How hard is it really to tint my own car?
We get this question time to time. Some customers hear the price $195 for a full tint, “well I can just tint it myself” not something we usually suggest but if you want to really try here is a few suggestions.
A clean facility No dog hair, cat hair, dust, anything that can get on the tint (note you won’t see these items until the tint dries and then you have to start over again after you peel the dry film off and remove all the glue)
Heat gun No, your hair dryer will not cut it. Spray bottle With water and a tint solution.
Tint tools Special red dot blade holder, 50 pack of razor blades for your blade holder. About 4 or 5 different tools that are different for each tinter. (You will most likely need to borrow these tools because if you purchased them you mine as well have gone to us for tinting at that price.)
Quality film This is the hardest problem you will have. You cannot buy quality film. Only quality film manufacturers sell to tint shops. And if you perhaps are lucky enough to get your hand on a box of film it won’t be under warranty. The manufactures only warranty the film if one of their installers install it. Make sure you buy a lot of extra film. Most back window is very hard and it will take about 2 or 3 times to get it right.
Patients A professional tinter will take about 2 hours from the time the car pulls in todelivery. Expect to triple or quadruple that time.
Cell Phone or computer You will want to watch about 3 to 4 hours of YouTube videos before you start the project. Study their methods of shrinking, cutting, installing, and removing gaskets, how to property clean the windows, what kind of solution you can or cannot use.
Now you are on your way to tinting your car.
Once you have finished make sure you take pictures of the finished product. Post them, be proud. Now, here is what to watch for over the next three to four weeks.
Little bubbles: These are normal but should be gone after 3 weeks Large bubbles: Not normal, borrow those tools again, heat it up and hope it goes away. If not, take it off and redo it. Make sure you google “how to remove tint” Little wiggles: Yep, that is the hair or dirt. Sorry, redo… Lifting: Too much water. Take it off… start over. Turning purple: Sorry, most film that is sold on the streets comes with a two-year warranty but even those have to be installed by an professional shop.
HERES OUR NUMBER TWO TIP:
DON’T REMOVE FILM BY PEELING IT OF! THIS IS A NO NO NO!
Film must be steamed off with a steamer on your back windows. Think of your back window defrosters as facial hair and wax. Rip it off and your defroster lines will have a new home on their forever tint in your garbage can.
AND OUR NUMBER ONE TIP:
PAY PREMIER TINT PROS THE $195 TO TINT YOUR CAR. YOU CAN EVEN CRACK OPEN A BEER AND WATCH US.
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