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#1 SSC

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  05 October 2004 - 06:03 PM

Every day I see this "short bus" (you know what I mean...) rolling through my neighborhood with tinted windows. none of the other buses have tinted windows. If the bus company would pay to have one bus tinted, why not the other buses?

Other than being really filthy and the rubber gaskets... they can't be that hard to tint. anyone done one? How much would you charge?

Society note: The correctional facility's bus also has tinted windows. What do the people on the short bus have in common with the correctional facility?
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#2 S and S

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  05 October 2004 - 06:31 PM

I have Tinted Tour Buses!! I have thought the same .. I see School Buses with no Tint :lol I guess only the newer ones
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#3 Sprinter

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  05 October 2004 - 06:33 PM

some buses have factory tint in the glass!

but you should price it out per window tinted!

I've done them and charged 10 per pain, when you add up the pains its a big # and takes time. figure 50 pieces in 9 hours, if you have help it goes faster.
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#4 RICHat22

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  05 October 2004 - 07:32 PM

I have never tinted a bus, but have made plans in case. I also have seen many tinted from the factory. I would price it per pane as suggested by Sprinter, double check your figures with an appx. time frame to complete and square footage used. Go from there. Materials and labor included, I try to shoot for an estimated average "per hour".

If you have a true straight factory edge on your rolls, I have an idea for you. cut a half inch larger on two adjoining sides. Try to get a true straight edge on the other two. Have heard of people using things like a plotter, of course, and a paper cutter. I have one here I use to cut for samples of file in small pieces. Works wonderful. Especially on the thicker films like 5% and such. :spit
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  05 October 2004 - 07:35 PM

rubber sealed gaskets on every window, make a pattern and then copy it 50 times or for ever how many windows there are, use a big piece of plexiglass that way you can cut 4 at a time, and go with limo 5% most school buses are around 20% or if you have a 15 % go with that!
be ready for some sore knees!
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#6 RICHat22

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  05 October 2004 - 07:38 PM

do you worry about light gaps? or can you get the patterns close enough there are none. Maybe slipping a tad until the seal? :spit
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  05 October 2004 - 07:51 PM

no! most are not exactally the same, and it depends on how much time you want to spend. remember rubber gaskets, now if it was possible to cut all of these out that would'nt hurt the window then you could do that.

I was cutting them and my son was finishing them I would install them and he would squegee them, and we would move on, if when I would do this by my self on another bus there was too much contammo when you would try try to get it perfect it just was'nt worth the time put into it to perfect it.
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  06 October 2004 - 12:11 PM

I would charge them by the square foot or like 25 Dollars a window :hmmm

Edited by Diamondscivic92, 06 October 2004 - 12:12 PM.

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#9 RICHat22

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  06 October 2004 - 01:13 PM

25 a window would likely leave you unemployed :hmmm
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  06 October 2004 - 01:18 PM

He's sayin' that cuz the last one we did I priced out a $25/window. It was a short bus (the kind that guest rode to school everyday :hmmm ). Came out to somewhere around $650 and the dude jumped all over it. :hmmm

A full size bus you'd definitely just want something like a square-footage price.
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#11 RICHat22

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  06 October 2004 - 01:22 PM

He was happy they let him on that one. :hmmm
I couldn't imagine charging $25 a window unless using a really nice film. I was thinking more like 15 :hmmm I normally do RV's instead. No one ever wants a bus done here. Too many women bus drivers :wtf :hmmm
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  06 October 2004 - 01:24 PM

One of those jobs that back-fired on me. Didn't want to do it.....priced it high....sum biatch went for it. :hmmm :hmmm
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