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Old 08-19-2003, 01:57 AM   #1
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Default Tint options that don't blow reception.

I realize the STi needs a non-metallic tint or else the stereo reception gets jacked up. However, the only non-metallic tint I could find that comes with a lifetime, non-fading warranty is 3M, but that only comes in flat black. I would like to see something with some shine to it on my WRB STi.
My 3M tint installer said that we could use a metallic tint on the side windows, and even half of the rear window, but then just cover the antenae area with the non-metallic true black tint, and it definitely would not affect the reception. Here's the question.
Is that true? I can't live with bad reception. So does anybody know if the entire antenae can be surrounded by metallic tint, but be unaffected as long as the tint that actually touches it is non-metallic?
C'mon, please help a fellow STi owner out if you can. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2003, 08:03 AM   #2
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does the regular WRX have the integrated antenna now? If so, this question might already have been answered in the dress up or car audio forum.

Thanks for posting it, though, becase I was just about to order metallized tint without even thinking about it.
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Old 08-19-2003, 09:20 AM   #3
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I thought Llumar was metal free. It has never affected radio reception in any of the cars I have been in with that tint.

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Old 08-19-2003, 09:22 AM   #4
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most of their films are metallized. If your previous cars had conventional antennae, you would never know the difference. Only the ones with the antenna printed on the rear window would be affected.
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Old 08-19-2003, 09:24 AM   #5
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I know, the cars I'm talking about all have the antenna in the rear window.
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Old 08-19-2003, 09:25 AM   #6
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ok, that could be a good datapoint. I'm going to email a manufacturer and see if it's a problem.
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Old 08-19-2003, 10:35 AM   #7
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So, is it true that you can surround the antenna with metallic tint but as long as the tint that actually contacts the antenna is non-metallic then reception will be unaffected?
That would make it possible to have the look you want, without ruining your reception.
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Old 08-19-2003, 11:13 AM   #8
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The metal layer in the tint is buried in non-metal layers. It's not an issue of the tint shorting out the metal leads, or the window defrosters wouldn't work either.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:53 PM   #9
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the reply:

I've experienced slight problems with the AM frequency, but not FM.

Thanks,

Amy Wade
Gila Window Films/CPFilms, Inc.
PO Box 5068
Martinsville, VA 24115
Phone: 800.528.1290 x.3546
Fax: 276.627.3012
www.gilafilms.com


they're a Llumar distributor, I believe.
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