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Old 10-03-2011, 07:57 PM
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Finally got the tint done. 3M Carbon 20 percent all around and 80 percent in the windshield just to keep the heat down. Works really great too. Paid 275 for the whole job with lifetime and nationwide warranty from Solar Control in Ocean Springs Ms. Makes the car look so much better.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:07 PM
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:07 PM
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:11 PM
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Really really nice. My new 335d finally arrived, had to put Mr. Ugly (plate) on the front, because my office is right across from the police station. Right across. Those guys are EVERYWHERE giving tickets. They even came onto our property on their motorcycles to look for expired tags. Can't risk tinted windows I have seen them pull up infront of cars at stop lights and look back to see if the plate is there.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:02 PM
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Really really nice. My new 335d finally arrived, had to put Mr. Ugly (plate) on the front, because my office is right across from the police station. Right across. Those guys are EVERYWHERE giving tickets. They even came onto our property on their motorcycles to look for expired tags. Can't risk tinted windows I have seen them pull up infront of cars at stop lights and look back to see if the plate is there.
Well good thing I have medical exemption with the doctors note so I don't have to worry about tint laws
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I'm the board Nazi as far as tints are concerned so I will say it and then leave you alone.

An 80% tint on the windshield is the same thing as driving at night while wearing sunglasses. It is putting others at risk.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:30 PM
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Sorry to be the simple-man here, but I have never heard of putting tint on the windshield of a car until I started reading these forums. So this is actually dark tint, like standard tint on the side and rear windows of cars, that is applied to the windshield? Is that typical of high-end cars, or is this a BMW thing? I live in North Texas, where incredibly hot summers make tint an absolute. I can't quite get my head around the windshield though...
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:47 PM
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I'm the board Nazi as far as tints are concerned so I will say it and then leave you alone.

An 80% tint on the windshield is the same thing as driving at night while wearing sunglasses. It is putting others at risk.
Its not as dark as you think. In fact you can't really tell its there. Now if it was 20 percent that might be a little dangerous. 80 percent is pretty light. I just did it to keep the heat down in the car. It gets really hot here in the south.. It actually works too. Made me a believer. I will try to take better pics so you can see.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:41 PM
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I wear my sunglasses at night so I can so I can...... How did you get a medical note for tint? Looks good! Tint makes a BMW look even better if you ask me. I have had all three tinted within the first week of delivery.
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I have been muling the idea of tinting the windshield as well. 80% sounds about right.

How do you handle the stickers you have to apply to the windshield (here in NY: registration + inspection). You cannot just stick them on the tint, right?
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I wear my sunglasses at night so I can so I can...... How did you get a medical note for tint? Looks good! Tint makes a BMW look even better if you ask me. I have had all three tinted within the first week of delivery.
I am a Physician Assistant in the military and one my friends is an Eye doctor. He wrote me a doctors not for severe photophobia recommend tint on vehicle and I took that to where I get my registration done. That's how I got the medical exemption.
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I have been muling the idea of tinting the windshield as well. 80% sounds about right.

How do you handle the stickers you have to apply to the windshield (here in NY: registration + inspection). You cannot just stick them on the tint, right?
Here in Mississippi we have to get inspections as well. So what the guy did was get some lamination and put the sticker on that and just attached that to the windshield. Peels right off when you need to renew your inspection. My base sticker is on the outside windshield so I don't have to worry about that. But regardless tint is illegal on the windshield but 80 percent is so light you can't even tell it's there. I just use it for UV protection. You got to protect ur investment.
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I had a 70% SunTek tint applied to my windshield with 35% on the other windows.

The windshield tint had a slight haze effect in low angle early morning or late afternoon sun conditions and just drove me crazy so I had it removed.

Can't stand anything on the windshield. Maybe just me!
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I am a Physician Assistant in the military and one my friends is an Eye doctor. He wrote me a doctors not for severe photophobia recommend tint on vehicle and I took that to where I get my registration done. That's how I got the medical exemption.
get the front reflector done in the same color of the car and you're done. love the tint.
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get the front reflector done in the same color of the car and you're done. love the tint.
I know just need a good place to get them from.
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I had a 70% SunTek tint applied to my windshield with 35% on the other windows.

The windshield tint had a slight haze effect in low angle early morning or late afternoon sun conditions and just drove me crazy so I had it removed.

Can't stand anything on the windshield. Maybe just me!
Nope its not just you I can't stand it either,I think it cheapens the look of the car but thats just my opinion.
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Its not as dark as you think. In fact you can't really tell its there. Now if it was 20 percent that might be a little dangerous. 80 percent is pretty light. I just did it to keep the heat down in the car. It gets really hot here in the south.. It actually works too. Made me a believer. I will try to take better pics so you can see.
The heat reduction you are feeling is probably from the side windows. BMW already uses thermal glass that rejects Infrared so the front tint is not necessary. 20% less light at night is what it is. Plus you have a lot less light in the side windows at night which affects peripheral vision.

