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kòózy 03-19-2006 04:49 PM

Rear window tint
Just got my car tinted...happy with it, except one thing that bugs me is the rear window at the bottom, it looks pretty uneven at the bottom and around the brake light. Anyone else with an e36 have this prob when they had that window tinted? My car is a 98' if that makes a difference, and I saw another e36 parked on the street and it also was also pretty uneven on the rear window near the bottom. When I was picking it up from the shop that did the tint, he told me it was because of the dot matrix. Just wondering if there is anything that can be done to fix this? Kinda crappy pics....

Andy E34 03-19-2006 05:35 PM

Yep, common problem no matter what fader dots= crappy tint bonding. All of the tints I have done have had this issue.

Justin e36 03-19-2006 05:45 PM

yep, it happens unfortunately with the cheaper tints. If Miguel can take a picture of the tint on his green car, you'll see that there is no adhesion issue.. it was a quality tint job, though the tint they used was garbage and has bleached.

Keep in mind that the problem will become less and less apparent after a few weeks while the tint dries. I also hope you didn't use a metallic tint, as it will interfere with the radio reception... again, this will become less and less of an issue as the tint dries.

kòózy 03-19-2006 05:46 PM

So no point in taking it back and bitching about it I guess...

kòózy 03-19-2006 05:57 PM

No it wasn't a metallic tint...

So does it depend on the grade of the film or the adhesion method the shop uses?

Justin e36 03-19-2006 06:12 PM

Nope, no point... it's tough to do. As I said, a lot of it right now is still just water under the film that couldn't be pushed out. If you press the white spots right now you'll see the water moving. As it dries, most of these areas will go away. If you spend enough time there pushing the water out you can make it look much better, though not perfect.

It's not the grade of film as far as I know they will all do this. It's the adhesion method. The only way to tint glass without having those bubbles there that I'm aware of, is to remove the glass, and have it tinted, then baked at a low temperature.

kòózy 03-19-2006 06:22 PM


Thanks for the help! *th-up*

uber e36 03-19-2006 09:29 PM

J - If I had my rear window removed (friend is a BMW tech) and gave it to the tint shop. Would they charge more for this baking method?

Justin e36 03-19-2006 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by geoff@bmw
J - If I had my rear window removed (friend is a BMW tech) and gave it to the tint shop. Would they charge more for this baking method?

There is only one shop I found that does this... Moose from Maranello BMW (no longer works there) told me the name of the shop, I've since forgotten though. They don't bake it in an oven or anything.. they just heat it up to accelerate the curing of the window tint while keeping an eye that it dries properly.. instead of having the customer drive around for a week without rolling down their windows, then come back. I'm not sure about pricing though..

Nascar318is 03-20-2006 09:17 AM

I have the same problem on mine, the guy who tinted it said the best way to fix this is to wait a week or 2 after it dries and go in there with a hair dryer and heat up the tint and work it in...keep doing that till the white is all gone..

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