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Old 01-01-2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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Are bubbles unavoidable in window tint?

so i got my windows done & i have a question
should my car have no tiny bubbles whatsoever or r they unavoidable?
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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Depends, when did you get your windows tinted? Mine had tiny bubbles in them for like a day or two, which is normal.. If its been like more than a week then I would start to wonder, but if it's been on a couple days no worries.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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Had mine done and no bubbles at all. The shop did an excellent job. 20%
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:20 PM   #4
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You should not have any bubbles in there. This is the type of tint they used one mine. By the way, I paid extra for their ceramic tint. Out here in California, it really cuts out alot more of the heat than the standard tint!
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:35 PM   #5
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The tint will generally have a couple of bubbles in there for the first day or two. They will work themselves out and you will have no bubbles whatsoever eventually. If they do not work themselves out, then go back to the tint shop and they will remove the tint and reapply a new tint piece.

Just don't roll down the windows for 2 weeks like they say and everything will be fine.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:40 PM   #6
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I rolled my window down (by accident) 2 hours later with no ill affects...
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didnt want to start a new thread, but when getting the rear window tinted, are you guys tinting over the 3rd brake light? or cutting the tint so it goes around it?
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:47 PM   #8
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I had tiny bubbles for like four days but each day i checked they disappeared and within 5 days they were all gone...so nothing to worry about...
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:53 AM   #9
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Like the others have said, you should not have bubbles after a short time. If you do or bubbles start appearing, hopefully the people that did the tint have a warranty and will correct it.

As for the brake light, my opinion is to cut around it. This may vary from state to state but your local troopers my not like it. (Not like you're already driving a moving target anyway.) Besides I wouldn't want to give some J.A. an excuse for not seeing that light and rear-end me.
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tinted @ 20% and no bubbles - had other cars tinted and this shop was fantastic in workmanship and price.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:03 AM   #11
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The tint will generally have a couple of bubbles in there for the first day or two. They will work themselves out and you will have no bubbles whatsoever eventually. If they do not work themselves out, then go back to the tint shop and they will remove the tint and reapply a new tint piece.

Just don't roll down the windows for 2 weeks like they say and everything will be fine.
2 weeks?

That's crazy! A couple of days and your good.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:12 AM   #12
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2 weeks?

That's crazy! A couple of days and your good.
In my last car I rolled them down after 2 and they were perfectly fine.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:24 AM   #13
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2 weeks?

That's crazy! A couple of days and your good.
Do what you want, I'm just following the recommended time till rolling down the windows. It's better safe then sorry in my opinion, cause if you roll the windows down and you do mess up the tint, that is not covered under warrenty.

You want to let the tint cure to the glass (remove bubbles etc...). If you roll down the windows when the tint has not cured, you pose the risk of peeling the tint off. It doesn't always happen, but it is a possibility.
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Ok Ill have 2 wait & see ... Thanks
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:22 PM   #15
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didnt want to start a new thread, but when getting the rear window tinted, are you guys tinting over the 3rd brake light? or cutting the tint so it goes around it?
Shops that cut around the 3rd brake light are lazy! It looks like crap, but it's easier for the installer because it eliminates the need to remove the rear deck panel, or to hard card behind the brake light.

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so i got my windows done & i have a question
should my car have no tiny bubbles whatsoever or r they unavoidable?
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Actually yes, some tiny bubbles are unavoidable. I guarantee that I can look at ANY tint job and find some tiny dust bubbles - they are simply unavoidable. Now we are talking about bubbles the size of the head of a pin, so it's not like they are very noticeable, but they will exist in any tint job. If you have a ton of them or large clusters of them all over the glass, it's poor installation. One or two per window is normal.

99% of people will never notice the dust bubbles, but after 10 years of being a window film installer, you notice.

You will have a hazy, blistered looking appearance until the film finishes the curing process. You don't want to roll down your windows until the film has cured. Your installer will tell you don't roll your windows down for "whatever amount of days" based on a the weather climate in your location. Curing times vary greatly. In say Las Vegas or Phoenix in the middle of summer, window film will completely cure in a matter of an hour or two outside, while in climates at or below freezing it could take weeks.

