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Old 01-03-2008, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry for being a post whore, on christmas break and don't have much else to do. Anyone done their own tint job? If so, easy? Tips? Pictures?
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Sorry for being a post whore, on christmas break and don't have much else to do. Anyone done their own tint job? If so, easy? Tips? Pictures?
TAKES ALOT OF PATIENCE & CLEANINESS BUT NOT HARD TO DO! WOULDNT SUGGEST DOING IT DURING THE WINTER, UNLESS U HAVE A HEATED GARAGE.
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I don't suggest DIY. Leave it to the pros -- will be cheap, you avoid the potential head ache, and you get a warranty.

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^ yup get it done by a pro.... it is so worth it....
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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But it's like 80 dollars for a precut kit vs 300+ for a pro to do it. Thats almost 4 times that i can fuck it up for the same price...
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Well then you have that many times to get it right!lol.. seriously its not a big deal just need patience and cleaniness with a pre cut kit should even be easier to apply just remember no dust!!
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We have a paint booth in the shop next to that lift, so i have a nice place to do it at. I don't want it to look shitty but i really cant make myself fork out hundreds when i can try to do it myself for a 1/4 the cost.
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^^^ If you have the skills and patience its save you alot of $$$$$$!!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The problem is I don't know if i have the patience or skill....
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Well you have 4 times to find out!!!lol... remove door panels and clean windows well! Help if you can blow out around windows and doors! If you have a booth you shouldnt have a prob, just take your time! Wont hurt to give it a shot for the first 80.00 bucks right?!
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$300? That seems a bit steep, Is that the best price you found? I got mine done for $100 by a guy I know and watching the process it's just too tedious of a job for me. one note is make sure to put something in the door latch so the windows stay propped up while you're applying the tint, also give it some time to dry before closing the doors, the space between the door trim and window glass can be very tight, my tint kept peeling off when the door was closed because of it...This is all because of the windows auto-roll up/down feature, you can always pull the fuse for it, that's what we did the second time when he had to fix the window that had peeled off, guess I should have mentioned that initially instead of wasting my time and yours lol

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Local shop quoted 380. I haven't really shopped around but i figured that it wouldn't be that much cheaper anywhere else. There are couple custom shops in Duluth that might do tint jobs, maybe i can find a cheaper one. Yeah Duluth is the shit, atleast when it's not in the middle of winter-gets a wee bit too cold for my liking
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^ ...... i got my whole WINDOW replaced for that..... yeah shop around
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I definitely wasn't thinking $400. Shop around. Or try once. I can usually tell by how badly I mess something up during my first try if I think it is worth trying again.
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Offer cash sometimes the price goes down, my quotes were over 300$ but I found out my friend knew a guy in the shop and charge 180$ cash for all windows. Save yourself a headache, shop around and have it done.
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