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andersonmc
09-02-2013, 05:25 PM
So I pulled my windshield off my xstar yesterday and I was planning on taking the glass out of the frame and having it powder coated and glass tinted. But then I started to think if I could leave the glass in the frame for tint? Then I could have my painter do the frame afterwards. I had my last boat done this way so I figured it could be done again. My only concern was the glass curve that is so difficult for them to work with. But I figurethe frame won't hurt them installing the tint? I'm just trying to save myself more labor on my part and my powder coater lives pretty far away. You think this will be ok?

Also as far a tint I'm thinking no lower then 35%. My last boat was 5% and looked great but was a nightmare for site. I don't often come in at dusk but could happen once in awhile. Also my wife is going to be driving the boat often when I ride so I don't want too dark. Should I even think about higher percentage?

gweaver
09-02-2013, 05:47 PM
As part of the powder coat process, the metal has to be baked in an over for the powder to set/cure. My guess is that the plastic tint material won't stand up to the heat. Any rubber seals/gaskets or glue holding the glass in isn't going to survive the heat either. If you're going to powder coat, you're going to have to pull the glass. Just have the tint done while the frame is being coated.
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andersonmc
09-02-2013, 05:50 PM
As part of the powder coat process, the metal has to be baked in an over for the powder to set/cure. My guess is that the plastic tint material won't stand up to the heat. Any rubber seals/gaskets or glue holding the glass in isn't going to survive the heat either. If you're going to powder coat, you're going to have to pull the glass. Just have the tint done while the frame is being coated.
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I was planning on having my painter do the frame if I chose to leave windshield in frame. I would only do powder if I took it apart.

clrussell
09-02-2013, 09:37 PM
Take it out of the frame, it'll look 10 times better really. No gaps to be seen that way. And yea I wouldn't go darker than 20%. Mine is 5 and that was a mistake but it looks good!

andersonmc
09-10-2013, 04:52 PM
For those of you who have the curved window and had your windshields tinted how much did the shops charge you? Just want to get a idea so I don't get ripped off.

wakecumberland
09-10-2013, 05:13 PM
I've done it both ways, but my current boat I took my windshield apart and took the glass to the tint guy. I won't do it any other way going forward. The finish is so much better and like was said before, no gaps in the tint. I think he charged me $140. I had it done in 20% tint.

Pictures of mine for reference:
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=54196

AlbertaSurfer
09-10-2013, 08:55 PM
I took it all apart and had the frame powder coated too. $350 for everything and it looks good, but I went too dark. Next time I'll relax on the tint. It's not that big of a job, and the finish will be better due to the rubber gaskets in the panes of glass.

andersonmc
09-10-2013, 10:33 PM
I took it all apart and had the frame powder coated too. $350 for everything and it looks good, but I went too dark. Next time I'll relax on the tint. It's not that big of a job, and the finish will be better due to the rubber gaskets in the panes of glass.

Is that 20% on your Xstar?

AlbertaSurfer
09-11-2013, 12:37 AM
I told them 'as dark as you can'. I didn't get an answer, but I'd say it's darker than 20%. It's hard to see through. I think it's 'limo tint' or 5%

andersonmc
09-11-2013, 12:46 AM
I told them 'as dark as you can'. I didn't get an answer, but I'd say it's darker than 20%. It's hard to see through. I think it's 'limo tint' or 5%

I had my last boat 5% and hated it. It looked sweet but it was terrible to see out of. I think I'm going to do 35% this time around. Won't look as cool but better vision and gives it a little bling. Did you powder coat your frame?

AlbertaSurfer
09-11-2013, 12:57 AM
Yeah, I had the frame powder coated because that fugly tower rides against it while it's down. I didn't think paint would handle the wear.

andersonmc
09-11-2013, 01:05 AM
Yeah, I had the frame powder coated because that fugly tower rides against it while it's down. I didn't think paint would handle the wear.

Any issues with putting the glass all back together after powder coat? I heard the pin is hard to get in. Anything else I should be weary of or let my powder guy know about?

AlbertaSurfer
09-11-2013, 01:12 AM
It went in fine, just that the gaskets want to get swallowed up by the frames as you push the glass in. It wasn't bad, but lube them up with some vinyl conditioner or something before putting the glass in.

andersonmc
09-11-2013, 11:49 AM
Called up one tint shop today and they quoted me around 600.00 to do my xstar glass. I thought that was a rip off considering it was just the glass and no frame to deal with. I think I'll keep shopping! I was thinking around $300 range would be a fair price?

XtwentyNot
09-11-2013, 01:00 PM
Prices ranged from $200-$300 for me. Then I paid another $150 for powder. I wouldn't go any less then 20%, I almost think its not dark enough but you guys are confirming why I didn't go 5%.

andersonmc
09-11-2013, 01:54 PM
Prices ranged from $200-$300 for me. Then I paid another $150 for powder. I wouldn't go any less then 20%, I almost think its not dark enough but you guys are confirming why I didn't go 5%.

I like the look of 20% but I'm more concerned about vision when the sun starts to go down. I hated having to look over my windshield when driving my last boat, of course it was 5%. I think 35% will give me the best all around.

XtwentyNot
09-11-2013, 08:01 PM
I like the look of 20% but I'm more concerned about vision when the sun starts to go down. I hated having to look over my windshield when driving my last boat, of course it was 5%. I think 35% will give me the best all around.

Wish I had a good pic, I've had no issues looking through it.

andersonmc
09-11-2013, 11:49 PM
Wish I had a good pic, I've had no issues looking through it.

Even when it starts to get a little dark? That is the feedback I've got from other people is when the sun goes down the 20% is a little hard to see through.

XtwentyNot
09-12-2013, 12:54 AM
Even when it starts to get a little dark? That is the feedback I've got from other people is when the sun goes down the 20% is a little hard to see through.

That's what I'm saying. I think you would be going from too dark to too light, 35% would be extremely light in the sun, it would be hard to tell its tinted.

andersonmc
09-12-2013, 12:47 PM
That's what I'm saying. I think you would be going from too dark to too light, 35% would be extremely light in the sun, it would be hard to tell its tinted.

Well in my case a little better to have it lighter then darker since we do come in at dusk often.

wakecumberland
09-12-2013, 01:02 PM
I woundn't go to all the trouble for anything less than 20%