DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1427 times:
I'm planning on getting all of my windows tinted in my car soon...one because it's so hot here in FL, and I need something to keep it cooler inside (well, not for winter), and my car is black so I'd like nice dark windows to finish the theme.
So, how does window tinting work? I know it's a film, but how would they lay that so that there's no bubbles/lines on a rounded hatchback? Anyone have any experiences/do it for a living?
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
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Thanks for the quick replies....LY744, would you recommend doing this yourself, or letting a pro take care of it? (I have the windshield, hatchback, ttops, and 2 side windows to do) How many layers did you do?
Even though it's illegal, I'd like something similar to limo tint...probably a grade below that so at least some people could see me lol....I know cops hate it, but it's part of the look I want on my ride.
Dmeeky243 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
I'd call your local glass shop and see what they say as far as price. My buddy tried the DIY tinting stuff, and I took my car in and you could tell a big difference. Just the pain of cutting it to fit, working all edges and making sure its smooth with no wrinkles was a pain in the ass he wasn't ready for. When I had mine done, I took it to a shop that my dad's buddy owns, and all it cost me was 15 bucks a window. Gotta love the ol' buddy connections. Its worth calling around and checking out though. Especially if you've got that big ass rear curved window on a Camaro.
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Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4119 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1383 times:
Like WellHung said, check the law. Here in CA, there is no tinting allowed in the front windows, but some people take the risk.
Another thing...I HIGHLY recommend getting your car tinted at a shop that sells 3M film. It's miles ahead of the standard tint when it comes to quality. It might cost more but it is definitely worth it.
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DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1364 times:
blacked out ghetto blaster wannabe sports car
I'll pretend I didn't hear that, WellHung I only want the tint for the reasons specified, to keep the heat down and to make the car look more uniform in color..it's turning into a show car soon anyways.
Thanks for the advice on the 3M...more durable tint would be nice so I don't have to go back a few years down the road to get it done again. I know here in FL, they generally won't harass you if your driver/pax windows are tinted, just as long as they're not too highly tinted. However, if your windshield is too much they will call you on it. I'd just want one layer on my windshield to cut down on the light, and as an added safety thing- my bud rolled his Camaro, and the windshield shattered, but did not come in on him, as the tinting kept it in one piece.
Last question...on my Camaro hatchback, I have the reat defroster lines across most of the glass....will the tint adhere well to that, or will it come up with bubbles, etc?
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1363 times:
I only did one flat window (needed replacing because factory tint got too fucked up when the window started falling off track, thanks a lot GM), so it wasn't a big deal. Just one coat of film. Personally, I wouldn't be up for doing a whole Camaro, what with the big curved hatchback window thing (probably require overlapping of film, which I imagine is a bitch). But if you do go for it, allow yourself a good 4 hours, and get another set of hands to assist.
I know a friend of mine got his car tinted at a reputable place, but one of the windows didn't work out too well. The shop was very good about it though, fixed it fast and for free, and it's been problem-free since. Finding a good small neighbourhood place like that is probably the best solution IMHO.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1353 times:
LOL Jeff......I use it a few times a year, sometimes those winter mornings can leave some frost/dew on it...otherwise, it's just a bunch of lines on the glass. During the summer, it's just added weight. Usually the switch to it is the only part on the car that keeps all of it's Armor-all on it, since I never have to touch it Hopefully they don't bubble it, and hopefully they don't sever my winter window cleaner device.....
LY744, good point on the hatchback...I'll leave the overlapping and all of that business to the pros. My friend keeps pointing me to one shop where they'll do all of it for $100 even...good deal I think!
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1347 times:
My friend keeps pointing me to one shop where they'll do all of it for $100 even...good deal I think!
That seems like a good deal IMO. I've had several friends try to do the tint themselves and it always turned out looking like crap. I would reccomend going to a shop to get it done if possible.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7419 posts, RR: 25 Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
Here in CA, there is no tinting allowed in the front windows, but some people take the risk.
Massachusetts has a similar law.
Back in '88, a friend of mine bought a new car (a black Pontiac LeMans hatchback) while he was a senior attending college in Miami. Being in Florida, he had the windows tinted.
After he graduated, he returned to Massachusetts. After transferring the title, registration, insurance, etc. to Massachusetts; he went to get the car inspected (annual auto inspections are required by law in the Commonwealth). He was informed that the front side window tints had to be taken off in order to receive a valid inspection sticker; the car passed all other safety and emissions tests. To make a long story short, he had to have the front side window tints removed.
DeltaGuy, should have your windows tinted and find yourself moving to another state in the future; you could face a similar situation that me friend faced back then.
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DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
Good point. I plan to live in Florida for quite awhile though, but if I do change states, I'd plan on keeping my citizenship here, as we have like 0 taxes and don't have to have front license plates on our cars. When I was growing up, our family moved alot, but we kept our FL residency, so like when we lived in CA, we never had to have smog checks, etc etc...if you aren't a citizen of a state, you don't have your vehicle inspected, taxed, etc. Otherwise, I'd be in alot of trouble, as my sports car sure ain't emissions legal lol
Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
"and as an added safety thing- my bud rolled his Camaro, and the windshield shattered, but did not come in on him, as the tinting kept it in one piece. "
I have news for you. Break the windshield in ANY modern car and it will not come apart. Windshields and rear windows are made of this miracle stuff called safety-glass that will not fragment if broken. However, for safety, the side windows will still shatter.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1257 times:
If a state has a law regarding the level of window tinting allowed, the law will clearly stipulate what is the maximum percentage legal (100% being totally black and 0% totally clear). Any annual inspection station or tint shop should be able to check the tint percentage and would most likely advise you whether or not you're legal as in the previously mentioned case. The reason that these laws exist is to protect the law enforcement officers and the law abiding citizens of our communities.
The maximum tint level allowed is set so that an officer with his/her vehicle's headlights, takedown lights and spotlight illuminated can see whether the persons in the car they have stopped are moving about inside in low visability (rain, night). If the individual is making movements such as reaching for something, that allows the officer the time to call for backup and take other steps to protect themselves should the person attempt to pull a weapon on them. Conversely, if you or I get stopped and turn on the inside light and keep our hands on the wheel, the officer isn't likely to approach us with his/her weapon drawn unless we've done something else that raises red flags. Many motorists do not realize that there is a proper way to act when pulled over for a traffic stop by law enforcement. Pull over at the first place where it is safe to do so, put the vehicle in park, shut off the engine, turn on the inside light and keep both hands on the steering wheel. Wait until the officer is at the window before lowering it and do not reach for your wallet until they ask for identification and registration/insurance. Following those simple rules shows the officer that you are being consious of their concerns for their own safety and makes their job a little less nervewracking. Also, don't be surprised if the officer approaches your vehicle from the passenger's side. Here in Arizona, the rule is that they approach from the side that is on the outside of the shoulder (side away from traffic). If you pull off on the right hand shoulder, they will approach the car from the passenger's side (driver's side if you pull off on the left hand shoulder).
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WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1252 times:
100% being totally black and 0% totally clear
Just a clarification because this could be confusing if you looked at the law. Tint is measured as the amount of light passed through, so 0% is totally black and 100% is clear. 25% is darker than 75% and so on.