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I'm having problems tinting around the rear view mirror.. Anybody have any techniques they'd like to share? thanks!

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I tint windshields every day. We cut it out on the inside. Set the film so your edges show no light, then blue-max a little in the middle so you anchor the film, and use your olfa knife (just the tip) and cut around the mount. Most will have a frit background which will let you make a not-so-perfect cut-out. Honda mounts, some VW, and some Ford mounts will force you to be precise as they are glued straight to the glass with no frit background. good luck!

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It's a f-150. So you actually trim from the inside? Awesome... I tried doing it from the outside, and the mount is what gave me the biggest problem.

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Yea the Ford one is a little trickier. It will always show some light around so don't worry juts try to get it as close as you can. Here's a diagram I made real quick to show how I cut it. I cut the "arch" all the way around, then I rest the film against the glass which will leave a flap of film hanging. Then I cut the underside out.

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so, my question is, on those mirrors glued to the glass. does the big mirror itself come off? if not, i don't understand how you get the film around all that.

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Vic3D, do you recommend trimming the tint on the inside as well? Thanks for the diagram! I would take a picture of the job I did this past week, but it's embarassing lol..

ridiculous, the mirror itself actually slides right off without any trouble.

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so, my question is, on those mirrors glued to the glass. does the big mirror itself come off? if not, i don't understand how you get the film around all that.

If you can't get the rear veiw off because of it being glued in place. You have to cut out the section around the rear view before you install the film you must also make a slit from the top of the rear view to the upper edge of the windshield. This may not be that pretty, but if you are putting a sunstrip on a car that the rear view has been glued on. I dought the custy will bitch about it too much. If they do tell them you have to do it this way so that you don't chance breaking the windshield by getting the rear view mirror off. :thumb

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You do know you can just heat up the rear view metal piece until it falls off right? Dont pull it or you will crack the glass. Just let it fall off from heat then wait 15 min then clean it and tint it and then stick the mirrior back on... Me personally I just cut around any and everything from the outside... Stand on the door edge with door open and cut that bad boy with a good light.. I have a nice small snapon flurecent

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I tint windshields every day. We cut it out on the inside. Set the film so your edges show no light, then blue-max a little in the middle so you anchor the film, and use your olfa knife (just the tip) and cut around the mount. Most will have a frit background which will let you make a not-so-perfect cut-out. Honda mounts, some VW, and some Ford mounts will force you to be precise as they are glued straight to the glass with no frit background. good luck!

good post ... i also place my other thumb on the button to keep tension as i trim ...

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Guest fredstinting

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ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PREP YOUR FILM ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CAR OR TRUCK DON'T CUT THE REARVIEW MIRROR TAB UNTILE YOU INSTALL THE FILM. ONCE YOUR HAVE THE FILM LAYED ON THE INSIDE GLASS BEING INSTALL . YOU WILL GET THE REAR VIEW TAB KEEPING FILM FROM LAYING FLAT THIS IS WHEN YOU CUT OUT THE REAR VIEW MIRROR TAB . TAKE YOUR OLFA KNIFE AND CLICK 1 BLADE OUT AND USE THE REAR VIEW MIRROR TAB AS A GUIDE AND CUT IT OUT.ONCE YOU HAVE DONE THIS FINISH INSTALLING THE FILM AND THEN YOUR DONE .

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