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Old 09-03-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Window tint?

We are looking for ways to better insulate the MH against the heat. We have dual-pane windows with a light tint, but I'm wondering about adding tint to them. I'm looking at the Gila residential tint and just wondered if any of you have done this, how much difference did it make, and how difficult is it to install? I'm looking at the Energy Saving Platinum from Gila.

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Old 09-03-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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Tint will help however.. I'm not sure of the effects on dual pane windows.

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A: pillar: The first non-glass part of your motor home
B:Pillar, the next non-glass portion (Normally BEHIND the driver/passenger seats)

DO NOT APPLY TINT till AFTER the B pillar.

Many states will...... object to tint on the driver's side window except for a light tint near the top.
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We are looking for ways to better insulate the MH against the heat. We have dual-pane windows with a light tint, but I'm wondering about adding tint to them.
As always, your comments and suggestions will be appreciated!
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I would be concerned about possible future "seal failure" if/when aftermarket tint is added to dual-pane glass.
I suggest you call the window manufacturer and see what they have to say......(don't rely on the opinion of the tint maker/seller)!
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I would be concerned about possible future "seal failure" if/when aftermarket tint is added to dual-pane glass.
I suggest you call the window manufacturer and see what they have to say......(don't rely on the opinion of the tint maker/seller)!
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From personal experience and a hand held infrared thermometer the tint that is applied to the inside just seems to make the glass hotter. If it was used on the outside it might do the trick but I don’t know if it would stay. I have experimented with single and dual pane windows. Getting covers over the outside makes a world of difference though.
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I appreciate your cautions about the dual-pane windows. Gila does not recommend using automotive type tint on them, but says the residential tint is OK. I will get the name of the window manufacturer and see what they say!
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I have read a lot of anecdotal comments on seal damage with insulation on the inside of windows does anyone have any sources to verify glass companies recommendation against this>
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I have read a lot of anecdotal comments on seal damage with insulation on the inside of windows does anyone have any sources to verify glass companies recommendation against this>
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I don't recall anyone saying "insulation on the inside of windows causes seal damage".
When I don't know the answer to a question about modifying anything I ask the manufacture of what ever I intend to modify if it is safe/okay to do so.

You are free to do the same..... or you can rely on "anecdotal comments", (aka: guesses/opinions).....or on internet forum posts.....take your pick.

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Our stick house has thermal windows, I put the tint on the outside of some of them as the tint film manufacturer said not to put it on the inside. Now, some 15 years later the windows are still good (well, except for the one with a BB hole in it from the neighbors kid) but the tint is shot! Need to scrape it off and redo it I guess.
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Our stick house has thermal windows, I put the tint on the outside of some of them as the tint film manufacturer said not to put it on the inside. Now, some 15 years later the windows are still good (well, except for the one with a BB hole in it from the neighbors kid) but the tint is shot! Need to scrape it off and redo it I guess.
When you take it off soak it with water, put black plastic over the wet film and then let it sit in the sun for a hour or two. It should come off way easier then scraping it while it's dry.
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