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Guest tripalthreat

Hi. I could really use some help from window tinting experts.

I just bought a used 1980s bmw. At the top of the windshield, there are shadows of what looks to be a decal that was on the windshield. You can see where the letters were because the letters are clear (normal windshield color) and the borders around them are dark. It looks like the window got stained by whatever was on it. Or, that there was something on it that, when removed, somehow took with it the factory tint. I've tried cleaning the window and it obviously isnt coming off that way.

Any idea what I can do to get this off?

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Guest tripalthreat

Its annoying because its the name of some dealer that held the car at some point. I can only read the letters in my garage (white walls make it easier to read).

So stickers can destroy the blue-ish factory tint on bmws? Didn't know that.

Any suggestions for covering it up? The factory strip is the same vintage as in this forum thread: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=531002

I thought that tinting might cover it but it looks like it may make it worse from these pictures.

I'm not going to replace the windshield because doing so exposes these old 3 series to rust problems (well, if it breaks I'll deal then but not for something cosmetic).

Thank you.

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Its annoying because its the name of some dealer that held the car at some point. I can only read the letters in my garage (white walls make it easier to read).

So stickers can destroy the blue-ish factory tint on bmws? Didn't know that.

Any suggestions for covering it up? The factory strip is the same vintage as in this forum thread: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=531002

I thought that tinting might cover it but it looks like it may make it worse from these pictures.

I'm not going to replace the windshield because doing so exposes these old 3 series to rust problems (well, if it breaks I'll deal then but not for something cosmetic).

Thank you.

Actually, the sticker prevented that area from fading, the rest of the windshield is faded from it's factory color. As for the rust issue, if it's installed properly there shouldn't be any rust or leaking issues.

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Guest filmslayer

do a search , i'm sure you can find one here some where . make it as small as possible and you can even choose different colors , i've done tons and black is most popular . it shouldn't cost that much so if you don't like , remove it . the only other option is re-placement ...

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if you vinyl the outside it will still be noticeable from the inside, but you wont see it from the outside.

its a temporary fix until you need a new windshield, and pretty inexpensive. IMO have them bend the strip to the contour of the windshield. if they use a straight edge it will bend downwards on the sides. IMO cheapens the look of a BMW (hope it doesnt offend anybody but he specifically he said he didnt want it to look cheap)

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