How to Tint Rear Window With Strips


Tinting in the window is a method of adding dark to your windows to make them cooler inside. There are lots of ways to do so. Some people use colored films, paint with special colors or even tinted glasses. While using any of these methods will be effective enough for making your car cool inside during hot season (when used properly), but if you have a rear window that is larger than most and wants to tint it also so that you can see outside without having problem driving your car because of the heat. Today I will discuss a technique on how to tint rear window with strips.

How to Tint Rear Window With Strips

Step-wise Guide on How to Tint Rear Window With Strips

Step 1:

Check the window of your car, whether it is a single or dual pane. If it is a single pane, you need to replace this with dual-pane glass and make sure that it has tinting on both sides. However, if you do not wish to replace your existing rear window, you can bypass this step.

Step 2:

Clean the outside of the window surface using soapy warm water and wipe it down using a dry cotton cloth till all traces of dirt are gone. Also, ensure that there are no fingerprints or any other grease marks left behind on the windshield as they will leave tiny bubbles when the tinting process begins, which may turn into scratches over time. Finally, to maintain privacy from outsiders, glaze each side of the glass with dark glaze.

Step 3:

If your rear window glass is a single pane, you may skip this step. However, if it is a dual-pane, then it should have an adhesive layer on both sides of the glass to hold the tinting film in place. To remove this adhesive layer, put some liquid soap over it and scrub it with a cloth till all the glue is gone. Then allow it to air dry for 2 hours as this process will leave behind rust particles that need to be dried off completely before proceeding forward.

Step 4:

Peel out the Glue (Yellow) lining from its backing cover and lay it face down directly onto the windshield starting from the inside corner towards the outer edge so that each line overlaps the previous one. Ensure that you do not stretch the adhesive liner while applying it, or else it will lift when being removed after the tinting process is done.

Step 5:

Peel out Backing paper (White) from its backing cover and lay it face down directly on top of the Glue Lining, which was applied in step 4 above.

Step 6:

Press both back papers together firmly to eliminate any air bubbles between them and leave the film stuck to the rear window for 10 minutes allowing the self-adhesive layer to create a strong bond with the glass. After 10 minutes, slowly peel off Backing Paper from its top to avoid peeling off along with film glued to the glass surface.

Step 7:

Cut the extra film with scissors or a sharp knife. Make sure you cut the film by following bevels created while placing these two pieces together on the glass surface.

Step 8:

Now, take out the tinting film from its packaging and separate it into two parts, i.e., Outside Film and Inside Film. Cut the extra Outside Film using a sharp knife so that it is of the same size as glued sheet applied in Step 6 above; however, make sure to leave a small margin of approximately 2-3 inches all around edges for trimming later during the installation process (make use of both hands when doing this).

Step 9:

Peel off Backing Paper from outside Tinted Film applying moderate force. Then apply self-adhesive Glue Lining on top of the glued layer of the tinted film by lining up edges and pressing them tightly with your fingers for 10 seconds.

Step 10:

Peel off Backing Paper from Inside Tinted Film applying moderate force. Then apply self-adhesive Glue Lining on top of the inside tinted film by following the same procedure as in step 9 above. After 10 minutes, slowly peel off Backing paper from inside Tinted Film and then place it carefully over Outside Tinted Film which is stuck to Glass Surface using instructions in step 5 above.

Step 11:

While holding both films together at the exact position, use a small piece of black electrical tape to stick both films together at right angles and then cut excess films so that they both have the same size.

Step 12:

Tinting is now done, and you can start enjoying privacy from the outside world and, at the same time, block heat build-up inside your car. However, if you need to remove tinted film later on, then use a hairdryer to warm the glass surface first and then peel off tinting film as carefully as possible, starting from the outer edges towards the center so that it does not leave any residue behind.

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Precautions While Learning How to Tint Rear Window With Strips

Always wear gloves to protect your hands. Second, do not try to tint the window when it’s hot outside; it will be better if you wait for a few hours until the car is cool down. Finally, be careful while handling glass and tint strips, as they can break or crack easily.

It would help if you always cleaned the rear screen inside with alcohol before putting on new pads. If any dirt is found, clean it with paper towels before applying chemicals.

Always Cleaned the Rear Screen
 Inside With Alcohol Before 
Putting on New Pads.

All types of window film require a professional application, so that professional help will be required in this step. Also, don’t forget to purchase higher grades of excellent quality window films which last longer than other lower grades available at the market.  It’s really worth spending some extra money to get lifetime protection because, as earlier said, it is really an expensive job.

If your Audi has factory tinted rear window, then it will be hard to peel off, and there are more chances that it may leave a permanent stain on the glass, which you don’t want at all. So always check for any leaks before starting the process of tinting the rear window with strips.

Use a spray bottle containing water to make sure the remaining film inside the glass is soft so when you remove the bottom strip, the residue of the film comes out easily after removing the bottom strip. Clean up any leftover residue by using alcohol and paper towels or cloth. Don’t attempt to remove the film on top until you completely cleaned the inside of the screen from both sides.​​

What Strip Should I Choose?

Aside from choosing a good tint color for yourself, there’s another thing you will need to consider when deciding on which kind of strip to get:

It’s thickness. A 2 mm or 3 mm strip will be almost invisible once applied on a window, but such tiny stuff is tough to apply, and if you are not familiar with these, it might end up in the crap job. You can also forget about using rollers for applying them since they won’t work (not enough pressure). So my advice is to go with 5 mm ones only.

These come as pre-cut, self adhesive strips and you need to choose from a choice of different colors/thicknesses available: Dark Smoke Grey / Light Smoke Grey / Medium Brown (1) / Medium Brown (2) / Blue Black +10% (2,3) / Deep Green +20% (4) / Red +30% (5) . I also keep in stock Clear ones for making light tints like SIV or Limo tint, and Black 1M is a good option. Basically, they are all 3 mm thick (4mm for Gray/1M), but Gray 1 is not self-adhesive – you will need to use glue or double-sided tape to attach them to the window ourselves.

They come as single strips per bag, but it’s better to go with few smaller bags than one big one since it would be easier for us if we have more small strips to choose from different colors when doing tinting.


Lastly, I hope you have learned how to tint rear window with strips from this article. Maintain safety precautions while applying tints. Thank you and have a nice day!

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