Are you sick of driving your T-Top equipped F-body on bright days because the of the unbearable sunlight shooting through your T-Tops? Want to make your clear, bright glass tops match your tinted windows?
Well this should help you out!
For as little as 13 dollars and a few common household materials, you can throw up some 5% tint and keep that sun out.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tint (I used Black Magic Insta-Cling 5%)
- Glass Cleaner (I’d recommend Invisible Glass, it doesn’t leave streaks)
- Paper Towels
- Spray Bottle with Water (I used my Mom’s)
- Plastic Card
- Clean Cloth (I used a small Microfiber cloth)
First, feel free to take your T-Tops inside so that you can do this much easier. I actually did this in my bedroom, and sat the T-Top on a laundry basket.
Now, grab your glass cleaner and get off all those fingerprints and grime on your T-Top. I dusted off the lint leftover from the paper towels with my microfiber cloth.
Once you’ve got it cleaned up, roll out the tint (with the backing paper still attached) and see how much you’ll need for your first T-Top.
It’s pretty much a square shape as you can tell, just make sure that you have enough to go under the handle area. When you’ve figured out how much you’ll need, just use the scissors and cut it to fit. Make sure to leave enough leftover on the sides past the part of the T-Top that you can actually see through. (You can’t see through all of the T-Top because the inside of it has a gray colored opaque material on the sides.) You’ll be able to see what I’m talking about with the T-Top in front of you. Anyways, you can trim this later if you want it perfect. Pay close attention to the part of the tint that will lay under the Handle area. You need to trim this with a slight curve so that it will fit under the Handle area. Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds.
Once you’ve trimmed the sides to your satisfaction, you can use the spray bottle to spray water on the T-Top.
Now, peel the tint from the backing paper, and spray the side of the tint that will contact the T-Top. As you lay down the tint, start with the Handle area and make sure that the tint is tucked up under this area. When inside of your vehicle, this is the only side that the edge of the tint would be visible, so just make sure you’ve tucked it under the Handle area. Now, slowly lay out the tint across the rest of the T-Top. To remove all the bubbles caused by the air and water, wrap the microfiber cloth around your plastic card and start in the center, working your way out towards the sides.
Water will gather along the edges of the tint, so you can wipe this up with your microfiber cloth.
After you’ve got out all the bubbles, here’s your product:
Feel free to trim the sides along the boundary between the opaque and transparent parts of the glass, but I didn’t do this because no one will ever see that you didn’t trim it to the curves but you. So unless you’re a perfectionist or have OCD, you’ll be happy with your new, freshly tinted T-Top. The other T-Top should be much easier because you already know what to expect.
Enjoy your new roof!!!
*NOTE: Prior to doing this, I received feedback and warnings saying that tinting your T-Tops would cause the glass to crack from the heat. I’ve read that the temperature rating of 4th gen T-Tops is 4000 degrees. I doubt placing a layer of tint is going to make them reach that temperature.
*INSTALLED: Click on attached pictures at the bottom of the article.
To put this into perspective, my windows have 15% on them, and I put 5% on the T-Tops. Sorry for the funny angles, it’s hard to take pictures of them. Anyway, I’m really happy I did this, and for 13 bucks I can’t believe the difference it made for my driving. I didn’t even need my sunglasses!