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    Default Window tinting

    Any recommendations on car window tinting services in Melbourne?
    I really want to avoid the bubbled/purple look that you see on many cars.

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    My Scenic lives outdoors and needs the protection (also some credibility on the road).

    I've also heard 3M has a tinting product guaranteed for 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash
    Any recommendations on car window tinting services in Melbourne?
    I really want to avoid the bubbled/purple look that you see on many cars.

    My Scenic lives outdoors and needs the protection (also some credibility on the road).

    I've also heard 3M has a tinting product guaranteed for 20 years.
    I'm sure the guarantee doesn't include nicks and scrapes.On my fuego,it was actually the colour in the glass that gave the purple look.
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    Default Don't tint for an original IR Plip!

    I guess it goes without saying, so I'll just say it

    I doubt you have an Infra-Red plip on that so disregard the following:

    Some good advice in this forum was about how the IR plips don't work through tinted windows ... BUT:

    Did I mention that the solution is this great new UHF Plip kit?

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    That purple tint colour was pretty hip for a while there, but
    its a colour you have to choose eh???

    Good tint installers will cost a little more but the job is usually top notch
    and its hard to tell if the windows are tinted by a film or have coloured
    glass ie a tidy job with the edge trims pretty much invisible.

    You can get a large range of density and colour options. I chose a neutral
    grey, the darkest you can legally use, which also has 100% UV proof and
    reflects a huge amount of heat (IR). Makes a massive difference in Perth
    during summer. The bubbling is almost always because the driver smokes!
    and many of those earlier films didn't respond well to the constant smoke.
    Not sure if newer films react so.
    Also don't wind the windows down for at least 48 hours after application
    as the film needs to set hard and this is where those vertical streaks and
    marks usually occur. Winter is a good time to get your car treated if your
    without A/C.

    As for a good provider in Melbourne?, any reputable dealer that uses 3M
    film should be fine, but shop around, prices vary a lot.

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    My tinter told me that the purple stuff is the cheap coloured film (not just a different colour), and it'll fade & do all sorts of dodgy things over time.

    Make sure you get a good film & really check the job is done right.

    It cost me $180 for my RS Clio & the job is perfect.

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to get an athermic tint ... The idea being to dramatically reduce the heat coming through, without make the tint much darker I'll love to get my hands on something like that !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron
    Does anyone know if it's possible to get an athermic tint ... The idea being to dramatically reduce the heat coming through, without make the tint much darker I'll love to get my hands on something like that !!!

    seeya,
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    I'm sure they are available, but I suspect that for it to work really well
    the film would need to be either dark or thick. So your options would be
    limited aftermarket to a darkish film as those thick films could only
    really be fitted (more likely bonded) in a clean room, like the newer
    model windscreens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron
    Does anyone know if it's possible to get an athermic tint ... The idea being to dramatically reduce the heat coming through, without make the tint much darker I'll love to get my hands on something like that !!!

    seeya,
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    "Proper" tints do that anyway, they reflect a huge amount of heat.
    I have "heard" of people putting a really light tint on the front (-15% light) and it still takes out 85% of the heat (or something along those lines).

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    Most quality tint companies will have fade free tints. The cheap films would go purple, so just make sure you go with someone that uses fade resistant film. I use the 3M tint and it's brilliant. But if you're on a budget there are plenty of cheaper options, as Nate pointed out.
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    Hi Guys,

    has anyone here tried ezytint ??? I've been sent some samples and it could be ok. If you to install this on the windscreen you could simply peel it off come winter and store it away

    Anyone out there ever used/seen it before ?

    http://www.bsbsupplies.com.au/

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    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

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