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Re: Window Tinting

Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:18 pm

mdh wrote:I live in south bay area. Is $270 a good price for tint for the four doors and back?


$270 is a super deal. But, it's all about which brand of film you use.

I went to Jeff at Auto Image in Belmont. He specializes in 3M Crystalline applications.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/auto-image-wind ... -belmont-2

I did 3M Crystalline 50 allround and 3M Crystalline 70 on the windshield for $550. I read and learnt that the 3M film was more expensive and harder to apply than the other brands. I shopped around and Jeff's quote was the most honest and fair priced. The were other places which quoted me ridiculous prices.

Anyways, my Leaf stays very cool and the AC does not work hard at all. This film does an excellent job in blocking out IR heat from the sun. I don't feel the burning sensation at all whilst in the sun.

The only thing I don't know is how it compares to ceramic film in heat retention during winter, when the opposite happens, i.e. you want to keep the heat inside the car.

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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:06 pm

TomT wrote:Nope, it is a being cheap thing... Many cars in the U.S. come with factory tint. Our Acura, for example, has a heavy tint in the rear and hatch windows, and a tint band across the top of the windshield.

mwalsh wrote:I'm just now reminded that Euro cars had factory tint. Not all that dark, but still.....kinda bugs me that we're having to pay for ours. Must be a DOT thing.

It's not being cheap, there is some sort of outdated federal regulation that prevents cars from having darkened windows. Trucks, SUVs, Vans (incl minivans) have different regulations. Some of the hatchbacks you see out there that you would think are cars are actually classified as multi-purpose vehicles which allows them to have darkened windows.

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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:13 pm

That being the case, how come my BMW 4 door sedan also came from the factory with it on the three rear windows?

DTB wrote:It's not being cheap, there is some sort of outdated federal regulation that prevents cars from having darkened windows. Trucks, SUVs, Vans (incl minivans) have different regulations. Some of the hatchbacks you see out there that you would think are cars are actually classified as multi-purpose vehicles which allows them to have darkened windows.
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:15 pm

Does anyone have pictures of a silver Leaf with tinted windows? :)
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:36 pm

kmp647 wrote:Does anyone have pictures of a silver Leaf with tinted windows? :)


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Same side, different angle. (and yes someone is sitting in the passenger seat... can barely see them at this angle)
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I think it looks WAY better than without the tint, and with the TSER (total solar energy rejection) rating of 53% and 56%, I'll save energy by not having to run the AC as much.



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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:41 pm

Thank you!

Your car looks great,

I will be going for the same type look

First car I have ever tinted

Have to agree Nissan should include this at least in the SL pack
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:38 pm

TomT wrote:That being the case, how come my BMW 4 door sedan also came from the factory with it on the three rear windows?

DTB wrote:It's not being cheap, there is some sort of outdated federal regulation that prevents cars from having darkened windows. Trucks, SUVs, Vans (incl minivans) have different regulations. Some of the hatchbacks you see out there that you would think are cars are actually classified as multi-purpose vehicles which allows them to have darkened windows.


Which BMW is this? You sure it wasn't dealer installed? I see plenty with no tint and I don't see any mention of tint on any cars' options lists. Some cars have glass that filters light, such as the blue-ish glass Mercedes uses but that doesn’t affect visibility like smoking or tinting does. I find it hard to believe that virtually all SUVs come with tinted windows yet no (or virtually no) cars have it just because the manufacturers are being cheap. Example is Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger never offered tinted windows, but the Magnum did – it was classified as an SUV. Why does Mercedes specifically mention privacy glass as a standard feature on their SUVs but doesn't mention it (even as an option) it on any of their cars?

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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:39 pm

TomT wrote:That being the case, how come my BMW 4 door sedan also came from the factory with it on the three rear windows?


The tint is legal on cars but only to the level determined by each individual state. As it would be impractical to tint the windows as per each state's limits, or use the minimum tint allowed within the 50 states and DC, cars come with no tint, or maybe 70% as it is the case in some luxury brand models.

SUV's, trucks and the lot, are not regulated in that matter, therefore the manufacturer can use any tint they think suits their design best.

It is possible that your BMW had come with tint, but it would have made it illegal to sell if it had come with a tint darker than what your state allows.
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:19 pm

I picked it up at the factory in Munich so I know it was not dealer installed, Plus, it is the type of OEM tint that is internal in the glass. Perhaps it was because I purchased it on the European Delivery Plan even though it was a U.S. Spec car, built on the U.S. line, and supposedly no different from what the U.S. dealers order and receive...

DTB wrote:
TomT wrote:That being the case, how come my BMW 4 door sedan also came from the factory with it on the three rear windows?

DTB wrote:It's not being cheap, there is some sort of outdated federal regulation that prevents cars from having darkened windows. Trucks, SUVs, Vans (incl minivans) have different regulations. Some of the hatchbacks you see out there that you would think are cars are actually classified as multi-purpose vehicles which allows them to have darkened windows.


Which BMW is this? You sure it wasn't dealer installed? I see plenty with no tint and I don't see any mention of tint on any cars' options lists. Some cars have glass that filters light, such as the blue-ish glass Mercedes uses but that doesn’t affect visibility like smoking or tinting does. I find it hard to believe that virtually all SUVs come with tinted windows yet no (or virtually no) cars have it just because the manufacturers are being cheap. Example is Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger never offered tinted windows, but the Magnum did – it was classified as an SUV. Why does Mercedes specifically mention privacy glass as a standard feature on their SUVs but doesn't mention it (even as an option) it on any of their cars?
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:06 pm

kmp647 wrote:Thank you!

Your car looks great,

I will be going for the same type look

First car I have ever tinted

Have to agree Nissan should include this at least in the SL pack


You may want to test drive a car with dark tint in the night to determine if you can cope with the reduced vis. I previously had 35 rears in my other vehicle and I hated it for night driving.

Again, it's a personal thing, and you should try driving one at night before you do it. Remember that the Leaf already has a smaller rear window and the higher C-pillar, imho, does not help.

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