I wish the government cracked down on this sort of thing. I often encounter guys with tinted windows trying to shift into my lane at night without seeing me. Hard to see a black car through a side window with a 30% tint. It's definitely a risk.

I'm sure you are a very good driver, but less light at night cannot be a good thing. If the tints were photochromic that would be better.
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The heat reduction you are feeling is probably from the side windows. BMW already uses thermal glass that rejects Infrared so the front tint is not necessary. 20% less light at night is what it is. Plus you have a lot less light in the side windows at night which affects peripheral vision.

I wish the government cracked down on this sort of thing. I often encounter guys with tinted windows trying to shift into my lane at night without seeing me. Hard to see a black car through a side window with a 30% tint. It's definitely a risk.

I'm sure you are a very good driver, but less light at night cannot be a good thing. If the tints were photochromic that would be better.
Thanks for your opinion but believe me this ain't the first car I own with 20 percent tint. Haven't had a problem yet.. Hell I had 5 percent on my Accord a few years back... I like it and that is all that really matters. Thanks again for your opinion
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The heat reduction you are feeling is probably from the side windows. BMW already uses thermal glass that rejects Infrared so the front tint is not necessary. 20% less light at night is what it is. Plus you have a lot less light in the side windows at night which affects peripheral vision.

I wish the government cracked down on this sort of thing. I often encounter guys with tinted windows trying to shift into my lane at night without seeing me. Hard to see a black car through a side window with a 30% tint. It's definitely a risk.

I'm sure you are a very good driver, but less light at night cannot be a good thing. If the tints were photochromic that would be better.

The thermal glass/ windshield you are thinking of is an option that is not avail from BMW in the USA.

OP did explain it already: at 80%, you can barely tell it's there and it poses no significant danger, certainly not in the propensions you are alluding to.

And the cops do enforce the ban. I cannot imagine someone with < 35% windshield tint not getting pulled over.

Looking forward to the photochromic tint though....
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the thermal glass/ windshield you are thinking of is an option that is not avail from bmw in the usa.

Op did explain it already: At 80%, you can barely tell it's there and it poses no significant danger, certainly not in the propensions you are alluding to.

And the cops do enforce the ban. I cannot imagine someone with < 35% windshield tint not getting pulled over.

Looking forward to the photochromic tint though....
1+...I would post better pics of the windshield but is hard to do with sun blaring. My signature pic doesn't do it any justice. Also I dont notice haze at all.
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The picture should be taken early in the morning or at the end of the day (for better lighting) at an angle with the car under clear sky to avoid reflections on the glass. That should do it.

Meant to ask you: if your registration sticker is affixed to the windshield itself (beneath the tint), how do you handle its replacement? Or is it that it doesn't expire like here in NY?

Would love to be able to register the car in a state that imposes no silly stickers on the windshield and no front plate.

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The picture should be taken early in the morning or at the end of the day (for better lighting) at an angle with the car under clear sky to avoid reflections on the glass. That should do it.

Meant to ask you: if you registration sticker is affixed to the windshield itself (underneath the tint), how to handle its replacement? Or is it that it doesn't expire like here in NY?

Would love to be able to register the car in a state that imposes no silly stickers on the windshield and no front plate.
We actually took the sticker off the windshield applied the tint and then attached the sticker with the laminate backing. Sticks really well and can even pull it off and reapply as needed
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Ah ok, this part had me confused: "My base sticker is on the outside windshield so I don't have to worry about that."

Thought you had done that for the inspection sticker only. This makes more sense. Would you mind posting a close-up from inside the car of what it looks like?

Severe photophobia... love it!
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Ah ok, this part had me confused: "My base sticker is on the outside windshield so I don't have to worry about that."

Thought you had done that for the inspection sticker only. This makes more sense. Would you mind posting a close-up from inside the car of what it looks like?

Severe photophobia... love it!
Here is better pics. Taken underneath carport. Also what I mean about base sticker is the military base. Got to have your car register on the base that you are attached to and those stickers are placed on the outside
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Thank you for taking the time to do this.

The tint looks great/ adequate. As expected, you can hardly tell it's on.
Your installer also seems to have done a very clean job at it.

The registration stickers in NY are designed in such a way that once applied, you cannot remove them and keep them intact. It is possible to order a new one from the DMV for a nominal fee I believe.

So the way they were laminated and applied on the tint film, doesn't seem to have damaged the tint at all? Thinking of annual renewals, re-applications.
What's the method to attach the laminated stickers to the tinted windshield? Any sort of adhesive?

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