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I disagree, there is a purpose to the third breaklight and they should cut around it. That's just like tinting your breaklights. Mine is cut out and it looks very nice! Plus the light is still visible like it should be.
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I disagree, there is a purpose to the third breaklight and they should cut around it. That's just like tinting your breaklights. Mine is cut out and it looks very nice! Plus the light is still visible like it should be.
After installing tint for a long time and doing it both ways, I can tell you we had customers bitching constantly if the brake light was cut out. It can create light gaps from the inside and IMO ruins the fluid look of the back window.

Now, installers will try to tell you that it's for legality or safety reasons, but it's generally to cover their own butts after they were lazy and and took the quicker, easier way out. I have currently have 20% on my rear window and you can see the brake light with no problems whatsoever right through the tint. I have had 5% on other cars with no problems seeing the brake light through the film.

It's funny, there is a yellow 1LT in the small town that I live in that had the brake light cut out of their film. After seeing mine with the light covered, they took theirs back to the installer and had them re-tint the back window with the light covered.

If you want it cut out just let the shop know and I'm sure they'll be happy to do it. Personal preference I suppose. I can just tell you from the installer's point of view, they would love to cut it out as it makes their job easier, especially on a vehicle like the Camaro that it's a major PIA to take out the rear deck.
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After installing tint for a long time and doing it both ways, I can tell you we had customers bitching constantly if the brake light was cut out. It can create light gaps from the inside and IMO ruins the fluid look of the back window.

Now, installers will try to tell you that it's for legality or safety reasons, but it's generally to cover their own butts after they were lazy and and took the quicker, easier way out. I have currently have 20% on my rear window and you can see the brake light with no problems whatsoever right through the tint. I have had 5% on other cars with no problems seeing the brake light through the film.

It's funny, there is a yellow 1LT in the small town that I live in that had the brake light cut out of their film. After seeing mine with the light covered, they took theirs back to the installer and had them re-tint the back window with the light covered.

If you want it cut out just let the shop know and I'm sure they'll be happy to do it. Personal preference I suppose. I can just tell you from the installer's point of view, they would love to cut it out as it makes their job easier, especially on a vehicle like the Camaro that it's a major PIA to take out the rear deck.
Ya i agree my tint installer didnt cut around the brake light and i like it that way...i have 15% on the back window and when i press the brakes the light shines through without a problem...do what feels right to you...
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2 weeks is insane! one good day in good summer sun should do it.. as for the third light? that light shines perfectly through the tint, and the bubbles should be gone after a good day or two in summer sun. I only say summer sun because I live in n.y.... also, do not EVER use windex on your tint, or any other window cleaner that's not tint friendly, ie no amonia, or it'll eventually ripple/melt, and turn purplish....
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Excuse my naivity but,
Is 20% lighter or darker than Say,30%?
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Is 20% lighter or darker than Say,30%?
The percent is based on the amount of light getting going through the tint. 20% tint is darker than 30%.
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no bubbles in mine. any good tinter should be able to do it without bubbles.
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Windex makes a "Tint-Safe" version btw (ammonia free)

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2 weeks is insane! one good day in good summer sun should do it.. as for the third light? that light shines perfectly through the tint, and the bubbles should be gone after a good day or two in summer sun. I only say summer sun because I live in n.y.... also, do not EVER use windex on your tint, or any other window cleaner that's not tint friendly, ie no amonia, or it'll eventually ripple/melt, and turn purplish....
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I agree. My tint guy has tinted 3 vehicles for me in the last 2 years. Not one single bubble. He also uses a computer linked to a machine that cuts the tint for him. No jagged edges. No knife touches your car. Tint goes to the edge of the glass without filing (and does not peel back either). It almost looks as if the glass itself were tempered in the 20% or whatever % you buy. Comes with a written warranty, too. He does custom vinyl racing stripes, etc. Everything. Prices are great, too. I had him put on the Dupont protection the dealer wanted to charge $400 for and I will tell you I paid A LOT less than that. If you're in the Columbus, GA area, PM me and I'll pass along his contact. His setup is portable so he can come to you also!

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