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      07-01-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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What is the lightest tint that will keep out heat?

I have dark tint on my car right now. Like 35% maybe. I don't like the tinted look, but I can't stand driving in cars without tint, because it gets so damn hot on my legs and arms.

Anybody have any experience with really light tint that actually keeps heat out like my dark tint?

I thought I read somewhere that even the lightest tint does keep heat out, but I wanted to get some advice and personal experiences.

Thanks guys!
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I have dark tint on my car right now. Like 35% maybe. I don't like the tinted look, but I can't stand driving in cars without tint, because it gets so damn hot on my legs and arms.

Anybody have any experience with really light tint that actually keeps heat out like my dark tint?

I thought I read somewhere that even the lightest tint does keep heat out, but I wanted to get some advice and personal experiences.

Thanks guys!
Generally, the darker the tint, the better the heat rejection.

As for UV protection, well, all shades of tint block out about 99%. Visit the Formula 1, Huper Optik, etc. websites to check out the levels of heat rejection that each of their shades offer.

Ceramic tint is also supposed to be better at heat rejection. For example, the Formula 1 Pinnacle Series (which is ceramic) offers 50% heat rejection at a 35% tint, while the Classic Series (non-ceramic) offers only 35% heat rejection at the same 35% darkness.

What kind of tint do you have? Look up the stated level of heat rejection for what you have now, then compare to the ceramic counterparts available. You might be able to go lighter while keeping the same heat rejection.
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Going to keep my eyes out on this thread too. I'm in the same position as OP. I want to tint to keep the heat and UV out but I don't like the dark look. (especially since I can get pulled over with dark tint on the front windows...if I do tint it would be all the way around though).

I thought 35% was too dark already. I'm considering 50% all the way around in a ceramic tint. Black interior without tint is horrible so sit in if the car's been in a parking lot in the sun.
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do 50%, that is what i have. i got the formula1 pinnacle that is ceramic coated, but i have the rear window only at 35%
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Generally, the darker the tint, the better the heat rejection.

As for UV protection, well, all shades of tint block out about 99%. Visit the Formula 1, Huper Optik, etc. websites to check out the levels of heat rejection that each of their shades offer.

Ceramic tint is also supposed to be better at heat rejection. For example, the Formula 1 Pinnacle Series (which is ceramic) offers 50% heat rejection at a 35% tint, while the Classic Series (non-ceramic) offers only 35% heat rejection at the same 35% darkness.

What kind of tint do you have? Look up the stated level of heat rejection for what you have now, then compare to the ceramic counterparts available. You might be able to go lighter while keeping the same heat rejection.
I have formula 1 pinnacle series 35% tint. and 52% on windshield So I guess I have the best heat rejection right now...
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I have dark tint on my car right now. Like 35% maybe. I don't like the tinted look, but I can't stand driving in cars without tint, because it gets so damn hot on my legs and arms.

Anybody have any experience with really light tint that actually keeps heat out like my dark tint?

I thought I read somewhere that even the lightest tint does keep heat out, but I wanted to get some advice and personal experiences.

Thanks guys!
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I have formula 1 pinnacle series 35% tint. and 52% on windshield So I guess I have the best heat rejection right now...
haha, sounds like you do. I can't think of what you could possibly go with that's lighter and offers better heat rejection than that..
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I think it looks so dark because of my windshield tint. I want them clear tho.

Why haven't car companies given the option of a "tint dial" yet, like on the glass roof of the Ferrari Superamerica.

Who wouldn't get that option on their car?!
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I'm running 35% Huper Optiks tint all around and the 60% (?) on the windshield. Its awesome. It also doesnt give the car the "dark" look of dyed tints.
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I have dark tint on my car right now. Like 35% maybe. I don't like the tinted look, but I can't stand driving in cars without tint, because it gets so damn hot on my legs and arms.

Anybody have any experience with really light tint that actually keeps heat out like my dark tint?

I thought I read somewhere that even the lightest tint does keep heat out, but I wanted to get some advice and personal experiences.

