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      10-25-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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tint along defroster lines...

Got my windows tinted about a week ago. My initial reaction was not pleasant.. Found air bubbles/pockets throughout the car which I understand is normal. However, the rear window had to be the worst as you can see from the pics below. I took the car back after a few days to have the manager (who was one of two guys who tinted it) take a look. He said he'd redo the small side panel window behind the drivers seat, but did not really seem to care about the rear window which was even worse. Anyways, i thought i'd give it at least a week under the sun to see if it helped and it really hasn't changed. Sucks more because I found another streak about 1.5 inches long on the front windshield, in clear view from the passengers seat. Bottom line, I'd like to have the front windshield and rear window re-tinted. Has anybody else have the same issue with the tints not sticking to the defroster lines? If so, how did you deal with the issue. Thanks.

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      10-25-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Thats a terrible job...had mine done and it had some imperfections but not that bad

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      10-26-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Sorry, but somebody goofed up that job.
Get your money back!
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      10-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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My tint sticks fine to the defroster lines. Your dot matrix looks really bad also.
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Sorry, but somebody goofed up that job.
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This. What kind of film? Might want to let other people know about that shop so it can be avoided.
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      10-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #6
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Everything on mine is perfect except the dot matrix also... Is there anyway to fix this without having to remove and retint?
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      10-26-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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I had my shop do the vinyl over the dot matrix. I'm very happy with the results. Here's another post to check out.
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      10-26-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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Everything on mine is perfect except the dot matrix also... Is there anyway to fix this without having to remove and retint?
Vinyl is an option for you I think. The tinter can remove the upper dot matrix portion of your current tint and replace it with vinyl. I think your other option (sanding) includes removing the current tint.

You could try using a heat gun or a hair dryer and pressing it yourself to see if you can make it adhere around the dots any better. That might help but not completely eliminate the problem.
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This. What kind of film? Might want to let other people know about that shop so it can be avoided.
Suntek CXP 35 all around. and CXP 55 for the windshield. The place is pretty reputable around here. I drove by their other location across town and had the manager look at it. He told me to come by sometime next week and they'll see if they can smooth it out, if not replace it. I'm hoping they just replace the whole thing.. As for the dot matrix, he suggested painting it. Dunno how i feel about that either.
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Thats a terrible job...had mine done and it had some imperfections but not that bad

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You should take it back and have them tint the 3rd brake light area. It looks funny with it clear like that. Even with tint, the 3rd brake light can still be seen just fine.
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      10-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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Vinyl is an option for you I think. The tinter can remove the upper dot matrix portion of your current tint and replace it with vinyl. I think your other option (sanding) includes removing the current tint.

You could try using a heat gun or a hair dryer and pressing it yourself to see if you can make it adhere around the dots any better. That might help but not completely eliminate the problem.
are you sure Vinyl is an option afterwards? if thats the case, i should find a place that does vinyl because this one offers to paint it. and i'm not feeling that..
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      10-28-2012, 01:22 PM   #12
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Same thing happened to me. I took it to a guy in NJ who knows EXACTLY how to deal with dot matrix and defroster lines and he took the garbage tint off and installed new tint PERFECTLY. No bubbles anywhere on the entire car, including the dot matrix on the door windows (I have a coupe).

I would tell them to either re-do it or get your money back and find someone that knows what they're doing.
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      10-28-2012, 03:43 PM   #13
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horrible job...get them to either re-do or refund.
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      10-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #14
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are you sure Vinyl is an option afterwards? if thats the case, i should find a place that does vinyl because this one offers to paint it. and i'm not feeling that..
I don't see why not. Call around and see what they can do for you. This place that did it for you already is probably gonna do a shitty job again so I think you'll have to take it somewhere else.
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The vinyl will work just fine. It'll look 100% better. The dot-matrix, I mean.

As for the rest of it, that's just a bad job. Better try your luck somewhere else
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      10-29-2012, 09:44 PM   #16
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**update**

things went from bad, to worse... tint seems to be the least of my troubles now.
so instead of going to the original location, i chose to go to their 2nd location which does all the tinting for the BMW dealership in town. figured, these guys had more experience with tint for BMWs. went in today around 1:30 to have the front windshield, and rear windshield retinted.. the guys noticed the driver window and both side panels needed work too so agreed to redo those. off to a great start right? i knew this was going to take longer because they had to remove the tint and glue from all the windows. 3 hrs later... my car is ready to roll out. manager comes out to hand my keys when he noticed a bubble in the rear windshield. he said it wasn't water but glue, and needed to go back in to have it done all over again... its about 5:15 when it seems everything is done. he pointed out a bubble in almost the same spot before but said he was 90% sure its water this time and i should give it some time... i don't know, it was time for them to close and i'm sure by now these guys have seen enough of my car today. so i take the keys and as i'm driving out their lot, i noticed the small tray that flips open was broken.

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showed the manager what one of his guys did. he made a call to the BMW dealership and left a message for his guy/contact to take care of me. i went straight to the dealership and got a quote for the damaged piece.

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i'm sure these guys have no idea how expensive this damage is going to cost them.. to make matters worse, i noticed after i left the dealership my head lights along with all the interior lighting of the car was flickering (around 10secs) when the engine started. happened 2 more times tonight after the car had been turned off for awhile and restarted. hopefully this electrical issue has nothing to due with all the water that was sprayed and go onto the dash while they were installing the front windshield... anyways... i don't know what i'm going to do from here. cause in the end, even giving the tint some time to cure i think its still gonna turn out bad. but like i said in the beginning of this post, it seems after all this tint my be the least of my worries. sorry for the long post...

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      10-30-2012, 06:58 AM   #17
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Well, at least they're willing to fix their mistakes.. Could be a LOT worse, trust me.
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Oh man, good luck.
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good luck. If you're patient in your search, you can find an installer who can install properly without the use of vinyl or paint.
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Damn dude, you have some baboons working on your car. So much for a reputable place. Damaging the car on top of that is unbelievable.

Good luck and I hope everything gets fixed.
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