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    Anybody ever take off front door panels?

    Hi All,

    I'm doing a DIY project of front window tint. I thought it would be easier if the door panels were off.
    I got the FIRST set of computer-cut tint and screwed up on the second window. I ordered a new set, but determined my problem was with the door panel window seal.

    Anyway, I don't know if it worth the risk of taking the door panels off. So I'm wondering if anyone has done it.
    At $11.50 for the front window set, I figured it was worth another shot before taking it to a tint shop...

    Thanks!

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    Re: Anybody ever take off front door panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake2010 View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm doing a DIY project of front window tint. I thought it would be easier if the door panels were off.
    I got the FIRST set of computer-cut tint and screwed up on the second window. I ordered a new set, but determined my problem was with the door panel window seal.

    Anyway, I don't know if it worth the risk of taking the door panels off. So I'm wondering if anyone has done it.
    At $11.50 for the front window set, I figured it was worth another shot before taking it to a tint shop...

    Thanks!
    I've seen tinters simply push down the rubber the presses against the bottom of the window, rather than remove the door panels. I haven't looked to see if it can be done on the SRX, but it's worth a shot.

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    Re: Anybody ever take off front door panels?

    I've only seen it done once, but I would guess most pros take the panel off, as it just makes it easier and faster. Plus, you need to be able to get the tint tucked underneath the rollers (which are more rubber sponges than rollers) that are a few inches below the seal if you want to avoid possible problems down the road.
    And I wonder if the tint install suggests a spray bottle with a very weak soap/water solution sprayed on the window before installing the tint. It helps to be able to move around before the adhesive takes. You get it all in place and squeegee out the bubbles and water, wait a day or so while it drives, and you're done. I've watched a couple neighbors try and apply the tint dry with very negative results....

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    Re: Anybody ever take off front door panels?

    Thanks Guys!!

    DaveDog... thanks for the link, I've pulled door panels before and was hoping the Caddy was as easy and it seems to be! I'll pull them for the next round of tint.. You'da man!

    Huey Driver... thanks dude, it definitely seems to be easier with the panels off. Our's dip low in the front corners and it adds to the complexity. I almost nailed it in the first round but got caught-up in the front corners with some creases and a tear. Anyway, waiting for the new tint and will get it right this time. Got the tools, squeeges, blades, etc.

    Meanwhile, I'm driving with a nicely tinted driver's side and an un-tinted passengers side... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake2010
    Thanks Guys!!

    DaveDog... thanks for the link, I've pulled door panels before and was hoping the Caddy was as easy and it seems to be! I'll pull them for the next round of tint.. You'da man!

    Huey Driver... thanks dude, it definitely seems to be easier with the panels off. Our's dip low in the front corners and it adds to the complexity. I almost nailed it in the first round but got caught-up in the front corners with some creases and a tear. Anyway, waiting for the new tint and will get it right this time. Got the tools, squeeges, blades, etc.

    Meanwhile, I'm driving with a nicely tinted driver's side and an un-tinted passengers side... lol
    Jake 2010, if you can, don't remove the panel. I have mine installed w/o removing the panel. Most impt you need to apply a lot of the soap water solution. Make sure the glass is clean of dirt, use a lint free cloth. Have a plastic blade and use it to push the film thro the window rubber seal. I have attached some images so you have an idea. Make sure to have towel to cover to catch the soapy solution from dripping all over the door.

    http://i1344.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3f738176.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by weealbert

    Jake 2010, if you can, don't remove the panel. I have mine installed w/o removing the panel. Most impt you need to apply a lot of the soap water solution. Make sure the glass is clean of dirt, use a lint free cloth. Have a plastic blade and use it to push the film thro the window rubber seal. I have attached some images so you have an idea. Make sure to have towel to cover to catch the soapy solution from dripping all over the door.

    http://i1344.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3f738176.jpg
    http://s1344.photobucket.com/albums/...ps111c3640.jpg

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