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Old 06-24-2019, 07:03 AM
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Well I had helped do some tinting a few times but never tackled it myself. I though what better time to give it a try on my own than on some flat glass. I started out doing it myself and that proved to be a nightmare trying to peel the backing off without having a side flip in on itself and ruin the tint. I finally enlisted the help of the wife to peel the backing off. I messed up about 4 pieces of tint so not to bad for my first try. The first window I did does have a small daylight line around it that I am going to fix with some black pen striping tape. This is 5% tint. I can't believe the difference in the look of the boat. Now no one can see those aweful curtains. LOL The biggest pain was the previous owner had installed a console on the front starboard side. He had covered part of the window with a board that was behind the console. I had to disassemble some of his handy work and squeeze the tint into the 1"to 1/2" gap between the frame and window. Full disclosure there are 3 small bubbles I couldn't get out at the very top of that gap. I can live with it though. If anyone has questions on the process let me know. Its fairly easy to install. The biggest amount of work is making sure the glass is completely clean.


This is what it looked like before I started.

And this is after.


You can see the light on the inside through the steps here. Much more privacy!




You can see this was the last one I installed. You can see how close the frame is to the window. PITA!
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:13 AM
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Very nice.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:17 AM
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looks pretty good! the trick is keeping the soapy water spray bottle handy and keeping the tint good and soapy until you get the tint in place.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
looks pretty good! the trick is keeping the soapy water spray bottle handy and keeping the tint good and soapy until you get the tint in place.
Yep went through 3-4 bottles of soapy water during the process. Trying not to make to big of a mess in the floor. LOL
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:51 AM
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You can get those bubbles out by putting a pin hole in the bubble and let the air out.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by getthenetmontauk View Post
You can get those bubbles out by putting a pin hole in the bubble and let the air out.
You can't get to them with a pin. The are at the very top behind that wooden frame. They are small enough that you don't notice them from the outside unless you really look.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:44 AM
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Makes a huge difference, really nice. Some of those bubbles will work their way out after it heats up and cools down a couple times. Beautiful boat too, I love the lines. What year is it?
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathen86 View Post
Makes a huge difference, really nice. Some of those bubbles will work their way out after it heats up and cools down a couple times. Beautiful boat too, I love the lines. What year is it?
Yeah I hope it does. Its only the 3 small ones if not. Thank you its 1976.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:19 AM
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Nice job, and gorgeous boat!

Few things will test a man's patience like installing tint.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:24 AM
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Nice! what brand tint did you use?
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:50 AM
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Nice! what brand tint did you use?
T-View was the brand. Being my first time I didn't want to start with some 3M. After using it though it seems like its really heavy and I didn't have any tearing issues. I got the 40" X 100' roll for around $90.00. We will see how it holds up to fading over time but seems to be pretty fair quality.
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Old 06-29-2019, 04:35 AM
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Nice job- patience is the key! Looks, comfort and privacy- all good reasons for tinting, especially if you live below the Mason-Dixon.
5% film generally has a 3rd layer- that's why it felt heavy. Tinting the windshield on a smaller boat can make a huge difference in general comfort as well- it takes away the glare from a white dashboard. Makes for a completely new boating experience.

If tint fades it's because it's manufactured from a less expensive dye-based process. Depending on exposure over time you will get a few years out of such film- it will gradually turn purple as the dye pigment is broken down by UV light. These days the good stuff is made from a process that embeds ceramic or metal ions in the film that block and absorb heat. The key to longevity depends on the quality of the adhesive.

If you plan to do your own tinting, always buy a known brand like 3M, Llumar or Solar Gard, especially for vehicles. (get it from your local tint shop) It will be worth it in the long run. Automotive film has a 'hard coat' that protects from scratches due to repeated cleaning or from dirt that may get trapped in a window brush.

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Old 07-08-2019, 03:17 AM
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Don't use any products containing ammonia to clean the windows. The ammonia will also turn the tint purple. Use either soap and water or the new Windex that doesn't contain ammonia.
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