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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:25 AM
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Tint on F30

Tinted the 335i last Friday. LLumar 30% all the way around. I went with a lighter tint (usually go 15%) because I think a more subtle tint looks better on the BMWs. It's more of an accent for the vehicle. I like the choice of 30%, i think it's just the right amount. Looks a little darker IRL.

Anyone else tint their F30? What tint shade do you use? Did you wish you went darker or lighter?
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:14 PM
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Tinted the 335i last Friday. LLumar 30% all the way around. I went with a lighter tint (usually go 15%) because I think a more subtle tint looks better on the BMWs. It's more of an accent for the vehicle. I like the choice of 30%, i think it's just the right amount. Looks a little darker IRL.

Anyone else tint their F30? What tint shade do you use? Did you wish you went darker or lighter?
Looks nice. Did you consider tinting the windshield, too? I find I don't see as well at night, so I'm thinking of going a bit lighter. I've seen great reviews for the 3M Crystalline tint; thinking of going CR40 or CR50 all around, and possibly CR90 for the windshield.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:02 PM
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I used LLumar as well. Went 35 in the front 20 for the rears and 15 for rear windshield. Love it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:16 PM
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Did you or the tint shop scrape off the ED sticker in the rear side windows?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:36 PM
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Tinted the 335i last Friday. LLumar 30% all the way around. I went with a lighter tint (usually go 15%) because I think a more subtle tint looks better on the BMWs. It's more of an accent for the vehicle. I like the choice of 30%, i think it's just the right amount. Looks a little darker IRL.
30% Llumar is the PERFECT choice!! Looks great!
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A lot of votes for Llumar. What is it about Llumar that appealed to all of you? Is it the looks, the price/value?

I just took a look at their performance specs and they appear to be far inferior to 3M Crystalline in terms of TSER for a given visible light level. That's my primary criteria given that I live in a hot climate, but perhaps not so important for others? Genuinely curious.
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What kind of prices are you all seeing for F30's w/ ceramic such as Llumar, 3M and Huper Optiks?
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I didn't look into 3M. LLumar is what the shop near me uses and I like the look of it. They also warranty it for the life of the car, provided i own it. Cost me 170 for the whole car. What does 3M normally cost for the same job?
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30% Llumar is the PERFECT choice!! Looks great!
Thanks man! I agree, 30 is the sweet spot on these cars. Funny when I talked to the installer, he gets a lot of bimmers and said its usually 30% or blackout at 5%. Said he did several 7 series and an M6 all at 5%, but agreed that 30% on the bimmers looks the best. Different strokes for different cars. All of our Subies are 15%. I like 15 on the WRX and STi.
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I didn't look into 3M. LLumar is what the shop near me uses and I like the look of it. They also warranty it for the life of the car, provided i own it. Cost me 170 for the whole car. What does 3M normally cost for the same job?
I am thinking 3M and Huper Optiks would be around 400ish, so that makes your price very good.
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A lot of votes for Llumar. What is it about Llumar that appealed to all of you? Is it the looks, the price/value?

I just took a look at their performance specs and they appear to be far inferior to 3M Crystalline in terms of TSER for a given visible light level. That's my primary criteria given that I live in a hot climate, but perhaps not so important for others? Genuinely curious.
I have used Llumar for more years than I care to admit, 30+. I am a very picky customer and I have never been disappointed with a Llumar product or installation. Llumar's parent company is www.CPFilms.com. Their ceramic brand is www.FormulaOne.com, Pinnacle series.

Llumar has also introduced an almost clear film recently designed specifically for windshield installation. It doesn't have a high heat rejection, but it cuts 99% of UV and it is supposed to reduce glare. It can be hard to find an installer who has it though, because windshield film is illegal in most jurisdictions, even if it's virtually clear.
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Here's mine with 25VLT. Looks a little darker due to the black interior (dash/seats/headliner).
I got this done at the dealer with lifetime warranty.
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looks good, just got mine done with 28%
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Looks good Larry! Justin, got any pics? I'm sure tint looks great with EB
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Looks good Larry! Justin, got any pics? I'm sure tint looks great with EB
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The place I used has a CAD program that has every car programmed in so all the pieces are precut to exact specs meaning no razor blades trimming against the new car. That and the lifetime guarantee at any of over 9000 Llumar dealers made it a no-brainer for me.
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The place I used has a CAD program that has every car programmed in so all the pieces are precut to exact specs meaning no razor blades trimming against the new car. That and the lifetime guarantee at any of over 9000 Llumar dealers made it a no-brainer for me.
yep, i think most big places have it like that now.
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I am thinking 3M and Huper Optiks would be around 400ish, so that makes your price very good.
I went with Huper Optik Ceramic, 30% all around (except for windshield) and I couldn't be happier. I was around the $400 mark, but it's worth the money in Arizona.
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Went with 35% on mine and I'm very happy...previously I always went with a 20% tint but didn't want to completely hide the Red interior this time. I was just looking for "enough" to look like it was tinted without being blacked out...
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