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andersonmc 09-02-2013 04:25 PM

Tinting windshield question
 
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 04:47 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 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by gweaver (Post 974424)
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 08:37 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 03:52 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 04:13 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.

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AlbertaSurfer 09-10-2013 07:55 PM

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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 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by AlbertaSurfer (Post 976952)
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 09-10-2013 11:37 PM

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 09-10-2013 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by AlbertaSurfer (Post 977038)
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?


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