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Old April 13th, 2005, 01:15 PM   #1
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Cool back from the tint shop

ok, i'm very satisfied with the way my tail lights and the tints... i figured that 20% all around would be too dark but it looks a lot better than i thought...

the pics were taken with my cellphone so they're not good but u can get the idea... i'm hoping that i'll set a new trend with my tail lights... let me know what u guys think....

one thing i wasn't happy about is that there is a white line going across the top of my back window: dot matrix.... i'm hoping someone could help me out on fixing it...

pics are in my gallery and the tail lights were sprayed...

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Old April 13th, 2005, 01:41 PM   #2
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wow, thats original!

i kinda like it~ not bad
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Old April 13th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #3
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Looks nice and unique, the shop did a good job:
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Old April 13th, 2005, 02:08 PM   #5
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get the tint shop or someone to cut you a vinyl strip , black, to cover up dot matrix. i have it on my car and u cant tell where tint ends and vinyl begins!
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One of my brainstorming processes on the tinting tail light was this one as well. Good to see someone experimenting. now some one have to try that above without tinting the turn signal area.
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Old April 13th, 2005, 02:39 PM   #7
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one thing i wasn't happy about is that there is a white line going across the top of my back window: dot matrix.... i'm hoping someone could help me out on fixing it.
I've had my windows tinted for about 9 months now and the vinyl strip over the dot matrix is in perfect condition still. Here's a pic!

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I've had my windows tinted for about 9 months now and the vinyl strip over the dot matrix is in perfect condition still. Here's a pic!


Mine holds up pretty well too. Vinyl is the best way to go.
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Old April 13th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #9
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get the tint shop or someone to cut you a vinyl strip , black, to cover up dot matrix. i have it on my car and u cant tell where tint ends and vinyl begins!
so the vinyl would be glued on the outside???
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Looks nice and unique, the shop did a good job:

but i did a krappy job of taking pictures damn cellphone cameras...
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Old April 13th, 2005, 03:56 PM   #11
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One of my brainstorming processes on the tinting tail light was this one as well. Good to see someone experimenting. now some one have to try that above without tinting the turn signal area.
where i am, it's illegal to tint the brake lights... so that's why i went this direction... but ya, i think it would look nice... why don't u give it shot
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where i am, it's illegal to tint the brake lights... so that's why i went this direction... but ya, i think it would look nice... why don't u give it shot
I already have the pink part tinted. Lazy to give it a try, maybe someone that hasn't done anything to it try.
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looks nice...its original and very clean....props for doing something differnt
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Old April 13th, 2005, 04:27 PM   #15
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looks nice...its original and very clean....props for doing something differnt
hehe... thanx... one of my old screen name used to be sexynamja
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so the vinyl would be glued on the outside???
No, no! Mine is on the inside. He applied it just like he applied the regular tint film. It'd be a b!tch to clean the rear window if the vinyl were on the outside.

EDIT: Hurry up and take some good photos of your car. You're doing big things to that car.
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so the vinyl would be glued on the outside???
the vinyl is sticky like a big thick sticker and yes its on the outside. No probs with it coming off or peeling and ive had it since may of 04. the good vinyl strips are on the outside. ill put up pics at some point, i just need a digicam.
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Ahh so that's who had that back window tint clean. Kramer, you inspired me to get mine fixed, before it looked really bad in the top top section. I had them do the vinyl strip too, looks like a black tape from the inside rear window. Doesn't bother me at all, probably covers like an inch of the rear view at the top.

Koolbreze, nice man, this is my favorite so far in terms of tailight tinting, well done.
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wow, now... i'm getting mixed answers here... outside makes sense to me but how could the vinyl be different than tint film on dot matrix? wouldn't it leave the same line? kramer, can u be more specific on how the shop did this?
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how about going bottom 2/3 black and leaving the turn signals red... opposite of what i did
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Ahh so that's who had that back window tint clean. Kramer, you inspired me to get mine fixed, before it looked really bad in the top top section. I had them do the vinyl strip too, looks like a black tape from the inside rear window. Doesn't bother me at all, probably covers like an inch of the rear view at the top.
When I first asked the tint guy to do it, I was a bit skeptical. After I saw the finished product, I was pleasantly surprised. Sitting in the driving position, looking into the rearview mirror, you cannot see the vinyl strip at all. And as you can see from the pics, you absolutely cannot tell it's on there from the outside. My tint is dark enough to match the black vinyl.
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wow, now... i'm getting mixed answers here... outside makes sense to me but how could the vinyl be different than tint film on dot matrix? wouldn't it leave the same line? kramer, can u be more specific on how the shop did this?
Vinyl is more forgiving than tint film. If you've ever held tint film then you'd see that it's very stiff and doesn't stretch, bend, or conform very well. It's like a very, very thin sheet of metal. Vinyl, on the otherhand, is able to be squeegeed into the minute crevices of the dot matrix section. The tint film is too stiff to be able to squeegee into the small crevices created by the raised dots.

I'm no expert on the topic, so that's the best I can do for an explanation.
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yup, you did a good explanation.

Overall, I'm very happy I got my rear window fixed, it was really bugging me, stupid dot matix on our cars.

Thanks again Kramer for inspiring me
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how about going bottom 2/3 black and leaving the turn signals red... opposite of what i did
thats another idea.
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