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Old 07-15-2005, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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want to get my windows tinted and was wondering how dark should i go?
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I've found that anything darker than 20% does hinder your ability to see at night.

Depending on what color your car is, 5% maybe look great.

What is the tint laws in your state? Some states wont allow darker than 35%, and some states like cali wont allow darker than 20% on front windows.
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i live in colorado and my car is red
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The darker you go the better it will look. The guy I bought my car from put 18% on rear windows, back, and front strip and 28% on door windows. But its old and has some small chips and bubbles so Im going to get it taken off and do it all 10%.
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In my state it is illegal to have any tint on the front windows. I went with 20% all around because I felt I could get away with -- and I do. The night visibility of 20% is not that much different than stock.
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i much should it cost me to tint my windows
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i much should it cost me to tint my windows
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from $30 DIY.....(please don't DIY!)
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Originally posted by Delmarco+Jul 16 2005, 04:12 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Delmarco @ Jul 16 2005, 04:12 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Justin318is@Jul 16 2005, 01:40 PM
i much should it cost me to tint my windows
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Delmarco is right, the DIY can be extremely hard. I've seen plenty of tint jobs that are shitty because the person who applied it did a bad job. Search around for the best job and go with them no matter the cost. Personally I ended up paying 200$ for a top notch job.
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The DIY is ridiculously hard on BMW's and in general, non-suv vehicles. We've DIY's it on a explorer and it was easy cheezy. Then ewe almost did a e46 and realize its very difficult to do the rear windows. $200-250 seems right. Get hookups and find it for like 150. The tint on the rear window MAY interfere with your AM transmitter. In order to rectify this you need to get a specific type of tint that is made of some different metals. Its a bit more costly.

I dont like it when people put differnt types of tint on. I say keep the same percentage all around.
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