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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:17 AM
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Tinting front windows to match privacy glass

Tint them at a 35% grade - I used solar guard as I like that stuff. Did it today on mine and the tint shop (Win Tint USA - Coconut Creek, Fl) has a "tint meter" and we tested the privacy glass on the back windows. It showed 35.2 so 35 is right. Here's a pic after they were done:
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:05 PM
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Looks good! Need that in the hot Florida sun!
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:54 PM
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Better check the law in the state you're in- illegal in California to tint a windshield
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:00 PM
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Better check the law in the state you're in- illegal in California to tint a windshield
might want to read the post again - it says front windows - not windshield...illegal here too.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:05 PM
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I did my front windows last week as well with 35%. They are a little darker than the rears because the fronts already have a slight (70% ?) tint from the factory.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:09 PM
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I did my front windows last week as well with 35%. They are a little darker than the rears because the fronts already have a slight (70% ?) tint from the factory.
wow...darker? mine are a shade lighter in certain angles - other angles they match perfectly...here's a shot where they look a bit lighter:
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:38 AM
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Be careful tinting the front windows in CA as well. There is a certain standard that they must meet -- generally so you can see into the interior of the car -- or you will be ticketed.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:47 AM
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Make Google your friend: "state tint laws"

35% is allowed most everywhere and why BMW used it on the privacy option. It is dark enuf to cut the sun, but gives good, clear visibility thru it at night. I have used it on all my cars.

http://www.tintcenter.com/laws/

And BTW, don't even think about tinting the taillights like the ricer boys do.....if someone rear ends you and the LEO notices it, your insurance company (and his) are off the hook. You will be will hit you with the bill for both cars, and the guy may sue you. Has happened down here before.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for the link, according to that only 30% tint is allowed in CA on the front windows, not 35%. Not a lot darker than the standard OEM tint.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:19 PM
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correct - the laws in calif are really diff than everywhere else...
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:52 PM
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Nj regarding the fronts- "no tint can be legally applied to this window" WTF!
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:30 PM
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Is there any Tint on the fronts from the factory? I thought there was none on the fronts but I could be wrong.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:37 PM
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there is a slight tint - I think the above is correct at 70%
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:41 PM
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Based on the above post about NJ not being allowed does this mean there will be absolutely noting on a car built for NJ. I find it hard to believe that BMW would go to that build level based on what state you are in. That's why I thought all were built the same especially state levels for the front vary widely.

In my case I live in NY but ordered from NJ dealer. Will that cost me the limited tint?

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Old 04-24-2011, 02:48 PM
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Except for some Sulev cars for calif ,BMW does not build by state so i assume none on the front if this is the law
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:54 PM
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Except for some Sulev cars for calif ,BMW does not build by state so i assume none on the front if this is the law
Glen,

Based on your statement then all front windows would have the same (or none at all) tint on them regardless if the state. I agree that it would not be practical to build by state especially for window tint.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:55 PM
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Just the fronts - I think it's a moot point because BMW just concentrates on the rears
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:13 PM
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Looks great! It's illegal here in Delaware to tint the front windows at all, but everyone seems to do it. I might get my eye doctor to write a note saying I need it.... that usually works.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:05 PM
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Cali is the probably the worst place to live when it comes down to state regulation!!! Other than the beautiful weather, what else is there? the uninformed , uneducated and the "helpless" and ofcourse the "suckers"
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:46 AM
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Well, there is also the beautiful scenery the diverse recreation opportunties (skiing in the morning, the beach in the afternoon) and of course the $$$$$$! Aside from the bureaucratic monoliths that are unanswerable to the public like our beloved CARB and the Progressive-Socialist oriented equally beloved legislature somehow we muddle through and manage to buy more BMW's and other high end iron than anywhere else in the US (of course CA has more people than anywhere else in the US too). So don't feel too badly for us, deprived as we may be, we still manage to persevere.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:46 AM
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Tint match

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Tint them at a 35% grade - I used solar guard as I like that stuff. Did it today on mine and the tint shop (Win Tint USA - Coconut Creek, Fl) has a "tint meter" and we tested the privacy glass on the back windows. It showed 35.2 so 35 is right. Here's a pic after they were done:
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What kind of tint did your shop used to match the factory ? Would you be kind to post more pics ?
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:02 AM
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Does the standard glass provide UV protection? If not, does tint sheet provide UV protection?
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Does the standard glass provide UV protection? If not, does tint sheet provide UV protection?
Bump.
Same question.

I'm currently looking at getting ceramic tint done to protect my interior from UV (99% UV rejection). But if the privacy glass blocks UV, then I'm just going to do the front windows since the factory privacy glass is already plenty dark for me.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:30 PM
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Bump.
Same question.

I'm currently looking at getting ceramic tint done to protect my interior from UV (99% UV rejection). But if the privacy glass blocks UV, then I'm just going to do the front windows since the factory privacy glass is already plenty dark for me.
I have Huper Optik tints on my E60, and back when I had that installed years ago I remember being told it was designed to comply with strict UV standards in Germany. My new F25 has the privacy glass and having a baby on the way I will definitely get to the bottom of this.. my wife still wants to use the stick on shades either way though.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:15 AM
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Privacy glass only blocks UVB. Actually even the nonprivacy glass does as well. Tint blocks UVA as well. So when I tinted my F25 I did 30% front and overlayed 40% on the rear privacy glass. I actually wish I went darker.

I went with Pinnacle F1 ceramic tint
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