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The Accordion Method


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By Texastintchick

The accordion method...atleast that is what I call it (I think Mdog uses something called this too).Pull the entire liner, soak film, lay (not crease) film over onto itself (adhesive on adhesive), left side to center, right side to center, slide film down onto the trunk, pull off trunk with finger and thumb (use both hands), lay on rear deck, soak presqueegeed back window, carefully unfold film, apply to back window. Cleanest install by far!


Posted by: Old Dude Oct 8 2004, 08:00 PM Every now and then I reverse roll across the rear deck and then apply. It keeps the liner from touching the glass on the bottom as well as not having to slide the film left to right on the window so much as to cause contamination. Sounds similar to what you're talking about but a little different.

Posted by: Texastintchick Oct 8 2004, 09:00 PM It is all I use. I will have to get Mr P to take some pics next week. It works great! Super clean install. And since I am so short it is about the only way I can get the film in without either creas'n it or contaminating it. I used to reverse roll but I was getting creases. This is night and day!


Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 06:02 AM thats the only way I do it.

Posted by: Film Critic Oct 9 2004, 06:11 AM Isn't it just like wallpapering?? Like booking.........I use it too from time to time especialy for BIG backglass

Posted by: metint Oct 9 2004, 06:15 AM Kind of like this?

Posted by: metint Oct 9 2004, 06:16 AM halfway...

ready to go?

Posted by: metint Oct 9 2004, 06:21 AM The technique pictured may be or may be a variation... none the less it works very well once mastered... This method is where I can wrinkle the film and the reverse roll I don't... Perfect example of why there's more than one way to skin a cat...Good tip, TTC Pics in my previous posts on the subject come courtesy llumar

Posted by: TintWizard Oct 9 2004, 06:21 AM If your a powder would that work with contamination on the adhesive side with run - off of soap solution ?

Posted by: metint Oct 9 2004, 06:22 AM at least without an effort to clean the pattern first...

Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 07:04 AM I do it a different way.

Posted by: TintWizard Oct 9 2004, 07:12 AM Same here..I'm blessed with LONG arms Frankenstein is an easy, clean install for me Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 07:22 AM I make about 3 to 4 overlapping folds starting from the left going to the right. I leave about a foot unfolded. when I get into the backseat I grab the foot or so that us unfolded and position it on the glass. I then rest the top part of the tint on my head to keep it from folding over and creasing and begin to unfold the tint across the glass with my left hand.

Posted by: TintWizard Oct 9 2004, 07:44 AM When you do the initial placement you have any " gap " on the bottom , expand your folds , then final placement , or do you have the unfolded part placed immediatly? (sorry is that doesn' make sense)

Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 08:56 AM when I start to place the film I leave it shy about a inch from the right side and a couple from the bottom, as I get it all unfolded I slide it over and down into final position. I let all the excess film on the top drape over my head while positioning the film so it doesnt touch the headliner and etc

>Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 08:58 AM I just went out in the garage and did this little series of picturs.

first I peel the film (imagine this is up on a peeling glass ) instead of my sons art desk

Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 08:59 AM grab the side of the tint and pull itover 6 inches or so and bend is back in a S pattern.

Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 09:01 AM now grab loosely between your fingers and repete the same S fold, keep doing this untill you are about a foot from the end of the film.

Posted by: Mdog Oct 9 2004, 09:04 AM when you have it folded up, you can transport it very easy with 1 hand. 3 to 4 folds are usually all you need for any glass wether it be a car backglass or a truck backglass.

Posted by: Texastintchick Oct 9 2004, 09:13 AM I do it different too...

I lay the left side over to the center (adhesive facing adhesive), then the right side over to the center (adhesive facing adhesive). When I lay the film in the rear deck for install I unfold the right side, then the left. Then slide it down and up onto the window for installation. It is absolutely the best way for me to install a back glass.

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