I have had the windows tinted on every vehicle I have owned by a guy that does it on the side out of his garage (he works for the dealerships doing this). I would never have the patience and gladly pay him to do it in less than an hour.
I used GILA from autozone. Cost me $ 15/roll+ little plastic thing called squeegee and a bottle of spray(again gila).
Just watch a few videos on youtube and give it a shot. Its not as hard as you think. Spray a little more than you need and it wont stick. It has been almost 6 months and no bubbles so far. The back window was tough as it curves quite a bit. I used it on my KK.
I can't figure out how it costs $ 200+ for tint jobs. Its same as $ 200 for diff oil change I guess.
Its not too hard, need a little patience right temperature no humidity and non windy day. This was my first one but I am never going to a tint shop to put tint on.
If it was 3m with lifetime warranty for $ 200 I would have jumped on it. It was no name brand with 2 year warranty for 200. $ 300+ for lifetime no name brand!
So I just did it myself. My brother in law paid 300 something for his truck with 3M and lifetime warranty. I don't think that the 3m roll is $ 20/sq feet. There is more than $ 100 profit/job. And you think that money goes to the employee or the shop owner? Just like car alarm installation or fog light installation or those chrome bars they sell for couple of hundred bucks.
And its a jeep, the glass might not going to survive lifetime
Just give it a shot if it doesn't work you can go the the shop anyways. All I am saying is that its not that hard.
Tinting a window really is not all that difficult to do yourself (rear windows are the absolute worst in most vehicles due to curving multiple directions, that's why there is rear window specific tint film)
check this out before deciding if you want to try it yourself or pay someone else, about halfway down on page 2 is a nice detailed write up of the process.
(Yes I know it's a chevy site not jeep, sorry bout that but those things were my toys for years but I have moved on to a Jeep now so give me some credit)
I recently had the windows on my xj tinted after looking around at all the options, I'm the kind of guy that does all the work himself. After looking at what it would cost for materials and proper tools it didn't make any sense to do it myself. I paid a mobile service to come out and do the tint, I look back on it as a savings.
I used to be a tinter, the average professional grade film costs about $1.10 a foot in 20 inch width. The profit is nice, but like other things you have to pay to keep the lights on. Also a lot of shops are now using a plotter to cut the the film, this cost a pretty penny. With that all being said, we have a current tinter in my 350Z group that does side work out of his garage on the weekends. Side work is a great way to get stuff done.
I just had Llumar 30% ceramic installed on the front windows of my Wrangler. It was done by a professional with 15+ years of experience. After watching him do it I will never attempt it on my own. It isn't worth the time. When you go to a reputable place you are paying for the high grade window film as well as the experienced installer.
Your'e going to put plastidip on your windows? Are you fvcking stupid?
Wow. Ok... if u were to apply smoke plastidip to ur windows u could easily control the amount of tint you wanted with no risk. No need to mask and u could easily remove if u needed too. Common sense really. Do you even mod guy?