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Rear Window tint issues

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by rosh, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. rosh

    rosh Member

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    Probably not going to get a lot of responses on this, but I took my model 3 to get tinted yesterday at reputable location. The installed had worked on a few model 3s and had installed a single 60" tint on the rear windshields. He is also a 3m certified installer. By the end of the day, he let me know he had a lot of trouble with my car in particular. He mentioned something about the edges burning instead of sticking? This is obviously out of my realm. Has anyone with crystalline had an issue like this?
     
  2. vincem3

    vincem3 New Member

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    I had my my rear glass installed by a certified 3m crystalline installer and he never mentioned anything about burning edges. I have had my tint for more than 2 months now and no problems so far.
     
  3. Fusion

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    He probably burned the edges trying to fix fingers that lifted after installation. He didn't shrink it properly in that case. 3m certified means nothing really. It's a piece of paper. Experience is more important. Is he going to do it over or do you even notice the issues? Pictures would help.
     
  4. rosh

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    He never even finished. He apparently went through two 60" pieces. He has done a few model 3's. I don't know. I'm bringing the car back next weekend.
     
  5. Ejl80

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    what was the shop?
     
  6. favo

    favo P3D+ owner

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    There is a local shop here who said they won't even do the whole rear glass (whether one piece or two), due to potentially causing it to crack. They do a lot of Teslas, since they are just a couple doors down from Tesla. Anyone else heard of this as an issue? Anyone had this happen? Is there a formal stance from Tesla on it?
     
  7. lee619

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    my tint guy tells me some shops are indeed too scared because they need to heat gun the tint and the glass is prone to cracking when heating the glass. they said you should only go with an experienced person that has tinted a model 3 before.
     
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  8. lloyds

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    No problem here and I tint all of my cars incl my M3
     
  9. favo

    favo P3D+ owner

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    So is the issue with cracking of the glass a result of over-application of heat in an effort to shrink and shape the film to the contours? Assuming proper application of the tint, is there any issue with the heat absorption of the film itself stressing the glass and contributing to cracks? If there is, are some films better than others in this regard?
     
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