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      09-15-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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New window tint professionally installed. But lots of smudge marks?

Hey all. I'm new to the forums (just got a new crimson red 335i ) but thought this question fell more into the non-BMW discussion area.

Yesterday I got a higher grade window tint (Formula One Pinnacle series) put on my car by a professional tint shop (LA Tint, Alexandria VA). I have to say the tint looks amazing, but the problem is that there's smudge marks practically on every window!

When I left the associate told me not to roll my windows down for 2 or 3 days so the tint adhesive could dry. I'm wondering if I should wait and see if the smudge marks go away during this time frame. So I guess my ultimate question is... is it normal to see a considerable amount of smudges and streaks during the "drying" phase?
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Tint usually looks not so good for the first couple weeks while it's drying. I would call the shop though and ask them for sure.
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Thanks. I just called the tint shop and they said that the first week you'll usually see some squeegee marks. That should go away in the next few days as long as I don't pull down the windows today and tomorrow to let the adhesive dry. If it doesn't then they'll take it back and touch it up.

Sorry I posted an entire thread for this, but thought it would be good for others looking to tint their cars to know.
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I got FormulaOne Pinnacle tint done, and it looks pretty amazing the first day out. I saw no smudging, maybe a little streaks. While tints do improve with time, I also believe their measurable improvement is still influenced by where it starts out.
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