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02 Honda Accord Rear window-dot matrix


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I have an 02 accord, and the rear window tint looks terrible around the top of the window. I think its becuase of the "dot matrix" design. Ive seen several other cars like mine with the same problem. How can I make it look better. Id rather NOT have tint in the window than have it look bad. Even though I am in south florida.

HELP!!

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pay a little extra and go to a tinter to remove the film oner the matrix part and put black vinyl over it..should cost no more than $50 and will look good :lol6

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I think you are the first person I've heard to complain about the dots on a new accord. They are only about 2" tall, but I understand your complaint. I've said it before and I'll say it again...if HALF of the people who complain to tinters about the dots would complain to the dealers and vehicle manufacturers, they (manufacturers) MIGHT, MIGHT change something, probably not, but there's nothing wrong with dreaming.

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The whitish/silvery appearance is more normal than abnormal in this situation and has everything to do with the glass coating known as, 'dot matrix' and little to do with the window film. The dots are raised off the glass surface and is not allowing the film to lay down onto the glass surface in between them by suspending the film over the glass.

The science behind the application of the 'dot' matrix coating is no more precise than using spray paint; the coating is always uneven from a depth or thickness of coating standpoint. This leads to the film sticking between the dots unevenly.

Further exacerbating the issue is the fact that there are dozens of different chemistry's to the matrix coating and at least a dozen players in the business of coating glass, making it absolutely impossible for the coating to be perfect all around and the installer of window film to succeed in a perfect install of film over this coating.

There is no way of removing the dot matrix, it is baked into the surface and becoming an integral part of the glass at the surface. The installer usually preps the matrix in such a manner as to remove any residual anti-stick oxidation from the coating surface, allowing the film to better adhere to the material. Because matrix coatings vary widely in height of coating and chemistry, and are out of we the film industry's control, there is no clear answer for installing window film perfectly to the matrix region.

Consideration may be given to using black vinyl as a 'black out' material in the matrix region. The vinyl is more flexible than film polyester and vinyl's adhesive more aggressive (It can be because optical clarity is not necessary like it is with window film).

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There is a way to tint the dot matrix evenly but you need to sand it down. Unfortunately Honda puts the antenna in the dot matrix so if you try sanding it, you might damage the antenna. I have been sanding the Mustang's and it has been coming out near perfect everytime.

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Posted: Jan 22 2004, 07:25 AM

pay a little extra and go to a tinter to remove the film oner the matrix part and put black vinyl over it..should cost no more than $50 and will look good

Well Put TW :lol6

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