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      01-02-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Rear window tint, dot matrix solution + pix

The rear window dot matrix on the top of the glass has been a notoriously difficult task for even very good tint shops to get right. The film never sticks adequately despite many application "tricks" (heat, glue, tape, etc), and ultimately shows those dots in a hideous and uneven white color, ruining the look.

I went to Oasis Tinting in ATL, got 35% SunTek Carbon all around. They have been in the business a long time and are top notch, with great customer service. Their solution has been to paint the top couple of inches of the back glass (on the inside) a gloss black to match the existing OEM black perimeter of the back windshield. I posted this on an earlier thread and some said they were afraid to do such a permanent solution. LOL, I'm pretty amazed at the amount of "permanent" mods these people do to there cars, that never actually come off at the time of resale, but are tentative about this. If it came down to it, I would only need a glass razor blade and about 30 minutes to return it to "stock".

The result is very smooth, looks good, solves the ugly dot matrix problem, and is easily removed if necessary. No messy glue or sticky tape residue. It does not block any visibility whatsoever from the drivers perspective since the rear windshield is raked at such a flat angle. I think the look is kind of an upgrade myself. Frankly, with my SG body color I wish all my trim was black!

Here's a couple of quick pix. Not great quality photos cause the sun was low down, but you get the idea. I am very pleased with this solution. Just thought I would share this approach with everyone and know that it is a viable option.
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      01-02-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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why would you want to paint it when you can just black vinyl over it? I just don't understand?
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      01-02-2010, 10:03 PM   #4
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I had them just put vinyl.
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      01-03-2010, 12:51 AM   #5
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i think i have a black felt piece
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My tint installer who is a perfectionist when it comes to tinting/car customization installed some type of rigid black tape on the outside of the window to cover the dots. At first I thought this was odd but it completes the look. I’ve had the tinting for over a year and it’s still in-place. Would definitely recommend when you tint the windows.
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Problem with vinyl is that it covers the brake light, which in va is a failed inspection. Painted is the best solutions in my case. Thanks for the help. Will get it painted this weekend.
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Problem with vinyl is that it covers the brake light, which in va is a failed inspection. Painted is the best solutions in my case. Thanks for the help. Will get it painted this weekend.

Can't you just cut the 3rd brake light out in the vinyl??? Anyone have good results with vinyl? Can you guys post some pics?
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Problem with vinyl is that it covers the brake light, which in va is a failed inspection. Painted is the best solutions in my case. Thanks for the help. Will get it painted this weekend.
Not sure what you're talking about. They cut around the brake light. Looks just like the OPs picture with his dot matrix painted.
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people who mention the vinyl method please could you give more information on type of vinyl or product code best suited for this purpose? thanks
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Just a quick note to the original poster. Taking a razor blade to shave off the paint later may cause damage to the defroster lines in that area. Do be careful when doing this.
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people who mention the vinyl method please could you give more information on type of vinyl or product code best suited for this purpose? thanks
anyone have any recommendations on this?
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If you live in the ATL, you should have seen Danny at Custom Sun Control. He can tint over the dot matrix with ease. It looks great too.
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anyone have any recommendations on this?
Without a doubt get a new rear screen . It's the only way to do a good job .
Not that much more expensive either .
Pentagon done mine .
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