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I saw it for like $12 and was wondering if it is worth it. I think it would look really nice with some tinting done, but I don't really want to spend that much on it. Any ideas?

Thanx in advance for the replies

P.S. I am thinking of doing this to my van where the windows are MUCH flatter than the one's on an LH.
 

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My buddy did his car with the walmart cheap stuff. But I think you get what you pay for. He got his side windows to look good but the backone wouldnt stick.
 

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It's not the tint you have to worry about...it's the tinter! I had that tint on my SE for two years...never had a problem with peeling, fading, bubbling, etc
Wow really? I would like to see pics of that. The Trep windows would seem really hard to tint IMO.
 

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you ask is it worth it...yes it's worth about 12 bucks LOL but seriously it's a huge pain to deal with. As a window tinter, and for the price, I had to give the "Gila brand" wally film a try and it faded to purple in less than 2 months. It's a cheap dyed polyester film which is only 1mm thick compared to 1.4 - 2mm quality films. The thinness makes you want to crumble it up and throw it on the ground before you even get it on the glass because you can hardly work with it. The fact that it will fade in the sun to a gross purple color in just a few months makes it not even worth the time to do a quality install. Once it fades and you want to get it off, the poorly designed adhesive layer will make your film removal even more of a pain to get off than to put on. Some good advise is to get a quality lifetime warranty film professionally installed. Someone mentioned the intrepid bieng difficult to tint...that is true. The shape of our car you can see just by looking at our side rollup glass that they are obviously curved, meaning the film will need to be thermoformed to fit the glass properly as well as the larger than normal backglass window, our backglass is very wide, very tall and yes curved enough to be quite a painful install. have fun
 

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Me and my dad tinted his truck windows and I tinted my mustangs windows not very easy at all it takes a lot of time. But if you do it right it is alright, I would rather just pay to have it done and get the warranty
 

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Back in the day the Gila stuff was top of the line, but that was a loooooong time ago. Lots has changed since then. If you are trying to save some money why not try the stuff on Ebay that is already pre-cut? That will be your biggest headache.
eBay Motors: Dodge Intrepid 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 PreCut Window Tint (item 130265749015 end time Dec-29-08 03:47:27 PST)
This is for my Van, not for the Trep. My Van is kind of an oddball and is very hard to find parts for so the pre-cut stuff isn't avaliable.
 

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What kind of van do you have?
 

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This is for my Van, not for the Trep. My Van is kind of an oddball and is very hard to find parts for so the pre-cut stuff isn't avaliable.
oh ya i forgot it was for the van...shouldn't be to diffcult to tint. I suggest just going to a tint shop that uses brand name films (3M, madico, llumar, solarguard,etc.), if you install the film yourself there is no warranty. Start by asking how much a sq.ft. you can buy the film to do it yourself and then ask what they would charge to do it for you. A lot of times if i know someone wants to tint themselves I'll give a little discount...plus you know it will be a quality job and you get the warranty.
 

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It's a 1990 Mitsubishi Van. Its called Van in the brochure lol. Finding parts for this thing is a major PITA. Basically, the story is this: my dad's friend bought it for $300. He told my dad that he should come see it because my dad loves oddities like this. I figured what the hell so I bought it for $400. It sat in my dad's driveway for about a year. Now, since my dad traded in his company Taurus for a new one, he doesn't have a hauler. So he insured the van, bought some parts for it, and now is using it as a nice little tow vehicle. The tint was his idea. He learned all sorts of things after being on a Nissan 240SX forum.:banghead::banghead:

Her she is, with the wheels off my mom's Avenger. The stock ones are on the ground. As you can see, the windows don't have all the curves, contours and fillets of other windows.
 

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wow...thats a lot of glass. which will need a lot of film and a long time to do correctly. (cleaning and preping the glass will take the longest on an old vehicle like that) To tint everything but the windshield at my shop here you'd be lookin at close to $500 for professionally installed 3M film w/ lifetime warranty. A big problem on the vans like that it's a straight film to gasket install, there is no overlap between the interior gasket and the exterior. Meaning that unless you get your cut lines exact you will have a small light gap around every window. oh man haha i just started to write forever about tips and tricks for that van but it was getting way to long. PM if you need some more info.
 
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