during the day (no set %) - so just like the noise laws here during the day, it's up to the cops discretion, so don't be an ass to them! If anyone here finds something saying otherwise though, I have known many cops that are wrong on many different subjects, at times it seems like they make up rules that suit them and hope that you don't fight it!
 

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and grav1ty, are you saying you tinted your red X ? :lol:

Laci, no one can tell you what tint you'll like. You should probably examine all the tinted cars in the mall parking lot or anywhere you go, to get an idea what you like as far as darkness goes, and whether you can handle the rear windows being darker than the front if you do that. There are also myriad diferent colours to choose from, and mirrored, and ones that fade from mirrored to regular, and ones embedded with sparkles that change colour with the angle, and it goes on and on...
 
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