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considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: clay
Date: June 29, 2022 09:49AM
Planning a road trip with family later next month. Would like to consider adding some window tint to our Prius so kids don't bake as much in the back while sitting in the car for days at a time :-)

I found a local shop that will do all side and back window glass for $289. A quick google search shows several DIY kits for $40-$75 each. Maybe there's also a middle ground option that I'm not aware of...

Looks like our state law says that tinted windows "Must allow more than 50% of light in" for tint level on front side windows and 35% for rear side, FWIW.

I'm interested in your thoughts as to whether this is a DIY job for a reasonably handy person or whether pro is the way to go for a long-term good result.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 29, 2022 09:55AM
It's worth it to have it done professionally IMO. If you do it DIY it will always look DIY and will likely peel off in a year or two.



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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 29, 2022 10:13AM
Car windows are curved, that makes it hard to do for the inexperienced. I'd call around for quotes but plan to have it done.



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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 29, 2022 10:18AM
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: June 29, 2022 10:21AM
For $289 I'd definitely let the shop do it.

I'm tinted darker than the law allows here, but haven't had any trouble for it (but it's always a possibility). I like 35% for the front row (it allows pedestrians to see in enough to tell if you're looking at them or not), 15% for the back, 70% for the windshield.

As a non-useful price comparison (since labor might be more expensive where I am and the window count might be different), 10 years ago I paid $385 for front row, back row, cargo area (3 windows) and 2 years ago I paid $700 for windshield, front row, back row, cargo area (3 windows), panoramic sunroof.

And the 10 year old professionally done tint still looks good.

I might attempt a DIY on another vehicle at some point, but that's only because I need a bronze tint which isn't very common.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2022 10:21AM by Gareth.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 29, 2022 10:27AM
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Cary
Date: June 29, 2022 10:27AM
I'd get it done professionally. It's a royal PITA to do well. Check the shop's rating on Yelp/Google/FB...
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 29, 2022 10:28AM
I've seen videos of the side windows that don't look too difficult to do, but the back window?... nope.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: June 29, 2022 10:32AM
I love the polka dot effect which is the hallmark of a diy job.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 29, 2022 10:34AM
If you have a shop do it, you should get a warranty along with the work, and the quality of the film is likely better.



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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: June 29, 2022 10:34AM
Shop.



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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: June 29, 2022 11:14AM
$300 sounds about right, I recently got a quote of $350 for a Volvo wagon redo.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: June 29, 2022 11:16AM
Shop for sure. I wouldn't even attempted it. Find a good shop with a lifetime warranty. $250-$300 is about right.



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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 29, 2022 11:42AM
Having done that as a ute, I agree with going to a pro. Unless you love putting up wallpaper or cling stickers. I don't. I use up all my cuss words in 5 languages. The last time I wallpapered a room I had my wife take the kids to her parent's house so they would not hear me cussing.

I've refused to to it ever again.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 29, 2022 11:48AM
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Having done that as a ute, I agree with going to a pro. Unless you love putting up wallpaper or cling stickers. I don't. I use up all my cuss words in 5 languages. The last time I wallpapered a room I had my wife take the kids to her parent's house so they would not hear me cussing.

I've refused to to it ever again.

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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: June 29, 2022 12:06PM
Clay,

Bring your vehicle to a pro and call it done. Although you _could_ DYI the job, I think if you gave it a try, it'd be like trying to run the NYC Marathon backwards in high heels with two sprained ankles. And, the level of profanity involved would put to shame all of the sailors in the US Navy (active and retired!) and then some.

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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: clay
Date: June 29, 2022 01:21PM
thanks all, the choice is clear!

I found a couple of companies locally and am communicating with both of them to see what they offer and how they communicate (and looking at reviews). I think the option that I'm leaning towards looks like a great option with lots of satisfied customers.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: June 29, 2022 01:46PM
Oh, and make sure you're getting a ceramic window tint.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 29, 2022 02:38PM
It's worth it to have it done professionally IMO. If you do it DIY it will always look DIY and will likely peel off in a year or two.


This.

I've seen way too many examples of DIY, and every one fit the above description of DIY.

Very good that you've checked your state law.

I've seen too many faces that range from crestfallen to angry when they find out they'll have to get it removed.



Oh, and make sure you're getting a ceramic window tint.


Huh.

I've never heard of this.

Good to know.

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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 29, 2022 04:02PM
Research what film they use. It's not all the same. Look for ceramic film. It does a great job with heat rejection. You can have clear ceramic film installed on the front side windows without issue. You could do the same on the rear side and back if you want. The tinted ceramic film will help with sun glare. If you have a sunroof, have ceramic film put on it as well. It makes a huge difference.

Most states limit the amount of tint darkening allowed on the front side windows and windshield. The rear side and rear windows are often exempt. Read your state laws carefully. Not all shops know or follow state laws.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: clay
Date: June 29, 2022 04:05PM
The shop I'm leaning towards looks to have 3M ceramic, so I think I'll be in good shape on that front.

Yeah, I've checked state law and will also verify that with the shop I choose.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 29, 2022 04:31PM
Not all shops know or follow state laws.


Around here, knowing but not following is very common.






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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: Maddog
Date: June 29, 2022 05:07PM
Definitely go with the shop. They should adhere to your state laws and you need to make sure you get the form/documentation from them after the job is done that states exactly the level of tint that was applied. If you get pulled over later, you have to have that documentation or risk a ticket.
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Re: considering some window tint on a car. DIY or go to a shop?
Posted by: kj
Date: June 30, 2022 07:00PM
There are shops here that do darker than legal, but it doesn't really help significantly with heat rejection. It's mostly just for looks, so I'd go with the darkest legal.
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