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Old 05-15-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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Tinting garage door windows?

I have (4) 12''X40'' CLEAR windows at the top of me garage door, i hate the fact that its CLEAR, dont like for people to be able to look into me garage while walking up to the door, or just from the street, is there a way to tint them maybe? something that i can do me self?

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Its just like this garage, but mine are absolutely clear.

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Old 05-15-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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have you thought about automotive window tint kits availabe from your local auto zone, pep boys etc?

another option is a translucent spray, probably from home depot or lowes.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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You should be able to by some film tint, not sure if they still have it at auto parts stores. I'm sure you can find some online. I have done it to a couple vehicles and it's pretty easy. Basically you clean the glass, spray it down wet, put on the film, spray it again and squeegee it all off.That will push out the air bubbles, let it dry.
They have different shades, so you can make as dark as you want.
They also sell "frosted" sheets like you see on bathroom windows.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:03 PM   #4
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http://www.amazon.com/Gila-PB78-Priv...ndow+tint+film
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:21 PM   #5
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You should be able to by some film tint, not sure if they still have it at auto parts stores. I'm sure you can find some online. I have done it to a couple vehicles and it's pretty easy. Basically you clean the glass, spray it down wet, put on the film, spray it again and squeegee it all off.That will push out the air bubbles, let it dry.
They have different shades, so you can make as dark as you want.
They also sell "frosted" sheets like you see on bathroom windows.
I used the frosted film on a kitchen window, and it's worked great. Can't see in at all, and it's held up well. I can't remember what it's called, but we picked up a roll at Home Depot. I think it was about $20 or so, but well worth it. It's directly behind a sink, but it's been solid for about 2 years even with the heat and humidity in there.

I'd probably go for the frosted over a tint... Tint will act like a one-way mirror, so nobody will be able to see in if it's darker inside the garage than outside, but they'll be able to see in if you're working in there late in the evening (although you won't be able to see out).
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:25 PM   #6
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A light spray of black spray paint from the back will make it look tinted, it will not look nice from inside. It is a nice trick for basement windows that you don't want would be thieves seeing in.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:05 PM   #7
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I used the frosted film on a kitchen window, and it's worked great. Can't see in at all, and it's held up well. I can't remember what it's called, but we picked up a roll at Home Depot. I think it was about $20 or so, but well worth it. It's directly behind a sink, but it's been solid for about 2 years even with the heat and humidity in there.

I'd probably go for the frosted over a tint... Tint will act like a one-way mirror, so nobody will be able to see in if it's darker inside the garage than outside, but they'll be able to see in if you're working in there late in the evening (although you won't be able to see out).
Did this exact thing to my garage earlier this spring. Best improvement I have made versus the old blinds that used to cover the windows leaving the perfect place for all the dead bugs to end up. Wish I would have done it years ago, and if I had windows in the door, yes, it would be my first choice for them.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:21 PM   #8
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I have similar, no one can see in, in daylight, and if dark they can only see the ceiling. From the street they can't see anything. And i'm as paranoid as anyone when it comes to windows and seeing in.

A tint as mentioned will work. Don't black out the windows as then you need the lights on in the day just to bring out the recycling.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:40 PM   #9
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Frosted Glass spray paint.

You get all the light, but no one can see in.

Cheap and easy:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleu...3830/100195608


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Old 05-15-2015, 07:14 PM   #10
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Contact Paper used to come in several view obscuring translucents - we used some on our kitchen window that looked into the neighbors window - wanted the light, did not want the TV view. Been on that window for 20 years or more.

Buy it by the yard probably at Home Despot or Lowe's.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #11
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:04 AM   #12
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:22 AM   #13
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Duct tape and newspaper for the KLR effect.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:15 AM   #14
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Buy the plastic panels that are used to cover florescent lights. Cut to fit and hold in place using double sided tape. Did this in our master bathroom, and works great.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:34 AM   #15
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Thats a good idea for a bunch of stuff... thanks for that..
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