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Old 10-07-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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I am looking at a few Window Tint brands and wanted some input before I go purchase and install.

Here are the brands I am looking at:
Lexen
3M
Suntek

I am looking at window tint to preserve the interior from fade due to sunlight and heat. I also want it to block UV light and reduce temp in the interior of the car. Please let me know if you have positive personal experiences with these brands.

Note: The film I am looking at are either Carbon(leaning towards since they block the most about of UV) or Ceramic Film
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:22 PM   #2
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SunTek Carbon 18% here.

Same on my 2018 High Country Silverado.

Lifetime warranty. Zero complaints.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:12 PM   #3
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I like the 3M films - I have their Crystalline 40 on my LGT - performance of a ceramic (better, in some respects) but it's a multilayer film, so apparently easier to install. Most of the tint films will be excellent at UV blocking. Higher performance films have better heat rejection/IR rejection. Most manufacturers list the specs of their films - find one that does what you want at the darkness level and price point you want, then find an installer that has a good reputation that works with that film.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:34 PM   #4
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Any issue with bubbling or easy to scratch with 3M or Suntek? I have a good installer that deals with both. I'm just trying to get user feedback on the manufacturers/products.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:54 PM   #5
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I haven't had any issues with the 3M crystalline on my legacy or the 3M color stable I had on my old WRX - over 10 years on that car and almost 8 on this one. The 3M film comes with a lifetime warranty against that sort of thing, too.
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Any issue with bubbling or easy to scratch with 3M or Suntek? I have a good installer that deals with both. I'm just trying to get user feedback on the manufacturers/products.

No issues.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:52 PM   #7
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I have mine tinted with 3M (not sure which flavor) and have a light refraction/bending issue at night from headlights behind me. Seems to be due to the tint bending over the defrost strips. Anyone else have this problem? Not terrible...just annoying.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:02 PM   #8
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I use Rayno in my shop, they have one of the best warranties and the ceramic films aren't dyed (cough 3M).

S7 will net you ~ 75% IR rejection @ 30% visibility
S9 ~ 98.5% IR rejection @ 30% visibility.

Some installers will do the front windshield too, I don't recommend going over 70% visibility for that.

Food for thought
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:28 PM   #9
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That's an example of why I went with the Crystalline - 3M Crystalline 40 gives 97% IR reduction at 40% visibility (on the Rayno site, it says the S9-30 is 91% IR rejection) - I wasn't going for dark, I wanted IR/heat rejection! At the time, there weren't a whole lot of ceramic options around here - the crystalline gave better performance than the ceramic films! (the crystalline is a multi-layer (200, I think) polymer film - not a ceramic)
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:48 PM   #10
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I am definitely looking for heat rejection, that is why 3M and Suntek are my top choices right now. I have never heard of Rayno though.

In Texas, they do not allow front windshield being tinted or I would go for it.

Headlights refracting at night does not sound normal/good.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #11
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In Texas, they do not allow front windshield being tinted or I would go for it.
Some shops offer a clear ceramic film for the front windshield that blocks UV and IR. Not sure how effective it is, however. Research curns up mixed reviews but most of the bad ones are from like 5 or 6 years old. Improvements have likely been made
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:57 PM   #12
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Have ceramic all around on mine. 80% windshield and 20% everywhere else. The percentage of tint has no effect on the heat reflection ability, the 80 works just as well as the 20. I thought it was going to be better, to be honest.

Is it noticeable? Absolutely. If you park outside, and your car soaks in the sun for 8+ hours while you're at work? It'll be just as hot when you go out to it as if it didn't have any tint on it.

Would I opt for ceramic tint again? Ehhh. I dunno. Noticeable difference on not being able to feel as much heat from the sun when it shines through the windows while driving.
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