Installing Car Window Tint Video

So you’ve decided to take matters into your own hands and tint your car yourself. A wise choice, not least if you’re trying to save cash.

DIY car window tint installation isn’t rocket science when you know what you’re doing but if you’ve never done it before, then you’ll no doubt appreciate the installation tips in the video below.

Cart Window Tint Installation at a glance:

 Required Tools

-Lil Chizler

-Hard Card

-Gasket Jammer

-Baby Shampoo

-Spray Bottle

-Distilled Water


    1.Clean Windows
        @Fill your spray bottle with a quart of distilled water, adding 1/4 teaspoon of Baby Shampoo.
        ASpray the window with the cleaning solution you concocted above and wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth or paper towel until it is spotless.
        BWith your Lil Chizler, scrape off any persistent spots of dirt or grime.

    2.Apply Film
        @Use the gasket jammer to fully remove the weather gasket lining the window.
        ASpray the inside of the entire inside surface of the window, as well as the sticky side of the window film.
        BBefore applying the window, roll down the window very slightly so that there is a gap between the window top and doorframe.
        CApply the film to the window, making sure to tuck the bottom edge under the bottom window gasket with the jammer.
        DAt this point the film should be flat against the window and able to move along the surface thanks to the wetness beneath. Carefully adjust the window film to match the outline of the window.

    3.Remove Water
        @Wet the window film once again to eliminate friction while squeegee-ing the water below the film using a hard card.
        AMake sure to squeegee from the center outwards, removing all the bubbles along with the water.
        BOnce the water and bubbles are removed, fully roll down the window and re-insert the gasket.
        CImmediately after inserting the gasket, roll the window back up and leave the window fully closed for roughly 3 days to cure.
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How Much Does Car Tint Cost?

Explaining the pricing of various car window tint options is, strangely enough, more difficult than detailing how window film works. The main reason for this is that car tinting costs vary wildly – for example, if you’re not too worried about quality you could get a cheap $100 job done at one of the less established tint shops, and if you’re going for classy you can expect to pay upwards of $400 at a luxury tint shop. What is important to realize, however, is that both options can be deemed “reasonable” depending on certain factors, namely:

Your Car Type

Some car makes and models are simply more difficult to tint than others. If they haven’t already seen your car, a good tint shop will always enquire about the specific type of vehicle you want to tint beforehand, as they will need to determine how big of a job it will be and how much you will be charged for it.

For instance, cars with curved or steep rear windows (e.g. Volkswagen Beetles, Corvettes) require the most work, and hence demand a heftier price. In general, though, the higher the total surface area of your windows, the more window film your car will need – which explains why tinting a sedan costs less than tinting a station wagon or SUV.

Type of Tinting Film

As with most products for cars, the quality and price differs vastly among the various tinting films out there. The cheapest tinting film goes for a fraction of what you’d pay for the more higher-end films, but at the end of the day you should always remember: you get what you pay for.

Budget film might not look bad in the beginning, but soon enough you may start seeing bubbles, color shifting, and drastically reduced heat protection. Fully-metallized films using sputtering or deposition technology like SolarGard HP offer much higher quality and superb fidelity, as well as a lifetime warranty.

Performance Warranty

Because warranties vary between shops, you should always enquire about the Performance Warranty before handing over your money. Some warrantees last a lifetime, whereas others are only valid from as little as one year.

Important: The most standard warranty you’ll be offered only covers you for bubbling, peeling, cracking and glazing. There are also other special types of warrantees, however, such as the “Color-Safe Warranty”, which ensures that your film will be replaced if it starts to lose or change its color.  “Transferable” warrantees are the most valuable, as they will stay valid even if you sell your car.

Caution! Even if a tint shop offers you a “Lifetime Warranty”, this can only be backed up if the business is still around when you need to get a replacement. Always keep this in mind when dealing with a relatively unknown or budget tint shop, as it will be a waste of money giving the job to a shop that isn’t going to stick around.

Dealer’s Reputation

The best tint shops are respected in their industry, and have many satisfied customers. They take pride in their work, and take pains to offer the highest standard in expertise, film quality, and customer service.

As mentioned earlier, though – you get what you pay for, so these tint shops won’t come cheap.  A reputable and respected dealer will be easy to spot, but to make sure you are at the right place for your needs, here are some good questions to ask when choosing a tint shop.

Here are two of the best window tinting resources you might want to use when buying car tint for the first time:

    Pre-Cut Car Tint Kits will set you up with a solid and affordable car tint. At $80 for a 4 door sedan and $60 for a 2 door coupe, you can get high quality Solargard HP film already cut to your car’s dimensions. All it takes from there is a few hours at home and you can cut out the dealer and install it yourself.
    Car Tint Price Quote makes it easy for you to find reputable dealers in your area. TintCenter dealers provide top notch service coupled with the best quality film at affordable prices.
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How To Pick the Best Tint Shop

The first step towards an appropriate and quality tint job is to find the right tint shop, but it can be difficult to decide when there are so many choices. For example, there are over 20 different tint shops within a 20 mile radius of a large metropolitan city. So how does one make a sound decision between them? What sets a “Quality Window Tinting” apart from a “Tint King” or a “Tint Doctor”?
we recommend that you take your time and do a bit of research. Start by making a list of 4 to 5 tint shops that look promising, and then simply approach them for information.
You can get good tip-offs by asking co-workers, friends, or family members with tinted cars where they got the job done and if they’re happy with it.  You can also take a look through the Yellow Pages and take down the details of shops with the most professional-looking adverts, and – if you’d like to do it the easy way – you can use our handy quote service and get price quotes from local tint shops.
When you’ve narrowed your list down to a handful, here are a few good questions to ask each dealer:

1.Have you been in the area long? What other areas do you serve?

