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Old 08-03-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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I got it done at a fairly reputable place in the Akron, OH area called Summit Sound and Security. They used Llumar tint with the CompuCut system (whatever that is). I got the car last night around 9pm so I couldn't really examine it before I left. However, they did tell me that the edges of the tint will have water under it until it dries (2-3 weeks) in which case I can bring it back and they'll touch it up. But today driving in the sunlight I noticed ALOT of imperfections, like bubbling in the MIDDLE of the window, and wrinkles...some pretty major. Considering the fact that other places quoted me on average around $180 and this place was almost $230, I'm a little pissed right now.

Is this normal for tint to be this way for a few weeks, and then have to go back and have it retouched? Or should I start bitching?lol
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Be patient grasshopper.

Give it at least 5 days before you take it back. I hope you didn't lower your windows for 48 hours after the application. give the water time to evaporate and then KINDLY report back to them. You will get more bees with honey than with vinigar.. Don't go in yelling and screaming, be civil and you will be taken care of.
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This is definetly something you should bitch about! I used to do a lot of window tinting in the past and at no time should you see bubbles, wrinkles or any inperfections for that matter. With respect to the edges having water is another BS comment. If the tinter does a good job all the water should be out of there. I used to tell people to keep their windows up for a few days to let the adhesive fully cure and that was about it.

The Llumar tint, IMO, is good quality stuff but I am sure others will have differing opinions.

Take that car back and have them redo it. You paid for a good job and should have received it.
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Thats kind of what I was thinking. I can see the edges maybe...but I doubt highly that the wrinkling and bubbles in the center would magically "work themselves out". The tinter was a pretty young guy, and was in a hurry as it was late in the day and they "forgot" that I had an appointment, lol.

I called them just now and they say to bring it on by. I'll keep you posted.

I've also heard that Llumar tint was good stuff, and I think the $230 price tag is a bit steep sooo I should get a good tint job. I went 35% on the sides and 15 on the rear window.
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230$ for all the windows is Cheap.

In NY $330 min
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I guess so. But in this area I called about 8-10 different places and not one (except them) was over $190. Everyone else was 180ish, but they sold me with the CompuCut and Llumar and their 2 year gaurantee.
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Mine has Llumar tint. When I had it done, it was perfect right out of the shop. I know that the installer (I'd call him and artist really) used a heat gun during the install.

There were only two instructions when I picked it up:
1) Don't lower the windows for 24 hours at least. A week if possible.
2) Never use ammonia-based cleansers on the tint.

2-1/2 years later it'* still mint. No bubbles, wrinkles, or wavy areas. Not even on the rear window with the defroster.

IMO, there'* no reason or excuse for any of that.
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I paid $150 for all my windows done here in Indiana with the same tint. And I have a lifetime warranty. I had some bubbles for a few days but they went away. Also they told me if there were still a few in a couple days to gently smooth them out with the corner of your finger nail or use the edge of a credit card. Worked for me, my tint is fine.

What you need to remember is there is no way to not get air pockets and dust particals inbetween the window and the tint. Give it a few days, and gently smooth them out if you can. If in a few days it remains the same, then go back and complain. But be nice about it.
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It'* okay to wait a few days if you like. But, if this place considers itself a reputable installer they will fix it either way. And yes, please be nice about it when you go back.
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I do them in all my cars & my friend cars. If you see air bubbles now, they will stay there.
if what you see is water stains (that you might be mistakingl as bubbles), those will evaporate & you wont notice it in 2 days.
what you see after 2 days will most likely stay there.
& those wrinkles will not go away.
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