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Installing Ceramic Window Tint on our F-150 at Daley Visual

Project TOTYl Resurrection: Part Seven- 1997 Ford F-150

Aug 21, 2020
You may still remember a few years back when we dragged this beaten-down 1997 Ford F-150 Lariat out of the parking lot and got it back on the road. This is the very truck that Ford delivered to Motor Trend Magazine back in 1996 for testing, and subsequently won the coveted Truck of the Year award for '97- the first year of this body style, and somehow the truck has remained a member of the staff ever since. After seeing it abandoned in the parking lot, Truckin commandeered the F-150 and brought it back to life with a minor overhaul, and it has served us well as a parts hauler and occasional tow vehicle. As we mentioned in the last installment, where we completely revamped the interior at TMI, we recently jumped in the truck to find that the head unit had been stolen, along with a few other odds and ends. The battery was also totally dead. And that is what precisely what prompted another series of upgrades to our workhorse. We never liked the clear door glass on this truck, especially with the Super Cab windows and rear glass being so dark, which is factory by the way. We figured that a little privacy and UV protection would help protect the new upholstery, and maybe even make the truck slightly less inviting for future break ins.
Photo 2/26   |   As you can see, there is a stark contrast between the crystal-clear door glass and the factory tinted Super Cab glass. This is what we set out to remedy. We pulled the truck into the shop at Daley Visual and we got to work.
When it comes to window film, or "tint" we always just thought there were two kinds. The stuff that turns purple after a year, and the stuff that doesn't. but there has been a lot of advancement in this industry in recent years, and one of the big players is Dub IR Luxury Window Tint. DUB IR film is made from advanced nano-ceramic laminated film that is scratch resistant, non-reflective, and supremely easy to apply and shrink. Color stable construction gives true color and the non-metal construction provides enhanced UV protection. The film will actually help both driver and passengers feel cooler, while being protected from those damaging rays of the sun. Dub IR film is even guaranteed against fading, peeling, cracking, adhesive failure and delamination. With our materials handled, we just needed to get over to our installer to apply it.
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Daley Visual is a well-known name in the vinyl wrap business, and we have worked with them many times in the past. What you may not know is that in addition to vinyl wraps and graphics, they do all sorts of other outfitting and accessorizing of trucks- including window tint. Josh and the crew provided quick, expert installation, and it wasn't long before we were back on the road.
We've got a whole bunch more in store for our old F-150, so make sure and check back for our next installments, and check out the websites in the source box to learn more about tinting the glass in your truck.
Photo 3/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 2
New trucks have dirt in every nook and cranny. Old trucks are 100 times worse. The job begins with a thorough spraying, razor blading, and wiping down of the glass-inside and out. All of the surrounding rubber is cleaned up, too. It only takes a few little contaminants between the glass and film to turn an expert job into a mediocre job.
Photo 4/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 3
Soon, both sides of the glass were clean. Even still, the glass and rubber will be sprayed and wiped down a few more times before the job is complete.
Photo 5/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 4
With the Dub IR film in hand, the outside glass is sprayed once again.
Photo 6/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 5
Next, the film is rolled out to cover the glass. We chose Dub IR's 35% grade of film. It's what we used to call medium ("dark" is 20% and "limo" is 5%) and it was almost a perfect match with the rear glass.
Photo 7/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 6
The section of film is sliced off the roll with a mini snap-blade knife. Those are one of the most important tools of the trade.
Photo 8/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 7
Even more solution is sprayed so the film will stick into place. The solution is usually a few drops of plain dish soap and water.
Photo 9/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 8
With the center of the film squeegeed in place, we began to trim the edges with the blade.
Photo 10/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 9
While you can follow the edges on most areas, a few have to be moved around and cut freehand.
Photo 11/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 10
Soon, the film is fully trimmed and ready to be transferred to the inside of the glass.
Photo 12/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 11
We did another full cleanup inside, starting with a scrub of the glass to pickup anything the razor blade missed.
Photo 13/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 12
Then we used the squeegee, the other most important tool of the trade, to clean the glass and look for anything we may have missed.
Photo 14/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 13
The window felts were sprayed and wiped a few tomes as well, prompting any trash to drip down out of the way.
Photo 15/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 14
Finally, the film was transferred to the inside of the glass. Its hard to see, but the clear backing is peeled about halfway down.
Photo 16/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 15
With the film lined up perfectly with the top of the glass, the top area was squeegeed until all of the water and bubbles are worked out the edges.
Photo 17/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 16
The film must also be tucked behind the felt in certain areas. But soon, the top section was looking good.
Photo 18/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 17
Now the rest of the clear backing could be peeled away some more.
Photo 19/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 18
A microfiber rag wrapped around the squeegee helped out of the edges of the glass.
Photo 20/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 19
Eventually, the rest of the backing is peeled off the film.
Photo 21/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 20
Then the rest of the glass is sprayed one more time.
Photo 22/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 21
This last section is the trickiest, because the film has to tuck below the top of the window felt.
Photo 23/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 22
Soon, the last few "fingers", which are the raised areas at the edges of the film, were worked out and the film was perfectly flat on the glass.
Photo 24/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 23
The rag trick was used once more to soak up as much water as possible before calling it done.
Photo 25/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 24
We checked all the felts and film edges once more before moving on to the other door. It recommended that you wait 24-48 hours before rolling the windows down, just to make sure the film is adhered properly, Afterall, its just a big, clear sticker!
Photo 26/26   |   1997 F150 Daley Visual Tint 25
Our goal of having some privacy and matching the rear glass was met. In fact, it was near perfect, thanks to Daley Visual and their stellar work. Check back soon to see what else we have in store for the TOTYl Ressurection Ford!


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