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Rx-7 tinting adventures.

When I bought my FC six years ago it was already equipped with 20% tint that the previous owner had slapped on with one of his buddies. Surprisingly it had withstood daily use through all four seasons and hasn't bubbled, faded or peeled until I rolled my window down a couple of months ago and a chunk was stripped off by the slot's rubber seal.

I'm getting ready to sell the car since I can't cart around more than one kid in it (even with my sweet rear seats) so I need to make sure it looks halfway decent. I figure it can't be that hard if some punk ass kids in their garage can do it and churn out decent results.

Here's what we start with, a big chunk of tint missing. I know, those black trim pieces look a little rough, I might pop them off and paint them while I'm working on the doors.


First thing we need to do is pull the door panel. Thankfully I have done this a number of times so I know where all the fasteners are (and yes, they are all still intact and don't rattle in the least!)


Panel removed and the vapor barrier pulled back.


I reconnected the window switch and rolled it down until the two window retaining bolts lined up with the openings in the inner panel.


Yay! Window came out easily, the picture is a bit rough but you can already tell I have a leg up on the previous tint job as it appears the previous owner didn't remove the glass before applying film.


Attacked the window with a razor blade, a claybar and some ible Glass. Surface is super clean and ready for tint!


I bought some of the mid-grade 20% shit from Pep Boys and will apply tomorrow when I get home from work, I'm planning on using some Eagle One glass cleaner and a small squeegee to apply the new stuff.

I have read a few articles on the process, it doesn't seem much different than applying vinyls to arcade cabinets and computer cases. Any advice for a first time tint? If this goes well I might buy some lighter tint (I think dark tint on a silver car with silver wheels looks a little goofy) and stick it to my Protege5's windows.
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No advice, I just paid the shop that does the local Ford dealer's stuff, they did a good job without pulling the glass or panels. Mine, on the other hand, is mega fucked because I accidentally cut it while cutting a template for a side-window shade.
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Oh snap, that sucks. I've seen a lot of how-tos that show how to do it without pulling the glass but I decided to go ahead and yank it so I could clean all the rubber seals and grease up the tracks a bit since they have gone a little sticky over the years.

The only thing I need to remember is to leave ~ 1/16" of glass un-tinted near the top and sides so the film doesn't get jacked by the seals and track.
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Oh snap, that sucks. I've seen a lot of how-tos that show how to do it without pulling the glass but I decided to go ahead and yank it so I could clean all the rubber seals and grease up the tracks a bit since they have gone a little sticky over the years.

The only thing I need to remember is to leave ~ 1/16" of glass un-tinted near the top and sides so the film doesn't get jacked by the seals and track.

I think my guy did 1/8", when my passenger side got busted out, I watched him replace the film on the new glass. Watching the cutting machine (like a big printer) cut the sheet the perfect size was cool, and watching him install the stuff so fast was fun. It's cool to see pros going at it.
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I think my guy did 1/8", when my passenger side got busted out, I watched him replace the film on the new glass. Watching the cutting machine (like a big printer) cut the sheet the perfect size was cool, and watching him install the stuff so fast was fun. It's cool to see pros going at it.

Pros make it look so easy

Every time I've seen it, I thought "holy hell, anyone can do that"... And every time I've tried it, it comes out like bubbly crap.
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Pros make it look so easy

Every time I've seen it, I thought "holy hell, anyone can do that"... And every time I've tried it, it comes out like bubbly crap.

you need to use more better soap or film on. Find what works to make the film just slip.
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After some reading I decided on distilled water + a little baby shampoo for solution. From what I read most of the stuff you buy at the auto stores doesn't work terribly well and might even stain the tint in some situations.

Supplies gathered.


The results of my first attempt:


Not too bad, I noticed halfway through that a lot of little dust particles had been trapped underneath. Last weekend I was cutting MDF in the garage and my workbench has a ton of the dust in the cracks and corners, I gather quite a bit of it managed to get kicked up while moving the glass around.

I finished off the tint and did a hasty trimming just to see how it matched up with the passenger side. I popped the window back in and it looks like the previous tint was either lighter or had faded by 15-20% over the last few years. I'm going to snag some 35% tomorrow and give it a shot with the glass in the door to see how that method works.
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Finished a couple of nights ago, it was inf act much easier to tint with the window in the car because I could lay it out on the exterior glass, trim to size, then pull the protective film off while hosing down with the spray bottle.

In the end it turned out pretty decent, I have one small spot near the front sail panel that was trimmed a hair too short and a few little bits of dust still managed to get stuck to the film. Overall nothing you could see unless your face was inches off the window.

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that door speaker looks horribly out of place
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Lol, how high do you have to be to see a face in those pics.

Speakers are horribly out of place, the stock position for the fronts is under the dash and can fit maybe 4" speakers. Not the prettiest solution but it works.
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The s5 gxls had door speakers mounted low and forward on the doors. Can hide a 6.5" in there no problem.
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The s5 gxls had door speakers mounted low and forward on the doors. Can hide a 6.5" in there no problem.

That's what I'd do with my next FC build, S4 body, S5 black interior (better plastics from what I've seen and rubber stereo surround), LS1 swap.
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That's what I'd do with my next FC build, S4 body, S5 black interior (better plastics from what I've seen and rubber stereo surround), LS1 swap.

you dirty terrorist  i'm doing the same 
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