mahnamahna wrote:That sounds like a great idea, 44. The hatches I import from the US are glass lenses and the tint is mild in comparison to the dark tint available on acrylic so I have been thinking about buying silver tint film and applying it to them.
With clear perspex and reflective film do you still get a tinted visual out during the day? Does the silver film achieve this? It would seem that this idea had a lot of pluses and not too many minuses. I would imagine that if the light is reflected off the perspex (acrylic?) another advantage would be that crazing is delayed if not eliminated, the down side would be that after a while you will get bubbling in your tint film so that it might end up looking like a 88 Hyundai. Am very keen to see how this works for you.
G'day Paul, yeah the reflective tint is actually a fairly dark shade - about 80%. I have to admit it's not my idea, I saw a boat in Multihull World done this way.
The tint film goes on the outside, and apparently you have to try to seal the edges of the film as well as possible or bubbling later could be an issue. According to the article the film is actually more scratch resistant than the perspex, which is another plus.
My back windows, which are under the cockpit roof, are clear perspex, so I'm going to get an offcut of this and tint it and leave it out in the sun and see how it goes.