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Old 10-29-2009, 07:32 PM   #76
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I have 35% on the front, and 5% on the back, but I also have a Legacy, so idk if this applies. Got stopped 3 days after I got it done though, apparently 70% is as dark as you can have in IA.
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:29 PM   #77
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Realize many factors effect how your tint looks during the day.

If it's sunny out, my 35% looks non existant.

If it's darker and/or if it rains, it looks about twice as dark.

Either way, in dark and rainy weather, it will all look dark.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:33 AM   #78
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5% on the back and 15% on the front windows (which is illegal where i live)
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:33 AM   #79
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:49 PM   #80
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Here's mine, 10% all the way around. It's some new kind of tint that when you look through it it's definitely lighter. But from the outside looks almost black!

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Old 05-11-2010, 06:18 PM   #81
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Does anyone have right at 30% or 35% metallic film on a dark gray or black car? Trying to figure out how the it would look.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:12 PM   #82
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35% all round..tinted by leeberbs in 2005 still looking awesome!

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Old 05-11-2010, 07:21 PM   #83
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^ Beautiful car. Surprised that with all those other goodies on it you didn't paint the sideskirts lol
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:25 PM   #84
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i keep them black to annoy everyone who thinks they should be painted. :-P


seriously tho..i never did cuz i know at this point, they would have been painted 17 times due to all the crap i drive thru

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Old 05-11-2010, 08:11 PM   #85
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35 front 15 back 15 across top


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Old 05-11-2010, 08:14 PM   #86
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any black or dark colored cars in general with 18ish tint?
trying to make up my mind.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:15 PM   #87
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i keep them black to annoy everyone who thinks they should be painted. :-P


seriously tho..i never did cuz i know at this point, they would have been painted 17 times due to all the crap i drive thru
it goes well with the front lip of the car i like :tup:
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #88
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Here's your tint gentlemen............................15% all around and 30% on the front windshield.




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Old 05-11-2010, 09:15 PM   #89
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/\/\ Tinted windshields are gangsta! Good luck if and when you get into an accident and your insurance drops you. Damn Hack tinters. But then again.. youre in Florida. Hack central.

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Old 05-11-2010, 11:34 PM   #90
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20% all around.


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Old 05-11-2010, 11:36 PM   #91
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i had to look twice at the thread title. I got a little excited at first haha.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:53 PM   #92
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/\/\ Tinted windshields are gangsta! Good luck if and when you get into an accident and your insurance drops you. Damn Hack tinters. But then again.. youre in Florida. Hack central.

If you can't see through a 30% windshield then you are too blind to even drive a car.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:54 PM   #93
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35% on the windshield with a 5% bar. 5% on the back windows and rear
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:28 AM   #94
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Here's mine, mirror tint!



Going to do the front windows at the end of the year. Along with double stack the tinting, if possible, at top of the front windshield. It will stay the size it is right now,same size, just want it darker. Mainly since I sit so low, I don't really look through that part of the windshield anymore.

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Old 05-12-2010, 01:09 AM   #95
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For search purposes: 2010 swp sedan 20% tint front / back / windshield strip



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Old 05-12-2010, 01:26 AM   #96
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I'm debating on getting like a 50-60% windshield tint, but heard that's illegal?

I want to save the stress for heat and prevent fading my interior.

Also, how much more did you all have to pay to go past the legal limit?
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:46 AM   #97
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Windshield tint is illegal almost everywhere as far as I know, however I have seen it done well and it is really hard to tell that it is there. It's a good look for some cars, but not my style.

As far as paying extra to go below legal....? why would you? Unless the shop is trying to rip you off I don't see why they would charge more.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:07 AM   #98
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I'm debating on getting like a 50-60% windshield tint, but heard that's illegal?

I want to save the stress for heat and prevent fading my interior.

Also, how much more did you all have to pay to go past the legal limit?
Smoke: for info on when you're pushing legal tint limits: quick google search: http://www.tintlaws.com/
or specifically: http://www.tintlaws.com/laws/WA/

Been looking for myself what's legal and what's not as I'm looking into tinting to keep my black interior black and cool during the sunny days. Also wondering if it would end up being a disadvantage to go beyond legal if I were to sell or if the state were to change it's laws.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:38 AM   #99
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Front windshield tint is illegal in all states. You should not have to pay extra at a shop, they will just have to have at least a verbal acknowledgement that it is illegal. It will sound more expensive though, but that's just because it is such a large piece of tint. I posted pics of mine a little above btw.
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:40 AM   #100
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Default How do you get away with illegal tinting?

Thanks for all the pictures. This has been a helpful thread.

I see many of the recommendations on going with tint that is darker than the legal limit. In NC, checking the tint is part of the yearly inspection, when they check the emissions as well. I found out the hardway, when I purchased a van from Florida--our van failed the NC state state inspection as the front windows were too dark. We had to strip the tint from the front windows and have the vehicle reinspected. Mind you, I felt it was too dark for driving at night or if it was raining very heavily.

Do most states not check the tint during yearly inspections? Or, do I need to even ask how you are able to get away with the darker tints (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, ...).

In NC, passenger vehicles (including wagons that are classified as passenger vehicles) are limited to 35% all around (0 tint allowed on frt windshield)--SUV's, vans, etc. have the 35% limit on front windows, but there are no restrictions on all 'back' windows. This is one time when I wish my WRX wagon was classified as an SUV as I would like to have the rear windows at 15%-20%.

Mind you, with the advent of the ceramic tints, it makes the excuse that you are attempting to reduce heat a non-issue, albeit, you pay for it. For all 7 windows in my wagon:
- basic tint is $250 (limited warrantee (1-3 yrs??)
- life-time warrantee tint is $300
- ceramic tint (life-time warrantee) is $350

I haven't asked about the strip across the window shield or having my sunroof tinted... Mind you, this person has a strong reputation in our area (e.g., he does the tinting for the local Infiniti dealership).
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