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Old 04-25-2008, 07:40 AM   #1
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Anyone tried to tint clear soft top windows??

This may sound strange but has anyone ever tried to tint the clear plastic windows on their soft top? Thanks.

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Old 04-25-2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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There are a couple places on ebay that sell a kit for tinting your windows. I have a hard time believing it would stay. I always thought it would be better to get the factory style tinted plastic over sticking some tint on them. The hardest part would be getting the plastic clean before you stuck the tint.

I also believe it would take a specific kind of tint. If you've ever watched tint put on windows then you will know the heat method to shrink bubbles. Any heat you directly add to plastic will distort it really bad and can possibly damage the window beyond repair. The tint is almost like aluminum foil. It doesn't like to bend and stretch much.

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Old 04-25-2008, 09:53 AM   #3
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Thank you for the quick reply. My first TJ had tinted windows but not so lucky with this one. I guess I will look at my options. Thanks again.
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Thank you for the quick reply. My first TJ had tinted windows but not so lucky with this one. I guess I will look at my options. Thanks again.
You can get the spray on type tint still.It is in a spray can like paint.I have never tried it on plastic before but on glass you have to spray it on and follow the runs so it all evens out at the bottom.Putting it on your door windows would be takeing a chance of it soaking into the cloth part of the door unless you mask it off with an old scrap cloth taped to the bottom.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:24 AM   #5
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i wouldn't do it.

i would just find a nice used set of tinted soft windows...or new
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for everyone'e input.
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:07 PM   #7
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Spend the $500 and put the Bestop Sailcloth Replacement on with tinted windows.
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If you've ever watched tint put on windows then you will know the heat method to shrink bubbles.
Nope, When installing tints you dont need to have heat to shrink the bubbles, The only time you should use heat is when you're trying to "mold" or "curve" the tint for crooked windows such as on cars. On our wranglers.. lol no need.

For the bubbles, you need to use a mix of distilled water and very little tint soap or dish soap when applying the tint. Simply put the mix in a clean windex spray bottle. Spray the window AND the tint. Remove the liner of the tint so the sticky side is exposed, spray that with the mix too so now the tint will be wet on both sides and then stick it in the window. Next use a credit card or something plastic with sharp straight edge like that to get the water out from behind there. If you dont use a mix, 99% of the tries you WILL get bubbles.

I have not had experience with DIY tint on the soft top windows but it might work until you take the top down and bend the windows.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:29 PM   #9
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i think I found my tinted soft top windows somewhere for $30...look around and then you will have spare clear ones
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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i have tehj problem of having 1/2 doors, and there are no upper door halves with tinted windows.... so what do i do now?
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i have tehj problem of having 1/2 doors, and there are no upper door halves with tinted windows.... so what do i do now?
Get the hard glass 1/2 windows, and tint them!!! Or just leave them clear..
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check your local laws to see if tinted door windows are legal, i dont think they are but i could be wrong
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:32 PM   #13
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IN Ky all back windows can be tinted as dark as you want... even painted over (like a panel wagon)... the front two windows can be tinted to so random number like 32 percent or something... the windshield can only have the top 3 inches tinted i believe.
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Head yourself on over to a local boat faility and see if you can have tinted plastic windows made custom.

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