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      08-23-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Good bay area tint shop?

Hello there, I trust you're all doing well.

Do any of you Bay Area residents know of a good tint shop? I am looking to get my e90 328i tinted, but nothing too extravagant. And hopefully not trying to pay an arm and a leg

On a related note, what tint range looks good with the Sapphire Black?

I appreciate all your input. Thanks for taking the time to reply!

(this is a repost from another section, I also posted in Detailing, I wasnt sure which was appropriate. Thanks!)


Edit: I should say, I need a place thats open on saturdays and/or sundays...


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      08-23-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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Make an appointment with Vince at Omegawerks. He's in pleasanton and i've taken my cars to him a handful of times for tint or clearbra work.
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What sort of prices was he quoting you? And just out of curiosity, what is Ceramic tint? And how does the lack of having it affect my CA?
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Make an appointment with Vince at Omegawerks. He's in pleasanton and i've taken my cars to him a handful of times for tint or clearbra work.

Thanks Nick, Unfortunately, I cant take an entire day off from work to get tint done. Do you know of any good shops open on weekends?
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      08-23-2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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What sort of prices was he quoting you? And just out of curiosity, what is Ceramic tint? And how does the lack of having it affect my CA?
It ranges depending on whether you are are a returning customer, what type of tint, etc..

Ceramic is the type of film. There's metallic film and carbon film as well. Supposedly the metallic film will interfere with your radio or comfort access system which is why it is not recommended on our cars. Metallic film is the cheapest. Ceramic is more expensive...3-400 but it won't interfere with the signals. Most of the guys on this forum go with ceramic I think. If you just want tint for looks and don't care about the signal interference, the cheapest route will be metallic.

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Thanks Nick, Unfortunately, I cant take an entire day off from work to get tint done. Do you know of any good shops open on weekends?
Hmm. You can either try Premier over in fremont. They do tint and clearbra as well...a bit on the pricey side but from what I hear their work is top notch.

Or try calling speed element in fremont. They have a mobile tint guy that does pretty good work at a great price. My gf got her c63 tinted from that guy and it came out pretty good. ceramic tint.
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Make an appointment with Vince at Omegawerks. He's in pleasanton and i've taken my cars to him a handful of times for tint or clearbra work.
Go to Vince! Amazing work!
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      08-25-2011, 01:17 AM   #7
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+1 for vince @ omega. i had my subaru and accord done at his place. and going to call him tmrw for my e93
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Vince @ OmegaWerk or Matt @ Rocky Mountain Tint are great. I've dealt with matt and he did an excellent job!
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hes booked till october 5 so hes popular in the area. 5 windows for 320
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hes booked till october 5 so hes popular in the area. 5 windows for 320
Is this ceramic tint?
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      08-26-2011, 10:05 AM   #11
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What about Rocky Mountain Window Tint in Livermore? The are a authorized Formula One Pinnacle tint installer and seem to have great reviews.
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bpsf83, What type of tint shop did you finally go with? I'm in the market for tints on my E90 as well. Thanks in advance.
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Don't know why people would pay $400 for tint..

Best Image in San Mateo. Paid $140 OTD for all windows tinted on E90 minus the windshield.

They use 3M tint also. Brought over 3 of my own cars in the past without problem. Referred 10 others, all were satisfied...
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Vince @ OmegaWerk or Matt @ Rocky Mountain Tint are great. I've dealt with matt and he did an excellent job!
Oops I missed this when I posted. Thanks and good to know, I'll be seeing Matt is about a week.
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Don't know why people would pay $400 for tint..

Best Image in San Mateo. Paid $140 OTD for all windows tinted on E90 minus the windshield.

They use 3M tint also. Brought over 3 of my own cars in the past without problem. Referred 10 others, all were satisfied...
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To each, their own.
If you can justify paying $400 on tint.. props to you..

Average price for tint is $200-$250..
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If you can justify paying $400 on tint.. props to you..

Average price for tint is $200-$250..
If you can justify spending $50K+ on a car, I find it funny that your skimping on tint. Best Image isn't even a 3M approved installer (per 3M's website).

Personally I'm getting Formula One Pinnacle tint from an approved Formula One dealer. It's more than $200 but less than $400. I don't feel like skimping on tint since it's a $100-$200 difference on my $50K+ car.

As M_Truong said, To each, their own.
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If you can justify spending $50K+ on a car, I find it funny that your skimping on tint. Best Image isn't even a 3M approved installer (per 3M's website).

Personally I'm getting Formula One Pinnacle tint from an approved Formula One dealer. It's more than $200 but less than $400. I don't feel like skimping on tint since it's a $100-$200 difference on my $50K+ car.

As M_Truong said, To each, their own.
I paid 50k brand new in 07 but it is only worth less than 20k now. At the end of the day, we still drive entry level BMW that I don't mind daily driving.

I don't see any point dropping $350-$500 for Pinnacle tint. (Got a quote for tint at Premier for 450) Unless you really need the minor heat savings. Still doesn't worth the 2-3x price tag though. Especially since anyone can easily get a tint ticket for tinting the front windows..

Who care if it is a authorized dealer or not? It's not like a laptop that has mechanical problems. It is just a piece of film. Regardless, Best Image still offers lifetime warranty.

I don't understand why you guys like to get ripped off by tint shops..

Edit: Doesn't look like Premier customers are too happy.. 3.5 stars on yelp compared to 4.5 stars for Best Image.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/premier-prot...tional-fremont
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I don't understand why you guys like to get ripped off by tint shops..

Edit: Doesn't look like Premier customers are too happy.. 3.5 stars on yelp compared to 4.5 stars for Best Image.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/premier-prot...tional-fremont


Don't know about Premier but Rocky Mountain (and OmegaWorks for that matter) have 5 star Yelp ratings, while Best Image apparently only has 4 1/2 stars.

The reason to buy from an authorized dealer is so that your warranty works at ANY authorized dealer. Makes a bit of a difference with a lifetime warranty if you move around or a shop goes out of business.
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Don't know about Premier but Rocky Mountain (and OmegaWorks for that matter) have 5 star Yelp ratings, while Best Image apparently only has 4 1/2 stars.

The reason to buy from an authorized dealer is so that your warranty works at ANY authorized dealer. Makes a bit of a difference with a lifetime warranty if you move around or a shop goes out of business.
Oh yeah, I guess tint magically falls off after a few years..

I got tint on my car for 4 year and it still looks fine. My previous car had tint for 7 years and it still looked like new when I sold it. (Both 3M tint)

Even if the shop went out of business. I can still afford replacing it 3x before it reaches the price range of Pinacle tint..
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I got my '11 mini Cooper done at best image. Got a good deal on a clear bra and a great deal on tint. The bra was pre-cut, wish I got the full hood version as I hate seeing the line across the hood but no probs with the tint. They even gave me a ride home so I didn't have to wait at the shop.

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I got my '11 mini Cooper done at best image. Got a good deal on a clear bra and a great deal on tint. The bra was pre-cut, wish I got the full hood version as I hate seeing the line across the hood but no probs with the tint. They even gave me a ride home so I didn't have to wait at the shop.

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They gave me a ride to Hillsdale mall and picked me back up for free.

Btw, how much do they charge for clear bra? I did it myself..
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