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Old 05-02-2003, 06:34 AM
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Question window tinting

I am having this done to my 1994 Euro C180 tomorrow morning, but want to ask those who have done it whether they ever had any early problems from the tinted skin installed on their windows. Here there are 4 versions of which I am going for the Classic or A$180 version with metallised coating. This seems to be the one car dealers use for new cars. My questions are whether this skin will bubble up when parked under the sun for long periods especially in Summer, whether this will also happen when using the rear window heater core during the cold Winter months for long drives. I have been told to prevent this we must not open or close the windows or use the heater for a few days. Also, not to clean the windows from the insides immediately after the installation. I have seen cars with this done and some whiteness seem apparent around the edges of the darkened borders. They claim that they also scrape the window's whole inside surface with very fine steel wool to remove all stuck hard dirt which cannot be washed off. Now what about the rear window's heater cores and the toughened glass markings in the corners? Are these going to be scraped off too? How long would these skins last on the conservative side before the colour runs, fades and the skin peels? I have seen some really bad ones, but think they are cheap D.I.Y stuff you get from the supermarts or car trim shops. I also feel that the ups and downs of the windows will induce plenty of scratches on the film very soon. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2003, 08:58 AM
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If you get good quality tinting with professional installation, you won't have the problems you listed. I've had mine on for about 5 years and my car sits in 90+ degree heat all summer. No bubbling, fading, etc. Also no scratches from rolling windows up and down. Only thing to be careful with is to use all-cotton rags to clean the tinted glass surfaces as paper towels may scratch.

I have a LIGHTLY tinted metalized coating. In my opinion, MBs do NOT look right with a very dark tint (and some purists would say they don't look right with ANY amount of tint).
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Old 05-02-2003, 09:58 AM
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And DONT use regular Windex on the inside glass, I believe it can actually take it off. I used to have 10% on the rear windows, but now it seems that the regular gas station wouldn't take anymore payoffs to pass me on the safety inspection. SO there went my tint, i think eventually i'm going to go legal and get 35% on all 5 windows.
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Old 05-02-2003, 10:19 PM
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Absolutely right, Chris. I forgot about that. Some window cleaners you can get at auto parts stores specifically say "safe for tinted windows." Use one of those.
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Old 05-03-2003, 04:20 AM
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Talking window tinting

Just got my car back after the tinting installation. I am very impressed with the job. The colour is called Classic darkest legal. Black toned and looks great on my windows. Now the rubbernecks at traffic lights can't really see the pimp or drug dealer driving this great little Benz car!!! All they see is blacked out shadows of R2D2 or C3PIO. Hope it lasts as long as the car does. Saw a great C180 1996 just now while cruising around at dealers. 1996 model Esprit, perfect condition, dark metallic green, perfect insides and outsides, much better than mine even after spending so much tidying it up for the last year. Only problem is it costs A$18999 which is cheap for this car, but mileage is 215,000kms. If I hadn't bought my light blue C180 this time last year, I would have fallen in love with this one! Unfortunately, I don't have the spare cash. If the mileage is say 115,000kms or 120,000, I would just go out and get a loan! What should I do???? Thanks for your inputs guys!
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