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has anyone every tried tinting a windshield?
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I tried back in the day when there was no tinted screens.
It was a waist of time. I tried sprays and they just had runs and when there were no runs you couldn't see threw it.
Window film didn't work either.
All an all it was a waist of time.
I did find an articular about dieing the plastic but never found a big enough tub to do it in.

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Auto parts stores sell a spray tint.
Red..........which I used to make my rear turn signals red.
Black........which I used to tint my clear plastic lowers on my VTX.

I had a little trouble with the black. Sometimes it went on flat and had cracks. Other times it was great. All I can think of is the different types of plastic I was using.

I always gave it two coats of clear.

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Tinting plastic is not the same as tinting windows. The plastic emits small amounts of gas, and the petroleum used to make it, makes it difficult to tint like a glass window. If you can get it adhere it will eventually bubble and peel. Spay tint does work but overtime, as mentioned will flake and crack. There is a thick plastic style tint that can be used and will adhere to the windshield. Check with you local auto window tint specialist and see if they tint tail lights on cars. Just be sure to look at it. It should be about 1/8th thick or close to that and not super thin like regular window tint.
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Tinting plastic is not the same as tinting windows. The plastic emits small amounts of gas, and the petroleum used to make it, makes it difficult to tint like a glass window. If you can get it adhere it will eventually bubble and peel. Spay tint does work but overtime, as mentioned will flake and crack. There is a thick plastic style tint that can be used and will adhere to the windshield. Check with you local auto window tint specialist and see if they tint tail lights on cars. Just be sure to look at it. It should be about 1/8th thick or close to that and not super thin like regular window tint.
you read my mind, I've tinted headlights on cars with that stuff and I've had good results... I am going to try that and see how it looks, maybe do a few layers because i want a really dark almost blacked out effect.
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i work in a body shop and have tinted tail lights (the correct way) seems like it would work for you check with a local body shop. idk how the clarity will be but it can be done
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i work in a body shop and have tinted tail lights (the correct way) seems like it would work for you check with a local body shop. idk how the clarity will be but it can be done
what do you mean by the correct way??

clarity isn't a huge issue, the windshield i have is more or less for wind blockage on long trips, i usually don't have it on the bike.
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i've seen people buy the autozone stuff and spray it on it fades and cracks. your suppose to sand the windshield whip with a plastic wash, use a sprayable adhesion promter then mix clear and a small amount of black, followed by a coat of just clear. i just started learning this so dont quote me but thats how its done from what i remember
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i've seen people buy the autozone stuff and spray it on it fades and cracks. your suppose to sand the windshield whip with a plastic wash, use a sprayable adhesion promter then mix clear and a small amount of black, followed by a coat of just clear. i just started learning this so dont quote me but thats how its done from what i remember
oh ok, that's how i tint my taillights on cars, just checking lol

i may try the plastic film first and see how that looks.
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