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Old 07-13-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Tinting Front Windows - Suggestions?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new member here. We have a 1975 24' Argosy that we have remodeled and converted to a mobile office.

We decided to tint all the windows to enhance security and to keep it cooler inside. We hired a professional window tinter and he thought he'd have no problem tinting all of the windows. Unfortunately, when it came time to do the front corner windows he was not able to complete them due to their extreme curve. He went through feet and feet of film trying to get the job done, but finally gave up. So now, our front center window is tinted (along with all the rear and side windows) but the front corner windows remain without tint. We are trying to figure out the best option to get them tinted to match the others.

Have any of you ever successfully tinted the front rounded corner windows on your trailer? If so, did you or your installer have issues?

Do you think spray tint is an option for just those two windows? Apparently it is removable...

also, tinted Rock gaurds would be nice, but a bit out of our price range and we'd really rather not have shades or curtains on the inside...

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated...Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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Tint shops routinely have to deal with the compound curves on the rear glass on cars. They have to cut the film into strips that are tapered toward the ends. Most often they can mask the seams by placing them along the defroster grid lines. Not only do the corner windows on the Airstream have compound curves, it would be very difficult if not impossible to make the seams invisible. I'll bet your installer was faced with trying to make tapered strips that may have required an arc to match the curves I'm concerned with the ability to manually apply a spray on tint evenly. There is a lot of experience on this forum and if it can be done, hopefully a solution will come up. The stone shields are the simplest and look nice, but as you said are pretty pricey.

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Old 07-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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There is tint that is designed to go on the outside of the windows, that might be easier to install.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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We'd be OK with someone using multiple sections of film for each window, assuming they did a decent job of meeting the film edges. I would think that would make the curve much easier to deal with.

Anyone have a used rock guard for sale that would fit on a 1975 24' Argosy front windows? We're in Northern California, but might be willing to take a road trip to pick them up, if that makes any difference...

I think I remember reading awhile back that the best price for new rock guards was around $ that still the case?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #5
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ON my76 Sovereign my guy used two pieces of film and overlapped them just slightly and are hardly noticeable. One of the best moves I have made was tinting the windows.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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We had our curved (back) windows tinted, and it was no problem once you found the right experience. I must have called and emailed pictures to 6-7 tinters near us (Atlanta) before finding someone who felt confident to do the job. Turned out great - it can definitely be done. If I remember correctly it cost us about $200 - $300 for the back three large windows and two small windows (2 curved, one flat, 2 small porthole windows).
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:46 AM   #7
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This guy is in Aiken, SC and he does it as a side line. He told me he started doing it in high school for friends and word of mouth has made it blossom over he years so I guess he has been doing it about 25 years or so. He does not advertise and is well spoken of by many people.

You can say he really babies every job as he sprays the windows with baby shampoo to position the film.

Oh yes he has a major warning. Do not clean the windows with commercial glass cleaners with ammonia. The film will come right off quick. You can do initial clean before application of film with them but after the film no commercial glass cleaners.

We have friends who own the largest printing business in Aiken SC which is housed in a former car dealership building so the entire front if plate glass and he did their building.

Don't know if I am allowed to post his contact info but you could PM me I guess.

I just dug his card out.
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