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Hey guys! I haven't been on here in a while, but have recently started thinking I would like window tint on my car. However, every BMW I have seen looks terrible around the edge of the windows, especially the rear where those lilttle "paint bubbles" doesn't let the tint stick good and it appears to be a "white edge" around the windows. Is there a way to fix that? What color would look best on a black car with black interior? Black? I would appreciate the response. Thanks!

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the bubbles can be a problem and the bottom of the back window is tough too-but if you get into a good tint shop they should both be minimal. (i've got the same car and it turned out great.) and IMO definitely go black. also you'll want to stay away from dyed tints, they have a purple shade to them and they turn purple the fastest(all but a couple at least-i think 3m makes a film that doesn't go purple but i could be wrong.) i've got 20% dyed/metalized hybrid film on mine and i'm very happy with it. from the inside the film has a brown shade.
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There is a line of films called "Formula 1" and those are allegedly the highest quality. When I was thinking of tinting mine, I looked at a few cars done with that film, wiht the shade called Limo" which is the darkest and closest to my Black Saphirre Metallic Color. Those all looked nice and tight, even though some of them had had the tint on for over a year. However, it costs a bit more I guess, I got prices of around 180-250 form everywhere, but this one was around 500-700 for all 4 windows. 2 front sides, 2 rear sides and the rear one.

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I recently had my black 2000 328 w/black leather done and it looks great. It really pays to go to a good shop. The dot matrix is minimal. Mine was done in a black tint called charcoal. The installer recommended a tint that leaned toward the grey side, and it looked good, but it was a metallic film that would have knocked out my AM radio reception. He said the metallic holds up better though and wouldn't fade. I wasn't willing to give up the Yankees games in the summer time though. He did say that the other films were good too, better than they used to be. He gave me a lifetime warranty, it cost me $200.

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Thanks for the replys guys!

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I would definately tint the car 20% is good not to dark neither to light but that would be your preference on my bmw I have LLUMAR PP series 20 is the best for your leather interior. also go to your local stereo shop and ask them about the edges of the glass if they are good it would look good the trick is adding water and alcohol just on those edges when the film is laid on the rest of the glass is fine with soap and water is some work and they may charge you more but is worth it, the tint job would be good.I am a prof window tinter and have develope lots of tricks for high end cars.... Formula 1 by LLUMAR is good but they have the ART series with LLUMALOID wich is just about the same for less price.
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Um, any professional tinting place can do a good job.

Here is mine, it is 5% tint. Completely illegal in WI, since our tint limit is 35%.

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Not all the professional tint places do a good job, it take skills to do certain cars with attention to detail like the round edges and the black dots around the bmw glass most of the bmw jobs i've seen look cloudy or give the appearance that the tint is lifting from the glass on the dotted section.It is good to ask the installer if he can do some about the dotted area before the tint job.
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