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is tinting windows really that hard?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ajreyno1994, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Jul 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    ajreyno1994

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    Hey guys, I've been on the fence for quite some time about tinting my windows and lifting the truck. I've finally decided to order my bilsteins with my next two paychecks, and I want to tint my windows, but I'm considering doing it myself. Have any of you guys tinted your own? If so how hard is it? Also, what brand of film do you recommend?
    Thanks guys, Andrew
     
  2. Jul 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    luk8272

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    I used some tint from Walmart and did the windows on my 77 and 87 chevy trucks some 13 yrs ago. Not hard but time consuming. Use soapy water to let the tint slide around a bit. First you put it on the outside of the vehicle to cut the correct shape then install it on the inside don't stick it to the exterior of the window just spray some soapy water on the outside and tack it on there. Honestly its worth finding a shop and paying them $100 bucks or whatever there special is.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    Its not that hard, just frustrating. Its easier to just pay to have it done.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    ajreyno1994

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    Thanks guys, I figured that it would be easier, but just wanted your all's opinion. I've had this truck over a year now after my step-dad sold it to me, and its time to really start making it MINE!
     
  5. Jul 10, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    TacoDawgfan

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    I used to do my own, not anymore. It's not that hard to do, but I couldn't figure out how to keep the scratches out of it. I used to use Limo Tint, don't know what's out there anymore.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM
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    Konaborne

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    It's not that hard if you have patience and NERVES OF STEEL. If you do it yourself make sure you have a lot of time and do everything as slow as you can.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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    if you do it get some of the correct equipment. like the application tools ie squeegy card thing of a bobber
     
  8. Jul 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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    I tinted my own windows a few years ago.
    I found that if you keep the surface wet and have a good squeegie (sp?) and decent technique with it,
    it's no different than putting down vinyl (I used to work in a sign shop).

    The film I used the first time came from a local auto parts chain store,
    I'm considering going to a local tint shop to see if they can sell me some better film & then installing it myself.
     
  9. Jul 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    I look at it this way, yeah I could probably figure it out, but I don't want the learning curve to be on MY truck, so I paid a hondo for a shop to do it
     
  10. Jul 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    I used plasti dip on mine and it looks great!!
     
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