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Tinting my windows

I've almost removed all of the old tint from my hatch, and plan to tint my hatch as well as my door windows myself. is it hard to do your own tinting, and make it look good? any tips/hints?
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Old 10-12-2003, 05:43 PM
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Tinting in a few easy steps.

1. Clean your windows completely.
2. Pack a cooler full of beer, soda, or other beverage of choice.
3. Place cooler in car
4. Drive to tinting shop
5. Drink said beverage of choice while that poor SOB tints, and retints your windows (he will wind up doing the hatch at least twice - damned compound curve)
6. congratulate yourself on saving all that time and frusteration
7. Pay the man


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you make it very clear that the hatch is rather difficult to tint... have you actually tried it to know for sure?
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overlap is the key, then cut and peel off the top film.
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I've never tinted a rear hatch but I have tinted side windows and it's not too hard - you need to be scrupulously clean (meths is a good degreaser) and you have to get all the air bubbles out of the film as you lay it on. A damp sponge helps here. It's painstaking work and I found it easiest to take the windows out of the doors to do on a bench. You might find that's the best approach for the rear hatch - it's easier to do complicated shapes if you're comfortable.

I did find that once I'd tinted the windows I found myself getting stopped by the cops a lot for 'routine' checks. Something to bear in mind.
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By the way - if you're struggling to get the remaining tint off you'll find that ammonia really loosens it up. Keep it off the defogging strips though - I'm not sure whether it affects them or not.
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is there a way to repair the defrosting lines on the hatch if part of it gets scratched or creates a broken circuit?
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You can fix broken defogging strips by masking out some pinstripes to follow the original unbroken lines and painting in between with silver paint. I'm pretty sure there's a proper paint for doing this but I have done it with silver wheel paint (the type that has stainless steel particles in it - to give it that metallic look) You could dip a couple of nails attached to an ohm meter in a can of paint to check it conducts before painting.
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They actually sell a paint that I believe has coper in it for repairing the rear defroster. Just ask your local parts store for some. Just tape off booth sides and paint a line across the broken part of your rear defroster.

As for tinting listen to AF. that rear hatch requires using a heat gun to shrink the tint into the corners without creases. I had mine done and AF is correct the shop will be redoing it soon. Plus the tint they sell at most autoparts stores is cheap and contains no metal. The cheaper tints will turn purple over time and the metal in the tint is what reflects the sun light and provides heat rejection.
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I have had my rear hatch tinted by one of the top shops in town........

The guy was cursing for hours.......... he said it was one of the hardest hatches he has ever done. The overlapping trick is what worked.

Oh.... and he said he would never touch another 944 again....
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you think they would just tint my hatch, because the other 4 windows don't seem like they would be difficult...
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If the job is as hard as everyone's saying I bet they'll be pleased to see the back of you after they've done the hatch.
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