Yet Another Window Tint Thread - With a Poll!

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    Yet Another Window Tint Thread - With a Poll!

    I've just finished reading through all the window tint threads in this forum from 2007 onwards. You all have some pretty sweet rides.

    There seems to be conflicting general opinion on window tint though, so I thought I'd solicit additional feedback. Most people seem to think tinting only the rear windows/rear windshield looks bad; however, alot of folks also talked about removing tint from their front windows after receiving too much unwanted police attention.

    I'm considering having the rear windows and rear windshield of my 2009 WRB Hatchback tinted at 20% for a few reasons: appearance, to hide my subwoofer and a tiny bit for uv/heat protection. I do enjoy the look of 20% all the way around, but I'm not interested in paying to have the front windows illegally tinted, only to receive a fix-it ticket.

    Most likely, I will go ahead as planned (unless someone posts a horrendous pictures which convinces me otherwise) but I was curious to see how the numbers break down.

    So does tinting the rear window and rear windshield look better than no tint at all? Yay or nay.

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    Well, this is a tough one, it's gonna be up to you ultimately.

    I don't like the way cars look with no tint. I also don't like the way they look with only the windows behind the driver tinted. But, tinting the rearward windows has the benefits, as you mentioned, of blocking some UV light and hiding things you have in the car.
    So, I think it comes down to function over form. They both look bad, but at least tinting the rearward windows serves a purpose.

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    Well put, DUB.

    Sucks about your CHP incident too... seems as if you were replying to my shop thread while I was writing this post! So does your bugeye now have tint on just the windows behind the front seats?

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    I used to have 5% all around in my Cherokee. I backed up with the side mirrors. No A/C, so the tint actually did serve a big purpose. NJ only allows the rear windows to be tinted. Because of this, I don't have tint on either of my cars. I have family in law enforcement, have the metal family member card in my wallet. The card does encourage leniency in special circumstances. Despite this, I prefer not to give police a reason to pull me over.

    If I lived in a state that allowed tint, I'd probably have 20% rear 35% front, and 50% on the windshield.
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    If you have a reason more than just aesthetics (e.g. hide junk in your hatch) then I say tint it. I think that it looks unfinished when the front sides are not tinted but better than no tint at all. However, I admit I require tint on all vehicles I own and have regularly gone illegal just so it looks better. If I lived in CA I would probably have 20% done on the back windows professionally then DIY the fronts for if/when I would get pulled over to get it legal for minimum cost (and of course reapply later).

    I'm currently running a legal 35% all the way around on my WRX but wish I would have gone with 20%. IMO the best combination for looks and functionality is 20% in the back and 30% up front--did that on my wife's Yaris and it was perfect.

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    I agree with Dub, I dont like cars without tint, and I dont like cars with clear front windows and dark rear windows.

    HOWEVER.... I will say that uniform is key, if your leaving the fronts clear, leave them all clear. If your tinting the fronts to 20% tint it all to 20%. I think that looks best honestly, if your going to tint it tint it all the same, if your not going to tint it all, leave it all the same.


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    Quote Originally Posted by evanr View Post
    ...So does your bugeye now have tint on just the windows behind the front seats?
    Yeah. I did have tint on all windows, including a strip on the windshield. I removed the tint from the front two windows after I got the citation for it.

    I don't like the way it looks now, but I left the tint on the windows behind the front seats partially for the benefits it provides and partially 'cause I am far too lazy to remove it.

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    Thanks for the responses, everyone. I took the car into the shop this afternoon and had 15% tint applied to all the windows behind the driver seat. I was tempted to just do the whole thing in 20%, but was convinced otherwise. According to the guy at the shop, they used to just write fix-it tickets which you could either pay or get signed off on. Now, the choices you have are to either pay or go to court. It's not until you show up in court that they give you the fix-it ticket! Anyhow, here's an updated pic with tint!



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    Last night was my first opportunity to drive with the tint in the dark. I noticed that there are some optical irregularities caused by the tint. While looking out the rear window, the places where the defroster lines are cause a replication of a single point of light. So instead of a single headlight, I see the light source, along with ghosted replicas above and below it. Could this be due to the metallic nature of the film? Has anyone else observed this with their tint? BTW: I have SunTek HP 15.

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    when applying the tint what is the solution you use in the spray bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabroo01 View Post
    when applying the tint what is the solution you use in the spray bottle?
    I always thought the solution was a simple light soapy water. It just allowed for the proper placement and maneuvering of the film itself.


    And after some light Googling...I was pretty much right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabroo01 View Post
    when applying the tint what is the solution you use in the spray bottle?
    I always thought the solution was a simple light soapy water. It just allowed for the proper placement and maneuvering of the film itself.


    And after some light Googling...I was pretty much right.

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    Awesome yeah i was alway confused about what to use,

    I didn't want to waste money trying it and having it not work hahaha appreciate it!

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