How to Install Rtint™ Tail Light Tint

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Installing Your Precut Rtint™ Tail Light Covers

Rtint™ precut tints are a convenient, easy to use way to change the color or shade of your taillights. Made from an incredibly flexible, bubble-free tinting film Rtint™ precut taillight tints are a breeze to install, as we'll show you in today's post and the video below. If you want to see how it's done, then read on and follow our multi-step tour of tinting an Audi Q7 with Rtint™ Blackout Tail Light Tints outside of our Brooklyn headquarters in Sunset Park. As Philip says:

"This is Phil from Rvinyl and today I'm gonna show you how to smoke your lights using a pre-cut bubble free tail light tint kit. Each kit comes with the driver and passenger side as well as a quick install guide an application card."

Step 1: Open and Dry Fit Precut Tints

Before you do anything else, carefully open the plastic tube that contains your tail light tints. Check to see if they are correct and where they will be applied by dry fitting them.

"Find the tint that corresponds to the light you're going to be smoking first."

Step 2: Clean and Prepare Tail Lights

"Before you begin make sure that your light has been properly cleaned. We recommend using rapid prep or any other suitable cleaning solution that you know isn't going to damage your light or the adhesive backing."

In order to ensure a hassle-free installation, gather the following tools and supplies:

  • A lint free cloth or micro-fiber towel
  • Degreaser or Rapid Prep
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Water
  • Exacto Blade
  • Hard Card or Squeegee

Clean not only the light itself but the area surrounding the tail light too. Because static electricity is created when the tint is removed from the liner any dust and debris will be pulled onto the adhesive side of the tint. So, clean, clean and then clean again!

Step 3: Spray Tint and Light with Rapid Tac

"Now, even though our tint is bubble free and repositionable, you can still use a slip solution like Rapid Tac to both help you align your kit and promote long term adhesion. Rtint has air egress technology built right into the film. This high quality, air-release cast vinyl is incredibly stretchy and forgiving to work with. This allows for weekend warriors and professional reestablish to smoke their lights and half the time. Line up the film to one edge of your light and gently tack it into position. Look at the light and decide which part of it's going to be easiest to work with. Begin your installation by starting with the easiest part of your life.

After you've cleaned with your degreaser, denatured alcohol, rinsed with water and dried everything it's time to bust out the Rapid Tac. Even though you could technically install this precut Tail Light tint without using a slip-solution since it has air-release channels we find it's easier to do it with a few bursts of Rapid Tac. Be careful not to overdo it though — too much of it will require a lot of heating and squeegeeing to remove excess liquid.

Step 4: Apply Tint to Tail Lights

"Begin by aligning the film to an edge. The film is bubble free and it comes with air-egress technology built right into the tint. This makes a great to be able to reposition the film making sure that it's actually in place. You can see here that I'm peeling it back and forth working the film. It's not delaminating. It's not losing any of its adhesive power and it's super stretchy. This particular installation it was easiest to tack it down into the corner stretching the film from the inside all the way to the outside of the light."

Begin by tacking down the film to one side of the Tail Light and working towards the opposite side. Some lights require using a heat gun but it was warm enough outside and the design of the lenses was simple enough that this wasn't necessary.

"Avoid large sweeping motions that may wrinkle the film. If you do get a wrinkle simply lift the film. Apply a little heat and the wrinkles should come out."

Step 5:  Stretch Film & Tuck in Corners

"One of the great things about working with Rtint is that you can lift and stretch the kits into position over and over again without damaging their adhesive properties."
"Small stretched edges can be tucked into the lighthouses for larger ones can be trimmed with a razor blade. Because this light has an area that protrudes. We used a wrap glove and heat gun to soften the film and work it into position with her fingers."

Step 6:  Use a Heat Gun or Hair Dryer

"You can use a hairdryer in a lowland cloth for a similar low cost install method. It's important to hit the area next to the bump in your light rather than the bump itself. This will allow more of the film from the outside of the area to stretch over the bump and prevent the lamination. When you hit the bubble free tint it may stretch and even though it's a pre-cut kit some trimming may be necessary but it's easily accomplished with a hobby or craft knife. If you like what you just saw. Give us a thumbs up and please don't forget to subscribe to our channel for more great install and DIY videos.  "

Step7:  Trim Away Excess

The final step in the installation process is to trim any excess or over-stretched film away. Any bubbles that form and remain for more than 24 hours may be popped with a pin.

Recap: Rtint™ Tail Light Tint Installation in 10 Steps

  1. Prepare and clean
  2. Spray and lubricate lenses
  3. Remove liner
  4. Alight and apply tint
  5. Spray tint
  6. Squeegee on tints
  7. Heat the tints
  8. Trim away excess
  9. Allow to cure and pop any bubbles
  10. Enjoy!

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