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Old 03-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #29
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This is exactly what I used on my motorhome. I have a privacy limo tint on all windows from the driver back and a much lighter tint on the entry door and drivers window. I really cuts down on the heat. It cost me about $89 to do the entire motorhome but was a LOT of work.

It's not perfect. Be very careful with lint and the glass must be SUPER clean. Buy some lint free cloths for cleaning the windows. Get LOTS of razor blades as they dull quickly. As I said, mine look GREAT from 5 feet. If you get close, you can see some imperfections, but not many. It was well worth it for me although it took me nearly 3 days to do all of the windows. Also, the method of spraying the glass, applying the tint THEN cutting around the edge does not work well. What I finally ended up doing was measuring each pane, then using a square to cut the tint with the backing in place. Then, I found a drinking cup (a red SOLO) that was exactly the same circumferance as the corners of my windows to cut the radius cut. I cut a few of them a bit short, but you can't really see that with the valances installed and it doesn't show from the outside.

After about a year, it's held up really well. It's not coming loose and looks the same as when I originally installed it. If I had the cash, I'd probably pay a pro, but I have no idea how much that could cost.

Here's a few pics I took during the install. The first pic shows the difference between no tint and the tinted windows. The third pic is the difference from the inside between the front tint and the limo tint on the back windows (from the inside).
Thanks Mark, I'm reinforced knowing what you experienced. I was wondering about that cutting around the windows, especially since there is a lip in mine I have to deal with. I might just get a quote for a residential window tint installer to do the job....see what it would cost at least.....
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #31
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Had mine on there 5 or 6 years looks like new
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #32
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I had mine done two years ago, not only tinted, but also mirrored (the film the use was tint and reflective). This way nobody can see into the unit if there are no lights on inside, and the sum gets reflected even more.
I am very happy with the tinting.
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Well, got one window done, the window just fore of the entry door.

Mark, you are so right about pre-cutting! Has to be done with this stuff. Don't know why the manuf even suggests cutting after placement, the tint is not stable enough to cut without boogering it up.

I used the screen as a template, will do that on the other windows too, but will have to make a template for the ones that don't have a screen.

Here's the one window finished, just fore of the entry door.....
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Looking good! Just take it one window at a time.

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Well, got one window done, the window just fore of the entry door.

Mark, you are so right about pre-cutting! Has to be done with this stuff. Don't know why the manuf even suggests cutting after placement, the tint is not stable enough to cut without boogering it up.

I used the screen as a template, will do that on the other windows too, but will have to make a template for the ones that don't have a screen.

Here's the one window finished, just fore of the entry door.....
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Looks good I didn't use a templet was a chore the blade used to cut has to be sharp I went thru a lot
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geting tint done at a good price

i had my motorhome and toad done in dec i posted on cragislist looking
for a window tinter the guy i picked worked for the ford dealer in fl. he
does all there cars and they have a computer cutting machine for cars
so my toad was done using the computer cut the motorhome was all
hand cut i had posted pictures of both motorhome and car ang got prices
from $280 -500 the ford guy wanted $400 but i told him i was going with
someone else for $280 he contacted me and said he would do it for $300
and if i did not like it he would redo it well he spent one whole sat till 8 pm
and sunday till 1 pm but looks great
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By the most remarkable coincidence, I learned something about my home state this week, courtesy of a city police person

Iowa has the most stringent anti-tint statutes of any state in the union. I've been driving my pickup, bought used, for a year when I was pulled over by a local PD. Being an innocent person I inquired what had brought me to his attention. Whereupon he said that under Iowa Code, tinted windows on the driver and passenger sides of any motor vehicle must pass 70% of light: essentially they can be no darker than any OEM tinted windshield. "Eyebrow" tints darker than that are not allowed, and effective 7/3/2012, no new medical exemption for eye photosensitivity will be allowed Existing medical exemptions will be honored until such time as the individual with the doctor statement sells/trades the vehicle, at which time the vehicle must be brought into compliance (ie: strip the tinting from the side windows).

I had actually thought I wouldn't lose any sleep over it as I'd driven the vehicle for a year and never been stopped and thought maybe it was just one of the local enforcement "favorites". And I thought (being a retired LEO myself) that if push came to shove and it went to court, how could an officer determine whether 70% of light was passing through the tint without some light meter?

But when I spoke with my car dealership, it turned out the service manager had an unpleasant encounter with an Iowa highway patrolman who gave him 48 hours to get the vehicle in compliance. Further research showed that NO aftermarket tint supplier makes a tint that passes 70% of light. So all any officer would have to prove in court was that the vehicle had aftermarket window tint on the driver and/or passenger windows (rear seat and rear windows are exempt from the statute). Each tinted window constitutes a violation.

What does this cautionary tale have to do with non-Iowans? Simply this: out of state registered vehicles are NOT EXEMPT from enforcement action

So three days ago I contributed $164.37 to my Chevy dealer's body shop in return for the 2 hours it took them to remove the aftermarket tint and associated adhesive from the driver and passenger windows. But hey, it's Christmas....

So if you're traveling the fair state of Iowa...
Not exactly sure how they can not exempt out of state vehicles. That's ridiculous, what do they expect out of towners to do remove it while passing thru then pay to have it added when returning home? If my state allows and issues a valid license at 15 yrs old and your state is 16 they cannot prevent you from driving in your state because you have a valid license. Seems a bit stretching of their authority.
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In DFW they have meters don't ask how I know they got me for the tint on top of the windshield going below the mark mine was static tint I thought to pull off quick got a ticket any way
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In DFW they have meters don't ask how I know they got me for the tint on top of the windshield going below the mark mine was static tint I thought to pull off quick got a ticket any way
That's a cop just being a (insert description here).
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Looks good I didn't use a templet was a chore the blade used to cut has to be sharp I went thru a lot
How the heck did you cut the tint once it was in place and keep it from moving? Mine was impossible to cut the tint without it moving.

I thought about calling the manufacturer and complaining, even in an ideal situation, without the clearance issues of the day/night shades and the window boxes, it still would move.....

I saw a couple spots today in the clear sunlight from afar that need to be adjusted on the very top of the tint that I didn't see yesterday cause it was cloudy and overcast.

I am going to pull off the entry window, it looks good from outside, but from inside looking out, every little mistake shows like a spotlight. I oversize cut it and tried placing it then cutting with a razor blade, just looks terrible. I will replace it, but am gonna have to make it fit perfectly before I remove the backing and apply it to the window......


Good thing: I only have 5 windows I am doing.

I am re-considering tinting the entry door window. I may need it to be clear at night to see out. I think I will keep the tint off the entry window.....thoughts on the entry window?
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I had the same issue. Every little imperfection showed if you didn't do it in the daylight.

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How the heck did you cut the tint once it was in place and keep it from moving? Mine was impossible to cut the tint without it moving.

I thought about calling the manufacturer and complaining, even in an ideal situation, without the clearance issues of the day/night shades and the window boxes, it still would move.....

I saw a couple spots today in the clear sunlight from afar that need to be adjusted on the very top of the tint that I didn't see yesterday cause it was cloudy and overcast.

I am going to pull off the entry window, it looks good from outside, but from inside looking out, every little mistake shows like a spotlight. I oversize cut it and tried placing it then cutting with a razor blade, just looks terrible. I will replace it, but am gonna have to make it fit perfectly before I remove the backing and apply it to the window......


Good thing: I only have 5 windows I am doing.

I am re-considering tinting the entry door window. I may need it to be clear at night to see out. I think I will keep the tint off the entry window.....thoughts on the entry window?
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