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Old 07-23-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Installed 80% tint, want to go darker

Last year, I Llumar Air Blue 80 installed for maximum visibility and strong heat rejection. I think it was around $400. Part of the reason I wanted to keep the tint such a light color is because other people were going to be using the car after I was "done" with it several years down the road and dark tints would be difficult for them. Plus, I wouldn't be bothered by police.

That won't be happening anymore, so now I'm trying to figure out if it's worth going back to the installer guy (highly reputed in my area) and swapping out, or adding another layer of tint on top of what I have.

This is the first car I've had with tints, so I'm not really sure how it works.

Can a new layer of tint be added on to a current layer? I'm thinking no since the tint would likely require glass to adhere to, but who knows.

The Air Blue 80 was $400 installed, and the specs say that it performs like a 45-50% tint (excellent in my book for something so light).

If I have to tear it completely off and then add another set of tints of equal repute to get similar performance, it's probably not worth it, but if I can apply a layer on top of the 80s for a cheap, but darker (maybe 40%) tint, then it might be worth it if I can get it for $100 ($200 max).

What do you guys think?


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Old 07-27-2015, 07:15 AM   #2
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Can a new layer of tint be added on to a current layer? I'm thinking no since the tint would likely require glass to adhere to, but who knows.

What do you guys think?

YES,......
You can add layers to your current tint/film.

Not the best way to do it,.....but it CAN be done.


FWIW,...
I use to tint professionally years ago, BUT,... I have since given it up.
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What are local laws on tinting? I think in Minnesota your car would be illegal already.
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I bought a car with 50% on it and want to go darker. My tint guy said he will take the old tint off the whole car for $100. I haven't done it yet because the new tint will cost another $150 on top of that. This is regular tint, the good stuff is double that at around $300.
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In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an administration within the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), specifies a minimum of 70% VLT for window tinting on the windshield and the windows to the immediate left and right of the driver for commercial vehicles (the DOT does not regulate private vehicles).

The DOT does not specify any VLT requirements for rear windows. State law may regulate laws for private vehicles and may go further than the requirements those set forth by the DOT; private vehicles may have tint on the windows to the immediate left and right of the driver as dark as 20 percent VLT.
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