DIY Sunglass Tinting

Updated July 20, 2017

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun's glare, increasing eye health and helping fight wrinkles around your eyes and forehead. In addition, the right sunglasses can add style and flair to your outfit. In choosing sunglasses, you should look at not only the frames, but also the colour of the lenses. Lenses colours come in light and dark colours that you can mix and match with clothing, environments and moods. Purchasing sunglasses in a store can be expensive. Tinting your own glasses is an easy, cost effective way to get the sunglasses you want without paying high prices.

Determine what colour you want to tint your sunglasses and purchase the appropriate thermal dye unit. Units vary by tint colour.

Put on the gloves and open the unit package and review the instructions carefully. Instructions can vary by manufacturer.

Open the tint solution. Pour the tint into the thermal dye unit until the unit is approximately two-thirds full.

Turn on the thermal dye unit and heat the tint from 87.8 to 93.3 degrees Celsius. This should take about 15 to 30 minutes. Read your unit instructions to confirm required temperature and time since they may vary by manufacturer.

Pop out the lenses from your glasses carefully.

Clean them with the soft cloth. Remove all dirt and other debris before tinting.

Insert the lenses in the lens holder included in the thermal dye unit.

Lower the lens holder into the tint solution. Allow the lenses to sit for 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the instructions for your dye kit. Note: the amount of time depends on the colour chosen. Lighter colours take longer to tint then a darker dye.

Lift the lens holder out of the tint. Set the holder aside and wait for the lenses to dry. Remove them from the lens holder once they are dry.

Pop the lenses back into your glasses.


Practice the tinting process using an inexpensive pair of glasses before tinting your expensive glasses.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Thermal dye unit
  • Tint solution
  • Eyeglasses
  • Soft cotton towel or lens cloth
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Alisa Stevens has been writing articles and business/marketing materials since 1994. She has experience writing for and about a variety of industries, including the legal, transportation, government and education sectors. Stevens holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University, as well as a J.D. from Loyola Law School.