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Front Window Tints

Anyone did their front window tints? How much was paid and what %? Was it worth it?
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Anyone did their front window tints? How much was paid and what %? Was it worth it?

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Costs vary based on shops and the tint you use. I would match the back window tint to make it look even. I placed very dark tint on my Camry and regretted it - at night it was not possible to see anything through the driver and passenger window. This was very dangerous when pedestrians are crossing the street and you are turning, trying to see curbs and other things in the road, etc. Spent a lot of time rolling down the front windows when turning. 30 - 40% is probably a good place to be. I think I went 15%. Bad choice.



Call a bunch of shops and price compare. In my area I have seen costs differ by over $100. Caveat Emptor however - you tend to get what you pay for.

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If you use Advanced Search you will find VERY detailed info regarding differnt tints and a number of people posting prices with different materials in different city/States.

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Don't go too dark on the front. Besides being illegal in some states, it make it hard to gesture to someone outside the car. To block out the IR heat from sun, darker doesn't mean better. 3M's ceramic coated tint actually works better when it's lighter tint. I installed tint on all side windows for security, not solar heat rejection. Tint film makes window breaking last more than 30 seconds, instead of 1 second.

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Don't go too dark on the front. Besides being illegal in some states, it make it hard to gesture to someone outside the car. To block out the IR heat from sun, darker doesn't mean better. 3M's ceramic coated tint actually works better when it's lighter tint. I installed tint on all side windows for security, not solar heat rejection. Tint film makes window breaking last more than 30 seconds, instead of 1 second.

Good points. A flip to that: in a local city near me where auto theft is massive (as is breaking into cars) dark tint windows makes it more likely a window will get smashed in to see if there is anything inside worth a snatch and grab. If the asshole can see inside and see there is nothing easy to grab then there is no reason to smash the window. More good reasons we agree on to avoid the dark tint in the front at least!

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Anyone did their front window tints? How much was paid and what %? Was it worth it?
I assume you talking about the driver and passenger side window, and not the windshield.

Tinting the windshield is illegal in all states unless you can get authorization from a doctor (risk of skin cancer, or eye issues, etc). But there are some very light ceramic tint films that can be put on a windshield and not be noticed by the police (about 80 VLT) that do a good job of blocking all UV rays. But if your state requires stickers to be placed on the inside of the windshield for inspections, registration, etc, it is not a good idea.

As already mentioned, tint laws vary wildly by state, so look them up on the internet for your state. If you live in area with fairly intense sunlight, a ceramic 35 VLT or higher (lighter) on the driver and passenger window would be good, but in CA, NY, and some other states the darkest allowed is 70 VLT.

If you go with a dye or charcoal tint film, you are not blocking much UV or solar radiation, and just making your windows darker. Ceramic tint film is the best for blocking solar radiation.
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I got 35% Formula 1 Pinnacle on the front windows. Cost was $150 if I recall correctly. One thing worth noting is that the factory rear window tint is just for SHOW, it does not block any heat. I did not know that when I tinted just my front windows.
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I assume you talking about the driver and passenger side window, and not the windshield.

Tinting the windshield is illegal in all states unless you can get authorization from a doctor (risk of skin cancer, or eye issues, etc). But there are some very light ceramic tint films that can be put on a windshield and not be noticed by the police (about 80 VLT) that do a good job of blocking all UV rays. But if your state requires stickers to be placed on the inside of the windshield for inspections, registration, etc, it is not a good idea.

As already mentioned, tint laws vary wildly by state, so look them up on the internet for your state. If you live in area with fairly intense sunlight, a ceramic 35 VLT or higher (lighter) on the driver and passenger window would be good, but in CA, NY, and some other states the darkest allowed is 70 VLT.

If you go with a dye or charcoal tint film, you are not blocking much UV or solar radiation, and just making your windows darker. Ceramic tint film is the best for blocking solar radiation.

Non-ceramic tint blocks a good amount of heat. It's not as good as ceramic,sure, but it is definitely an option if you are on a budget or don't want to spend too much on ceramics.
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Non-ceramic tint blocks a good amount of heat. It's not as good as ceramic,sure, but it is definitely an option if you are on a budget or don't want to spend too much on ceramics.
I think it mainly depends on where one lives. In northern climates, or where it is often cloudy, and when all that one is seeking is privacy, dyed or charcoal tint films may be fine. I wouldn't consider anything but ceramic in NV, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, or FL. Also high altitude semi-arid areas in states like CO, WY, UT, etc. Also depends on how often one parks outdoors in the sun.

The various tint laws in states (in terms of minimum VLT allowed), reflects the need for a high quality tint film.
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Funny you should ask. I just returned from a highly rated tint company here in Texas to see what they would charge me to tint the front windows. I asked if it would be possible to match the tint with that of the back doors and windows already have and was told that it would not be legal in my area, but that they could put a lighter tint on the front for 100.00. I was also quoted for a ceramic tint as well, which would run about 200.00, but would provide better sun resistance.

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I assume you talking about the driver and passenger side window, and not the windshield.

Tinting the windshield is illegal in all states unless you can get authorization from a doctor (risk of skin cancer, or eye issues, etc). But there are some very light ceramic tint films that can be put on a windshield and not be noticed by the police (about 80 VLT) that do a good job of blocking all UV rays. But if your state requires stickers to be placed on the inside of the windshield for inspections, registration, etc, it is not a good idea.

As already mentioned, tint laws vary wildly by state, so look them up on the internet for your state. If you live in area with fairly intense sunlight, a ceramic 35 VLT or higher (lighter) on the driver and passenger window would be good, but in CA, NY, and some other states the darkest allowed is 70 VLT.

If you go with a dye or charcoal tint film, you are not blocking much UV or solar radiation, and just making your windows darker. Ceramic tint film is the best for blocking solar radiation.

I had a clear film put on my windshield to help with heat reduction. It made a difference. As far as stickers attach them to a piece of clear window cling. It will peel off without harming the tint.
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Funny you should ask. I just returned from a highly rated tint company here in Texas to see what they would charge me to tint the front windows. I asked if it would be possible to match the tint the back doors and windows already have and was told that it would not be legal in my area, but that they could put a lighter tint on the front for 100.00. I was also quoted for a ceramic tint as well, which would run about 200.00, but would provide better sun resistance.
Texas allows a 25% VLT on the front side windows, which is plenty dark enough, even if it not quite as dark as the factory tints in the rear. Personally, I would not go below a 35% VLT on the front windows for safety reasons.
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I had a clear film put on my windshield to help with heat reduction. It made a difference. As far as stickers attach them to a piece of clear window cling. It will peel off without harming the tint.
I assume that was a 70-80% VLT film, that is very difficult to notice it is not actually clear.
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There maybe clear films with just more UV blockers, if I remember it right.
Mine is something like a 75-80% and it makes a significant difference in the SoCal sun.

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20% on the front two windows will match the factory rear tint.

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