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Old 08-11-2016, 08:07 PM
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Question Tinting my hard top?

So I've been wanting to tint my hardtop for quite some time now. This summer I didn't take it off my jeep, and it'll be cold before we know it. The problem is I really don't want to dish out $180+ to pay a shop to do it. I just don't think its worth it.

I've considered buying those cheesy rolls of tint from Walmart and doing it myself but I heard that'd be a waste of money and time too.

Has anybody tinted their own hardtop? The side windows seem like they'd be fairly easy, but the rear windshield not so much.

I just dont like my Jeep being a big fishbowl. Is there anything else someone reccomends instead of tint? (a mirror-like film) Just so people can't see everything thats inside my cab.

Open to all suggestions. Thanks!

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Old 08-11-2016, 10:31 PM   #2

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If I wanted my hardtop windows tinted, I would do the job myself. The windows are flat. The problems arise when the windows are convex.

Check out the laws where you live. I had limo tint (extra dark) on my Cadillac. Never had a problem in Colorado, but I've heard that in Utah you get a ticket for limo tint. In New York the cops will give you a ticket for sneezing while you drive. (Driving with your eyes closed).

The places that sell the tint (NAPA or Carquest) should carry the liquid that allows you to "float" the film. Have a good squeegee and a new utility knife handy. Use scissors to cut the tint to just a little larger than you need and trim the edges with the utility knife once the tint is in place. Start squeegeeing in the middle and work to the outside edges. If you get any bubbles while doing the install, use the squeegee to push the bubble to the edge. Some tinters also use a pin to prick any bubble and let the air out.
If you are concerned doing the back window, simply take it off and do it flat on the bench. If you have a rear wiper, you will have to remove the wiper motor and washer nozzle for a clear shot at laying the tint flat. Use your finger to press the tint tight over the defroster wires.

The mirror film may be available in the big box building supply stores. It is usually done on house windows in places like Socal, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. I don't know about legality of the mirror tint on vehicle windows. Again, check your local laws.

Your '95 should have the family style roll bar so you shouldn't have any problem doing the tint with the top on the Jeep.
If you have full hard doors, it's easy enough to take the windows out and tint them on the bench. Any tinter that I have ever watched though, installs the tint with the windows in place.

Make absolutely certain that the windows are clean, clean, clean before tinting them.

Good Luck, L.M.
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