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Old 04-06-2013, 08:39 PM
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What tints should I get ?

Hey guys, ordered my 335xi sedan just wondering if I should get tints and If I do how dark do I go ? Jet black ext and Coral Red interior. I was thinking of going lighter like 35 just so people can get a glimpse of the seats as well . Whats your opinions ?
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:51 PM
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I wouldnt do it. I always had tints until I started buying BMW's. show off that awesome interior. If you do tint, go light.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:33 PM
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Hey guys, ordered my 335xi sedan just wondering if I should get tints and If I do how dark do I go ? Jet black ext and Coral Red interior. I was thinking of going lighter like 35 just so people can get a glimpse of the seats as well . Whats your opinions ?
my cousin has jet black with red interior and she has 35 and it looks good . I have 35 on my 5 series and tl and they both are black with dark interior and looks great from the outside. I usually never think about people being able to see the great interior haha
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:31 PM
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I wouldnt do it. I always had tints until I started buying BMW's. show off that awesome interior. If you do tint, go light.
Some people buy BMWs because they enjoy driving them, not to impress others. Those people also want their interior to be cooler in the sun, and protect it from UV rays.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:39 PM
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50% - this gives you a modest tint and allows you to show off that coral red interior! Best of both worlds.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:58 AM
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50 on the sides and 35 or 50 on rear.. use ceramic tint
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:22 AM
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I've heard this issue come up on a few older BMW's, but don't know if it still is an issue where tinting the front windshield below or above the AS1 line will cause the auto dimming mirrors to dim all the time. They then becomes VERY dim at night, especially if using dark tint.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:24 AM
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Hey guys, ordered my 335xi sedan just wondering if I should get tints and If I do how dark do I go ? Jet black ext and Coral Red interior. I was thinking of going lighter like 35 just so people can get a glimpse of the seats as well . Whats your opinions ?

Get what you like - generally, nobody cares what your car looks like. Make it all about you and you're in the right place.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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Some people buy BMWs because they enjoy driving them, not to impress others. Those people also want their interior to be cooler in the sun, and protect it from UV rays.
The darkness of the tint has little to do with either UV or heat rejection. So if you're going darker, and assuming the choice has nothing to do with looks, the only real reason to do so is to make it harder to see inside.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:43 PM
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I too have red leather interior, but unlike you I never thought about people seeing the awesome interior. I only thought about visibility from the outside and how it looks with the paint/wheels so i went with 20% (I live in PA - legal limit is 33% I believe...wups).
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:31 PM
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The darkness of the tint has little to do with either UV or heat rejection. So if you're going darker, and assuming the choice has nothing to do with looks, the only real reason to do so is to make it harder to see inside.
There is a relatively strong correlation between darkness and heat rejection. I know clear tints can block UV, I have them on my front windows. I've touched the leather with the sun shining from the side, and the leather under the clear tints is much hotter. But yes, making your interior harder to see is also useful at reducing theft.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:43 PM
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There is a relatively strong correlation between darkness and heat rejection.
Not really. About as much correlation with the weight of a vehicle and its safety. There is sometimes a correlation with safety and weight, within the very same brand/lineup of cars, but very little correlation otherwise; just because it's heavy doesn't mean it's safe.

In the same way, one darker tint may have a bit of an advantage within the very same model lineup of a specific brand. Otherwise... there isn't much of a correlation. My 80 tint (really 78) outperforms any tint that any of my personal friends and family have on their vehicles, even some pretty dark ones, to the best of my knowledge.

It's the tech that matters most. You ever play with these heat lamp test displays they have at tint shops? I've played with them at multiple shops. They'll have samples of their wares on glass plates, and you stick them between where your hand goes, and where the lamp is. The biggest difference maker is the tech, not the darkness.

edit: my 78 tint matches the total solar rejection of the 15 tint from the very same brand. The difference is that mine is nano ceramic, and the latter is premium dyed film. It's the tech that matters more.

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30% is a great level Sides and back. Leave the front as-is
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:01 PM
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Just had mine done.
Went with the max allowed by law in Houston TX:
35% Fronts
5% Rears & Back

It looks really black from the outside, looks awesome.
Really dark looking out rearward from the driver's seat.
But that's how I like it.
Really helps in the hot & humid Houston / TX sun.
UV protection for the leather seats too.

Window tinting is always the very first option installed on ALL my cars...
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:45 PM
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Don't exceed the legal maximum. Leave the front windows lighter than the back - you use them to see out of at night. Remember, YOU have to be able to see out in all conditions, including night, rain, and both combined.

If you really want the tint to work, get the metallic-coating stuff - it allows lighter tinting with excellent heat reflection.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:13 AM
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thinking about tinting

thinking about tinting my carbon black 5er. heard something about LLumar ATR causing signal dropouts and screwing up GPS? Anyone hear of that? I'm thinking 50% allaround except nothing on windshield.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:20 AM
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Some people buy BMWs because they enjoy driving them, not to impress others. Those people also want their interior to be cooler in the sun, and protect it from UV rays.
I had my S4 tinted 5-6 yrs ago w/ 35% tint. The car was silver & it looked astounding!

I now own the same car/color as you. I'm not going to tint it because in my opinion, it would look like a black bubble!!!

Though if you're trying to protect the interior or reduce UV induction, 3M makes a tint/film that's clear, except it blocks 99% of the UV rays. I felt the difference when they let me take a piece out into the summer sun and moved my arm in/out of tints coverage. It was pretty cool (no pun intended).
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:06 AM
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I have 35% (state legal) on mine. I hate it. I wish I could bump it down to 20%. No having a garage is horrible inthe summer and I worry about UV damage to the leather
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:10 AM
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Tint

I totally get what you are saying, but I don't want it so dark that I can't see well out the car in the winter or at night. Plus, I don't want differential tinting between front and back. 50 percent should hopefully not be so conspicuous that ill get stopped. Although after all this, I do hope that I don't regret my choice afterwards. I hope the lumar atr holds up.
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