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Old 12-13-2012, 09:07 AM   #4176
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I'm not too worried about looks. I can do 20% everywhere but the front windshield, but I don't know if I want to go that dark.

And I would take E85 over any level of tint 100% of the time
IMO, 20% is too dark all around. 35% sounds about right to me. Plus an eyebrow on the windshield (@5-15%). I'm not gonna tint though; I like the look of clear glass.

So would I! Too bad upstate NY has neither -_-
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:21 AM   #4177
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So far I've heard that 50% is too dark and that 20% is too light and everything in between. It is really all over the place. I'm still not really sure...
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:41 AM   #4178
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So far I've heard that 50% is too dark and that 20% is too light and everything in between. It is really all over the place. I'm still not really sure...
Haha I know, I've seen the differences in posts. It's all opinion of course (hence the IMO).

Why're you tinting, if not for looks? Looking for extra attention from the law?
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:46 AM   #4179
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To block the sun. Lol. Isn't that the point?
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:47 AM   #4180
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Ladies and gentlemen, up next xluben's 2011 WRX 5 Door Build Thread: 20G-XT-R and E85, musical tints!

Hey, you already did it with exhausts, why not?

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:48 AM   #4181
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If you could sell tint for the same price or more than you bought it for and labor was free, then I probably would.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #4182
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Why're you tinting, if not for looks? Looking for extra attention from the law?
Really?
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #4183
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Ben, I'm rocking 20% all around and love it. I don't have any issues at night, I don't get pulled over by the cops, and it keeps the car from getting too hot. My wife's car we did at 35%. It looks darker because it is on a DGM, but there is a noticeable difference in temp when getting in my car verses her car on a hot summer day. Personally, I'd shoot between these two %'s. I don't really see much need to go any darker than 20%.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #4184
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Really?
Yeah, it's kind of ridiculous the thought process some people use when modifying their cars...

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Ben, I'm rocking 20% all around and love it. I don't have any issues at night, I don't get pulled over by the cops, and it keeps the car from getting too hot. My wife's car we did at 35%. It looks darker because it is on a DGM, but there is a noticeable difference in temp when getting in my car verses her car on a hot summer day. Personally, I'd shoot between these two %'s. I don't really see much need to go any darker than 20%.
Yeah, I'm looking at something in that range. Being too hot isn't really that big of a concern to me. Even with no tint it's usually not too horrible in MN.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:46 AM   #4185
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Longest run I've seen on ur thread I totally agree with between 20 and 35 but you have said u don't want it too dark so I would still say 35 as it was like 3 pages ago. Ps whoever told you 50 was too dark doesn't like tint because its actually almost clear
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #4186
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Longest run I've seen on ur thread I totally agree with between 20 and 35 but you have said u don't want it too dark so I would still say 35 as it was like 3 pages ago. Ps whoever told you 50 was too dark doesn't like tint because its actually almost clear
I did, and I like dark tint I just explained a situation that made it difficult to see at night. It's more from glare rather than the density of the tint.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:16 PM   #4187
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Well I have a dgm car and black leather and I dont really have trouble at night with 20%, I think if you have 50% there is no reason for the tint at all its basically just as clear as the own window
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #4188
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I did 35% LLumar film on my PBP, mostly b/c it is the legal limit in IL, and b/c I didn't want it to be too dark on the purple. It's dark enough that you can't see in unless you really get up close, and not too dark where you can't see out well at night.

The appearance of your car is subtle, which is why I'd choose 35% for it instead of going too dark.

http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n...1%20WRX%20STI/

If you find a good shop to do your tint, they should be able to put different pieces up to compare the look on your car. That is what my guy did for me.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:34 PM   #4189
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Well I have a dgm car and black leather and I dont really have trouble at night with 20%, I think if you have 50% there is no reason for the tint at all its basically just as clear as the own window
Incorrect. Even at 50%, a good film will reduce a substantial amount of UV light entering the vehicle and will most certainly keep the car cooler as compared to no film.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #4190
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I did 35% LLumar film on my PBP, mostly b/c it is the legal limit in IL, and b/c I didn't want it to be too dark on the purple. It's dark enough that you can't see in unless you really get up close, and not too dark where you can't see out well at night.
I have 15% and can see into my car easily if its light out. Unless you have the windshield tinted then you can see in easily with 20%. I think xluben should get 20-30%
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:20 PM   #4191
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Incorrect. Even at 50%, a good film will reduce a substantial amount of UV light entering the vehicle and will most certainly keep the car cooler as compared to no film.
Not talking effectiveness of uv and temp talking about being able to see in and out while driving day and night as is the comparable debate happening on the thread
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:45 PM   #4192
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The darkness, of density, of the tint isn't what reduces heat really, it's more the reflective coating and material. That's why good ceramic film is best at heat reduction.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:04 PM   #4193
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To block the sun. Lol. Isn't that the point?
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Not talking effectiveness of uv and temp talking about being able to see in and out while driving day and night as is the comparable debate happening on the thread
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:28 PM   #4194
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I used to have 20% on a car, didn't like it because it was so dark at night. Got 35% on another car and that was better. I'm having 40% put on my WRX when it goes to the body shop to get fixed.

The color of your interior also matters. Tint will look darker with the black interior.





And OMG, why the f*** do people say 'tints'?? That irks me more than anything on car forums. It's window tint. Tint.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #4195
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Really?
I mean, some people tint their windows for looks. I'm sure there....never mind
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:43 PM   #4196
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Yeah, it's kind of ridiculous the thought process some people use when modifying their cars...
I was joking! I only have an 'eyebrow' on the car, and it's solely for blocking morning sun on my commute. The very last thing I would want is cop and/or inspection problems
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #4197
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Well, I am still very undecided. Lots of conflicting opinions...
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:22 PM   #4198
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Well, I am still very undecided. Lots of conflicting opinions...
I'd say if you want to stick with the same tint darkness all around then 35% would be perfect based on what you've said so far about how you don't like it really dark. I had the first setup in my old car and it was great but I moved to a place where no tint is allowed on the front door windows so I had to pull it off.

If you are ok with different darknesses front to back and you think 35% is still too dark for your front door windows (I don't think it is) then I'd say go 50% front, 20% back doors/rear side windows and 5% in the back hatch. This is what I had on my WRX but got pulled over for 50% tint on the front door windows (which is super light, but it helped knock down the difference in darkness between the front doors and back doors). Now I have no tint on the front doors and I hate how it looks but I'm not taking the rest of it off now.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:30 PM   #4199
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If you want to look into in Xluben, the place I had mine done uses a tint called Solargard Ultra Performance. This is one of the highest performing films in the industry. Infused with ceramic and utalizing nano-partical technology this film guarantees the highest reduction of heat. It also looks darker from the outside but when looking out looks a lot lighter than when looking in. The ceramic particles react with the sun causing them to darken during the day but at night actually cause the material to lighten up a bit. It's a pretty neat material, it looks like a 20-25% from the outside but when tested shows 35%.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #4200
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Well, I am still very undecided. Lots of conflicting opinions...
If you're concerned with it being 'too dark', I would go with 35% all around. I have 20% on my doors and it does get a bit too dark to see out the windows at times. Especially when driving back roads and neighborhoods at night with no street lights.
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