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werD 09-05-2016 04:44 PM

Tinted windows... I'm a virgin to 'em
 
So my new Mazda came with tint.

Never had it before, because, well - I dunno...

Before I dive into a gazillion InterWebs search results, thought I'd ask here for advice on cleaning & caring for the film on the windows.

Assuming that Windex or similar is bad for the film. What about Invisible Glass?

And on one window there is a tiny spot with air bubbles (might be a speck of dirt), I suspect it is what it is and life goes on - but if there are any harmless ways to try to work those out I'm game. Should I just get a vinyl squeegee out and try to work to the edge?

LowCountry S 09-06-2016 05:52 AM

don't know what's on yours but my Tint guy uses a 3m metallic film tint that you can use anything to clean basically, Windex, alcohol, whatever , it's lifetime guaranteed (they even pay the labor) if it screws up

Years ago when he did them , he had a silicone type cleaner spray that you had to use to on them , no Windex/ammonia products.....

the bubbles, no clue...is it factory tint? if so, I'd show it to them and have it fixed, it's only gonna get worse over time in my experience

Tit 09-06-2016 05:56 AM

I always get my windows tinted (that's a normal thing in Australia).

All installers have recommended that I use a 1:2 mix of methylated spirits and water. I think you call that 'denatured alcohol'?

NEVER use any amonia-based products - apparently it can break down the adhesive.

Lukifer 09-06-2016 01:21 PM

what they said...

LowCountry S 09-07-2016 06:26 AM

the only thing with the metallic film is it can block your "EZ PAY" signal if you have one of those things for the toll booths/bridges.......never had that problem, no tolls around here...

werD 09-07-2016 07:53 AM

Cool. Non-ammonia based cleaners seems to be the rule of thumb.

Not factory tint. Being a used car I don't have much recourse for the bubbles. :(

They are tiny, so hopefully they will not expand.

If they do, is it reasonably easy to get a single window redone?

Lukifer 09-08-2016 05:40 PM

yes, but it will probably not match.

Tit 09-10-2016 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by werD (Post 804753)
Cool. Non-ammonia based cleaners seems to be the rule of thumb.

Not factory tint. Being a used car I don't have much recourse for the bubbles. :(

They are tiny, so hopefully they will not expand.

If they do, is it reasonably easy to get a single window redone?

Getting tint off is a huge pain, you're probably better off getting a professional to do it. It takes steam and patience...

werD 09-11-2016 05:25 AM

Oh yeah - no desire to dicker with that myself...

Just trying to get an idea of the hassle. :tu:


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