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    Window Tint - what do you have?

    I believe stock windows are 20% have you guys gone darker?

    When I got my front windows done I think they did 20% to match the rears. I think they still look too light and I'm think i might want to go darker.

    Someone told me that I could try 15% on the front even though it's darker the light coming in front the front windshield will make it match the rear, has anyone done this?

    I definitely don't want 5% tint but something I'd like to know what y'all have.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    Not sure what % but good enough for 2 $57 tickets so far Matches rear



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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    I have 5% (Limo) Suntek Carbon Series all around and 70% Carbon on front windshield that looks transparent like there is no window tint there but have the benefits of having the windshield tinted. With the rear being tinted already from the factory you can see slightly through the front 2 windows.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    15 on the front and on the rear over the factory tint




    Then windows are so large that they let a lot of light in. I wish my front windows were a little darker.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    You can use 15 on the fronts and 20 on the rear and they will end up matching. I like the huper optik film, very nice, ceramic coated and polarized.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    Now that you mentioned it, I'm sure that's what's on mine, 15 front and 20 over 20 on the rear.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    @uflj50 - When you say 20% on the rear you mean you left the factory tint as is and just added 15% tint on the two front windows right?

    @murphy I've seen other pics of your truck and yes that is nice tint hard to see in, I get stopped by cops all the time I don't think I need another excuse for them to pull me over

    With my previous Escalade I forgot what % tint they added to my front windows but for some reason it looked a lot darker than my new one. I'm not sure if it was because the truck was white so the contrast was a lot higher. However I do feel like the factory tint on my 2011 is slightly lighter than my 2007 but again it might be just my eyes playing tricks on me.

    Have any of you guys added a tinted strip across the top of your windshields I don't know if I like that but it might help darken the cabin a bit more.

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    I did 5% on the front windows and 15% over the factory tinted rear windows. The tint place said it would match the front perfectly if I did that and they were definitely right!



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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    I went with 20% up front and left the back as they were. I have used 5% on all my trucks in the past... but it made backing up at night so dang hard... even worse in the rain! I'm glad I went with 20% it looks clean and cuts the sun just enough.
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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    Here is what it looks like:



    It's a sunny day today and as you can see not much privacy.
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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    I did 30 on the rear and it matches pretty good..have had tint on all my vehicles since 1993 and never got pulled over once..the cops just hate when they cant see in at all and i dont blame them. if i get pulled over i open all the windows so they can see in. one time for inspection i left the passenger side closed with the tint removed and driver side down with tint. they never asked me close drivers window so all i needed to do is retint the passenger window.

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    So I know this isn't "my" section but I figured since the topic is tinting you guys might let it slide

    If not, I apologize in advance.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivepix View Post
    Someone told me that I could try 15% on the front even though it's darker the light coming in front the front windshield will make it match the rear, has anyone done this?
    I have!

    I did 14% on my front windows to match the factory 20% on the rears. The 14% actually works out well because like you said, it compensates for the extra light that comes in through the windshield and sunroof, keeping it as closely matched as possible. I've been stopped once for it, but thankfully I've got the medical waiver.


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    Question, I had front tinted to match the factory rear. One thing I don't like is when you look out from inside, the rear windows are Chrystal clear, the aftermarket tint looks like a haze from the film. Are there different types of tint? I would like it to be clear like the factory. Is this possible?

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    I had 20% on mine. I got pulled over twice and got written up for $250.00 each time which is a moving violation here in MA that means insurance goes up etc and you have a risk of losing your license. I fought each ticket and won and I just lighten the tint up to the legal 35%. it wasn't worth the aggravation.....

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    Re: Window Tint - what do you have?

    Quote Originally Posted by BEarle View Post
    I had 20% on mine. I got pulled over twice and got written up for $250.00 each time which is a moving violation here in MA that means insurance goes up etc and you have a risk of losing your license. I fought each ticket and won and I just lighten the tint up to the legal 35%. it wasn't worth the aggravation.....
    Window tinting is a moving violation in MA? That's insane.

    I'm sorry to hear that. Here in VA the legal limit for fronts is 50% on cars and MPVs or you can get the waiver. Back windows are unregulated. We also luck out because all equipment violations here are secondary offenses and not moving violations, meaning the officer cannot stop you just for tinting or whatever. You have to be speeding/weaving/blow a red light etc. for them to stop you and then they can ticket you for b.s. stuff. Equipment issues here are luxury taxes.

    What if the car you're driving with the "illegal" tint isn't yours? Couldn't you focus more on the dude doing 90 going by us instead of my windows? Excuse me for wanting to keep my leather and skin protected from the sun or for wanting to deter thieves since the Escalade is the most stolen car in America. (Or at least it was recently)

    Now before I get to far into this, know that I have immediate family in law enforcement and I understand/agree with the officer safety argument. However, if that is the concern, then why don't they just make a law which states that when an officer approaches your vehicle, you must roll down your front windows? That should probably be a law anyway, then you would at least have a better idea of who is really trying to hide something.

    Sorry I'll get off the soapbox now lol
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