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Old 09-11-2013, 08:15 AM
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Thoughts on Tint

So, I wanted to get your thoughts on tint.

I used to have a Civic and had 20% on them and when I got my 3 series I put 35%, I traded my 3 series for a 535i jet black, beige interior. I don't want my car to look gangster (like I did my civic, lol) cause I'm a 29 year old female that will have kids in the next 5 years. Should I stick with 35%, go lighter, go darker?

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:18 AM
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35% sounds and looks fine. Most people go for 35% and it looks elegant.

I have 60% on sides and 20% in the back on my 535. I don't think anyone else has that combination.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:19 AM
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30-35% is the limit for me. Any darker would make the car look more "ghetto" in my opinion. Since you have such a light interior color you can go with 35% and still be able to see some of the interior during the day.

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:27 AM
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Thoughts on Tint

I did 20 on the sides and limo in the back. Keep in mind that I have a black Z, so it doesn't look as weird as it would on an F10. I live in Arizona so a LOT of tint is necessary. It's so bad that cops won't even stop you for tint, even though 35% is the max here.


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Old 09-11-2013, 08:52 AM
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Thanks for the input. I like tint on my car but definitely didn't want it to look "ghetto" 35% is the legal limit here in GA, but I never got pulled over when I had 20%. I'll have to post some pics once I get mine done Anyone have tint on their front?
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:18 AM
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I have 35% on jet black, it's not too dark and not too light.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the input. I like tint on my car but definitely didn't want it to look "ghetto" 35% is the legal limit here in GA, but I never got pulled over when I had 20%. I'll have to post some pics once I get mine done Anyone have tint on their front?
Front tint is illegal in all 50 states and if you get into an accident that results in a death, you will be charged for manslaughter.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:48 AM
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I have 40% on doors and back window. I used Huper optic ceramic tint on my last three cars.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:13 AM
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Front tint is illegal in all 50 states and if you get into an accident that results in a death, you will be charged for manslaughter.

Here's my tint.

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Thanks good to know! Thank you! Yours looks really good!
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:57 AM
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Can you tint a leased car or would that cause problems at the end of the lease?
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:08 AM
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Can you tint a leased car or would that cause problems at the end of the lease?
You can as long as you abide by the tint laws in your state.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:08 AM
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Dealers provide tint service so no you won't have any issues with a lease.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:55 PM
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Since you have a light colored interior, the 35pct will be perfect. I have black interior and my tint looks very good and not too dark. It doesn't look "redneckish" either.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:30 PM
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Time to bring some facts to this thread...

1. Tint on your front side windows is NOT illegal except in a few states...http://www.tintdude.com/forum/index....ting_laws.html

2. Tinting your windshield is illegal in all 50 states...usually you're allowed a "sun strip" (6" or less)

3. You can tint a leased car however much you want as it can be removed in 5 minutes.

Personally I like the "ghetto" look for privacy.

Oh and I have 50% tint on my entire windshield which reduces heat and protects the interior/your self from UV rays while barely noticeable from the outside.

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Old 09-11-2013, 06:35 PM
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I have 35% on all around with oyster black interior on an Alpine white car. I wished I chose 1 shade darker as the lighter color interior tones down the darkness. But if you're looking for a shade where you still want to be visible and not having people to stare at you to determine who's driving, 35% is the way to go.

Also, as for 35% being visible, a motorcycle cop pulled me over as he saw me using my phone near my hip as he looked through the passenger window. Ironically, he only citied me for a cell phone ticket and not for the window tint.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:26 AM
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Update: I'm having my car tinted today. I was offered 30 and 35...I've honestly never been offered 30 before and have only tinted 35 or 20. I decided to go with 30 since I was bouncing between 35 and 20...I'll have to post some pictures once it's done. Am I just ignorant that 30 has never popped up as an option before?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:30 AM
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Am I just ignorant that 30 has never popped up as an option before?
Depending on the tint brand, there are many options ranging from 5% to 90%.
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Time to bring some facts to this thread...

1. Tint on your front side windows is NOT illegal except in a few states...http://www.tintdude.com/forum/index....ting_laws.html

2. Tinting your windshield is illegal in all 50 states...usually you're allowed a "sun strip" (6" or less)

3. You can tint a leased car however much you want as it can be removed in 5 minutes.

Personally I like the "ghetto" look for privacy.

Oh and I have 50% tint on my entire windshield which reduces heat and protects the interior/your self from UV rays while barely noticeable from the outside.
Literally no one here said that tinting the front side windows is illegal.


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Old 09-12-2013, 11:41 AM
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Pinnacle Formula One. 50% front and 35% rear, it's perfect for me. I have 3M 35% front and 20% rear on my E46 and the rear is way too dark at night.

also: some folks have added Air Blue 80% or whatever it is called to the WINDSHIELD and have found it pretty undetectable by LE.
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Literally no one here said that tinting the front side windows is illegal.


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Old 09-12-2013, 02:55 PM
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Here's a pic of mine with 30% I'll have to get some better pics when my car is clean whatcha think?


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I know that the tinting of windows is something some people are passionate about. However, the 5 Series comes with optional: an automatic rear window shade and manual side shades. These shades provide shade from the sun and privacy. And of course the flexibility of having them up or down. I've had them in an Acura RL for 7 years, ordered them for my new 5 Series and they're great. Just a thought.
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I know that the tinting of windows is something some people are passionate about. However, the 5 Series comes with optional: an automatic rear window shade and manual side shades. These shades provide shade from the sun and privacy. And of course the flexibility of having them up or down. I've had them in an Acura RL for 7 years, ordered them for my new 5 Series and they're great. Just a thought.
You are right about the shades; however, shades do not provide the same amount of IR rejection and UV protection. Also, with the shades, you have a layer that is affecting the visual acuity when looking out of the windows. The sun and headlights from behind won't bother you as much but your car will still get hot under the sun and the front side windows are completely unprotected agains UV and IR. On top of that, I have never had any shades in my BMWs and MBs that did not make annoying noises.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:48 AM
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Agreed, had shades on my E39 and E60. I have them on my ordered F10. But that's not a replacement for tint. Tint will reduce heat and prevent fading of the rear deck. The shades cannot do that.
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