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Old 06-24-2019, 06:18 PM
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I'm going to tint my 5er soon. I've researched a bit to learn that BMWs scratch tint due to some part between the glass and inside behind the door panel.

Can anyone chime in on this? What's your experience like tinting the 5er?

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Old 06-25-2019, 01:14 AM
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everything i have is tinted..

It protects your seats, your eyes (i had lasek)

any cop who wants to write me a ticket will get a ear full and a day in court... end of story

the factory tint is the glass.. ITs how it was poured, all tint sticks to the inside of the glass..

http://www.shadesofgraytint.com/ hands down best tint'er on the east coast,

worth the drive to anyone on the east, you car is tinted in 30 min by a heavy assault tint squad.. These guys are world glass tinters

2 hour drive for me.. Ive made the drive 4 or 5 times already, they do appointments and walk in's. and you wait there while they do it.. Very very professional

I personally do 5% on my cars, my wife doesnt like that so she got 15%



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I personally do 5% on my cars, my wife doesnt like that so she got 15%
Krikey, Burning, how can you handle the 5%? It's so stinking dark!

The 2010 E60 I rescued from Maui last fall had 5% installed on it, and it was so dark I couldn't drive the car safely at night. Felt like I couldn't see a thing at night, esp out of the side rear view mirrors. I seriously had to roll down the windows when driving in parking lots or crossing traffic.

I had it pulled and replaced with 15%, which is still illegal in Washington (30% is the limit), but seems about perfect for privacy and sun blocking.

5%. Holy moly! Your car, your choice, but if anyone asked me if 5% is too dark I'd say yes. But I totally support tinting overall.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:12 AM
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Krikey, Burning, how can you handle the 5%? It's so stinking dark!

The 2010 E60 I rescued from Maui last fall had 5% installed on it, and it was so dark I couldn't drive the car safely at night. Felt like I couldn't see a thing at night, esp out of the side rear view mirrors. I seriously had to roll down the windows when driving in parking lots or crossing traffic.

I had it pulled and replaced with 15%, which is still illegal in Washington (30% is the limit), but seems about perfect for privacy and sun blocking.

5%. Holy moly! Your car, your choice, but if anyone asked me if 5% is too dark I'd say yes. But I totally support tinting overall.
Agreed. I hate the feeling of not being able to see ish at night. That Lasik must have done wonders for your night vision Burning
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:14 AM
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Anyone had any luck with those fancy heat blocking tints? I'd like to tint as well, but almost entirely for heat purposes.

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If I could get away with it I'd do 5%. But then again I have blue eyes.

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Anyone had any luck with those fancy heat blocking tints? I'd like to tint as well, but almost entirely for heat purposes.

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...2716668&rt=rud
Every advantage for Crystalline films is outlined in the details on that page. I went with SunTek cause I'm cheap, but now I wish I'd have spent the extra bucks that these films cost.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:59 AM
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Anyone had any luck with those fancy heat blocking tints? I'd like to tint as well, but almost entirely for heat purposes.

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...2716668&rt=rud
Tint technician suggested 20% to me. I'm in Ontario where tint is generally considered illegal at the discretion of a cop. You can have a 50% tint and cops can still decide in favor of obstructing view. I'm on the fence about tinting at this point.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:45 PM
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Keep in mind tint has to be removed to pass safety now. I'm not sure how enforced that's going to be...
Not that it's expensive, or a hassle, but there's the rear antenna to worry about if scraping is necessary.

Personally, I think I'd go 85% or so. I have nothing against people seeing me while I drive. I suspect too dark of a tint is a cop magnet.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:21 PM
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I have 35% which is the max legal limit here in MA.. and I'm very used to it. I had once put on 5% on my old hatchback, and it was impossible to backup at night. Of course now there's backup camera's available As for scratching the windows, I don't put up and down the windows a ton, but the driver's side is 2x a day to get in and out of my work parking lot, and there are no problems with my window.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:09 PM
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Wait... You get out of your car through the window?
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:20 PM
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Keep in mind tint has to be removed to pass safety now. I'm not sure how enforced that's going to be...
Not that it's expensive, or a hassle, but there's the rear antenna to worry about if scraping is necessary.

Personally, I think I'd go 85% or so. I have nothing against people seeing me while I drive. I suspect too dark of a tint is a cop magnet.
85% is virtually no tint at all. Is it worth $300 for nearly clear film?

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Old 06-25-2019, 03:42 PM
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I'd go up to 50%. I'm not a "black out all your lights" kind of guy. I live in Canada, I'll take all the sunlight I can get. I just want some sunglasses for my car, nothing crazy.

There are plenty of days I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark in winter. I don't need to block out 95% of the visible light. But damn does the black interior get hot in summer.

Besides, heavy tint is a cop magnet and I heard talk about tint fails safety now. Might want to fact check that bit.

I'm planning on using that heat blocking stuff on my house's windows upstairs, too. Gets pretty toasty when the sun shines in, so why not?
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your eyes adjust easily at night with 5%..

your mirrors or someone tail gating you doesn't hurt your eyes...

Its dark in the cockpit.. the dash lights are turned down..

Its actually easier to see at night


ONLY disclaimer is you should probably have some bright reverse lights.. (*if you spend a lot of time in reverse)

Otherwise.. Its not what you guys think (You think its dark so you cant see)

its the opposite, its really bright outside so you can see

if you have any type of medical problem with your eyes adjusting to light, you should not tint your windows
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I went with all the pros and cons of tinting and decided to leave it clear. Most concerning argument is increased risk of a ticket and demerit points. No tint for me.
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I went with all the pros and cons of tinting and decided to leave it clear. Most concerning argument is increased risk of a ticket and demerit points. No tint for me.
This may come as a surprise to many people, but window film doesn’t have to be dark to perform. It can be almost invisible — giving you all the benefits of blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and heat, without the look of traditional dark window tint. Have a look at LLumar films:
https://northamerica.llumar.com/auto...ow-tint-series
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Well I looked it up and in ontario the new laws regarding tinting only apply to MY 2017+. So it's the same old "up to the police officer's discretion".

There's apparently a website for it... https://www.tinting-laws.com/canada/ontario/
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Well I looked it up and in ontario the new laws regarding tinting only apply to MY 2017+. So it's the same old "up to the police officer's discretion".

There's apparently a website for it... https://www.tinting-laws.com/canada/ontario/
Exactly. It's entirely up to the cops. I think I'm going to put the 300 toward professional 1 step paint correction including headlight and foglight buffing. There is a place in my town that does all that for $499.
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For the most part, cops are reasonable. If it's too dark they'll likely hassle you for it, maybe a fine. No demerits. No big deal.

You're not going to have a problem with 40%+. Essentially, they want your figure to be visible from the outside, to make eye contact with other drivers. Plenty of people tint their windows and it's fine. Just don't black everything out.
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