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Old 08-31-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Questions on Window Tint brands

Hey guys,

In preparation for my impending Focus purchase (cross your fingers I don't get bait and switched again at the dealership!), I'm looking for window tint.

So far, I'm thinking of doing the following with the following brands, but please PLEASE chime in if you think I'm doing it wrong or could achieve the same quality with a different brand.

Primary Goal: Heat reduction
Secondary Goal: Sunlight reduction


Front Windshield: 3M Crystalline CR 90 - TSER 34% [not technically allowed....]
Rest of Car: SunTek CXP 65 - TSER 44%

Yes, they're on the lighter side, but I've never had tints before and I don't know how comfortable I'd be during night time driving, especially without a backup camera in the car (at least until that gets installed).

I'm mainly concerned about the SunTek CXP 65. Not sure if that's a reputable line or the like, but I the specs on that seem pretty decent (65% light transmission with 44% heat rejection). Can't cost more than the Crystalline, that's for sure, but I also don't want to pay too much for these tints since the 3M will be eating the majority of my budget.

Essentially, for everything but the windshield, I'd like the tint to be: inexpensive, light (as in more light to pass through), good TSER:lightness ratio, and not interfere with GPS, phone.

Any suggestions?

EDIT: If not a Crystalline 90 level for windshield, maybe a completely clear film that can still decently block heat?


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Old 08-31-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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Don't tint your windshield. That's always a bad idea. There's a reason they tint just the top strip (or in our case, apply those opaque dots to the section between the visors).

If the sun is low enough for you to be below the visor, wear sunglasses and/or a hat with the bill the way it's supposed to be.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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Don't tint your windshield. That's always a bad idea. There's a reason they tint just the top strip (or in our case, apply those opaque dots to the section between the visors).

If the sun is low enough for you to be below the visor, wear sunglasses and/or a hat with the bill the way it's supposed to be.
I picked the lightest tint I could find at the Crystalline 90. Is there a reason that you'd recommend not tinting?

I'm mainly concerned about heat rejection, not so much light blockage on the windshield. The windshield is the largest area where heat can enter, so I'd think that stopping heat from entering from that location should be a good idea.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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I say go with 50%, meets all the requirements that your looking for and is barely noticeable. Understand the liability that comes with tinting a windshield though. I have mine at 35%, for Florida it's perfect for me.
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Just depends where you live and how dangerously you wanted to live. Its all personal preference. Once more people read you will see that 20% and 30% is where most people are at. But I have heard that california has some strict rules. IF you planned on doing the whole windshield maybe do like a 60 or 70 percent so it isn't as obvious. Your heat rejection on such high percent tint isn't going to amount to anything. Probably won't even feel a difference.
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I say go with 50%, meets all the requirements that your looking for and is barely noticeable. Understand the liability that comes with tinting a windshield though. I have mine at 35%, for Florida it's perfect for me.
If you are ever in an accident and you have that illegal window tint then they can use that against you.
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The department of transportation "DOT" says that you can apply a protective coating as long as the total VLT doesn't go darker than 70%. As long as you use a film that has a VLT of 90% or higher then you will still be legal. According to DOT laws you can have window tint on your front windshield.

Currently the only film you can use to meet federal laws for the front windshield is Crystalline 90%. All newer cars have a very light tint to the windshield, usually 77% to 80%. If you put anything darker than 90% you will not meet federal laws.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:47 AM   #8
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Looks like 3M Crystalline CR 90 is the "lightest" I can find on the market. Anyone know of anything "lighter"?
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CA state law forbids tinted windshields, and tint laws in CA are strongly enforced.

And if you're not using 3M Crystalline with the lifetime warranty on all your other windows, you are making a mistake. I had this on my '07 Focus, as well as my current '13 Focus. In the seven years I had it on my '07, it never chipped, faded peeled, or bubbled.

And living at altitude, (5000+ft), the sun is way more intense then at sea level.
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