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I was thinking about getting my windows tinted on my XJ. Only problem is, I have a dead motor in the rear right side and the window doesn't roll down. Can they still tint it even with a dead motor?
 

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Every window I ever tinted, I didn't tint to the glass edge. I don't want it rubbing on the seal, nor do I think it is necessary to have it tinted where you cannot see it.
 

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if you are getting some to tit the windows and they are any good they should be able to do it with out the widow motor working
 

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get it done at a glass shop ,dont use that cheap do it yourself plastic stuff,it will turn purple from the sunlight,and get filled wit little air bubbles over time.....looks shitty.
x2! Nothing worse than cheap tints going bad!
 

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So, I should get a professional to do it and he should be able to do without that motor working?
 

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i do mine and never get any air bubbles and if he cant do the window without the motor he may just take it out and do it and reinstall the glass. you should be able to go to any glass shop that does tinting and buy what ya need and do it.
First you must prepare the surface of the window, the window must be perfectly clean with not even the finest speck of dust. It saves a lot of time if you have proper tools for window tinting, for instance some hard-cards, a heat gun and some in razor blades.

It is also nice to have a tiny squeegee. You'll see seasoned professionals who also carry around paper towels and dishes soap. You also need to look out for the things like automotive caulking compounds and weather stripping sticking out, these can make for it to install, any need to take care these things upfront. Also, make sure there are no cellular phone or satellite radio antenna components on the inside the window. If there are you're going to the work around us any need to put extra liquid around us area so you can move the tent around to get in the right spot before you start cutting up the shape of the razor blade.

We have often seen old antenna mounts or leftover glue on the windows that we didn't see due to the lighting or shading when we first started, and there you are with a soapy film mass with one hand it is a razor blade to scrape of the other hand, all the while knowing that you don't do everything right, he could easily fold over the window tent and have to start completely over any just by yourself extra material. This is why you should pay extra attention to every square into the surface of the interior of the window before attempting this procedure. Once this is completed while the window film is still dry, you need to cut the film to the basic shape of the window. The easiest way to do this is to lay on the outside of the window and cut into the basic shape in a nylon paper, but leave yourself a little extra room. Then take the nylon paper and slightly moisten the window to the desired amount and lay the paper against the inside of the window and then smooth out the paper working from the center outward in all directions. As you get towards the edges make a few cuts along the edge. Cut the paper to the exact shape and then lay it on top of the film w/liner.

Trace around the outside of the paper on top after you tape down four edges and are sure it is perfectly flat. If you have and areas where you have to go around like the mirrors you have already cut the opening in the paper and will trace that opening on to the film and peel sheet. Once you have the perfect shape you are ready to go and install the tint. Now place this on the window in the right place after you have put some soapy water on the inside of the window, pull back the first 1/3 of the peel sheet and spray the window tint showing with adhesive window solution. It best if you never touch the window film itself during this process. Makes sure the edges are lined up on all sides. Slowly peel and spray adhesive and work any air bubbles out you want to leave about one-eight inch from the top of the window and work downwards. By using the squeegee you need to slowly work downward all the to the bottom and out to the sides, it is okay to let the solution move down with your squeegee, it is better to use a little extra solution than not enough. Once everything is correct use the plastic hard tool too bring down the solution and any soapy water and then pat and buff the moisture left.

To keep the plastic tool from ripping often it is advised to use a paper towel wrapped around it. This is what we have seen most operators do who are seasoned and experienced. One recent problem we have seen in the last few years is those windows with safety glass, which have a dot pattern on the edges. This makes things a little tougher.

You want to use more adhesive on the edges otherwise it will try to peel up. So use more solution as you are working outward and try to work upward on the initial point of contact, some of this extra solution will roll down, but that is okay you need a tight seam at the top. Another issue is to advise your clients of the law in your state if one exists for window tinting.

Many states outlaw black out tinting commonly referred to a Limo tinting, some allow SUVs to have tint like this but not cars, some states SUVs can have it in the back, but not in the front. There are so many laws you need to know what your state says and also and if you live near a border to another state, well? Best to know those laws too. In some stats the operator is responsible, other states the vehicle owner and in some states the installer also. Great more laws, yep. Get use to it you are in an over regulated industry.
 

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I have used the cheap stuff in my home windows to block the sun out of the bedroom (I worked midnights) and I got the darkest one and it has not turned or had bubbles in it. It is like putting on a large vinyl sticker if you use soapy water under it and the a heat gun it goes on easy with out bubbles. With that being said I have always had my cars done by a pro because the place out here has a lifetime warranty and they have been in buisness for 20 years.
 

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I agree take it to a pro. To find one goto Window Tinting Shops

If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask me. I have been tinting windows since '94 and a member of Tint Dude(window tint forum):thumbsup:
 

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Personally, I would really think about whether you want the tint or not. When i got my XJ, it had some really dark, albeit well done, tint. I took some off, and will probably take the film off the back window also, because it is way too dark inside the car.

Just my 2 cents.

Alex.
 

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i like that my xj has tint, i dont like that its turned purple an is scratched up in spots and missing in others, thanx last owners!!!!
 
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