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Rolling the window up w/ the tailgate down

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlazerGuy, Jun 8, 2000.

  1. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    Is there a switch that prevents this from happening? If so, how can I take it out or bypass it? I need to put on some tint and it would be a lot easier if I could roll the window up with the tailgate down. Also do I need to support the glass when its out? Thanks in advance.

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  2. Bondo

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    Yes, there is a switch. It is in the upper right corner of the gate if I remember correctly. I just took mine out and spliced the wires together. Definitely support the glass somehow when it is rolled up. I've heard of people breaking it if not supported.

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  3. Shawn

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    When I tinted mine, I just pushed one (or both) of the latches in so that it thought it was shut. Be sure to support it. To open the latches just pull the tailgate handle.

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    I'm no expert but I was always told to put tint on with th window up,that way gravity will help get the water out from under the tint.Plus you would have to roll it down to close the gate which means you would have to let it set for at least 24 hrs.
    Just a thought or two,Good luck.I thought it would be easier with it down too until someone told me the same thing.

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  5. Espen88k5

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    Driver's side latch: Push it inn til you here the second click. Use garden furniture to support the window or you will be sorry.
    To release the latch just pull the handle.

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  6. HarryH3

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    There's no support for the glass with the tailgate down. You definely must support it with something. I found a Rubbermaid Rough Neck plastic trash can to be about the right height to suport mine. [​IMG] I tinted the back glass on the mine exactly like you describe.

    Gravity isn't involved with properly getting the water out from under window tint, a LOT of work with a squeegee is what gets the water out of there. Start with a rubber squeegee, then finish up using a stiff plastic tool, like a bondo smoother. Keep the film wet by misting it so you don't snag or scratch it while you're doing the squeegee work. When you think you're done, squeegee it some more. You want to remove as much water from between the film and glass as possible. Leave any water trapped and it will bubble the film later.

    Use 3M ScothTint brand film and you don't have to worry about the "wait 24hrs" stuff. When properly installed it sticks very well. :-)

    I used to be an authorized 3M installer and tinted the windows on my '75 K5 and '91 S-Jimmy in 1993. The tint on both vehicles still looks as good as the day I installed it.

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    I agree with Harry and I also use to do this as a living. The squeegee gets all the water out. Also make sure your window is very clean and the surrounding area is clean too. I'd even tip the window just enough so the water goes towards the tailgate otherwise you might get dirt in your tint. I always tried to tint my cars in my garage with the doors closed and the floor watered down. The humidity kept the dust down. Don't forget to add a little dish soap to the water so you can position the tint.

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  8. Eric78K5

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    Trip the latch on the driver's side of the gate. The switch is attached to that latch. And like everyone else has said, be sure to support the glass!
     
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    I was just going to make a good template with the tailgate down, b/c I dont want the tailgate down for three days. I put some tint on the back already but I screwed it up because I did myself and didn't get it lined up good but it was too late when I realized it b/c I had already cut it too short. So maybe I will do it with the window down, but I'll drive the truck into the back yard so one will get a five finger discount on the blazer! Thanks for the advice.

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  10. HarryH3

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    There's no reason to leave the tailgate down for 3 days. If you apply the film properly, you can roll the glass back into the tailgate, close it and roll the window back up as soon as you're done. Shouldn't take more than 30 minutes for the whole thing.

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    The directions on the box of tint, say to let it set for 72 hours. I have applied this brand of tint before on different cars, and didn't follow the directions and did what you said, and the tint folded up when I rolled the glass down. I will stay with this brand and wait three days because after you wait the 3 days, that tint is not coming off for nothing! Plus, it's real dark. Thanks for the suggestions.

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