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06-13-2013 07:47 PM
gatmog Oops! I have 35% tint all around on mine which puts me right around 23% visible.

VA law is 35% with a medical exemption form (50 front 35 rear otherwise).

No wonder my tint looks so darn dark lol
06-13-2013 07:26 PM
mishka your right it is visible. i got everything tinted with a windshield strip. the rest of the windshield is still tinted from the factory. you can tell when you look out the window with the glass down and compare it to looking through the windshield.
06-13-2013 04:26 PM
ptbish
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Originally Posted by Ox-y-GenIII View Post
They have a UV solar tint only. Not a visible darkness to it. I bought 32% tint for my car and when pulled over it measured 28% if that matters. Either a flux in the tint itself or the stock windows are tinted very slightly to about 96% (or 4% from 100% visibility).
Not to be contrary, but there absolutely is a visible tint on 2013SE, with basic equip package. Perhaps it varies.
06-13-2013 04:11 PM
ptbish oops
02-12-2013 09:47 AM
1badgmc
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So , since they told me it would be 38% , since I wanted it legal, should I ask them to meter it and if it's too low re-do it? I was hoping to avoid being hassled by cops. But if you're saying that even if it were 38% that a cop's meter might read it lower anyways?
A cop's meter might read it lighter too. Your laws are 35%. Your tint is an estimated ~30% or so. It could meter a little lighter or even a little darker, but either way, in the odd chance that you do get stopped for tint, if you metered 30% the cop is probably going to let you go. I've had a car metered at 17% here in Texas where the law is 25% and was just given a warning, and that was by a State Trooper aka Texas Tint Nazis.

Cops who do a lot of tint stops get good at spotting tint that looks too dark and if yours is between 30-35%, you likely won't ever even be stopped for it.

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On the other hand I see people driving around with glass like black holes and they aren't being pulled over.
Not that you've seen. I drove with limo tint on everything I owned for many years. I got stopped many times and paid a good bit of money in tickets, but it didn't deter me for a long time and I kept on going with it.
02-12-2013 09:28 AM
mishka
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Just keep in mind that tint percentages are more of an approximation than an exact science. You can take 2 rolls of the same film from the same manufacturer and end up with them being different by a percentage point or two just from variables in the dyeing process. The same can be said for the actual glass. I always use 70% as the number for clear glass. It's usually +/- a few percentage points of 70. Even different meters can read the tint differently. I've had a car metered by 3 different cops, all on the same tint job, within weeks of each other and ended up with 3 different readings.
So , since they told me it would be 38% , since I wanted it legal, should I ask them to meter it and if it's too low re-do it? I was hoping to avoid being hassled by cops. But if you're saying that even if it were 38% that a cop's meter might read it lower anyways?

On the other hand I see people driving around with glass like black holes and they aren't being pulled over.
02-12-2013 09:10 AM
1badgmc Just keep in mind that tint percentages are more of an approximation than an exact science. You can take 2 rolls of the same film from the same manufacturer and end up with them being different by a percentage point or two just from variables in the dyeing process. The same can be said for the actual glass. I always use 70% as the number for clear glass. It's usually +/- a few percentage points of 70. Even different meters can read the tint differently. I've had a car metered by 3 different cops, all on the same tint job, within weeks of each other and ended up with 3 different readings.
02-12-2013 09:01 AM
mishka I guess I should have done the math, however I figured I would trust them because I assumed there was some other variable/s to account for other than % tint, for example, thickness or something else.
In that case I will ask them if they can even out the eyebrow strip. They also said they can take a look at the rear flaps install, my lamin-x brake tint kit install, and my window rain deflector kit install. He said they could put in the brake tint I have for $20 for each brake (seems like a bit much). Although I can probly do the rain deflectors myself.
02-12-2013 08:28 AM
1badgmc
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Looks great so far, only thing I noticed is the strip's alignment is about 1mm too high on the driver's AS-1 line and about 1mm too low on the passenger's AS-1. It might be the AS-1's are off, I haven't measured mine yet. If they are not I might go back in to get it adjusted.
I'm sure your AS-1 marks are even. It's really not hard to end up with a slightly crooked eyebrow.

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wouldn't it be .67 * .45 = .3015?
Yes. ~30%
02-12-2013 08:02 AM
1rkRAGE wouldn't it be .67 * .45 = .3015?
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