kmp647
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Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:00 pm
Delivery Date: 11 Nov 2011
Location: Northern Virginia

Re: Window Tinting

Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:30 am

Thanks for the heads up, I may have to go with a milder tint.

I figure the rear quarter and rear doors one tint, and the front door windows a lighter tint

try to duplicate a normal factory tint job, not to dark

the 2011 I looked at recently had very little tinting and shading at all

much less than say on my 2008 honda element EX, from the factory plenty of rear, and side tint
2012 SL Leaf
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veeoo
Posts: 12
Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:49 pm
Delivery Date: 31 Aug 2011
Leaf Number: 8011
Location: Fremont, CA

Re: Window Tinting

Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:32 am

@mxp - I'm also in Fremont and thinking about getting my windows tinted. You said some places gave you ridiculous quotes. Did you try Auto Mall Tint Specialists? I was thinking of going there for a quote.

Thanks.
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mxp
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Delivery Date: 26 Jun 2015
Location: Fremont, CA

Re: Window Tinting

Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:37 pm

veeoo wrote:@mxp - I'm also in Fremont and thinking about getting my windows tinted. You said some places gave you ridiculous quotes. Did you try Auto Mall Tint Specialists? I was thinking of going there for a quote.

Thanks.


Yep, they were one of them. You can PM me for more info... I was very specific about making sure the installer was experienced with the 3M Crystalline product. The film is difficult to install on high curvature glass, and an experienced installer is key. So there, the film is not cheap plus the labor requires expertise (i.e not cheap).

I didn't want any of the Suntek films since I had them previously and I did not like them. IR heat rejection was a priority and the 3M Crystalline 70 was amazing given it's not a dark tint.

Yes, it is illegal; having my front windshield tinted with 3M Crystalline, but it was worth it. I have the 70 all round and it does look like OEM glass.

Our other Leaf was done with 3M Crystalline 50 allround and 70 on windshield. Pics here:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/CgVTrzZRQZ8irEsBXmFC2A?select=kGEb7a3VA99paDJmYLBXUg
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geolizleaf
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:39 am
Delivery Date: 29 Aug 2011
Leaf Number: 7696
Location: Tucson

Re: Window Tinting

Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:03 am

Got Crystalline 70 installed yesterday at Affordable Tint here in Tucson. 399 Love the look. and felt an immediate difference on the way home

Now on to the leather install... and perhaps if we can get Weathertek to make a cargo liner. I'd have all the mods I want..
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mdh
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:09 pm
Delivery Date: 10 Aug 2011

Re: Window Tinting

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:17 am

It got my leaf done at Mr. Tint for $270... not bad. Happy thus far.

eHelmholtz
Posts: 354
Joined: Fri May 27, 2011 10:28 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Aug 2011

Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:33 pm

I just had my windows tinted while my car was being upgraded to leather interior. I did 35% front and 20% back to stay within California guidelines. Cost was $160 and this work has a lifetime warranty. viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5963

TEG
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Re: Window Tinting

Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:12 pm

eHelmholtz wrote:I just had my windows tinted while my car was being upgraded to leather interior. I did 35% front and 20% back to stay within California guidelines. Cost was $160 and this work has a lifetime warranty. viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5963


Um, I think it is supposed to be 70% front!

http://www.tintcenter.com/laws/CA/

(35% looks nicer, but the police may not agree... )

eHelmholtz
Posts: 354
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Delivery Date: 18 Aug 2011

Re: Window Tinting

Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:35 am

TEG wrote:
Um, I think it is supposed to be 70% front!

http://www.tintcenter.com/laws/CA/

(35% looks nicer, but the police may not agree... )

It seems I've been misinformed by a number of different people who said 35% was allowed in the front here in California.

DTB
Posts: 80
Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:15 pm
Delivery Date: 06 May 2011
Location: West Hills, CA

Re: Window Tinting

Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:44 pm

It has always been my understanding that no tint is allowed on the front side windows in Calif. That is what the officers have told me when I've received my tint tickets in the past and I just had my windows tinted and the installer told me the same.
I just went to the CHP FAQs website and confirmed, however I did see the footnote below. I wonder if this is where the confusion is, perhaps 70% is considered "transparent"?

".....legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced."

gearhy02
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:58 am
Delivery Date: 10 Jan 2012

Re: Window Tinting

Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:06 am

TomT wrote:Or one in the San Fernando Valley area?

cdub wrote:Anyone recommend any good LA shops?


Yes. Recently got my Leaf tinted all around, 70% front and 35% back for $275. Chose the next to highest option and I'm real happy with how it looks. I wish I could get a picture up here...what I like is that it almost looks like it came with the car + they did it in my office garage... http://detailwiz.com/window-tinting ... I live on the west side, but the person who tinted my car told me they have people going to the valley, south bay...you name it. Get Angel if you can, he was really good!

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