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Old 06-28-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Window Tinted Film, worth the money ?

I've just installed a new A/C on my 76 AS and since I'm in Texas home of the 101 degree day for 30 days in a row. I am considering putting dark window tint on my windows of the 31 foot Airstream.
The AS had degraded window tint film when I got it six years ago. It had gone from an original color to a splotchy color of purple so I scraped it off.
I like to see through the trailer when Iím towing so I wonít be installing tint on the front or rear windows.
Iíve only got an awning on one side so I can see that Iíd be getting some value from the tint but I often skip lowering the awning when my camp area is windy.
Has anyone out there had positive results by lowering the demand on their A/C unit?
I'm also interested in reducing fading of carpet, upholstery, drapes.
My new elastic on the bottoms of my curtains lasted less than a year because of UV degrading of the elastic straps. Where-as the top elastic straps is still resilient and active.


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Old 06-28-2009, 04:31 PM   #2
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I like tint.
And it is removable...not easy...but it is.
It lowers demand on my eyes, and looks cool, so I think its cool.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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We put limo tint on ours, it helps a lot. If you want, you can get the mirror type tint, which looks silver from outside.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
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As a general rule I don't like window tint, it makes it hard to see out at night and easier for others to see in I use Reflectix in the windows on the side that is taking the brunt of the sun, in all windows when the trailer is stored or I happen to be working nights and need to sleep during the heat of the day. I cut is to fit the window and it softly wedges in, I put it from the outside so it is trapped between the window and the screen, seems to be most effective this way. I can take it out if I want to use that window for it's intended purpose

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We went to Lowe's and bought the cling type dark window tint. We love it and it is inexpensive and fairly easy to install.

Clean the windows very well with a lent free cloth, Cut it to size, wet the windows, peel the backing off and squeegee the bubbles out.

Our windows have what i call "Lava Lamp windows" bubbles between the glass. Putting the tint over them not only helped out with cooling the trailer but from the outside looks awesome! It was a quick fix until we can get the windows removed, cleaned and install permanent tint.

We have had no trouble with it coming off on the hwys. I just clean them as you would normally and remove a bubble or 2 every once in a while.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:58 PM   #6
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We scraped off the old purple tint also. Here is the thread I posted on it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454/diy-window-tinting-and-new-seals-gaskets-52144.html

We can see out from the inside very well. It's blocks 70% of the suns heat, is low-E, and has UV protection. It made a huge difference! Now it'smuch brighter inside, but cooler.

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We scraped off the old purple tint also. Here is the thread I posted on it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454/diy-window-tinting-and-new-seals-gaskets-52144.html

We can see out from the inside very well. It's blocks 70% of the suns heat, is low-E, and has UV protection. It made a huge difference! Now it'smuch brighter inside, but cooler.

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I tried the link and it seems to be broken....Would U check on it for us? Thank U
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window tint

Window tint is nice.

It does help a little with the sun.

But, it will also develope bubbles in it, in time, if you use the film type tint.

Airstream couldn't stop the bubbles.

That's why they went to tinted glass.

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Try it again. This happened to me before, and when I reported the broken link to support they said it was fine. But it wasn't fine at first, then it worked later for some reason. I think it's a forums glitch maybe.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454/diy-window-tinting-and-new-seals-gaskets-52144.html

If it doesn't work try copying and pasting into a new window. I tried it that way and it worked.
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Window tint is nice.

It does help a little with the sun.

But, it will also develope bubbles in it, in time, if you use the film type tint.

Airstream couldn't stop the bubbles.

That's why they went to tinted glass.

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For those of us with "vintage" AS's, replacing with tinted glass is not a feasible option. Saying that is kind of like offering a piece of candy to a diabetic, when you know they can't eat it.

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Thanks for the information on tinted windows, economy and practicality.
My next query is about whether to install, Mini Blinds or some other form of privacy shade on the windows.
I favor regular roll down windows shades over other window screening with more mechanical parts.
My trailer had Mini blinds when I got it but as age is a killer of fabrics the string bindings were rotted and the blinds un-usable.
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Tamara installed some sunshade window bug screen on our windows and that helped a lot. you can't even see thru the screen door. It blocks out 90% of the sun.
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That stuff is great for blocking view & sun in during the day, but how is it at night? I don't think it would provide any privacy. It's window screening , right? I will post pics of my blinds later today for you Stan.

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