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#1 Kyle Krueger

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

I need some techniques to tinting/blacking out glass (plastic) for windows, headlights, ect.

Thanks in advance,
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

I'm sure you could get small scrap pieces of real window tint film just for the asking from a shop that does it.



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

I'm sure you could get small scrap pieces of real window tint film just for the asking from a shop that does it.


That might work, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

Would a dye like RIT work ?



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

Kyle you can dye clear plastic windows.

 

Rit dye liquid or powder will do the job.

 

Just don't get the mixture too hot and use repeated dips instead of one long dip to assure you don't warp large pieces of plastic windows.

 

I tint HotWheels windows all the time if I want them a different color than clear.

 

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Try a light coat of either Tamyia Smoke sprayed L I G H T L Y or Testors Metallic Charcoal sprayed LIGHTLY from the BACK SIDE ...................



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

You can also mix food coloring into Future to make a tint.  It's easily removable if you don't like the result.  I've used it for lighter tints; for really dark limo tint, the real thing is probably the way to go.



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

I've used RIT to tint windows before. It does work, with a little patience. Take Pat's warning about heat to heart, and give it a try on a scrap window.

 

I hadn't thought of trying that, Joseph. I'll keep it in mind for the amber windows I want to do for my '57 Ford.


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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

i use the Tamiya acrylic paint..smoke..



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:26 AM

I need some techniques to tinting/blacking out glass (plastic) for windows, headlights, ect.
Thanks in advance,
Kyle


i used real car tint from like walmart it works fine just more fun to do on smaller windows

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

You can also mix food coloring into Future to make a tint.  It's easily removable if you don't like the result.  I've used it for lighter tints; for really dark limo tint, the real thing is probably the way to go.


how exactly do you do this step by step

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

how exactly do you do this step by step

Pour some Future into a small dish and drip some food coloring into the dish to make your color.  Stir it up a little with a paint brush to make an evenly-colored solution, but don't whip any air bubble into it.  You can either dip the clear part into the tinted Future or apply it with an airbrush; I've had an easier time with dipping.  Refer to this page for in-depth details: http://www.swannysmo...om/Tinting.html



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:34 AM

Kyle you can dye clear plastic windows. Rit dye liquid or powder will do the job. Just don't get the mixture too hot and use repeated dips instead of one long dip to assure you don't warp large pieces of plastic windows. I tint HotWheels windows all the time if I want them a different color than clear. CadillacPat

how do i do this exactly

Pour some Future into a small dish and drip some food coloring into the dish to make your color.  Stir it up a little with a paint brush to make an evenly-colored solution, but don't whip any air bubble into it.  You can either dip the clear part into the tinted Future or apply it with an airbrush; I've had an easier time with dipping.  Refer to this page for in-depth details: http://www.swannysmo...om/Tinting.html

I cant find future in my area what can i sub it with

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:08 AM

how do i do this exactly

I cant find future in my area what can i sub it with

Can't find Future in Missouri? I bet you can. It's called Pledge With Future Shine these days - wherever you can find floor finishing supplies.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:30 AM

It's in the grocery store aisle with all the other cleaners and waxes. Or a home center like Home Depot. Or Walmart. It's basically found everywhere.

 

If you really can't find it (hard to imagine), go to the hobby shop and get a bottle of acrylic clear. That's all that Future is... clear acrylic.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:11 AM

how do i do this exactly

 

 

Brad, just like I said, the instructions for Rit Dye are right on the package or bottle.

 

CadillacPat



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:04 PM

If the windows need to be extremely dark, and you can't get a really good view of the inner side through the windshield or open windows, just mask the front sides and spray flat black from the inside.  It works great for me.  No light shines through but, I don't mind.

 

Also, there is a product out designed to spray on 1:1 light lenses to "smoke" them as well.  It's by a company called TYC and the product is called Nightshades (SP?).  With each layer you add, you get a deeper tint affect.  And it still maintains transparancy.


Edited by Skydime, 11 March 2013 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:11 PM

I've used tint film that I picked up at Walmart (still have a ton left on the roll)...the biggest challenge is to keep from getting air bubbles underneath it.

 

The rear window of my GTO is tinted with the film, on the inside as it would be on a 1:1...

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

Hasegawa do a mirror film that is intended to be used like BMF (get it from HLJ) but which is actually mirrored sticky backed mylar and transmits light like 1:1 mirror tint film.

As Mark has found the problem is keeping the air bubbles and dust out.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

I mix food coloring and Future and dip the glass windows or headlights