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Northern Virginia Window Tinting?

I have a new E92 and would like to get the windows tinted.

Can anyone recommend a place in the area (I'm in Leesburg, VA) and also recommend a brand of tint? :dunno:

I've searched the forum, but I get a bit confused regarding the different tints.

I want to be within the law but I also want it to look good and protect my black leather.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I have a new E92 and would like to get the windows tinted.

Can anyone recommend a place in the area (I'm in Leesburg, VA) and also recommend a brand of tint? :dunno:

I've searched the forum, but I get a bit confused regarding the different tints.

I want to be within the law but I also want it to look good and protect my black leather.

Thanks in advance!
I had mine done several weeks ago by LA Tint in Manassas, they did a pretty good installation job using the Pinnacle Series ceramic film.

The bad news.... I recently noticed a vertical scratch :mad: on my driver's side window. I called them back and he said unfortunately they will not warranty scratches caused by the window or dirt that gets trapped in the window channel.

Do a search on window tint...you should find some more valuable information there.
 

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Thanks, I think I'll schedule an appointment at their Sterling location and see what my options are.
 

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I've had 5 cars done at LA Tint in Sterling. They are fantastic, especially at getting the tint to lay flat around the little dots on the edge of the back window. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
 

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Depends how dark you want it. I wanted mine pretty dark, so i got HP Solar Guard or something like that. I got 13% in he back and 22% in front. Remember though, the way it looks depends on the color of your car and interior. My car is white, so the tint looks super dark, just how i like it. Also, if you get the same tint all around, the back will look lighter.
I got the lighter tint on front windows, but it looks identical to the back, because dark tint in a back makes front tint look darker.
 

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My E92 is Space Gray. I was thinking that I want all the windows to have a consistent tint, but I don't want it to look too dark.
 

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My E92 is Space Gray. I was thinking that I want all the windows to have a consistent tint, but I don't want it to look too dark.
Space Gray is darker, so you will have less contrast, which will make your tint look a little lighter.
Black interior would balance it out i guess. Go to a tint shop (make sure you go the one that has been recommended by more than 1 person).

I went to Alvin O's in San Diego and the guys there were incredibly cool. They gave me a tour of their shop, showed me the cars they are working on, pictures of cars they did, showed me bunch of tint stencils, explained the entire process and made some recommendations. They did not try to up-sell anything and even recommended a lighter tint than what I originally wanted (they explained the entire contrast concept and how it works on different cars). In my opinion great customer service like that is a sign of a legit shop that stands behind their work.

So my suggestion is to go to the shop and see what they have to offer and chose the one that works for you.

EDIT: Check out this thread right here. I am VERY glad that I did...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114749&highlight=tint+devil
 

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Space Gray is darker, so you will have less contrast, which will make your tint look a little lighter.
Black interior would balance it out i guess. Go to a tint shop (make sure you go the one that has been recommended by more than 1 person).

I went to Alvin O's in San Diego and the guys there were incredibly cool. They gave me a tour of their shop, showed me the cars they are working on, pictures of cars they did, showed me bunch of tint stencils, explained the entire process and made some recommendations. They did not try to up-sell anything and even recommended a lighter tint than what I originally wanted (they explained the entire contrast concept and how it works on different cars). In my opinion great customer service like that is a sign of a legit shop that stands behind their work.

So my suggestion is to go to the shop and see what they have to offer and chose the one that works for you.

EDIT: Check out this thread right here. I am VERY glad that I did...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114749&highlight=tint+devil
Wow!! That is scary. It looks like LA Tint here in Sterling is the place to go. I'll go there and see some samples and talk to them about what will work best and look best on my car with Space Gray and Black Leather.

It was 77 degrees today and the interior was very hot when I left work. Unfortunately I have to park outside at work. :cry:
 

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I've had 5 cars done at LA Tint in Sterling. They are fantastic, especially at getting the tint to lay flat around the little dots on the edge of the back window. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
So let me get this right it is possible to tint the back window and not have it look like crap? What's the secret? The dot matrix on my rear window looks terrible after the tint, going next week to see what can be done.
 

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So let me get this right it is possible to tint the back window and not have it look like crap? What's the secret? The dot matrix on my rear window looks terrible after the tint, going next week to see what can be done.
Yes, it is really hard to get dot matrix done right. I've seen some tint "jobs" where the film was cut not to overlap with dot matrix. It looked RETARDED!

Anyway, if your tint just got put on give it a week, it will get better. Then go back to the shop and they would go over those areas again to make it stick.
Mine did not look all that great when i picked the car up, but 24 hours later it is getting better.
 

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Yes, it is really hard to get dot matrix done right. I've seen some tint "jobs" where the film was cut not to overlap with dot matrix. It looked RETARDED!

Anyway, if your tint just got put on give it a week, it will get better. Then go back to the shop and they would go over those areas again to make it stick.
Mine did not look all that great when i picked the car up, but 24 hours later it is getting better.
Ditto. If the job is done correctly, the tint should be flat around the dots within a day or two. If not, you should take it back to have them try again.
 

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Have you guys had any problems with radio reception. That is if you listen to the AM radio. I was told by my Center that I might have a hard time receiving AM stations if I tint my windows.
 

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Have you guys had any problems with radio reception. That is if you listen to the AM radio. I was told by my Center that I might have a hard time receiving AM stations if I tint my windows.
From my understanding the non-metallized, ceramic film will not cause any problems with reception.
 

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From my understanding the non-metallized, ceramic film will not cause any problems with reception.
That is an important factor for me. I mostly listen to Sirius, but I often listen to AM Sports Talk radio on the way home from work. I can't lose AM reception.
 

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Thanks for the advice and recommendations!!

I just stopped by LA Tint in Sterling and made an appointment for next week to have Pinnacle 35 installed. Hopefully they'll do as good a job on my car as they did for you guys. :)
 

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make sure they give you a warranty card with a tint roll # afterwards.
Thanks!! I will. Obviously I would not have known to do that. So that is good to know. :thumbup:
 

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I got my Jetta done at LA Tint in Sterling two years ago. The initial quality was flawless. To this day, there has been no separation or change in color; looks like it did the day it was done.

The guys there were kind of assholes about it. When I went in to inspect their work I said it "looks pretty good." One of them snapped back, completely serious, "it looks great!" as though I'd insulted him by calling it just "good." But the work is what matters.
 

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Can anyone recommend a good window tint shop around the Annapolis, Maryland area? I see a few but I would really like some recommendations before I get work done.

Thanks!!
 
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