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Old 07-23-2017, 08:16 AM   #1
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Tint the windows?

I'm considering keeping a few windows but they absolutely must be tinted. Is it cheaper to tint yourselves or just but some used tinted bus windows and see if they fit? If you did tint yourselves, how did it turn out and what did you use?

I'll either tint, or if I can just lift the roof I'll just remove all the windows and replace with RV windows. I really like the open feel of the windows but the heat they let through is god awful, I wonder if tinting them with some kind of 5% limo tint would make a difference?
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:31 AM   #2
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Tinting yourself is probably the cheapest. As with anything prep work is super important. The window must be clean or all dirt and dust for a good end result. Clean the windows with an ammonia free solution, I just use water in a spray bottle with a couple drops of Walmart brand baby shampoo, the mixture should feel a little slippery. This will also be used later on. When the window is clean spray some of the water shampoo mix on the window and place a piece of tint on it and squeegee it down to hold it in place, now cut around the frame of your window to get an exact fit (stainless steel blades are best). Remove the tint piece, clean the window once more, now remove the release liner on the tint and spray both the window and tint film with the water shampoo mixture, this will allow you to slide it around and remove any bubbles. Place the wet film on the window and squeegee out the liquid starting in the middle. Once you do a couple windows you'll get the hang of it. Bus windows are relatively easy as they are all flat.

As far as film and tools I would look at expresswindowfilms.com. they will have everything you need. I would buy a roll of film, a knife and some extra blades, a rubber squeegee and a gold hard card to get yourself started as well as a spray bottle and shampoo from Walmart. Get the spray bottle that has the pump on top, I think they are in the garden center area. Avoid using the Walmart/AutoZone/ebay tint, it isn't very easy to work with and will discolor really quick, just cheaply made film. It's probably more expensive too if you're doing several windows.

On my bus I went with the all metal 20% (over the factory tint) which brought me down to around 5%. The all metal tint has a higher heat rejection but can affect phone signals etc. On my cars I like to use the classic black 1.2 series. I've used the 5%, 20%, and 35% been happy with all of them. If you want to splash out the ceramic tint is the best film you can buy but really expensive, I've never bought the stuff as for me using it on my personal stuff it's just too expensive. Either way I'm sure you'd be happy with any of the films from the company. Good luck

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:27 AM   #3
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Edit: btw thank you for that amazing info!

Do u think it would be better to find a pre tinted window of better quality? My bus is a 97 and the windows are a tad thin
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:49 AM   #4
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I'm using Gila brand 5% VLT heat reflective film (bought at Summit Racing). So far, one upper pane of one window done. It's about as hot as an oven in the bus so I'm taking a break and doing it one at a time.
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:53 AM   #5
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is tint hard to install? I want to tint out the windows of my DEV bus.. ive never installed a single piece of tint film in my life but have built a lot of other stuff..

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:54 AM   #6
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You'd probably get better performance from aftermarket tint then factory tint. I'm not an expert but I think the factory glass is just colored, doesn't have the same UV and heat rejection capabilities.

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:57 AM   #7
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Tint isn't too hard to install, a bus is as easy as it gets. There's no shrinking or anything involved in flat glass. I'm not a professional installer but have done several of my cars over the years and cars of family members. It's really just practice. Car back windows are the hardest as they have that big curve to them which requires you to shrink the film. First time you try that it'll probably take a you a couple tries to understand how the film shrinks and reacts to the heat gun.

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:58 AM   #8
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I started off using the precut tint kits you can buy on eBay. Knowing what I know now I would just by the better quality tint by the roll as it's far easier to work with. And in the long run cheaper.

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Old 07-23-2017, 12:02 PM   #9
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good deal... we have jegs and summit right here in Ohio.. and I go right by the summit where brad got his in georgia on my trips.. i never thiought about it but yeah all my windows are flat as a pancake..

if i buy the film as a roll, what other product do i need to get as far as prep chemicals, tools ,etc?
-Christopher
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:04 PM   #10
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This is 20% all metal over the factory 20 ish% giving me around 4%. It definitely makes it harder to see in .

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