Thanks guys!
Like Chris E92 mentioned, ceramics are by far better at heat reflection, which is the mean reason i forked out the extra dough for F1 Pinnacle

Product | UV Protection | Heat Rejection | Glare Reduction
Pinnacle 50 99.5% 43% 40%
Pinnacle 35 99.5% 50% 57%
Pinnacle 15 99.5% 59% 80%
Pinnacle 05 99.5% 61% 94%

My friend has the 35% on his e90, it looks good but not dark enough for me, it reflects almost as much as mine
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Tinting the windshield at 50% is your best bet along with the rest of the car for heat prevention. But on a smaller car like the 3-series, if you have 35% or darker on your other windows, the entire car is going to look extremely dark (Mantooth's car for example).

We did my friend's E92 with 50% all around and it actually looks stock, just a very slight tint but you can't even tell unless you park next to another E92 under the right lighting conditions. But the difference in heat rejection is amazing and it's very cool inside of his car. On my Range Rover (bigger interior), I have 35% all around and 50% up front and it looks like 20% all around (I had that before and no windshield tint). The front windshield tint does make a big difference with heat rejection in the car, but it also makes a big difference on how dark your interior is going to look from the outside (aka, cop magnet).

FYI, in California if you're pulled over and caught with tint on the windshield, your car is considered 'unsafe' for driving on the road and the cop can/will tow your car on the spot. I've seen it done lots of times, so just don't make it look so obvious when you tint your windshield.
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I'm going to go tint my car tomorrow just cant make up my mind between 30% or 40% hyper Optik what do some of you recommend for a Tiag?
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Like Chris E92 mentioned, ceramics are by far better at heat reflection, which is the mean reason i forked out the extra dough for F1 Pinnacle

Product | UV Protection | Heat Rejection | Glare Reduction
Pinnacle 50 99.5% 43% 40%
Pinnacle 35 99.5% 50% 57%
Pinnacle 15 99.5% 59% 80%
Pinnacle 05 99.5% 61% 94%

My friend has the 35% on his e90, it looks good but not dark enough for me, it reflects almost as much as mine
Air Blue is the lightest tint that provides heat rejection. It's designed to be legal for use on your windshield. The color is similar to that of contact lenses with very faint blue tint (so you can find them in the cleaning solution). It's also a Formula 1 Tint product line, newer than the Pinnacle line. The tinters actually said it's very new and hasn't been marketed yet.

http://www.tintplus.com/default.cfm?...nting-air-blue
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Personally, 35% is to light for me. Thats why mine is 20% all around with 50% on the windshield (i would have done 35% on the windshield only, but didnt want those tickets...if it was a white car, yes id definitely put 35% on the windshield but because its JB it already shows dark.)

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Solar guard makes a film called "Ultra Performance 75." It's almost basically clear, but it rejects 99% of the UV and 40% of the solar energy. I have it on my front window and it's great.
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Thread started as "how lightest on the window" and it's heading toward to "I have the darkest on the windshield" thread. Hahaha.
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how does 75% on the windshield and 20% driver/passenger and 15% rear sound on an e93?

I hate getting into my car after it's been sitting in the SoCal heat... which is why I want tints...
my cousin has 20%/15% and it's beautiful but I'm scared that with 75% windshield it'll look too dark.. (cops..)
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get cermaic tint no matter what. i bought my brother huber optic ceramic tint for his birthday. both black cars. both 35% (i have 20% on the rear quarter panels). my car still feels like a sauna in the summer but his car only feels warm.
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get cermaic tint no matter what. i bought my brother huber optic ceramic tint for his birthday. both black cars. both 35% (i have 20% on the rear quarter panels). my car still feels like a sauna in the summer but his car only feels warm.
prolly the best put example for the reason why to pay the bigger bucks for ceramic tint. All those guys saying me and the others got ripped off....not really, whats $100-200 more for the good stuff over many years. My E36 had 15% all around and was so bad I kept a towel in my car for the black leather. The E90....always just warm.

You should check out a 35% Huber or F1 ceramic it sounds like to me. Huber has more of a mirror black look (mettalic), while F1 is more plain black.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24204 here is the link of what im talking about, and regards to the guys post about isnt the tint blue looking because the sky is brighter/blue on the HO shot, the F1 doesn't look like that in sunny san diego. Choice is yours!
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