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      02-18-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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Can rear window be tinted in '08 335i Sedan?

I was cleaning the rear glass yesterday and realized that unlike other cars,
the rear defroster element wires are not sandwiched between two layers of glass, they are actually glued onto the inside of the rear glass. If you run your fingernail across the glass you can feel every wire. The flat wires feel like they are probably the thickness of window tint.

How in the world can a tint shop tint this? If they trim around the edges it's going to cut through every wire and how would they put the tint on a surface that's not smooth with 100s of raised wires criss-crossing it?
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if they know what they are doing it's not a problem. The defrosters are so small that it's really not an issue. My rear window came out great! Get it done and be more concerned with the dot matrix.
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Anyone know of tinting the windows from the outside?

i saw on an episode of unique whips where the guy tinted the windows from outside which got me really confused...
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i got a bit of glue on the dotted area. otherwise no problems
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When your tinter measures the tint to be cut, then actually trims it, he/she is cutting the pattern on the outside of the window. They usually use a light source and place it on the inside atop the rear deck, which illuminates the edges and helps in cutting the pattern.

He/she then removes the clear plastic covering the glue then applies the tint on the inside.
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Anyone know of tinting the windows from the outside?

i saw on an episode of unique whips where the guy tinted the windows from outside which got me really confused...


You mis understood. They pre cut and test fit on the exterior. The tint goes on the inside. Most tinters do the same thing.
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so if they got the glue on my dot matrix can i just wipe it away with a wet rag?
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so if they got the glue on my dot matrix can i just wipe it away with a wet rag?
No, the glue is on the inside, between the window and the tint. The glue shows up because there are too many "dots" between contact points which make it hard to work around. It also has something to do with the tinting materials they use as well.

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No, the glue is on the inside, between the window and the tint. The glue shows up because there are too many "dots" between contact points which make it hard to work around. It also has something to do with the tinting materials they use as well.

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i meant on the inside...
so should i just take it to the tint shop and have them clean it up? i had it tinted 2 weeks ago
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i meant on the inside...
so should i just take it to the tint shop and have them clean it up? i had it tinted 2 weeks ago
There is no need to. They put the glue behind the tint in the dot matrixed area of your windshield for it to stick better, and not leave unsightly, whitish, airpockets between the dots... Not all tint shops do this.
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