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Old 08-27-2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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Tint Question

I'm looking to change the tint around my car. I'm currently looking for a brand that allows maximum light to go through but also offers high heat rejection. Anyone have any feedback?


I currently have some 3m tints on my car that I've gotten a long time ago. Front 70%, Passenger 35%, and Rear 20% tints and as I get older my vision degrades which doesn't help with the visibility with my driving at n ight.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:59 AM   #2
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Get a quality tint that is a non-metallic. I paid $400 for mine which included the windshield about 6 years ago. No peeling, no bubbling, no discoloration. You get what you pay for when it comes to tint. If you're in the Sacramento area check out Eclipse Audio and Tint.
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yeah, I think ceramic is the way to go. One question I do have is the confusion with heat rejection. If tint is to help with it, why do people get darker tint? Doesn't it absorb heat because it is black to begin with?
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yeah, I think ceramic is the way to go. One question I do have is the confusion with heat rejection. If tint is to help with it, why do people get darker tint? Doesn't it absorb heat because it is black to begin with?
Yes and no. Black does absorb more heat, but when it comes to tint it actually refracts the sunlight more than it absorbs it.
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Huper(ceramic)Vcool(metal) both very clear excellent heat reject .
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harris, you have the same color car as mine, do you have a side shot of your car and what % you used. curious to see how it looks. from your sig i like it.
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Huper(ceramic)Vcool(metal) both very clear excellent heat reject .
i've actually spoken with a tint shop owner about vcool. This is something good info for future tinters.

Vcool basically should never have been born. It has metal properties that can possibly interfere with your electronic receivers onboard (radio gps). Not only that, because it is metal, the material oxides over time which requires replacement. They recently updated their formula to address this but the updated material produces a greenish hue.

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i've actually spoken with a tint shop owner about vcool. This is something good info for future tinters.

Vcool basically should never have been born. It has metal properties that can possibly interfere with your electronic receivers onboard (radio gps). Not only that, because it is metal, the material oxides over time which requires replacement. They recently updated their formula but the updated material produces a greenish hue.
yea when i was looking for tint i noticed the greenish hue/most shops said the metal would not effect the electronics(just am recp.)but i didnt want to even take the chance/so did the Huper -works great.
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generally, what is the highest permited light tints are made of. Last time I had it done, it was 70%?

From my understanding doesn't factory glass have 80%?
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generally, what is the highest permited light tints are made of. Last time I had it done, it was 70%?

From my understanding doesn't factory glass have 80%?
idk the factory glass % but the vcool had the 70% i went with the 50%huper and it has a very light smoke to it also i did 60% on windshield and it has like no color at all/and did 40% on sunroof which was kinda dark already(factory) and it made it noticably darker.
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harris, you have the same color car as mine, do you have a side shot of your car and what % you used. curious to see how it looks. from your sig i like it.
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looks very sharp, thanks man!
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Get a quality tint that is a non-metallic. I paid $400 for mine which included the windshield about 6 years ago. No peeling, no bubbling, no discoloration. You get what you pay for when it comes to tint. If you're in the Sacramento area check out Eclipse Audio and Tint.
$400 seems pricey... I paid $180 out the door without windshield. Lifetime guarantee fron a very reputable place. What % did you tint your windshield?
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ignore my question on previus post as I see were you have already answered 35%
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Can someone please explain to me the differents between a ceramic tint and regular film. I will be getting my wife RL tint this weekend. Ive someoen quoted my 270.00 for the ceramic and 120.00 for regular tint.
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Chris you ever get bothered by the cops for that tint set up?
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Can someone please explain to me the differents between a ceramic tint and regular film. I will be getting my wife RL tint this weekend. Ive someoen quoted my 270.00 for the ceramic and 120.00 for regular tint.
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Ceramic tint is the highest quality tint that many manufacturers offer. It has a very high UV reflectivity and will not interfere with electronics like metallic tint possibly could. Usually tint manufacturers will offer three tiers of tint, plastic tint that is dyed, metallic tint, and then high quality ceramic tint.

Plastic tint is usually much cheaper than the alternative films, but with the lower price comes lower quality. Well known tint makers, like 3M and LLumar, make very high quality dyed tint that wont discolor for several year if ever, but it is thinner and more prone to scratching.

I recently had LLumar metallic tint installed on my 05 coupe with no problems with interference. I don't however use GPS or navigation which is sometime where interference can occur. If anybody in the Baltimore area needs a good tint installer, I used Absolute Perfection. They came to my local BMW dealer (NW BMW) and installed the tint in under 90 mins. Looks great and the installer was extremely meticulous.

http://www.llumar.com/pdf/en/LLumarAutoSpecsUS.pdf

This PDF has a very good chart to show performance of various LLumar tint.

When it comes to tint, you should expect to pay more for the high quality films, ceramic being by far the best. But again, I installed LLumar ATR 30% metallic on my car with no problems with interference. Hope this helps, if not, let me know if I can help
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I have had Llumar metallic tint on my coupe since 2003, no bubbles or discoloration. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to tint. More expensive shops will use higher quality products and will cut their edges much nicer than the cheapo places.
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