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Old 01-29-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Window Tint Legality/Rear Defroster

I have a 2003 Focus and I dropped it off at a tint shop today.. I told the man to do a 25% tint all around (the legal in my state is 35%). I have two questions.

1. I know that I am putting 10% more than the legal limit, but will cops actually stop and check that? I would absolutely hate to have to rip all of it off.

2. Will using the rear defroster damage my tint? I read another thread on here where it said that it could, but another said that it wouldn't.

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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yes some cops will stop you and write you up, or some will make you tear it off.
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1. That really depends on how strict your police are. I've been darker than legal for almost 10 years and have never had an issue. I doubt they will pull you over for it but could tack on a ticket if they have you stopped already.

2. once again I have had tint on for almost 10 years and never had an issue with the defrost or the tint getting damaged.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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1. Depends on the cops, and no doubt their situation. Some will let it slide, some will happily nail you, some might only care when it's quota time or when they need an excuse. You're taking a chance. (Incidentally, your OP sounds like less than the limit. I assume you got the numbers reversed.)

2. No. I had window tint on my old Eclipse with a rear window defroster. The defroster itself never seemed to do any damage. The tint bubbled and looked awful eventually, but then, it often does, and did so on the sides as well. I would be more concerned about damage to the defroster wires, especially when you try to remove or replace the tint. (These weren't embedded in the glass, so just taking a razor blade to the window would have been a bad idea. I don't know how they're made on your Focus.)
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A cop really can't tell the difference between 25% to 35% there really isn't a way to measure that now if you were going to 5% then yeah that would be a major differences my old cars windows was pitch black and here in mi are fronts arent suppose to tinted run it like that for 5 years never once had a problem

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A cop really can't tell the difference between 25% to 35% there really isn't a way to measure that now if you were going to 5% then yeah that would be a major differences my old cars windows was pitch black and here in mi are fronts arent suppose to tinted run it like that for 5 years never once had a problem

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Totally incorrect.

Many police officers roll around with devices in their cars that they can put on your side windows and it will give a digital readout of the darkness of your tint. I was passenger in a tinted escort that got pulled over and the officer put one of those on his side windows and wrote him an additional ticket on the spot for being 10% too dark.

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I wish I didn't go to Chicago so often. I'd like to get tint on mine but they ticket $200 there for having tint on front windows.


I think 35% is good enough imo. Could be a plus for night time driving too.
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I don't think you'd get pulled over for JUST tint - maybe they'd give you a hard time about it as a sort of "by the way" thing if you were pulled over for something else more severe, like speeding or some other moving violation. In my province, you're not supposed to have tint on the front windows, but I do and have never gotten in trouble for it. It is only 35% though. As for the rear windscreen, I left it alone because I had the same concerns as you.
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tint is worth the risk of looking good against a ticket. chances are youre not going to get pulled over. never had a problem, same with alot of others. i say go for it
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Thank you all for your information, especially whimsicalpouch2.. I needed a little bit of justification for this! I'm sure I won't have a problem, as my brother has driven a car with 20% tint for about a decade now. Thanks!
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