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      03-09-2011, 04:05 PM   #23
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35% all around...

just buy a $20 steamer from Target and steam your tints and remove them..it's pretty easy... then go pay to add new tints!
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      03-09-2011, 04:10 PM   #24
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do people get tints for looks or function?
both, but whenever i sit in an untinted car i can instantly feel the difference on a sunny day. i have 30% all around, and its not the darkest but it looks fine.

as for the OP, if you want to retint, get it done... as for the rear windshield, i think they normally steam it off to avoid ruining the dot matrix...but that depends on the shop.
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      03-09-2011, 04:23 PM   #25
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big factor is the color of your interior. I got 20% all around with a light interior, and it looks solid. At the same time, a friend got the same 20 all around w/ black interior and it looks like a limo.

+100 on same tint all around. If you're that worried about cops, roll them down when you go by them. Looks way better than some two-tint looking hack job... just IMHO naturally.
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      03-09-2011, 04:32 PM   #26
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Hi everyone i live in ca and got my windows tinted. i got 20 in the back and 50 in the front. i should not have pussed out and gotten that. I really want to go 5 in the back and 35 in the front but i dont want to pay for it all over again. Do you guys know how i could get my local body shop to replace it with darker tints if possible? also do you guys think this is a good idea in california? do you think i will get a ticket? thank you everyone that replies.
Were you at in SoCal, might be able to get you hooked up if your close. And you should do 5% or 15% all the way around. I'm running 5% all around and love it.
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      03-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #27
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yeah im in calabasas. how could u "hook me up"?
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      03-09-2011, 06:24 PM   #28
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It matters what color your interior is and the exterior. If your car is black on the outside its gonna look a little darker then a white car. Same with interior, darker the leather, darker its gonna look.

My e92 is black with light grey interior. It came with "factory" tints in the back. I got 15% in the front and 15% over the factory tint. My friend as a white e92 with black interior and it looks just as dark. Looks clean as well. Not too dark and too light.
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      03-09-2011, 08:21 PM   #29
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i definitely regret getting my windows tinted. I got 32% all around. Its too dark for me. might go w/ 50% when i get the chance to.
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      03-09-2011, 09:34 PM   #30
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I JUST got pulled over for my tint a couple hours ago in Pittsburgh (was still daylight), but I was told the tint was too dark. I have 15% all around, and I guess it is pretty dark. I think the PA law is similar to CA...no tint on front windows. I did get let off with a warning tho after I said "I could have it taken off" (notice I didn't say I WOULD)

If I get pulled again (first time with this car), and get ticketed, I'll probably switch to something lighter...30 or 35%.

So, in reply to the original post...if you go darker, you increase your chances of being pulled over. If a cop can't see you in your car and he's bored, he's gonna pull you over....usually in hopes of you having bad paperwork, a warrant, or a nice big brick of H on your backseat!

Depends on your luck too...I kinda ran a red light a couple miles before I crossed paths with Mr. Officer (who pulled a U-turn in the middle of an intersection to pull me over!). He would have been long gone if I would have stopped at that light! Damn you, Karma.
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I JUST got pulled over for my tint a couple hours ago in Pittsburgh (was still daylight), but I was told the tint was too dark. I have 15% all around, and I guess it is pretty dark. I think the PA law is similar to CA...no tint on front windows. I did get let off with a warning tho after I said "I could have it taken off" (notice I didn't say I WOULD)

If I get pulled again (first time with this car), and get ticketed, I'll probably switch to something lighter...30 or 35%.

So, in reply to the original post...if you go darker, you increase your chances of being pulled over. If a cop can't see you in your car and he's bored, he's gonna pull you over....usually in hopes of you having bad paperwork, a warrant, or a nice big brick of H on your backseat!

Depends on your luck too...I kinda ran a red light a couple miles before I crossed paths with Mr. Officer (who pulled a U-turn in the middle of an intersection to pull me over!). He would have been long gone if I would have stopped at that light! Damn you, Karma.

Where in the Burgh was this?
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Where in the Burgh was this?
You're not a city cop, are you?!
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      03-10-2011, 10:18 AM   #33
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You're not a city cop, are you?!
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You're not a city cop, are you?!

LOL. Normally, I would take that as an insult. I'm not a fan of most US cops - or any perceived authority in general.

NO WAY. Just was wondering where they were hassling 3er owners now.
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LOL. Normally, I would take that as an insult. I'm not a fan of most US cops - or any perceived authority in general.

NO WAY. Just was wondering where they were hassling 3er owners now.
HAHA, ok just checking. No insult meant. Just trying to avoid putting my foot in my mouth after making the comment about not taking the tint off!

I was driving through Brookline at the time. Some dbag was taking his sweet time making a turn and I was kinda hung out in the intersection right in front of the cop. Probably wouldn't have noticed me otherwise.

Funny thing is, I've never been bothered by city cops...my old roommate is a cop, and he (among many) tints his vehicles. Some of those guys are hypocrites tho. Regardless, I'm sure he was disappointed when a white boy rolled the window down and all my paperwork was legit.
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      03-11-2011, 02:32 PM   #36
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That must look gross. Get the same tint all around. And they dont have to "fix" anything as you are the one who screwed up.
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      03-11-2011, 04:38 PM   #37
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I have 20% on my side windows and 5% on my rear got one ticket and paid it. If you have a hard time seeing at night activate your rear fog lights and that'll help a lot
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      03-12-2011, 01:57 AM   #38
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I live in So Cal, anyone have recommendations for Shop / hook up? Car is black / black convertible.

DEF go with same tint all the way around
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      03-12-2011, 09:05 AM   #39
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Dark tint is for looks only - and the looks are questionable.

If you are going for UV protection/heat rejection, then a nice 50 or 60% ceramic tint will do a better job than the 5% limo tint.

Ceramic tint will also not cause radio issues and will actually allow you to see.
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      03-12-2011, 01:42 PM   #40
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As the guy mentioned above, use a steamer/razor blade and rip it off and re-tint.
Done this a few times, really easy.

By the way, I think 20-35% all around looks the best.
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      03-12-2011, 11:22 PM   #41
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Removing a fresh tint is very easy. You dont need to do anything but wait for a warm day and let it sit in the sun for a little bit. Then pick a corner and peel it off. Now if your tint is really old and bubbling, thats when it becomes a major pain in the ass to remove because of all the adhesive left on the window. If you have any adhesive on the window, just hit it with some simple green and it'll melt right off.
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i prefer one shade... multiple shades looks assy imo
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so. cal cops can pull you over randomly for just tint. I have 15% tint all around and never ran into a problem. Just keep your windows down most of the time or when you see a cop. The dark tint on dark cars look much better. IMO. The best option is to take off the tint and retint would be the best route for you.
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