Tint businesses that survive in a certain location for years without moving generally do so because they provide consistently great service at affordable prices. A tint shop that has been in business for around 5 years will be your best bet. Even if they are slightly more expensive than the newer tint shops you are scoping out, having a strong history tells you that they will likely still be around in a few years’ time in case you need to follow up on your warranty.

In many cases, a tint shop that is managed well and becomes a local success will branch out into other cities. Of course, you might find yourself dealing with a newly-trained branch, but in either case, the fact that they are successful enough to expand branches means that they truly care about the quality of their products and services.

2.What are the different products that you use? Do you offer a warranty?

Tint shops that are worth their salt always deal in a variety of different window films, typically from multiple suppliers. These shops will offer a full range of film types including metallic, dyed, and hybrid film, and will have these in varying levels of darkness and more than one color. If the tint shop you are enquiring about only offers you a choice of one or two types of film, you should be very wary; it’s possible that they are simply trying to get rid of old or cheap stock (which may not even be suitable for your car in the first place).

When asking about their warranty plan, make sure you understand all that is included in it.  Your best option is a lifetime warranty for labor and materials, and we here at TintCenter wouldn’t recommend anything less. You should also confirm that the warranty covers problems like fading and color shift.

Please note that manufacturer’s warrantees will only be valid for legal window tint. Tint that doesn’t comply with local or state laws voids the warranty, so don’t forget to ask for the dealer’s warranty card with details such as the date, type of window film installed, and the total cost along with your receipt.

3.Where can I see samples of your tinting? Can I come in and see it for myself?

Because a great salesperson may be able convince you of how great the business is over the phone, the best way to find out whether they are worth your money is to visit the tint shop in person. Even just 10 minutes inside should be enough to give you a good feel for the type of business you are dealing with.

Avoid rear window tinted in strips and make sure window tint on black frit border is secure.

Customer service is always a number one priority for good tint shops. When you engage with the employees, are they warm and friendly, or unpleasant? Do they seem genuinely interested in helping you, or are they disinterested and cold? These are all things you should pay attention to, because if they are not willing to give you the time of day before you are even a customer, it might be difficult to deal with them later if you ever have problems with your tint.
Next, ask them to show you a car that has already been tinted. Go ahead and inspect the rear window. How has the window film been cut, in strips or in one single piece? The most professional tinters use only one full sheet to cover the window’s surface. If the car you’re looking at has ‘frit’ edges (as shown in the image), take a closer look to ensure the film extends far enough to include the frit edges as well.When you look around the work area – is it clean and organized? Are the window films and tools carefully and expertly laid out? Outdoor work areas should always be avoided, as it is extremely important to install window tinting in a dust-free, indoor environment.

Now move around and inspect the tint on the side-windows. Make sure the film covers the inside of the window and sits tight along the edges. If you look closely at the window film in particular, do you notice bubbles of air, or see spots where the film isn’t sitting flush against the window? If so, this is a dead giveaway of a lazy tint job. On the other hand, if the film is a bit discolored or streaky, you shouldn’t worry too much as it does take a few weeks for window film to fully dry and show up as clear.

 4. Is there any reason you can’t just do your own window tint?

    Are you the handyman at home? If you’d like to skip the shops, you can get DIY car tint kits from $60 – $100 which are cut specifically to fit the make and model of your car. And once you’ve done it yourself a few times, you’ll have enough experience to help out your family and friends with their own tint jobs. Even if you mess up, most reputable tint kit shops have extra film programs that allow you to purchase single pieces of film rather than an entire kit.

Whether you want to go it alone or use our Free Online Price Quote service, keep in mind the color, type and darkness of the film you would like. Don’t accept ‘the next best thing’ if the dealer doesn’t stock what you want – instead, just move on, as you will most certainly find a tint shop elsewhere that offers your desired tint. After getting your hands on several quotes and having researched all the shops on your shortlist, you should now feel free to make your final choice between them. If you are still not sure about the prices, reviewing the cost of car tint article will give you some hints about what you’re looking at.

And last but not least, once you know which tint shop you are going with, be sure to make an appointment with them beforehand. Some tint shops offer a “drop-in any time” service, but if you want the best possible job done you’ll want to give them some time to prepare. Tinting takes a few hours to complete even by a prepared professional, so you may want to arrange a lift with someone when you take your car in. Good luck and enjoy your new tint!
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