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Window Tint or Mirror



Whilst on the subject of window tint, what are the views with regards
using it on vehicles going out/across Africa.
I know that Tony and others have had the windows darkened for improved
security and also to reduce the amount of heat in the car.
I assume that some of the mirrored films would do a better job than the
standard Limo tint, but was wondering if there were any issues against
using it (other than the bling factor) like local legislation?
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift
On 8/2/05, Julian Voelcker <[Email address removed]> wrote:
Tinting does improve security to a degree and the amount of sunlight
inside the vehicle, though not a lot as a dark window surface gets
hotter compared to a heat reflective silver surface. But then, if you
have A/C it makes little difference whether the windows are tinted or
reflective, If you don't, it doesn't either because you drive with the
windows open, in which case steel mesh takes care of both security and
reducing internal temperatures.
For purely theoretical coinsiderations I'd vote for silver reflective,
because it doubles as a convenient mirror for shaving and checking the
tie not ;-)
Apparently tinted windows are a no-no in some hotspot areas because
soldiers at checkpoints get a bit jumpy when they can't see what the
occupants at the rear seat are doing.
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
Hi Roman,
On the security side of things I would always consider tinting as part
of a package of measures including fitting a decent alarm and mesh
Yes, and also it doesn't have the black absorbency issue.
With my last LC I tried some tint from Halfords which only lasted about
a day in the car before it started to peel so had thought that the only
route would to be to get it professionally done, however our local motor
factors stocks a range of 'limo tint' and reflective mirror tint that
has a sticky back for only about ?10-20 per roll. I have just used a
roll to do the two sets of rear windows on an Isuzu Trooper.
All you need is to make sure the glass is as clean as possible and that
you are in a dust/lint free environment and then you need a hand held
squirter bottle with a mix of 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid to 800ml
of water, and hand held squeegy blade and a lint free rag and a lot of
patience to do a pretty good job.
Obviously it helps if you have the windows out of the frames, but it can
still be done with the windows in situ.
That doesn't surprise me.
I also understood that some countries actually had legislation
determining how dark a tint you could use on which windows.
Any more info on it would be appreciated.
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift
On 8/2/05, Julian Voelcker <[Email address removed]> wrote:
I had the rear windows tinted by the previous owner and as it's been
done properly it doesn't show peeling, only scrathes in some places.
For security reasons I've fitted window mesh and for keeping the
interior cooler (when parked with the windows up) I use flexible
reflective pads which can be insertd between the glass and the mesh.
The best job you can ever get is the special security film (tinted ort
not) as supplied by Pentagon Glass. The only trouble is they charge
=A3200 for a each side wiindow panel.
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
Hi Julian and all
I installed window tint in mine last year and its still there and looks
grand. I bought a pre cut tint for the exact shape of each window. They come
in complet kits and it does exactly what it says on the tin ( web site) They
are tintkits in America talk to a guy called Ron he is good at his job. I
think it cost about 110 euro for the kit and it is a lot easier than having
to cut, get the shape etc. The rear window is very tricky and I ended up
with a few creases but sure who cares I dont.
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT Ireland
On 2/8/05 12:47, "john byrne" <[Email address removed]> wrote:
Something I've been looking at comes from the plant propagation and
hydroponics world...! A company called Growell sells a blackout material and
two grades of reflective Mylar. I can't afford the Pentagon stuff
unfortunately and I know I will make a complete hash of putting a DIY
reflective film on. I can do many things but not wallpapering unfortunately.
My car came with tint on all windows and in the back it is quite dark but I
want something to keep heat out - something along the lines of reflective
Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
Mob: 07831 458 793
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