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Master Geek

#275656 2-Sep-2020 16:18
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Had some windows professionally tinted and on these ones in particular where there is a rubber edge/seal around the window there is a gap that runs around most of the installed tint.


The installer said it was okay as he "cut the best he could" but I'm just wondering if this is normal/acceptable or worth asking for it to be re-done?

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Uber Geek

  #2555790 2-Sep-2020 16:34
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I scraped some tint off some aluminium windows very similar to yours a couple of years ago, and on most of the windows there was no noticeable gap between the rubber and the edge of the film. The odd one had had a gap, but certainly less than 1 mm.

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Uber Geek

  #2555807 2-Sep-2020 17:06
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"The best he could" is not a standard that applies to professional services.


My $0.02, as someone who would never apply tint to windows as any imperfections would bother me. The cuts don't appear to be straight, and that would annoy me more than an a small even border. It looks like it would have been quite easy to pop the windows out or at least remove the rubber and cut below the visible line.


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Ultimate Geek

  #2555846 2-Sep-2020 18:33
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I'm no window tinting expert guy, but I would have thought that the way to apply tint was to cut it slightly oversize, put it on the window and then trim the edges to fit.

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Master Geek

  #2555866 2-Sep-2020 18:57
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I am no expert but that looks totally unacceptable to me!
Multiple rounded corner rubber framed large windows in our motorhome dark tinted 6 years ago and exposed to the elements 24/7 of fulltime travel.
There is not a single visible gap anywhere. The quality 3M film with zero shrinkage and expert installation obviously worked.

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