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wakeboardin2k4 12-14-2012 8:33 AM

DIY window tint question
First time tinting with the help of a friend who has done it before. We tried it on the center section of a windshield last night but kept getting wrinkles. After looking about 10 steps ahead in the directions they stated that this particular tint would not work with contoured surfaces.

The directions suggested that I get strips and do it that way? But I have to figure thats going to look pretty crappy. Anyone have suggestions on tinting a boat windshield...besides to pay someone else ;)

david_e_m 12-14-2012 9:21 AM

You need an automotive film that will wet or dry (slip agent) heat shrink to follow the curvature of the glass. Flat glass film won't cut it. If you do not have divisions in the front corners of the winshield then these are often compound curves and that complicates the level of skill required to avoid fingers/wrinkles and eventual lifting in the more stressed locations. Strips look awful and the invisible seams can turn into visible gaps over time. Cheaper films have very little protection from UV damage to the interior of the film and boats see more interior exposure than most vehicles. My advice is to pay someone to do it right or live without it.

Earmark Marine

wakeboardin2k4 12-14-2012 9:33 AM

the tint is actually not intended for daily or even weekly use. I am doing it on a stock boat for a local boat show. Just trying to make it prettttay

david_e_m 12-14-2012 9:41 AM

Cool. Just as long as it doesn't come out looking shetttay.

bass10after 12-14-2012 10:07 AM

^^^^^ that made me laugh david hahahaha

Truekaotik 12-14-2012 12:04 PM

Automotive window film is a must... Any other film will look just like David said no matter what unless you work with it daily.. I would just get auto tint and do it right the first time ;)

wakeboardin2k4 12-14-2012 1:47 PM

i got the tint from an autozone....probably not the best quality out there.

I must assume it was automotive right?

Truekaotik 12-14-2012 2:33 PM

You got it from autozone and it said not for daily or weekly use? What's the name of it? The automotive tint they have is just fine to use, it is old technology from 10 years ago or so but it will work.. It just turns purple fast because its dyed... The newer films are made different now. Seriously you shouldn't have a issue if its what I think it is... Remember tint only shrinks one way, top to bottom. Film goes on the inside of the glass as well... ;)

wakebrdr94 12-14-2012 3:02 PM

A heat gun will help you in your quest. Especially on curved glass. You'll need to cut the film to size, form it to the glass, then apply the film. A boat is not the easiest to learn on.

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